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Run Away to the Circus in Melbourne

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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published July 23rd 2012
Ever dreamed of joining the circus? Maybe going to watch one is exciting enough for you. Melbourne has plenty of opportunities to run away and join the circus, whether you want to be a member of the audience or an aerial star on the breath-taking trapeze. Carrying on reading to find five ways to get your circus fix in our city.

• Lennon Bros Circus

The Lennon Bros Circus comes to town - Cranbourne to be exact - from July 19th until August 12th and has performances from Wednesday through to Sunday. This circus is the oldest touring circus in Australia and is one of the few which still feature animals in its show. There are horses, monkeys, camels and even big cats, to name a few. Besides the animals are the usual clowns, acrobats and trapeze artists. Performing animals are a controversial subject in this day and age so if you don't fancy seeing mincing monkeys and cavorting camels, give it a miss and try one of the others. All details regarding show times can be found here.

Some Little Devils showing off their Circus Skills

• Little Devils Circus

This circus school has been operating for 10 years and now has two studios – one in Moorabbin and the other in Box Hill. It offers a range of circus experiences including a Schools Program, Party Bookings and Studio Classes. The Studio Classes cater for all ages from three years upwards and cover a range of skills such as trapeze, tumbling, juggling and hula hooping. See the Little Devils Circus website for more details.

• Silvers Grand Magic Circus

From July 18th until August 5th, Silvers Circus will be wowing crowds at Airport West Shopping Centre, under its stripy yellow big top. This circus features performers from all over the world and includes clowns, aerial acts, jugglers, wire walkers and more. The Globe of Death is one of the main acts; motorcyclists circle the globe at speed crossing over and under each other with no room for error. Check here for show times.

• Flying Trapeze Centre

Located in Blackburn, the Flying Trapeze Centre boasts the only indoor Flying Trapeze in Melbourne as well as an aerial fitness centre. Beginners are welcome, as are intermediate and advanced 'flyers'. Besides the flying trapeze, there are School Holiday Programs, Children's Trapeze Classes, Aerial Classes and the intriguing sounding Anti Gravity Yoga. Confused? Basically you do your yoga poses whilst encased in a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling, which increases your fitness, strength and flexibility with no strain on your body. Their website will provide more details and some interesting pictures.

Ovo is Cirque du Soleil's latest show, due to arrive in Melbourne in January 2013

• Cirque du Soleil

If you're a Cirque du Soleil virgin, you're missing out. Arguably the most spectacular of all the famous circuses, Cirque du Soleil will amaze, astound and inspire you. From the acrobatics and aerial stunts, right down to the costumes and lighting, these shows are truly awesome. Having appeared several times in Melbourne, Cirque du Soleil is scheduled to grace us again early in 2013 with Ovo - a show based on the insect world. To learn more about this unique circus or make a booking, go to the Ovo website.
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