The perks of being a circus performer and how to get started

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Did you ever dream of joining the circus as a child? Aloft Circus Arts allows adults to realize such dreams, by training individuals in skills like trapeze, clowning and much more. Matt Roben, a performer at Aloft, explains how to sign up for classes, debates the involvement of animals in a modern circus, and shares some behind-the-scenes adventures of being a circus performer.


Jen Planey of Chicago (left above) and Jennifer Siegel of Chicago (right above) try out their new moves they are learning on the trapeze during a trapeze class at Aloft Loft in Chicago on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Spotting Planey is her teacher Beth Stare (left bottom). (Chicago Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott)