Lindy Duncombe performs a back arch while baby Peper Cardiff, Suzie Cardiff, Corina Saber, Michelle Anning, Tess O’Toole look on.
Lindy Duncombe performs a back arch while baby Peper Cardiff, Suzie Cardiff, Corina Saber, Michelle Anning, Tess O’Toole look on.

Circus is new exercise craze

MURWILLUMBAH residents are flocking to a new and creative form of exercise – circus training.

Artistic director of Hoopla Circus Suzie Cardiff said circus-based training has grown.

The Murwillumbah-based gym has been operating four years and now has more than 100 participants attending various classes.

“For such a small town it is exciting,” Ms Cardiff said.

“Hoopla Circus attracts kids who are creative and different to the average soccer kid.”

Ms Cardiff believes the resurgence of circus-based activities is because of the popularity of Cirque du Soleil and cabaret.

“It has reinvigorated the circus and put the sport back into people’s minds,” she said.

“The circus is inspiring for people who come to the shows, and it allows the performers to shine.”

Sessions include general fitness, strength, mini trampoline, trapeze and aerial silk training.

The program caters to all ages, with the youngest member only 18 months and the oldest 50 years.

Classes run Monday through Saturday and are taught by gymnastic coaches with circus backgrounds.



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