Waiting for May 29!

May 29 – the end of the school year for Leo and Jaymee! The long-term goal for them… after that, they get back on the circus tour!!



I just wish that I could feel as enthusiastic. Dave and I are rather wishing we could spend the summer in Wales instead, but we basically gave the kids the choice of Wales or circus… but we should be grateful for having the kids so enthusiastic, for our ‘pool’ of eight adult acrobats remains somewhat depleted with Ethan and Jack still working in Canada whilst Pete and Ivo remain closely bound to managing the local gymnastics center. But the girls, Karen and Clare, are up for a few weeks of body-burning and stuff as well and love to join us on the nails and glass too. And the audiences always love watching kids who are talented.

Anyway, the Brits have returned home to UK – Ollie as ever very sad to leave Leo, Chris and Ryan, Alex the new lad just as keen to get back in his own gym in Oxford, where he and Ollie train – our kids back in school (late!) because the US breaks never coincide properly with Brit school holidays (but we have a very tolerant head coach who likes their sport and show-business commitment and sees it as ‘educational’ for them to performing ‘elsewhere’ (whew!) even if they don’t cater much in school for gymnastics and acrobatics as they did in Dave’s and my brief time at the High School. We actually briefly got to teach acrobatics in High School when we were there as senior students… see Loving the Boy.

So, in between coaching chores, we’re all training up again, including for a bit of aerial stuff…


(isn’t that a great photo of the gymnastic rings, taken from a high perch)



…it all keeps the bodies in reasonable shape!


I’ve written lots about that stuff in Loving the Boy and The Power of Love, and about tours (including one that went spectacularly pear-shaped) in Against All Odds. The e-books are available too.

And so, to our customary selection of general fitness-inspiration images:

tough looker




Ah, the sermon…







Gosh – what a tidy gym! Except, perhaps, for the ball…

…and finally, for today, something about needing to keep ‘on the ball’ with your training?



About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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