Let the Dance Begin!

Well, maybe that’s more of a pose than a dance. But anyway…

This vacation place we’re at really does seem to be working as a team effort. One of the cooks (yes!) on a day off on the beach near her home (some distance from here actually) came across an African guy playing drums to an amplified recording from his I-pad while his partner danced. Street or beach entertainment. She thought they were pretty good. Suggested ‘management’ check them out. Result – we now have a resident DJ (or I-padJ, if such a thing exists) who will provide family discos on non-show nights and adult ones after shows, as well as ‘daytime ‘kiddy discos’, and will also take part in the shows – we’re integrating them already  to leap around while we’re doing our ‘fakir’ stuff and provide live drumming for other parts of the act (balance and whatnot) as well as doing their own ‘spot’ in the shows… they’re over the moon, and their first appearances have gone down a treat. And if you were living out of the back of a rusting old camper van and suddenly get offered a free apartment…

Quite! Long may this last! And the lady seems to be more than willing to go ‘tribal’ at appropriate times, by which I mean dancing topless. This has to be a hit… especially when she leads the disco crowd.

I don’t seem to have any more dance pictures right now, so these three guys larking about in the woods will have to do instead:

Fun for all. There’s a kind of feeling about the place like we’re all growing up together as the place finds its own ‘feel’. Getting the balance right. Loving it.

Cue some ‘balance’ pictures!

Don’t try this one at home – or at least, not on the subway steps:

A steady planche:

A relatively easy one-arm:

You’d need to be quite flexible to do this:

A nice shot from under the parallel bars:

…and from the side:

…and a nice wide handstand in the rings:

Rising to handstand on the pommel horse:

A superb Russian lever:

And to finish for now, the boys from Chelyabinsk doing handstand endurance training:

…and their handstand push-ups – nothing like it for strengthening the upper body!

PS: please do support the blog by buying the gay/acrobatic/circus/adventure books!!

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7





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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