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Learning the ropes: Kids get a taste of circus life

Abbie Tripp, 11, of Duanesburg walks the tight rope with the help of Gisle Henriet, a Cirque Éloize acrobat.
Abbie Tripp, 11, of Duanesburg walks the tight rope with the help of Gisle Henriet, a Cirque Éloize acrobat.
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Gisle Henriet stepped onto the “rola bola” — a flat wooden board supported by a thick, black wooden tube — and rolled side to side. “The trick is really to stay moving,” said Henriet, as eight teenage girls watched him inside the GE Theatre at Proctors. “Your upper body is not moving. It’s really just your legs, really just the knees.” Minutes later, the girls were on the boards, rolling and occasionally slipping off. They ...


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