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Fourth-graders by day, circus masters by night
December 21, 2017 at 1:34 a.m.
Tongue out and eyes on the prize, Chase Katz whips around some colorful cloth during the juggling act.
Ringmaster Tatum Korpi waves to the crowd while she introduces her classmates performing with stilts.
Plate Spinner Platoon member Sarita Lee makes sure everything is balanced correctly before quickly sliding the sheer ribbon out from under her plate without dropping it.
With the assistance of Doug Young with Circus Kids Productions, Maddie Fishbach isn’t hurting anyone as she walks across the backs of other acrobat performers. Circus Kids Productions is the organization that trained the fourth-grade students during gym class the week leading up to the show.
Mattie Zimmerman shows off his devil sticks capabilities before throwing the baton overhead to pass it to the next student in line.
Leading the troop of diablo spinners, Jake Messafi remains focused under the pressure of the full audience in the gymnasium.
In a more complicated pose, Abby Coffey (top left), Emma Yaches and Lexis Music balance on the trapeze while Maddie Margolis hangs upside down from Yaches’ legs at Blind Brook's annual fourth-grade Blue Bird Circus at B.M.P Ridge Street Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 8. They were assisted by Doug Young with Circus Kids Productions and Steve Forzaglia, a Blind Brook physical education teacher. This was the first year trapeze acts were featured at the circus.
Kayleigh Curran diligently maneuvers through obstacles on stilts.
While dancing to the “Cha-Cha Slide,” performers Emilia Boccini (left), Avery Smith, Isabel Teo and Alli Low follow the dance-move instructions.
Carlie Zelman (left) and Sarita Lee (right) watch Lily Wolf do a spinning plate trick while keeping their own plastic plates steady.
Rafael Borges da Rocha prepares to make a pass to his classmate Bryan Bomfim during the diablo act.
While the trapeze slowly rotates, Maddie Margolis (left) and Emma Yaches strike a sharp pose.
Representing the Yellow Lightening team, Sara Abramson spins rings on her arms while balancing on a giant ball during the globe act.