Calvin Pratt

I’ve been practicing pole for about 6 months now, and recently have begun to branch out into other apparatuses. My new favorite is the aerial cube, but I also love to do Lyra and Cyr Wheel. I’ve been juggling for six years and am currently the juggling instructor here at Cirque Asylum. I’m happy to finally be learning more circus stuff!

When I was in High School, I loved drama. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m quite excited to be able to continue to perform. Before there was a lot of structure and rigidity to theatre, while the Aerial Arts are all about discovery and finding your own style when performing. I love that I’m able to be free as a bird, flying through the air under my own power, performing tricks that most people wouldn’t even dream of- all while pushing myself to even greater heights (both in analogy and reality).

Being able to perform in the circus has given me a lot more confidence in myself and in my abilities. Now I know that if there’s ever any hard thing that I have to do, I can work through it the same way I did learning the Aerial Arts. That is, bit by bit, hour by hour, constantly improving and getting better every day.

If there was one thing that I could tell the entire world about the circus, it would be this: Guys can do circus too! Far too often I hear “I would probably like that- but it’s not very masculine, is it? I mean, you don’t really see many guys in the circus.” Ha! Tell that to my abs. Circus is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done- it’s a full-body workout, and it’s a lot harder than any workout I’ve ever experienced. But it’s also the most fun! I’ve loved the Aerial Arts ever since my first pole class. To be able to spin around a pole, or swing on a Lyra… It’s exhilarating. So, if there are any guys who are even remotely interested in the circus- give it a shot! You might be surprised at how much you love it.

When I’m not at the circus or at work, I can often be found at home, reading a fantasy book, watching an anime, or at a game store playing Magic: The Gathering. After all, I’m a huge nerd, and proud of it. I am also currently preparing to serve a 2 year mission for the LDS church.