Cirque Italia comes to Johnstown

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A unique circus is performing in Johnstown.

Cirque Italia takes a new spin on the traditional: the water circus features colorful lights and images projected onto the falling water. It’s the first traveling circus of its kind in the U.S.

A spectacular display of strength, agility and talent.

“It’s pretty amazing. You only get to see this if you go to Vegas or one of the big cities,” said Yvinson Acero, also known as BiBi the Clown.

Acero has been juggling since he was a teenager. He said he was born into the circus.

“Me and my brother, we’re third generation. I started when I was around 8-years-old the first time my parents put makeup on me and threw me into the ring,” Acero said.

Many of the performers have been practicing for years.

Elena Stefanova, an aerial hoop acrobat, started gymnastics when she was 6-years-old.

After competing with Bulgaria’s rhythmic gymnastics team in the Olympics, she joined the circus 17 years ago.

“I love what I do and love seeing the reactions of the people. When you do something and they really appreciate it. That makes me really happy,” Stefanova said.

The circus performers practice their acts two to three hours a day.

“Everything is practice and practice makes perfect,” Stefanova said.

Cirque Italia adds new acts every single year. One thing never changes: wanting to make people laugh and smile.

“Always giving the people a smile on their face, that’s the most important as a performer,” Acero said.

Tickets for Cirque Italia are still available online or at the circus box office at the Galleria Mall in Richland Township, Cambria County.

There are shows taking place Friday, Sept. 29th – Sunday, Oct. 1st.

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