The Acts High Flying Trapeze The High Flyers have been performing trapeze (and high dive) for over twenty years. They also teach trapeze at workshops and camps throughout the country every year. Trampoline: As a high energy act, the High Flyers use trampoline as a combination of comedy and highly skilled acrobatics. Silk: This aerial display presents freedom of movement and intensity that is rarely portrayed in other aerial acts. Spanish Web: Spanish web is an aerial act that requires focus and strength to perform techniques while hanging from one hand or one foot high in the air. Hand-Balancing: This tightly choreographed act is performed on an 8'x 8' mat and displays a variety of skills requiring strength, timing and perfect balance. Single Trapeze: This act is unlike High Flying Trapeze in that there is only one swing. The performer displays acrobatic skills while balancing on a single bar. Cloud Swing: The motion of cloud swing is like that of a playground swing but high in the air on a rope. The acrobat performs dives off of the swing (while swinging) only to be caught by the hands or feet
Stilts: Varying in height and color, stilts are an exciting addition to any circus or event.
Adagio: Acrobats are launched (and caught), flipped and balanced by other acrobats to heights and lengths that are seemingly impossible. Hula-Hoops: The performers in this act show the incredible versatility and skills required to keep up to 20 hoops going simultaneously in a variety of ways. Circo: Circo is an aerial act performed in a large metal ring hung from above. It is both lyrical and rhythmic. High Flyers: The Bloomington High Flyers Circus has been presenting widely acclaimed shows in Bloomington and central Indiana for over 15 years. Individual artists have performed with many circuses (Circus Gati, The Royal Haneford Circus, Reed Bros., Circus Corona) and shows throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Japan and have also taught trapeze and circus arts workshops throughout the country. Bernadette Pace: After obtaining a PhD in Microbiology Bernadette conducted 25 years of research, and founded the Bloomington High Flyers Circus in 1984. She has been performing High Flying Trapeze, Single Trapeze, Spanish Web, Silk, and Lira both nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Isabelle Pace-Branam: Isabelle is 11 years old and has been a performer all of her life. She is a competitive athlete in gymnastics and trampoline as well as a talented artist (drawing and painting), musician, imitates a monkey perfectly, and performs Hula-hoops (she can keep 20 hoops going), Adagio, Trampoline, Hand-balancing, Tumbling and High Flying Trapeze. Carmen Garcia: Carmen is 7 years old and started performing at the age of 3. She is also a competitive athlete in gymnastics and trampoline. Her flexibility is incredible; she plays the guitar and performs Hula-hoops (she can keep10 hoops going) Adagio, Trampoline, Hand-balancing, Tumbling and High Flying Trapeze. Hannah French: Hannah has been a part of the High Flyers since she was 10 years old. She was a competitive diver and gymnast throughout middle school and high school, is a pharmaceutical technician at a hospital and is currently a senior at Indiana University majoring in English. Hannah performs Silk, Spanish web, Hand-balancing, Trampoline, High dive, Stilts, High Flying Trapeze, and Adagio. Leah French: Leah has been performing since the age of 8. She was also a competitive diver and gymnast throughout middle and high school, is an extremely competitive bicyclist and is earning her teaching degree in high school science at Indiana University. She performs High Flying Trapeze, Silk, Spanish web, Hand-balancing, Trampoline and Adagio. Janet French: Janet has been with the high flyers since 1991 and was a state champion in diving and trampoline throughout middle and high school. She is also a Physical Education teacher at Saint Charles School, is an incredible costume fabricator, and performs High Flying Trapeze, Trampoline, Spanish web, and Hand-balancing. Juliana Burrel: Juliana has been a part of the High Flyers since 1989 and has been an artistic director and costume designer for the group in a number of acts. She is a talented artist and art teacher and performs Spanish web, Aerial Ballet, Cloud swing, Lira, as well as dance. Beth Feldman: Beth is a black light artist that has been with the High Flyers for many years. She performs a mesmerizing Hula-hoop act with glowing hoops and exciting music that wows viewers. She is an aerialist that also performs Spanish web, High Flying Trapeze and Aerial Ballet. Colin Howell: Colin is the newest addition to the High Flyers. He has been involved in athletic muscular development for years and studies Italian (speaks fluently) and French at Indiana University and is also a translator. He currently performs Adagio and is training in various other acts. Clint Bobzien: Clint has been a member of the High Flyers since 1997 and was a competitive diver in high school and college. He is a senior at Indiana University studying biology and chemistry in preparation for medical school. Clint performs Trampoline, Clowning, Adagio, Hand-balancing, High dive, Stilts, Cloud swing, and High Flying Trapeze. Steve Mascari: Steve has been with the High Flyers since 1994, is a very talented musician, incredible cook and performs primarily as a catcher on the High Flying Trapeze and Adagio. Dave Weber: Dave has been with the High Flyers since the 1990's. He owns and operates his own recording studio called, Air Time Records and performs High Flying Trapeze, and Cloud Swing. Licia Weber: Licia has been with the High Flyers since the 1990's. She is the stage manager and is also a creative power in costume design as well as a stilt walker. Christy Vance: Christy has been with the High Flyers since 2001 and was a competitive gymnast in high school. She is a full time student at Ivy Tech, a mother of five and helps out with show preparation in various areas. She performs Adagio and Hand-balancing.