Class clowns! Circus comes to elementary school

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Larger than life: Performers wowed the audience with their inhuman feats of strength.
Enjoy the show: Dasha and Katherine Koltsova enjoy the dazzling acrobatics and magic acts.
Flexible: Contortionists performed incredible balancing acts.
Balancing act: Students were amazed with the circus.

These performers must have been right at home in Coney Island!

Acrobats and jugglers with Mike Naughton’s Yankee Doodle Circus dazzled families at PS 100 in Coney Island for a thrilling school fund-raiser on Feb. 3. Circus performers from across the globe converged on the grade school for a day of tomfoolery that transformed the auditorium into a sideshow extravaganza and hopefully transformed how kids see the school, said one educator.

“It was great that it showed the kids another side of their school — that it’s not just academic,” said Tally Fain, a Canarsie native and elementary-school teacher who brought her nephews to the event. “It gives them another connection to the place. They really had a great time watching all the incredible acts.”

Internationally-renowned performers spun around the stage in a giant metal ring, juggled bowling pins, and clowns graduates of the esteemed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College — made audience members double over in laughter, attendees said.

Plus, the North American Jump Rope team flipped and tumbled through double dutch ropes, “Miss Fashionista” wowed with her stylish looks and split-second dress changes, and a Canadian gymnast amazed with his contortionist moves.

PS 100’s parent-teacher association hosted the event as a one-of-a-kind event to drum up funds for year round student programs.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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