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Hair hanging stunt taught locally

Hair hanging stunt taught locally

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By: Melissa Randall

Up until a few days ago many people had never even heard of hair hanging– the stunt that was being attempted at the Ringling Brothers circus in Providence Sunday. It turns out the rare aerial act is taught locally.

Ginger Howl and Danielle Newberry, 15, have been practicing hair hanging for about 5 years at a circus school in Newton, Mass.

Of all the aerial arts it's what comes closest to actual flying. Everything else you're hanging on with your hands or your feet or your knees," said Ginger Howell.

The women, who are training at Simply Circus, are able to stay up in the air for about 10 minutes. Professionals have to last much longer– sometime up to an hour.

Both enjoy the freedom, but do admit that it is painful, and that it takes time to build up tolerance.

"It really helps when you are doing a show or something you get like an adrenaline rush and it really does help you kind of just like forget about the pain," said Danielle Newberry.

The hair style the performers wear is actually a very important part of the act. It helps distribute weight. If the braid isn't done correctly it could cause serious injury.

The founder of Simply Circus estimates that only about 20 professionals in all of the us and north and South America perform hair hanging.

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