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Gym Dandies Children's Circus

by Ami Kealoha
on 13 April 2006

Where on earth do six-foot unicycles, flying lacrosse balls, intermediate/middle school age students, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade have anything in common? You'll never guess...on the rocky coast of Scarborough, Maine, the home of the Gym Dandies Children's Circus. Founded in 1981 with a box of tennis balls and a handful of 5th and 6th grade students by physical education teacher Jon Cahill (my dad), the group has evolved into the largest stylized unicycling and juggling group of children in the country and maybe the world. In addition to appearances in the National Independence Day Parade and The 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Gym Dandies travel around Maine and the US giving community performances and workshops promoting the development of motors skills and circus arts techniques in a non-competitive environment for kids and adults of all ages. More images after the jump.

Contributed by Edwin Cahill