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Four of Circus Harmony's Flying Children Land at Cirque du Soleil!

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ST. LOUIS - EntSun -- "Circus didn't change my life. It saved my life," says Melvin Diggs, a St. Louis native who is currently touring the world with Cirque du Soleil. Melvin and three other young urban St. Louisans are all alumni of St. Louis' only social circus school, Circus Harmony. In addition to Melvin, three other Circus Harmony students are touring with the renowned Cirque du Soleil!!

Social circus is an intervention tool used to work with youth at risk. For Circus Harmony it means they use the teaching and performing of circus arts to motivate social change by building character in individuals and building bridges between communities. Their performance troupe, the St. Louis Arches, was founded in 1989.  Over the years, the students have become so adept at advanced circus arts that Circus Harmony is now also known as one of the leading pre-professional circus schools in America.

Three young men, Melvin Diggs, Sidney 'Iking' Bateman, and Terrance 'T-Roc' Robinson are all touring with Cirque du Soleil's show, Luzia. Currently in Vancouver, they next go to London and Moscow. Chauncey Kroner, is in Montreal rehearsing for Cirque du Soleil's new holiday show, 'Twas the Night Before which opens in Chicago  and then in NYC .

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Sidney, Melvin, and Terrance have already toured the word with other circus companies. Chauncey is just starting his professional circus career but has already performed twice at the Kennedy Center - once with Circus Harmony and once as a special guest with South Africa's Zip Zap Circus! He also performed for President Obama at the White House.

Whenever they come home, they come to Circus Harmony and help the next generation. They help teach tricks, choreograph acts, and just serve as positive role models for the current generation of flying children.

Circus Harmony is holding their annual fundraiser, the Juggling Ball, at City Museum on November 9. Tickets are available at www.circusharmony.org and proceeds go to support the Flying Children's Scholarship Fund.Sidney, Melvin, Terrance, and Chauncey are just four of the students launched by Circus Harmony who happen to have landed with the most prestigious circus company in the world! The next international circus star may just be in need of a circus class scholarship.

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About Circus Harmony – Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus, teaches the art of life through circus education. They work to build character and expand community for youth of all ages, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. Through the teaching and performing of circus arts, they help people defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers, all at the same time. To learn more, visit www.circusharmony.org (http://www.circusharmony.org/?fbclid=IwAR1LXeiqdGTHHRp6fnwBa3Lo62tJ--OqyNYn2fX5ZEfxKalW8Vp7NDIbcNQ).

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