I love Spinfest. It’s a monthly get-together sponsored by the Circus Freaks at a shopping center and park at Central Expressway (Highway 75) and Campbell Road in Richardson.
Like the Tuesday and Thursday night sessions at Valley View Mall in Dallas, Spinfest is a time when circus performers get together to practice, get feedback from their peers about what they’re doing, and help each other. At Valley View, it’s more practice than performance — but people come to Spinfest ready to perform.
I don’t get to go very often, because the Tuesday and Thursday night sessions are from 8 until 10 p.m., and I usually have circus classes until around 7:30, and then I still have homework to do. And a lot of times, I work on Saturdays.
But I got to go this month, and it was a lot of fun…for the first hour or so. Then I tried a trick I haven’t really mastered yet, and I fell off my rola-bola. It’s the first time I’ve fallen in a couple of years, and I really twisted my ankle. I think it caught underneath the board, but I’m not really sure. I was trying not to let my head hit the concrete.
So now I have missed circus class again on Tuesday — after missing it twice last week because of other stuff — and I had to sit out in PE, too. I’m wearing an ankle brace, but my foot is starting to feel better.
The good news is that I got to sit and watch everybody else at Spinfest, while my grandparents put ice on my ankle. I love to perform, but sometimes it’s fun to be in the audience, too! There were some people who just happened by — they’d never tried to juggle or use a hula hoop before — and they got really into it. That was a lot of fun to watch. The next time I will get to go to Spinfest will be in January, and I will be ready to do that trick on the rola-bola for sure.