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Youngsters dream of their own acrobat school

Acrobats are known for their acrobatic flair, rope walking and flying without wings in the circus, a skill that takes hours of practice and years of training to perfect.

But for Inathi Zungula from Zwelethemba it came somewhat naturally.

The 16 year old amateur contortionist from the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town learned the art by watching videos.

“At the beginning my partner and I watched videos and copied the tricks. We practised almost daily and came up with our own contortion shapes and position,”says Zungula.

Zungula says that is when her interest in contortion started when she was only 10.

“Back in 2015 I felt the need to express my talent so I decided to look for a partner. I then met Hlumelo Mthambo (17), who was fit and strong and able to carry my weight, who became my base partner,” she adds. The pair normally perform at school events and plan to open their own acrobat school one day to teach young children.

“It is a very scarce sport but we want to make it big in South Africa and put our names on the map.”

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