Britt plays clown but there's no masking ambition

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I have always wanted to run away and join the circus! But until recently I had absolutely no idea that the National Institute of Circus Arts existed... thanks Britt for starring in this article - oh and her pics make it look like so much fun! Hope you're enjoying it chicken. I am so very jealous!

The article available at: http://www.mordiallocchelsealeader.com.au/article/2008/05/19/35298_mcv_news.html
Kate Swan
CLOWNING around is just part of a day's work for Bonbeach gymnast Britt Portelli.

The 18-year-old, who has competed internationally in synchronised swimming, artistic gymnastics and aerobic gymnastics, is studying a three-year Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Ms Portelli said she saw her first NICA show at age 10, when training as an artistic gymnast, and knew that the circus would be the perfect outlet for her love of gymnastics and drama.

"I immediately knew that was what I wanted to do after school because there is no way I could sit in a lecture theatre for 200 people that's just not for me," she said.

Ms Portelli was one of 17 students selected for the course, which focuses on circus and performance skills as well as theory on circus history, business and career management and health and safety.

She said it was physically and emotionally demanding. "It's a very intense lifestyle change," she said.

"Having such a physically demanding day then waking up and doing it all over again can be quite tough."

Graduates of NICA perform with circus acts around the world, including Cirque du Soleil, Circus Oz and Tokyo Disney.

Local circus student Britt Portelli warming up outside the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Local circus student Britt Portelli warming up outside the National Institute of Circus Arts.

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