Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Léotard, the son of a gymnastics instructor was born in Toulouse, France. He originally set out to study Law and after passing all of his exams, it seemed almost Certain he would join the legal profession. However, at the age of 18 he Began to experiment with trapeze bars, ropes and rings Utara were suspended over a swimming pool. Soon afterwards, Léotard left his prospects of joining the legal profession behind as he joined the Cirque Napoleon.
It was November 12, 1859 When Léotard made ​​his first public appearance as a trapeze artist. After this, he became the first performers ever to complete a full mid-air somersault as he jumped from one trapeze to the other. His act consisted of him jumping between three trapezes over a period of about twelve hours after Utara he would complete a full mid-air somersault BEFORE landing on a carpet-covered safety mat. In 1861, Léotard MOVED to London where he appeared at the Alhambra Theatre in London's Leicester Square. Here, Léotard's performance was carried out over the heads of Diners Incredibly Utara proved to be popular.

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