Circus News

Solo Circus: Downers Grove Acrobat Performs for Alzheimer’s Patients in Burr Ridge

Evan Baird literally jumped at the chance to perform Thursday at a memory care center in Burr Ridge.

All the jumping was in Baird’s outdoor solo circus act.

The 22-year-old Downers Grove resident wore jumping springs and a mask while bopping through the air to Billy Porter’s song “Love Yourself” for a crowd of about 25 people at Harvester Place, which specializes in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’ve been looking for smaller gigs and shows like the one I’m doing here,” said Baird, a Downers Grove South High School alumnus who competed on its gymnastics team. “I’ve been practicing, putting together something that is COVID-friendly, as well as being a fun and safe performance for the audience…”

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