Not the case with Hungarian born Adrienn Banhegyi
, who at the age of 28, is a jump rope pro and a member of Cirque du Soleil.
I met with her
at the JW Marriott.
Very comfortable speaking English (she started learning the English language as a child) Adrienn
was candid, vibrant, down to earth, funny, brilliant and gracious.
jumping journey started 20 years ago.
"The main reason I started jump rope is that my dad is a physical education teacher and he
wanted to have a sport that is easy too access and doesn't take up too much space," explains Banhegyi
saw girls playing double-dutch and jumping with single ropes and felt it was a good way to improve condition and coordination at the same time."
Banhegyi developed her own tricks and techniques and joined a national skipping team where she won the World Championships three times and the European championships five times.
teaches skipping to children, as well as athletes.
also holds a world record!
"I have a world record in jump rope - consecutive triple lander," brims Banhegyi
"[It] means you turn the rope three times for every jump.
I did it three hundred thirty times."
Six years ago, Adrienn
started to feel she
was getting "too old for the competitions" and decided to pursue a career in performance art.
sent the casting department at Cirque a demo video and was contacted to attend an audition in France.
"They have to look at your talent, test your flexibility, strength, jump rope knowledge, and they also look for facial expressions and your body language," says Banhegyi
"We have to be technically qualified."
A few years passed before she
was invited to attend their training school.
And, 18 months ago Adrienn
officially joined Cirque du Soleil.
is now on tour with Quidam in North America performing as a rope-skipping soloist.
Each performance is as breathtaking as the one before.
"You figure out the best way to prepare mentally.
When you're wearing the makeup - for me, it's easy to perform.
It puts you in a different character," Banhegyi
"I feel very happy when I'm on stage.
I bring a lot of energy to the act."
The show is rigorous on the performers with choreography but also with geography.
"Every week we change cities," Banhegyi
also loves travelling and attributes the realization of her
goals in her
personal mantra; the key to happiness is having dreams and the key to success is making them come true.
When back in Hungary she
looks forward to her
mom preparing her
favorite, yet traditional meals.
"I'm sure she
would prepare fruit soup, gyümölcsleves.
It's a cold soup with cherries and peach, made especially during summer," she
will be in Grand Rapids performing with Cirque du Soleil: Quidam from May 30 to June 3, 2012 at the Van Andel Arena.
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