He’s on ground in Alexanders’ circus
Meet the Flying Alexanders Minus One.
February 24, 2010 - 12:00 am
Meet the Flying Alexanders Minus One.
When former "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander isn’t rehearsing for his first Las Vegas show, he’s frequently watching his family take flight.
Wife Daena and sons Gabriel, 18, and Noah, 14, caught the circus bug several years ago and spend their days training as acrobatic aerialists.
They’re regulars at SkyZone , an entertainment center at 4915 Steptoe St., off Boulder Highway.
Their dad is the grounded member of the family.
"I don’t like heights," said Alexander, who responded to questions by e-mail to save his voice.
The family involvement began after Gabriel went off to a performing arts camp a few years ago.
"They have a very big circus program there, and he came back all excited about his new skills," said Alexander, who brought his one-man show "The Donny Clay Experience" to Planet Hollywood Resort this month.
Gabriel soon taught Noah the ropes — first with a climbing rope that was installed in the backyard at the family home.
"Then to everyone’s amazement, Daena quickly picked it up. Daena found a local school that taught silks (aerial acrobatics in which performers use a special fabric) and stationary trapeze. They all started taking classes there and have been training silks ever since. The kids got so into it and it is such good body building, we had a circus rigger install a rig in our yard.
"It accomodates silks, stationary trapeze and bungee. Then, we discovered a school in the valley that offers flying trapeze and the family has been playing with that, as well. My wife particularly excels at that one.
The kids also take tumbling, trampoline and gymnastics, he said. "So, we put a trampoline in the backyard, too.
"It’s the Alexander family circus," Alexander said. "I guess that makes me the clown."
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