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â€š Bernadette Pace, front and center, with some of her high-flying students
fter a devastating event or situation, some people might wish they could run off and join a circus. After her husband of 28 years left her, thatâ€™s exactly what Bernadette Pace did. As a trapeze artist with two decades of experience, she fit in the acts of circuses such as the Flying Valentines and the Flying EspaĂąas, and even spent three months performing in Japan. That was almost 20 years ago. While most 69-year-
olds might be cozy in retirement, Bernadette teaches a course on high-flying trapeze once a week in the backyard of her 1.2-acre Bloomington home. And when sheâ€™s not teaching, sheâ€™s practicing one of more than a dozen tricks. â€œI think everybody ought to have something that thrills them and will go on thrilling them until they die of old age. It keeps you alive, it keeps you vigorous,â€? Bernadette says. â€œSome people get old and depressed, and Iâ€™m just old.â€? Bernadette learned flying trapeze in the 1970s at the Denver Center YMCA and began performing with the Denver Imperial Flyers. â€œAfter I started flying, I absolutely loved flying, and I just knew I wouldnâ€™t be able to live without it,â€? Bernadette says. MORE | Page 14
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