By Deb Everts
Audiences of all ages will be left breathless after watching Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, a new grounds act at this year’s Cattaraugus County Fair.
The Hansen family will present a fully self-contained acrobatic thrill show all weeklong.
The acrobatic act features the Hansen family with Shane Hansen, his wife Alecia Michelle, and their three daughters, Olivia (14), Madison (12) and Ella (8). The family tours the United States, performing at fairs and festivals. Their act includes high-speed juggling, extreme hula hoops, an aerial ring, Olympic trampoline and a cube spinning display.
Alecia performs on the aerial cloud swing that is over 30 feet in the air. Hansen said she swings out and dives out, connected only by her feet. He laughed as he admitted that he is afraid of heights and his wife teases him about it.
Hansen likes his feet more firmly planted on the ground. He does a high-speed juggling act that spectators will marvel at as he performs with a modern-style cube spinning display, a lighted five-foot cube that creates an optical illusion.
Olivia is a trampoline star, along with her father and youngest sister, Ella. Like her mother, Madison is also an aerialist — probably one of the youngest in the country, according to Hansen. She’s also a hula hoop star.
When the Hansen family is not on the road performing, they call Sarasota, Fla., home. Hansen said they are on the road about eight months out of the year, so their children are homeschooled.
Both Shane and Alecia were born into performing families, so it was natural for them to become performers themselves.
“We’ve known each other since we were kids, and we lived four miles apart from each other in the same city,” he said. “My parents did this line of work and Alecia’s parents did the same thing. That’s how we met.”
To find out more about the Hansen family and their act, go to hansenspectacular.com.