Ashley Skivington has seen her life come full circle. The 35-year-old performer first saw the Cirque du Soleil show "Mystere" as a teenage gymnast. She's now been with the show nearly a third of her life — 12 years.
"I remember walking out just in awe and wondering how something like that was made," Skivington recalled. "I was thinking, 'I want to do that someday,' and here I am."
The schedule is rigorous — Skivington performs in up to 10 shows a week, or 470 shows per year on bungees and Chinese poles. But each performance still has an element of fun.
"Cirque allows us to do what we are basically born to do," Skivington said of herself and her fellow performers. "It provides a great environment to really be yourself, and the response you get from the audience every night is just unbelievable."