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It's a circus out there: Frequent Flyers brings Cirque de Minuet to The Dairy

Getting a dance show off the ground in this economy can be a real circus, a delicate dance requiring high-flying financial acrobatics. Nancy Smith, the founder and artistic director of Frequent Flyers Productions, a Boulder-based aerial dance troupe, is uniquely qualified for the job. Last month Smith turned to Kickstarter.com with a modest ask of $1,500 to help cover the cost of commissioning original music and performance by

Jesse Manno

for Frequent Flyers' production of

Cirque de Minuet

, and ended up surpassing her goal in the first 24 hours.

For a company where dangling precariously from a thread is the name of the game, the spare change will be a small boon, says Smith: She's using the extra money from her Kickstarter campaign, which ends tomorrow, to help cover rehearsal pay for her aerial dance performers.

Cirque de Minuet pitches its tent tonight at 7:45 p.m. at The Dairy Center for The Performing Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, with another show Saturday night and a matinee on Sunday at 3:45 p.m., then another round of shows next weekend. Tickets start at $20.

"The piece is inspired by Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus," Smith says. "It's not a representation of the book, but I was inspired by it."

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