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Circus training leads to life-changing experience

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2019   /  01:19 am

Wearing a red T-shirt, a pair of black trousers and with a fixed grin, Said Parlindungan, 22, and fellow circus performers cheerfully juggled pins in front of dozens of children at Dukuh Atas Station in Central Jakarta on the sidelines of the Car Free Day on Sunday morning.

“Developing circus skills has been a life-changing experience for me. I used to be an introverted kid who didn’t enjoy talking to people, let alone being the center of attention,” says 22-year-old Said Parlindungan.

The son of an angkot (public minivan) driver is an alumni of Yayasan Hidung Merah (Red Nose Foundation), a nonprofit arts and education outreach organization, and has become a teacher in the same organization.

The foundation, which was established in 2008 by American Dan Roberts, focuses on protection and advocating for children in low-income areas in Cilincing, North Jakarta, a...