Dec 08, 2014

Traveling Acrobats Take Their Art on the Road

Reporting Texas

Nick Milan and Caty Mae are traveling acrobats who tour the country, performing at circuses, burlesque shows, benefits and business events. The couple, who call themselves Duo Maelan, sometimes travel in a tiny trailer that also is their home base. They recently moved from Austin to San Antonio.

Mae, 26, is the daughter of California circus workers and once toured with the Shrine Circus. Milan, 28, learned acrobatics in Hawaii, where he was a surfer. What began as a hobby became “my obsession” and a full-time job, Milan said.

Reporting Texas photographer Shannon Price spent some time on the road and behind the scenes with Duo Maelan. Their lives are not always glamorous, but there is constant energy, emotion and excitement.