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Ex-La Reve performer talks about job's dangers, joy of experience

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 7/04/2013 3:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Veteran acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell to her death while performing in KA at the MGM Grand Saturday. The founder of Cirque du Soleil says the company is completely devastated over the loss of the acrobat and mother of two.

For former acrobat David Pavon, this death is a sore reminder of the dangers endured to live a dream.

“You’re strong. You never think or thought that’s going to happen to you, but sometimes it happens,” Pavon said. “It’s part of the job.”

Pavon, like Guillot-Guyard and several others in Las Vegas show business, moved from a foreign country to pursue performing passion.

“That was my dream: to work for the, Cirque you know?” said Pavon.

Pavon worked for La Reve, not a Cirque du Soleil production. He says his career with La Reve lasted just three years.

“I’ve got a problem in my neck. I broke my spine,” Pavon said. “I got a fusion. I got a piece of metal with two screws. And I remember I lost all my power on my right side.”

David says he believes a certain move involving falling flat on his back into a shallow pool of water put him out of the business. He performed the move two shows a day, 5 days a week. Because he was scared to perform the same move again after his injuries, he says La Reve let him go.

But his memories of the show, he says, are still fond.

Pavon is happy for his experience, and thankful his career did not end as tragic as that of Sarah Guillot-Guyard, the beloved acrobat remembered for teaching her talents to kids.

A letter left on Guillot-Guyard’s door from a student says “I will love you forever. I will never forget you. I promise, because you taught me so much.”

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