Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 1991
Circus Profession: Aerialist
Elly Ardelty was born in Czarist Russia in 1906. She began her career as a dancer with the Imperial Russian Ballet in Leningrad. Emigrating to the United States she changed profession to become a circus artist and developed a single trapeze routine that astounded audiences with her bravery. Her presentation was climaxed by standing on her head while the trapeze bar swung in a 60 foot arch with no safety net. Ms. Ardelty was a center ring performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for many years.
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