Cyr Wheel

Copyright: Solarview Photography

Copyright: Solarview Photography

A Cyr Wheel is a large metal ring that rotates gyroscopically as person ‘spins’ it. Every movement and motion is caused by the person inside it.

The Cyr wheel (also known as the roue Cyr, mono wheel, or simple wheel) is an acrobatic device popularized in the early 21st century. It consists of a single large, metal hoop and is similar in some ways to a German wheel, with the acrobat spinning inside the wheel while maneuvering around the stage.

There are records of people using a similar apparatus as sports and circus dance equipment for decades but the modern performance style is credited to the 2003 performance of Daniel Cyr, who presented the first cyr wheel circus act at the 2003 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. He won the Silver Medal for his performance.

Since its recent re-popularization as a circus apparatus, hundreds of circus artists from around the world have performed in the wheel. The USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation and the International Rhoenradturnen Verband, with significant assistance from coaches and athletes from the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, developed rules for cyr wheel competition. The first such world championship competition was held during the 10th World Championships in Wheel Gymnastics, July 7-14th, 2013 in Chicago, IL.