A fine balance // Secret Life

This lawyer is hanging on just by her toes

By Precedent

On Monday December 13th, 2010

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Chantal Saxe
Counsel, Ministry of Community and Social Services

Like any serious hobbyist, Chantal Saxe has created a space in her home where she can pursue her pastime. After work, she folds up her Murphy bed and dangles from a trapeze suspended in her bedroom.

Chantal Saxe

Saxe started circus training during law school when she and her sister Nisha discovered flying trapeze classes. They soon formed a troupe, performing at events throughout the GTA.

But finding a suitable studio wasn’t easy — nor was balancing a job, a family and a penchant for flips — so Saxe now practices at home. Weather permitting, she uses an 18-foot rig in her backyard. Otherwise, she’s indoors. “The setup allows me to turn my bedroom into a studio in five minutes,” says Saxe, who spent two decades as a gymnast. “This way I can train and still spend time with my kids.”

Despite her busy schedule, Saxe remains high on trapeze. “This exposes me to situations that I wouldn’t have found otherwise,” she says. “There’s nothing else that I could do that would put me in such a good mood.”


WEB EXCLUSIVE: Pics of Chantal’s home studio


Photography by Daniel Ehrenworth