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Cirque artist remembered for molding young performers

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Sarah Guyard taught classes geared at young aspiring circus performers at Cirquefit's Studio 222. Sarah Guyard taught classes geared at young aspiring circus performers at Cirquefit's Studio 222.
Guyard died following a fall in Cirque du Soleil's production of KA at MGM Grand. Guyard died following a fall in Cirque du Soleil's production of KA at MGM Grand.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Cirque du Soleil artist Sarah Guyard, who died after a fall during a performance of KA on June 29, was being remembered for sharing her love of her work to younger performers.

Guyard taught a "Cirquefit" class to young artists in the facility's Studio 222, teaching everything from tumbling, juggling, jumping and walking on a tight rope.

"She had a 14-foot high trapeze that the kids did aerial things on," James Wong, colleague and owner of The Fit Labs, said of Guyard's classes. "She especially loved the circus and giving that gift to kids."

Guyard, who was a mother of two young children, never stopped working with kids especially at her special camps. She had performed a showcase just hours before her death.

"She was here guiding them through it. The show was great," Wong said. "We had about 50 people here. She was really, really happy with the end of the show."

A memorial site for the 32-year-old performer has been filled with tributes from members of the Las Vegas entertainment community.

"Total shock," entertainment columnist John Katsilometes reacted to the Cirque death. "It's still hard to believe that we're even talking about it."

Katsilometes said it's the first time this has happened in Cirque's 30-year history. It also appears, to Katsilometes' recollection, to be the first time an in-show fatality has happened in Las Vegas.

Witnesses at the show estimated Guyard fell at least 50 feet during the finale of the Cirque show at MGM Grand. The reason behind the accident remains under investigation.

Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement, "We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."

Showings of KA were canceled and Cirquefit has suspended classes following the fall.

A memorial celebration at Studio 222 was scheduled for Wednesday evening in honor of Guyard.

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