The Fiji Village reports that many braved the wet weather conditions to catch the opening acts of four international entertainers at the Fiji Showcase 2011. The paper “saw many stunned with the antics of Minnie Maniac, the crazy cheer leader, who showed many people different ways of using a hula hoop.” She said she really enjoyed her first outing and promises loads more over the next few days. Minnie Maniac’s real name is Toni Smith and she began her performing career at the age of 18 after attending Circus School in New Zealand. She first specialized in trapeze and tight rope before developing her hula hoop skills under the tuition of Svetlana Schukin of the Moscow State Circus. She has since toured the world, performing in circuses, festivals, and theatres. She first unleashed her unabashed hula-hooping cheerleader character on the world in 2003.