Aerialist hospitalized after fall during holiday performance at Beverly Center

50651085An aerialist performing during a holiday show at the Beverly Center mall was injured and hospitalized after falling to the shopping center floor, authorities said today. One witness said the performer appeared to fall about 40 feet — from the third level of the shopping center to the first.

The 26-year-old woman slipped while she was hanging upside down from a solid metal hoop suspended from the ceiling during the finale of the show “Hunky Santa and the Candy Cane Girls,” said Ray Pierce, owner of Hollywood Aerial Arts, the firm putting on the performance.

She managed to turn herself right side up before falling into a video projection cube and injuring her wrist and pelvis. She was not wearing a harness, and there were no nets to break her fall, he said.

“She’s a total pro, for some reason she slipped in this one move,” Pierce said.

Los Angeles firefighters responded at 6:15 p.m. Saturday to a report of a woman having fallen at the shopping center in the 8500 block of Beverly Boulevard and transported her to a local hospital.

Susan Vance, marketing and sponsorship director for the mall, called the fall an “isolated incident.”

“She’s been evaluated and is doing well,” she said. “These are all world-class performers, they do this all the time. It was a human error, basically.”

Story and photo by LA Times.

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