Classes Start Next Week!

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It is now only one week until our circus classes in East Finchley and Mill Hill are up and running again, so don’t forget to book your place!

Summer Term Starts Monday 13th April

Youth Circus Classes

Get class details or book your place for East Finchley classes now.

Get class details or book your place for Mill Hill classes now.

Adult Aerial Classes

Get class details or book your place for adult classes in Mill Hill now.

See you in a week!

Airborne Youth @ East Finchley Festival

Youth

Tomorrow is the annual East Finchley Festival at Cherry Tree Woods. A group of our teenage students are going to be performing on the community stage at 12.45.

If you’re at the festival drop by and say hi to us. We’d love to see you there!

East Finchley Festival is free to attend and is open from 12.00 – 18.00 on Sunday, 22nd June 2014

Easter Holiday Circus Workshops

Easter is just around the corner!

Now that the storms seem to be over, and the sun is making some appearances again, it’s starting to feel like spring might be here (soon). We’re looking forward to spring quite a lot. Not just because better weather means we can start doing some circus outdoors but because we’re running two Easter holiday circus workshops!

The first workshop is for 7-12 year olds and the other is for 11-18 year olds. Both workshops will give new students the chance to learn the basics, while more experienced students can push themselves further and concentrate on learning some new skills!

It’s been a while since we’ve run our own holiday programme but this Easter we want to give all of our students the opportunity to continue learning circus through the holidays as well as let some new folk come try it out.

If you’d like to participate in our Easter holiday circus workshops, or if you know someone who would, the workshops are open for registration now and can be booked via our holiday circus workshops page.

Check out our holiday circus workshops page for more information.

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What Can Young Kids Do?

What do you do with a 5 year old?

This is a question we get asked all the time. But I often think the answer is inadequate for people. ‘We teach the young kids the same stuff as the older kids – acrobatics, trapeze, juggling,etc.’

For some reason people seem to expect young kids to be less able than older kids. And that’s really not the case. In my opinion, it’s not that young kids are less able, it’s that they’ve had less exposure. Said another way, it’s not that they’ve been around on the planet for less time but that they’ve been around circus for less time that makes them less able.

We probably all know this but the main way that very young children learn is by copying. So if they’re brought up around circus they’ll copy circus. The earlier the exposure and the more time devoted to copying and learning circus the better they’ll be by the time they’re five.

My friend Lesley (incidentally it’s her birthday as I’m writing this – happy birthday Lesley!) runs the Wookey Hole Circus, a very successful youth circus in Somerset. Her daughter was watching all the people around her teaching, learning and performing circus from the moment she was born. Here she is at 18 months practicing her hula hoop and taking a call at the end. (In case you don’t realise, this is impressive for 18 months!)

I can’t wait to see what she’ll be like by the time she’s five.

Our classes for young kids have exactly the same content as our classes for older children. So what’s the difference? Well, there really isn’t any difference in the content – all of our classes include juggling, trapeze, tightwire, acrobatics and more – but the delivery style changes with the different age groups. Our 5-7 students have slightly more structure than the 8-12s who have slightly more than the teens. As students get older, they naturally gravitate towards certain skills and away from others, possibly disregarding some skills entirely. One of our teens told me last week that she’s not interested in acrobatics at all and doesn’t want to do it. She’s got her heart set on the unicycle and is always ready and eager to get back on it and practice each week. And that’s more than ok by me. Not everyone is built for, or interested in, every circus skill, and that’s one of the beauties of circus: there’s something for everyone.

Although at the moment we only offer classes for young people who are 5+ I’m committed that as Airborne Circus grows we start to offer classes for pre-schoolers and toddlers too. The early we get them the better they’ll become!

In the meantime here are a couple of videos of young children who started circus early on. They obviously didn’t learn this overnight but it should give you a sense of what young kids are capable of if they’re exposed to circus early and given the chance to learn.

Get more information about our youth circus classes

What Young Kids Can Really Do

Mill Hill & Finchley Classes Start Monday 15th April

Aerial (9)The new term is nearly here and our brand new classes (and our established ones) are about to begin.

We’ve now got classes in East Finchley and Mill Hill for young people and teens aged 5-7, 8-12 and 13-21, as well as a daytime class for home schoolers and new aerial classes for adults in Mill Hill.

Term begins Monday, 15th April.

Online bookings are open and spaces are filling up so get in there quick!

Go to Youth Classes
Go to Classes for Home Schoolers
Go to Adult Classes

 

Mill Hill Classes Starting Soon

WireWe’re very pleased to announce that from the summer term we’ll be starting up some new classes for children and adults in a brand new venue in Mill Hill. The classes will cover a range of skills including aerial and manipulation (juggling, diabolo, hula hoop, etc) skills.

Stay tuned for more information in the next few days!

In the meantime, check out our current youth classes and adult workshops.

Circus for Home Schoolers

We’re very excited to say that after the Easter holiday we’re going to be running two daytime circus classes for children and young people who are home educated.

The sessions will cover the full range of circus skills including juggling, acrobatics, tightwire hula hoop, diabolo and trapeze!

If you’re home educated come join us for a bit of daytime circus fun!

Class Details

Friday 19th April – Friday 19th July (13 weeks)
Half Term: Friday 31 May
5-7 year olds, 10.30am – 11.30am, £8/session
8+ year olds, 11.30am – 12.45pm, £10/session

 

To book a space in the class please register online at http://airbornecircus.fikket.com/.

Youth Circus

Old Friends

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing two people I hadn’t seen in about two years – and boy are they big now!!

Old Friends

You might not recognise them but they were at a workshop I ran a couple of years ago when Claude Fisicaro came along and took photos. Here’s a photo of each of them learning circus skills that day.

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