It’s always sad when a student leaves. Some of the time, especially with our younger students, they just “disappear” – one term they’re there, the next they’re gone. But sometimes we get a goodbye. Yesterday we received just such an email. Continue reading
One week to go!
There’s just one week to go until our July holiday circus workshops start in East Finchley and just over a month until our workshops start in Camden. Continue reading
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
Adult Aerial Classes
See you in a week!
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 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.
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.
What Young Kids Can Really Do
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!
We’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!
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!
To book a space in the class please register online at http://airbornecircus.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing two people I hadn’t seen in about two years – and boy are they big now!!
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.