Circus is for everyone
NY circus school (Manhattan, New York) is for teens and kids where circus arts, gymnastic, aerials, balance and fun make for a powerful educational development.
Circus follows the children growth: What is true human movement? From this question, by paying attention to the children at different stage of their development we will exploit the wild range of tools offered by the circus activities. For instance, the qualities of the four elements - earth, water, wind and fire- is instinctively used as the key to all exercises. For a child who seems all earth and bone, too rigid, lacking the flow between positions we can ask him to exaggerate the wateriness, to free the muscles from his bones; and the child who is all watery without any backbone we can encourage him to generously fill the air so that his movements do not remain locked inside him. It will also define his position into the human pyramid.
The circus activities will allow them to develop every part of their body they are confident with. Then through this achievement explore the rest of their body with curiosity, interaction (if needed) and above all with confidence. What greater gift could we offer to our student than entering the 2nd cycle with a complete awareness and control of their bodies at a time when the Metamorphosis of their bodies will control a part of their lives.
The five circus arts The circus is a fantastic example of social integration using your identity, difference and most of all individuality as a leverage. This a beautiful opportunity to fit into a system while preserving your individuality. Thanks to the beautiful diversity of its activities everybody will find his place disregarding his different look, sex, opinion, cloth, or body strength and weight Help young people to get to know and unfold their own unique potential A social integration through your own capacities. The circus is a vehicle for higher learning
1- TUMBLING & ACROBATICS:
Working alone, Tumbling involve Streching, rolling, inversion, cartwheels, handstands and other dynamics between the body and space. Working in teams, partner acrobatics incorporates a common center of gravity, cooperation, and critical communication skills. Working as a class, human pyramid building teaches students to trust in each other, to be responsible for one another, and the importance of the individual's role in attaining success as a group.
Juggling in its broadest sense means Object Manipulation. There's toss juggling with scarves, balls, rings, and clubs. There's gyroscopic juggling (diabolos, devil sticks, poi, club spinning, plates) as well as Odd Object juggling (apples, whiffle bats, badminton rackets, socks!). students practice eye-hand coordination, concentration, goal setting, and delayed gratification. Partners and groups practice passing sequences where heightened awareness between oneself and the others is required and developed.
The metaphorical need to find one's equilibrium -to be centered at one's core- becomes a reality where the balancing arts are concerned. Encounters with the unicycle, tight-wire, rolling globe, balance board (rolla bolla), and stilts offer countless opportunities to confront and overcome fear and to develop the capacity to hold oneself together in unstable situations.
The clown's smallest task entails huge amounts of exertion and elicits great waves of confusion mixed with cleverness, frustration with joy, and helplessness with virtuosity. What we don't see in the other acts is revealed in the clowning: struggle and emotion. When the clown ultimately triumphs over his inadequacies (through some unforeseen solution) we laugh with relief, knowing that our own human fallibility, too, is never far from the surface...
The fifth circus skill is the exalted realm of aerials, which includes the trapeze, Spanish web, lyra, among many others. While aerial figures prominently in many youth circus programs, it is not a necessity for a recent program.