Kids get in on the circus act
Classes teach strength, confidence in fun setting
FLIPSIDE has core values of safe risk taking, hard work, showing off, laughter, building trust and valuing dreams and aspirations.
It provides access to young people regardless of background and location.
Flipside Circus has been working with schools in a variety of ways for the past 15 years.
The circus classes encourage co-operative and non-competitive physical movement in a safe environment and are suitable for children of all ages and fitness levels.
They are flexible and responsive to the needs of individual schools and come equipped with mobile facilities and exceptional and qualified trainers.
Visiting Eidsvold School at the end of last year, Flipside rewarded Rodney Thompson with a scholarship to participate in the Christmas holiday program in Brisbane.
Flipside Circus co-ordinator Christine Larsen said the Human Pyramid Program is designed to encourage confidence in students of all ages and increase co-ordination and balance.
“It has been shown that school attendance increases after the children have had a performance experience,” Larsen said.
“The increases in confidence as we work with the children of the two-week program are remarkable.”
Eidsvold State School children have participated in the program over the past two years and the students have embraced the opportunity to show their skills when it comes to gymnastics.
Thompson said the experience he gained at Flipside was immeasurable.
“I have had so much fun learning new skills and my strength has doubled in a week,” he said.
“I have overcome my fear of heights and I have learned how to co-ordinate a performance.”
Flipside is a not-for-profit organisation (incorporated in 1998).
Flipside Circus has grown steadily from a solid grassroots and community base.
NEW SKILLS: Flipside Circus classes teach Eidsvold’s Rodney Thompson the ropes.
FLYING HIGH: Libby Sparks shows that Flipside is about learning to take calculated risks and being loud and proud.
STACKS ON: At Flipside the children are one in, all in.