School walks tall with circus skills
CLASS NOW FOR TODDLERS
THERE’S no need to run away with the circus when there are classes close to home in acrobatics, aerial ribbons and juggling at Brown Park Recreation Centre.
CirQuest Circus School is celebrating a year of coaching circus skills to the young and the ‘youngat-heart’ with principal instructor Isobel Lyall at the Swan View facility near Midland.
“I bring my specialist skills as an occupational therapist, as well as my 27 years’ experience as a circus and gymnastics teacher, to these classes, making them an ideal developmental activity for little people,” she said.
Classes available during school terms also offer training in trapeze, diabolo, flower sticks, hulahoops, mini-trampoline, stilt walking, unicycle and many other circus skills.
There are groups for five to eight-year-olds and those aged nine to 12 years every Tuesday afternoon after school.
“We have just added a class for toddlers and kindy-aged children on Friday mornings as well, which are a lot of fun,” Ms Lyall said.
“We’re registered for the excellent Kidsport program, which the Department of Sport and Recreation provides to enable children whose families hold a Health Care Card to access funding of up to $200 a year to pay for extracurricular physical activity.”
Ms Lyall said Brown Park Recreation Centre was not the newest centre in the area, but the main hall floor had benefitted from a resurface and the facility was valued in the community.
“Social circus teachers teach circus with a focus on the process of learning and developing performance skills, rather than on the outcomes,” she said.
“This means we’re able to cater to the unique needs, strengths and interests of each of our individual students.”
Ms Lyall said social circus training had a positive effect on the development of the whole person and was particularly beneficial in the areas of social interaction, problem solving, planning skills, self-esteem and confidence building.
“It also provides people with a sense of belonging to a community as an integral and valued member of a team as well as co-ordination, strength, flexibility and technical skills,” she said.
CirQuest Circus School is the flagship program of Disco Cantito (Latin for learn and play) Association, the not-for-profit community arts organisation launched by Ms Lyall in 2007 with colleague Dawn Pascoe.
Ms Lyall said she would like to extend the program to teenagers and adults and anyone interested should contact her for more details.
Visit http://cirquest. com.au or call 0408 626 941.
Stiltwalkers Therese Spencer (11) and Amber Connell (12).