By A Thread team shares circus skills

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Re­gional sec­ondary school stu­dents have had a rare op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a work­shop by some of Aus­tralia’s best circus artists.

Cast of ‘By a Thread’ ran a circus and acro-dance work­shop for years eight, nine and VCE dance classes in Hor­sham yes­ter­day.

Stu­dents learned ac­ro­batic and circus skills such as hand­stands, group bal­ances, jug­gling, di­a­bolo and rope tricks.

VCE dance teacher Amy Anselmi said stu­dents were ex­cited to work with the per­form­ers, who will be hoisted and swung across Hor­sham Town Hall’s stage tonight in their live circus show.

“We don’t re­ally teach any­thing like this in our classes,” she said.

“Hope­fully we will see some of the skills they have learned in their chore­og­ra­phy later in the year.”

Pro­duc­tion ‘By A Thread’, in­volv­ing seven aerial ac­ro­bats and a length of rope, fea­tures a di­verse cast rang­ing from street buskers to dancers who will per­form coun­ter­weight ac­ro­bat­ics.

The show uses a 30-me­tre-long rope, ty­ing to­gether ‘the give and take’ of ev­ery­day re­la­tion­ships with the phys­i­cal move­ment of cast mem­bers on stage.

Peo­ple can buy tick­ets for tonight’s 8pm show at Hor­sham Town Hall The­atre.

Book­ings can also be made on­line at www.hor­sham­town­

NEW SKILL: Dance stu­dents Jar­rah David­son, left, and Nik­isha Sonego, right, prac­tice plate spin­ning with Ellen Grow at a circus skills work­shop by the cast of By A Thread at Hor­sham Town Hall. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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