Clown­ing, singing, act­ing and play­ing

Kids Summer - - Inside - By Den­nis J. Car­roll

Join the cir­cus for the sum­mer

When 11-year-old Fiona MacGil­livray and her fa­ther, Ian, hang out to­gether, they’re do­ing it swing­ing from the rafters on aerial fab­rics at Wise Fool New Mex­ico’s Santa Fe stu­dio.

Fiona, who has been de­vel­op­ing her cir­cus tal­ents since she was 7, plans to join one of this sum­mer’s Wise Fool camps to fur­ther hone her skills. She and her fa­ther have per­formed to­gether on the fab­rics and are plan­ning to keep it up. Ian says their per­for­mances to­gether in­spire him to keep in shape, although he also plays soc­cer and other sports.

Wise Fool classes and work­shops in­clude a half­day Wee Kids Camp June 15-20 for ages 5 and 6. Camps for ages 7 to 14 are sched­uled for July 6-17 and July 20-30. Par­tic­i­pants in both groups work on cir­cus skills that in­clude stilt walk­ing, trapeze and aerial air work, clown­ing, ac­ro­bat­ics and pup­petry. Each camp cul­mi­nates in “mini cir­cus” per­for­mances for fam­ily and friends.

Wise Fool’s TeenBUST, June 1-13, is de­signed for mid­dle school girls, who learn typ­i­cal cir­cus skills and de­velop their tal­ents in ways that en­cour­age tak­ing risks, push­ing bound­aries and be­com­ing “phys­i­cally bold,” says youth direc­tor Ilana Blankman. Dur­ing the camp the girls also write about their ex­pe­ri­ences and learn to use newly ac­quired lead­er­ship skills in self-ad­vo­cacy and com­mu­nity build­ing. Out­side groups such as So­lace IM­PACT Per­sonal Safety and Youth Me­dia Project work with the young women to in­cor­po­rate the new­found self-con­fi­dence and lead­er­ship abil­i­ties into their per­sonal and com­mu­nity lives. “TeenBUST is tar­geted at limited-op­por­tu­nity young women to help them ex­plore their phys­i­cal­ity and use their bod­ies as a tool to ex­press them­selves,” Blankman says.

Ad­mis­sion to the pro­gram is through nom­i­na­tion from friends, fam­ily, teach­ers and school coun­selors. Any­one wish­ing to nom­i­nate a young woman can con­tact

Blankman at Wise Fool by call­ing 505-992-2588.

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