Clowning, singing, acting and playing
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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