A new circus club aimed at all adults 18-100+ where everyone is welcome from the absolute beginners to circus pro's looking to brush up their skills in certain areas. Community circus is all about building communities, getting fit and developing confidence, so why not come on down to learn beginner to intermediate skills in all aspects of circus and see for yourself.
The club will be run by Ross Wheeler who has been a professional circus performer for over 15 years, has a BA honors degree in Street Arts, runs Hotch Potch Performance and is a proud member of the Airfish Circus Collective and Cirque du Ciel team. There will also be guest tutors joining us for different disciplines.
The sessions will be 2 hours long and each consisting of a long warm up and cool down each side at least a solid hour of circus skills. At the end of the Autumn/Winter term we will also hold an optional adult showcase/renegade show at The Circus Works where you can perform your new skills or just come along for the fun!
Over 16 year olds will be welcome with a supervising adult.
Sessions as detailed 7pm-9pm:
(some classes subject to change with guest tutors availability)
Sept Mon 20th; Introduction to Ault Circus
Sept Mon 27th; Juggling & Manipulation- Juggling/Object Play
Oct Mon 4th; Juggling & Manipulation- Prop Spinning
Oct Mon 11th; Equilibristics- Balance, Stilt Walking
Oct Mon 18th; Unicycle, Stilts, Balancing Prop
Nov Mon 1st; Acrobatics- Acrobalance
Nov Mon 8th; Acrobatics- Tumbling
Nov Mon 15th; Aerial- Introduction to Aerial
Nov Mon 22nd; Aerial- Aerial Dance
Nov Mon 29th; Clowning/Physical Theatre- Creating a character
Dec Mon 6th; Clowning/Physical Theatre- Audience interaction
Dec Mon 13th; Free Play / Act Development
Dec Friday 17th; Adult Showcase / Xmas Renegade Show!
We are now also offering an exclusive Airfish Discount for members of the collective looking to join in the warm-up & warm down and either join in the skills to go over the basics, see how Ross and other tutors teach or find space to train by themselves in the space.
Workshops for Groups & Events
Widely known for building confidence, keeping fit, improving balance and coordination whilst encouraging a strong sense of team building through the nature of play. Our workshops introduce floor based practices such as Juggling, Poi, Diablo, Staff and Hula Hoop. Guiding absolute beginners to circus addicts. We can provide “drop in” workshops for busy events or structured sessions for a more focused group.
Drop in circus areas at busy events can be run by one or two tutors and let people of any age come and go as they please to try out the equipment with help at hand.
Structured sessions for 1-2 hours can specialise in different areas and props and include all sorts of fun games and physical warm ups for classes and groups young or old to work together.
Session can optionally also come with a renegade show to share skills learnt though out the process or contact us if you want to build a more substantial series of sessions leading to a showcase.
Beginners to Master Class
Ross Wheeler has been stilt walking for over 15 years and focuses on smaller peg stilts for agile movements in interactive comedic walkabouts and stilt dancing cabaret acts. Master Classes for circus groups involve exercises and teachings around the anatomy of peg stilt walking, dancing and agile movements for different terrains and characters. Sessions are delivered firstly by exploring the physical movements without stilts before repeating these with stilt practice and developing short peer performances. These sessions can be for young to adult ages for people who can already walk on stilts, however separate beginner stilt walking workshops can also be arranged.
Kids Circus Classes
You can also find out about all sorts of kids classes and clubs including ones taught by Ross for ages 3-5 & 5-8 year olds at The Circus Works' website: https://www.circusworksdevoran.org/