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Program Participation Benefits

  1. Provides a fun, motivating and intrinsically reinforcing experience.
  2. Increases positive risk taking both physically and emotionally, in a safe and supported environment.
  3. Promotes physical health and body awareness through activity.
  4. Enables participants to acquire a broadened skill base relating to circus as well as more generic 'life skills'.
  5. Increases self-confidence and self-efficacy.
  6. Improves social connectedness, teamwork, and leadership skills within the group.
  7. Provides opportunities for calming rhythmic activities, increased sensory feedback, a focus on balance, and coordination.
  8. Creates a space in which participants feel a sense of belonging.

    Excerpt from Occupational therapy and circus: Potential partners in enhancing the health and well-being of today's youth by Jill Maglio and Carol McKinstry Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2008) 55, 287-290

B E N E F I T S  O F  C I R C U S  S K I L L S

Skill Benefits Breakdown

Equilibristics - Unicycle, globe, rola bola, fun wheel, stilts, acrobatics

  • Physical: Exercises the vestibular system and promotes postural control and spatial awareness.
  • Emotional: Reasonable risk-taking with success is a cornerstone of empowerment.
  • Cognitive: Children learn to engage accurate self-assessment practices.

Object Manipulation - Throw & Catch (scarves, rings, balls, clubs), Rotational Manipulation (diabolos, ribbon wands, poi, spinning plates, hula hoops), Balancing (peacock feathers, spinning plates, batons, juggling clubs, dowels, et al)

  • Physical: Hand-eye coordination, midline crossing, bimanual dexterity, grasp/reach, fine motor skills, spatial awareness
  • Emotional: Delayed gratification, perseverance, cooperation.
  • Cognitive: Concentration, planning & goal-setting, sequencing, problem solving

Passing multiple objects between partners and in groups requires and develops heightened awareness of oneself in relation to others.

Tumbling & Acrobatics

  • Individual Work: tumbling involves stretching, bending, rolling, inversion, cartwheels, handstands, and other stunts, developing critical physical skills, core strength, and balance.
  • Partner/Team Work: partner acrobatics incorporates timing, cooperation, and communication skills.
  • Group Work: human pyramid building teaches students to be responsible for one another and to work as individuals in attaining group goals