c i r c a d e m i c s

The diameter of a circus ring is 42' because it creates the perfect centrifugal force needed for equestrian trick riders."Circademics" -- a term coined by Jackie Davis in 2011 -- combines the words "circus" and "academics" and refers to scholars with an interest in pursuing academic research as related to circus and youth development and, in this case, the documentation resulting from their research. The Circademics movement is growing internationally.

The articles and essays on this page elaborate on the practice of DCA, and illustrate the benefits of circus arts learning and play for all ages and levels of development.

Sources include, but are not exclusive to:
Developmental circus arts (DCA) is a term coined by Jackie Davis, EdM, "to describe the philosophy and practice of using circus-making as a vehicle for physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in young people". Source

Developmental Benefits Overview:
  • Physical - Body/spatial awareness, circulation, strength, tone, range of motion, flexibility, balance
  • Cognitive - Gross/fine motor control, bi-manual coordination, visual tracking, problem solving, focus, concentration, sequencing, coordination, inhibition, multi-tasking, mental flexibility, sequencing, creativity, rhythm/timing
  • Emotional - Self-confidence, self-efficacy, positive risk-taking, trust, empathy, individuality
  • Social - Cooperation/teamwork, role acquisition, respect, giving and receiving support, communication, leadership

Circus Moves believes that the DCA principles apply not only to youth, but to all people. Excercising balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, brain elasticity, creativity, imagination, positive social interaction, self-esteem, and PLAY are critical to health and wellness at any age!

Benefits of Circus Arts:

"Play is spontaneous and open-ended...basically play is doing, rather than watching. It involves the senses — hearing, feeling, seeing. Play at its best offers choices, possibilities, different ways to explore a problem. Children can make things happen while playing that can't happen in the real world. This can be a source of power for them, a way to feel bigger or more competent even when they are overwhelmed by the grown-up world."

Excerpt from The Successful Child by William Sears, Martha Sears, & Elizabeth Pantley

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