The Positive effects of Circus
by Ushan Boyd
Circus is becoming known for engaging hard to reach people, to engage them and give them tools to develop physical and mental skills.
The Guardian posted this article.
From the article :
The rewards [of circus] are plenty. “Circus skills can be used to teach life skills, including perseverance, teamwork, trust and positive risk-taking,” says Che. Young people can apply these life skills outside of the circus – which can help make them more employable and taking part in workshops can give a sense of self-worth while boosting their confidence.”
Circus is accepted now as a ‘sport’ by many groups, including our own BRAC. The Australian Institute of Sports teamed up with the National Institute of Circus Arts to create a handy little booklet for 4 – 12 year olds -Circus: Playing for Life. Circus is becoming more and more popular, and for many reasons.
Circus is collaborative, not competitive. It offers core strength, upper and lower body workouts, as well as balance, hand-eye co-ordination and mental acuity workouts. It is social and supportive, fun and engaging. It encourages having a go, and rewards perseverance and tenacity. In addition to the health benefits of circus, it develops creativity, and helps with concentration and focus.
Social Circus methods can be used with youth at risk, marginalised groups, Indigenous groups, the mentally or physically disabled, juvenile offenders and survivors of assault.(NICA)
Theatre Kimberley has been using circus to engage youth, remote and regional participants for a number of years. Our program has nurtured a new generation of circus ‘all-stars’. Now our programs are taking circus (and performance arts) into the Kimberley, delivering projects directly to communities and schools.