Whether contemporary or traditional, Circus has been described as the Opera of the eye, the greatest show on earth, and can be found touring in your local park, in comedy clubs and festivals or on your street corner. Heres where you can where you can find a show (link to include)
One of the fastest growing physical and creative activities for both children and adults. Be that aerial yoga or circus minis or tumbling tots. Its non competitive, highly expressive and theres no such thing as failing.
over the last 30 years circus has been discovered as an engaging artform of huge social benefit, be that promoting learning and creativity in schools, become a strategy for tackling obesity or be hugely engaging for young people who experience unequal access to all kinds of opportunities due to systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society, particularly those that are neuro-diverse.
“By turning you upside down, we teach you to stand on your own two feet. By dropping objects, we teach you to catch them.
By having you walk all over someone, we teach you to take care of them. By having you clown around, we teach you to take yourself seriously.”
– Robert Sugarman, Circus for Everyone.
Why circus works
Circus activity builds confidence, trust and discipline and is a great way to improve fitness and have fun. Greentop improves young people’s resilience and self-belief by providing a safe space where it’s ok to fall and fail, and even better to get back up and try again.
We think Circus participation improves children’s readiness to seize life chances, growing happier, healthier, creative young people who are achieving their potential.
Why Children Enjoy Circus Participation
We associate it with fun ,and its enjoyable to learn – with such a range of activity that there is always something to succeed in, often with a very low thresholds to success, growing competence and therefore confidence as well as physical literacy . Circus is where sport and arts intersect and so provides a route to performing through the development of skills (even for introverts).
Circus has roots in many cultures so people from most backgrounds can relate to it in their way. It works well across gender and all body shapes: Research from the University of Manitoba5 of comparative primary age PE classes compared to Circus classes shows it to be gender neutral – as appealing to girls as boys.
Also circus offers a safe space to be inventive and different – its history has been in the margins and has a creative tradition of trying things differently and not being as expected. Circus is risk friendly – exploring risk in a controlled environment. All generating the following outcomes:
- Physical wellbeing: agility, flexibility, body awareness, fitness, balance, co-ordination, progression;
- Mental wellbeing: confidence, happiness, resilience, freedom to fail, sense of achievement, being present/focus; creative expression;
- Social development: trust, inclusion, teamwork, understanding risk, performance, cross cultural.
- Learning: promotes a growth mindset amongst young people involving engaging with other people, persistence, reflective skills and personal goal setting.