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Circus Training Instead Of School Sports

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Imagine if social policy-makers were aware of the benefits that circus have for their communities. This was the provocative message that was pitched to Circus Oz trainers. Performers, and circus producers who met at the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood last weekend.

The Circus Futures Forum was jointly sponsored by Circus Oz. The Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association and the Melbourne Festival.

Pride in the Ninja Circus

The respected NPY Women’s Council oversees the local Ninja Circus troupe in Mutitjulu at Uluru. The Ninja Circus has been led by Ludo Dumas a performer and youth worker. Who addressed the Futures Forum last Saturday. They are credited with helping to end the drug abuse and petrol sniffing that have plagued the community’s youth.

The performance of the troupe in front of an audience of 85,000 people at the AFL Dreamtime Round at MCG. In May 2013 was a source for pride for the remote Indigenous community as well as its youth.

Dumas, who also teaches skills to the Nyangatjatjara College in Nyangatjara, said that training requires practice, repetition, focus, and focus. He shared with me that the college staff noticed a marked improvement in children’s attention spans in class after he interviewed them.

Before the beginning of training, students had a attention span of only 10 minutes. Students can now focus for as long as two hours in English lessons and one-and-a half hours in math lessons.

Staff at the college credit the fun and focused training in juggling, acrobatics tumbling with improved self-esteem and respect for each other.

The young performers have also learned how to interact with strangers and socialize with them by performing in community events and arts festivals throughout the Central Desert. Dumas believes this skill will be a positive asset to their future.

Social Circus is at work with barefoot jugglers, acrobatic tumblers and others in the red sand hills near Uluru’s base. It’s as close as you can get to the impressive collection of international and Australian circus companies that will be appearing at this year’s Melbourne Festival.

The social in the world

Social circus is an interventionist approach to social problems that combines the sharing and learning skills with a collaborative approach to them. This term refers to the co-opting skills for social change.

Social began in many locations around the world in the 1990s. The first in Melbourne, where the Women’s Circus found. They encourage self-esteem and social skills acquisition, as well as occupational integration.

Since 1995, Cirque du Monde, an international organisation, has been creating and nurturing Social programs for disadvantaged communities in South America and Africa.

These community-base activities are the result of a repurposing arts that is not use for commercial entertainment. In partnership with Flipside circus, the Queensland Government sponsored initiative Unthink the Impossible tested the effectiveness of skills therapy for disabled children.

Since 1995, Melbourne’s Performing Older Women’s Circus provides performance opportunities and skill development for over-40s women.

Every year, thousands learn apparatus skills through youth and social programs. That are offer by over 60 organizations across Australia. From Broome’s remote Sandfly, which runs outreach programs for Indigenous communities, to the longest-running youth. The Flying Fruit Flies of Albury-Wodonga, where the Flying Fruit Flies is the longest-running youth.