Circus Camp – Method learned by Elena Ludwig in Estonia

Elena Ludwig from Spain presents a method she learned during her mobility project with Tsirkusestuudio Folie (Tallin, Estonia):

As my mobility was for taking part and joining the circus camp organized by Tsirkusestuudio Folie during eight days, it is difficult to explain only one method. I will explain how was it organized so the kids had as much as experiences they could.

As the camp took place in a school of a small village in the countryside, children could run, swim and play in nature.

The workshops were organized in 6 hours per day. The kids were organized in 4 groups and they took every day classes of acrobatics, juggling and equilibrium, aerial acrobatics and partner acrobatics, but also elasticity and physical exercises.

To warm up for the workshops, group games were made everyday. The group games allow children to create a sense of belonging and mutual support. The presence of these games is very important for the proper functioning of the group when working circus disciplines where partners need help from the rest of the group.

A very important part of the camp was the creation of a performance to show their families at the end of the camp. The creation of that performances, allows kids developing their creativity and group work in addition to feel a target to the workshops, as well as make families taking part of the camp.

Circus camps are a great opportunity for children to enjoy summer in nature by practicing alternative leisure activities.