Family Circus Class – Method learned by Paula McKaskill in the UK

Paula McKaskill from NICA (the National Institute of Circus Arts) in Australia presents a method she learned during her mobility project in London:

Whilst in London I observed a lovely Family Circus class at the NCCA on a Sunday morning where they run a number of classes for families with children from 2-7 years. Parents attend and participate in the class with their child and it bought back happy memories of the 12 years I spent as a kinder gym coach before coming to NICA. It was great to see the parents working on activities with their children and I started thinking of ways that I could involve families more in our circus classes.

When I returned home I arranged an event for World Circus Day on April 16, 2016 where parents were invited into our children’s classes and we taught them how to do some fun partner balances with each other ( ). Everyone had a great time, especially the parents and many asked if we could do more classes where they could join in.

This got me thinking back to when we had Rika Taeymans visiting us at NICA from Belgium as part of the Circus Suitcase SCREAM project. She conducted a class for our staff, trainers, friends and children. I loved her activities and she left us with a beautiful book that she co-wrote with Laura Van Bouchout, Jack’s Acrobatics . It is a great resource and what I would like to do now is introduce a regular class for parents with their children. Stay tuned!