The circus skills we teach are:
Each learner will have a set of juggling balls and will learn juggling patterns. Mr Dan can show the group the technique of juggling, with one juggling ball , progressing on to two or three juggling balls. The group will learn funky eye catching juggling tricks and new concepts of how to throw and catch. Juggling is a classic circus skill.
Mr Dan’s tight wire is approximately half a metre high and is a low tight wire suitable for learners. The user will exercise using hundreds of muscles to try and walk the wire and shall enjoy trying to control their balance to master the wire. On first turns, novices hold the hand of an adult to support them as they cross the tight wire. Using this method, the skills are suitable for all school key stages. As the learners become more confident they may wish to balance on the wire on their own.
Plate spinning is a circus manipulation art where the plate is spun on a stick. Mr Dan can show the group how to throw and catch the spinning plate whilst it’s spinning, plus other cool tricks such as sending the plate around the back and under the leg.
This circus skill is a bit like a yo-yo and consists of a spool which is whirled and thrown on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand. Mr Dan demonstrates performing and teaching a variety of tricks using the sticks, string, and various body parts.
Stilts have been around for hundreds of years. Mr Dan teaches plant pot stilts in his workshop which are the safest kinds of stilts and are a low risk activity. For adult workshops, hand held stilts can be tutored too.
Flower sticks is sometimes called devil sticks, or rhythm sticks. The learners have two hand stick and a colourful stick with tassels on the end called the flower-stick. They will learn a range of tricks from spinning the flower stick, to one stick balances and keeping the flower stick in the air by catching and pushing rhythmically it whilst using the hand sticks.
This one wheeled bike; the unicycle is suitable for people key stage two children and older children who can reach the pedals. The unicycle also requires a large dry space with a clear wall for the unicyclist to hold onto the wall so it is ideal in a school sports hall. Mr Dan has a range of unicycles suitable for workshops for older children and adults.
Mr Dan teaches the learner one of his favourite circus skills; how to perform the physical comedy of clowning in a fun and safe way. The skills are suitable for all key stages and clowning is particularly enjoyed by key stage one. Mr Dan has a series of clowning routines that help to develop confidence and can be practiced and performed and for fun or to a live audience.
Object balancing is balancing an object on top of anywhere on your body that you can see the top of. In Mr Dan’s circus workshops, the learners can try this with safe peacock feathers, balancing them at first on their hand and fingers and later feet, elbows, chin and forehead. As the learners improve on their circus skills they may try more difficult object such as plate that is spinning on a stick.
The Pedal Wheels are a really popular circus skills that develop balancing and they are accessible for all age groups. An unusual circus skills and fun form of exercise. With six wheels in total, these circus pedalling machines are a real big hit with the kids.