Mini Cirque for schools
Mini Cirque Offers Performances and Circus Workshops in Schools
One woman circus show.
Sophie has a great solo show to present in schools, the all new ‘One woman circus’ show. The show last about 45-50 minutes and presents several impressive professional circus acts using circus prop manipulation, dance, acrobatic and audience partication all set to music in a professional costume. This show is great for schools, day cares, birthday parties and large events and can also include workshop for school age kids. The show leaves kids inspired and empowered.
During the circus workshops, students explore various circus arts and learn some fundamental techniques of prop manipulation such as juggling, poi, flower sticks and prop balancing as well as hand-to-hand partner acrobatics balancing. 2 hours, one day or up to 5 days. A 5 day workshop can also culminate in a performance
Why Circus Arts?
Benefits of the Circus Workshops
- It's fun!
- Circus is an art form that has inspired children and adults for thousands of years.
- Circus is a non-competitive sport in which children have the opportunity to develop their abilities at their own pace and encourage self discipline.
- Circus gives children the opportunity to develop psychomotor skills in the context of a game
- Circus arts help students develop on all levels while practicing an enjoyable activity. While learning to use circus props students increase their fine and gross motor skills (physical level) and their problem solving skills (intellectual level). While learning mime and clown arts, students increase their ability to express themselves (emotional level). Each of the arts that they will learn will eventually be practiced with other students; this will increase their ability to interact with others (social level). Learning some skills they may have thought they never would have been able to learn results in a higher level of self-confidence and productivity in other aspects of their education and their lives outside of school.
Introduction to Circus Arts
The introduction to circus arts project hold many educational merits and is in parallel with the philosophy of the Ministry of Education as to the importance of art in schools as stated in the Ontario curriculum:
“Education in the arts is essential to the students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth. Through the study of arts, students not only develop the ability to think creatively and critically, but also develop physical coordination and the ability to work both independently and with others. In addition, the creative and practical work encourages students to express themselves in both verbal and non verbal ways, and can enable them to discover and develop abilities that can prove to be rich sources of pleasure later in life.”
The workshops are also in parallel with the Québec Ministry of education as to the importance of play as stated in the Québec curriculum:
"Through their play, children express themselves, experiment, construct their learnings, structure their thoughts and develop their worldview. They learn to be themselves, to interact with others and to solve problems. They develop their imagination and creativity."
Other Benefits of Circus Arts
The circus workshops also motivate the children to adopt an active lifestyle by teaching them physical games that they can continue to practice at home either on their own or with their peers. Circus is a non-competitive activity in which children have the opportunity to develop their abilities at their own pace and it encourages self discipline. The program aims to enrich the life of the child by allowing him to undergo a privileged experience, expose him to a new art form, provide tools that will encourage him to be more physically active, instil the desire to challenge himself, and help him develop psychomotor skills.
Sophie Latreille, Artist and Educator
The circus workshops are the result of many cumulative years’ experience performing and teaching children. Sophie has presented numerous shows and workshops in the Ottawa/Outaouais area as well as in Montreal and abroad working both on her own and with the following performance groups:
- Fire Weavers (2003 to present)
- Mini Cirque (2003 to present)
- The Clownathèque (2002 to 2003)
- Cirque Ciel (2001 to 2002)
Sophie also specialized in educational school programs during the 3 years that she worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilizations (2003-2005).
Sophie has also taught dance and creative movement to children at the Studio de dance Danielle in Aylmer (1991-1993).
Through these experiences, Sophie has developed strong abilities in managing a group of students, maintaining discipline and making sure each child benefits from the program.
Guest artists programs are available for your school:
A guest artist program can be offered as a half day workshop (2 hours), a full day workshop (5 hours) during the school day or over several days. The goal of the workshop is to provide a unique opportunity for kids to discover a new artform with a professional in the field.
All programs are also available in French.
And the workshops are fun too!
Contact us for more information or to reserve a workshop.
"As long as we can play we will be young at heart."
Mini Cirque Testimonials:
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