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SKILLS

Skills Options for Circus Workshops

SKILLS FOR CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

Juggling, Plate Spinning, Diabolo, Flower Sticks, Stilts, Unicycles, Poi, Hula Hoops

Our circus skills workshops offer a wide variety of skills for participants to have a go at. Skill options are offered suitable for children and adults and for the event where the workshop will be run. Some of the skills offered are limited by available tutors, space or other factors.

If you would like more information or contact us to discuss options and availability.

JUGGLING

Juggling skills are one of the most popular skills in all workshops. Properly called 'toss juggling' these skills use equipment which is thrown and caught. Juggling is where more objects  are used than the number of hands doing the throwing and catching.

Juggling can be performed solo or with a partner

Equipment

Scarves
Balls
Rings
Clubs
Availability
Standard
Suitable For
KS 2 Children
(Early Years and KS1 Children can take part in juggling 'games')
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Roving
Possible Limitations
None

PLATE SPINNING

Plate spinning is popular with all age groups. It is achievable in a relatively short time but also multiple optional tricks can be learnt.

It can be performed solo, in pairs or as part of a group making one of the most versatile interactive skills available

Equipment
Plastic plate & stick
Availability
Standard
Suitable For
Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Roving
Possible Limitations
Early Years Children unable to perform trick options

DIABOLO

Diabolo is popular with all age groups. It is like a giant yo-yo which is spun using two handsticks joined by a string

It's basic operation is achievable for older children and adults in a relatively short time. Extensive range of trick options to learn.

Usually performed solo but can be performed in pairs

Equipment
Diabolo & handsticks
Availability
Standard
Suitable For
KS2 Children
(some KS1 Children)
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Roving
Possible Limitations
Ceiling height

FLOWER or DEVIL STICKS

Flower sticks and Devil sticks are long sticks (with flower sticks having rubber tassles on each end to slow the spin down) that are manipulated using two rubber covered handsticks

Its basic operation is quite difficult but there are numerous other throwing and catching tricks which are achievable in quite a short time.

Nearly always performed solo

Equipment
Flower/Devil Stick & handsticks
Availability
Standard
Suitable For
KS1 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Roving
Possible Limitations
Ceiling height

POI SPINNING

Poi spinning is popular many age groups. It involves spinning a sock or string weighted at one end with ball around your body

It is achievable in a relatively short time but also multiple optional tricks can be learnt.

It is usually performed solo

Equipment
Two Poi
Availability
Usually Standard
Suitable For
KS2 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space required is significant as poi can strike objects and other participants

HULA HOOPING

Hula hooping is popular with all age groups. It is achievable in a relatively short time but also multiple optional tricks can be learnt.

It is performed solo

Equipment
Hula Hoop
Availability
Usually Standard
Suitable For
Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space required for successful use

STILT WALKING

Stilt walking is popular with all age groups. It is achievable in a by KS3 children and adult participants in longer workshops

Stilt walking for most workshops is performed with hold on stilts - either wooden 'peg' stilts or plastic 'bucket' stilts

It is performed solo although younger participants will require one to one help

Equipment
Two wooden hold on stilts
Two plastic bucket stilts
Availability
Standard
Bucket stilts on request
Suitable For
Early Years / KS1 / KS2 Children with assistance
KS3 / KS4 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Ceiling height. Unavailability of helpers for one to one assistance

UNICYCLING

Unicycling is popular with most age groups. It is generally not achievable in short workshops due to its difficulity. However great fun can be had trying!

It is performed solo but often two helpers are needed for assistance to try it out

Equipment
Unicycle
Availability
Usually Standard
Suitable For
KS2 / KS3 / KS4 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space required for safe use

PEDAL RACERS

Pedal racers (or pedal goes) are popular with all age groups. They are achievable in a relatively short time for many ages

They are performed solo but with assistance for some age groups

Equipment
Pedal racer or Pedal go
Availability
Standard
Suitable For
Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space and smooth surface required for safe operation

FUN WHEELS

Fun wheels are popular with all age groups. They are achievable  for many ages

They are performed solo but with assistance for some age groups

Equipment
Fun Wheel
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
KS 2/ KS3 / KS4 Children
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space and smooth surface required for safe operation

LOW TIGHT WIRE

Tightwire is popular with all age groups. It is generally not achievable in short workshops due to the difficulty. However all ages can have a go with assistance

It is performed solo

Equipment
Low (50cm of ground) Tightwire
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
Children (with assistance)
Adults (with assistance)
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In (only with multiple tutors present)
Possible Limitations
Space required for safe operation. Ceiling height

ACROBATICS

Acrobatics is popular with all age groups. Ground based and aerial acrobatic options are available

It is a specialist skill that is fun to try with basic balances or aerial moves achievable 

It is performed solo with assistance or performed cooperatively as a pair or in a group with assistance

Equipment
Safety mats
Aerial rig for aerial option
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
Children with assistance
Adults with assistance
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In (only with multiple tutors presnet)
Possible Limitations
Space required for safe operation. Ceiling height or on grass for aerial rig set up

BALANCING

Balancing is popular with all age groups. It is achievable in a relatively short time depending on the equipment used.

Balancing skills are skills using various pieces of equipment and balancing them on participants hands, feet or chins

Equipment (prop) used is often peacock feather but other popular props are spinning plates, juggling clubs and devil sticks 

It is performed solo

Equipment
Peacock feather
Plate spinning plate
Juggling club
Devil stick
Availability
Standard (depends on prop)
Suitable For
Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Ceiling height

CIGAR BOXES

Cigar boxes are an unusual prop that is very challenging but good fun to try. Basic operation is difficult but achievable. Multiple trick options are available 

It is performed solo

Equipment
Three (or more) cigar boxes
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
KS 3 / 4 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
None

HAT MANIPULATION

Hat manipulation is popular with all age groups. Some trick options are achievable in a relatively short time and multiple (more challenging) optional tricks can be learnt.

It can be performed solo, in pairs or as part of a group

Equipment
Specialist juggling hats
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
KS 3 / 4 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Roving
Possible Limitations
None

STAFF SPINNING

Staff spinning is popular many age groups. It involves spinning a staff around the participants hands, arms and body

Basic skills are achievable in a relatively short time multiple (more challenging) optional tricks can be learnt.

It is performed solo

Equipment
One (or Two) Staff
Availability
Optional
Suitable For
KS3 / 4 Children
Adults
Workshops Used In
Structured
Drop In
Possible Limitations
Space required is significant as staff can strike objects and other participants

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT OUR CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

  • “I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks to your team for their help with our event on Saturday. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time. I didn't actually get a chance to catch up with them on the day, but I know one of my colleagues got some top tips for juggling that he was very pleased with!

    Thanks again for your help.”

    Dr Caroline Cooper 
    Environmental Advisor, Unilever
  • “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me.

    The performers were great and made our event very successful. All our guys who took part absolutely loved it! When we have the pictures back I will forward some on as the performers said they would like some. 

    Thank you again”

    Louise Wilson 
    Events Manager, Simply Biz
  • “I just wanted to pass on a huge thank you to you and to Juan for a fantastic workshop for the MDU. A huge thank you to Juan for travelling so far as well. Everyone really enjoyed the workshop and I think everyone was very excited to show off their new skills!

    Thank you for all your help arranging everything. ”

    Tiffany Goddard
    Consultant Liaison Manager, MDU

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