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Circus Skills with Claire Ness

LEARNING THE BASICS – 3 x 45min
• Aerial Silks
• Aerial Hoop
• Aerial Trapeze
• Clowning
• Juggling, Poi, Hula hoops, Plate Spinning, Ribbons, Diabolo…

CREATING A SHOW – 2 x 45min
Taking the basic elements we learned in the first portion of the program, we will put together a show for the parents or any other classes you choose to invite. The show creation is where all the magic comes together and I find this process to have the most educational and long-lasting effect on the kids. My approach is always to empower kids and to put the creative control in their hands. The show is where the kids get to put to use their skills, creativity, teamwork, and individualism. In a circus show there is a place for everyone – the clown, the acrobat, the director, the ringmaster/MC, the sound and lights operator, etc. I am always blown away by the ideas kids come up with and how fast a show can come together when kids are at the helm. The show consists of a clown parade, a section of featured acts (solos, duos, trios), and a finale. Other classes can be invited to watch.

Grade Suitability:

K-12

Maximum Class Size:

12 (Class needs to take place in gymnasium)

Time Required:

5 hours (3hrs 45 mins instructional time + 1hr 15 mins prep time)

Material Required:

All materials provided

Language of Instruction:

English, French

Communities:

All

Claire Ness

Claire Ness is a singer/songwriter, actor, clown and circus teacher born and raised in Whitehorse. She studied comedy at Humber in Toronto, circus arts at École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal, and has over ten years of experience working with and entertaining kids.

Claire founded the Yukon Circus Society in 2011 and teaches circus arts throughout the Yukon, often travelling with a giant swing set rig used to offer aerial silks and hoop workshops outdoors at festivals, or indoors at special events.

Never far from her guitar, Claire writes music in many genres, in both English and French, for both adults and kids. She has released three roots/blues albums – “On the Trail” in 2017, “Jackfish Girl” in 2014, and “Hopeless Romantic” in 2013 . She is currently working on her fourth album “Broccoli Farm”,  which will be her first album for kids. Past performances include Break Out West Festival, Folk on the Rocks, Dawson City Music Festival, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Augusto Children’s Festival, HomeRoutes House Concerts, Alaska Folk Festival, Yukon Sourdough Rendezous Festival and French Culture Concerts in the Schools.

Contact: 867-332-0375

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