Just wanted to quickly mention this great workshop I did last week for a primary school in the East Midlands. It was a little rural school with about 150 kids and I was booked to work with the whole school throughout the day. The weather was a little sketchy so I had to be quite flexible with the space that I used but the kids were so great; they just went with whatever was thrown at them. They focussed so well and tried so hard that it just filled me with admiration for them and makes this job the best in th world when the elements are right.
Another great element is the legacy that a day of Circus Skills can do for the kids. At the end of the day there were so many of them that wanted to get some equipment so that they could do it at home that you can really see the value of it to help a) pull kids away from their screens b) get into something that helps them exercise, and c) gives them a sense of achievement that is fundamentally really good fun to do. All in all a WIN-WIN situation.
So for the first time in about 10 years the british weather got the better of me. The downpour that fell on Derby this weekend meant that there was no way that the great british public would stand and watch a show... so the authorities, in this case derby city council decided to cancel the event. This was a shame but was definitely the right thing to do. But let it be known people... ChangoFuego will work in pretty much any weather... but I guess it's really down to what weather the watchers will watch in. Here's to a glorious non monsoon-like summer. Hapy Bbq-ing!
On a more positive note, I had my first workshop delivering Circus Skills for Derbyshire Dales working in a lovely village up near Buxton. It's a really interesting programme trying to deliver part of the physical exercise program for the primary curriculum through Circus Skills. This is great in that Circus satisfies many of the pre-requisites of the physical curriculum needed to be delivered by schools but it also is something that kids can do at home, is really good fun and you don't need a huge playing field to do it on. I actually delivered this last one in a church. Kids loved it.. Teachers found that they were able to be one step of the kids so they will be able to deliver it in the future giving the project a legacy and all in all everyone had a great day. Viva Circus!!
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