Dawson Creek Circus Camp 2019

Circus Camp is set for Monday, April 8th to 12th from 4-8 PM daily at the South Peace Campus GYM (10808-15 St.).
Open to ages 8 to 18, and all abilities!
 
Cost: $150 per child (optional DVD of the final performance for $25). Register through Tickets in the Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique program is a five-day interactive circus art training for children ages 8 and up. Participants learn various circus art skills including acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, unicycle riding, costuming, wire walking, and clowning. It wraps up with a final performance in front of family and friends showcasing their newly learned skills. This program has grown last year due to an increase in registration numbers causing us to hire an additional (fourth) instructor; with that comes increased costs for program deliveries.

Circus Camp is facilitated by Green Fools Theatre Society (from Calgary) who employ highly skilled circus art professionals, two from Calgary, and two from Vancouver. Their main focus is to teach circus art skills that build cooperative team spirit, which helps to develop appropriate social manners, confidence, leadership skills, and respect.

This program is inclusive to children of all developmental levels and abilities, including those in the autism spectrum disorder. Participants learn that not everyone fits into the ‘cookie cutter’ world that they are exposed to by today’s social media, and that it is okay to be different. We see an increase in the participants self-confidence, as they practice self-motivation, goal setting, and interpersonal skills which are transferable to their personal life and academic learning.

Senior students of the program have an opportunity to step into a leadership role by becoming mentors who teach alongside the instructors. During the mentor training session, they learn valuable social and problem-solving skills that help build their confidence as teachers and role models to the younger students. This specialized training fosters future community leaders, as these students learn to lead by example and are rewarded by seeing the positive impact they have on others.

Watch a news clip from last year’s camp courtesy of CJDC TV.

Parent Testimonial:
“My 9 year old son attended circus camp this year for the first time. He has Asperger’s, as well as sensory processing disorder and developmental coordination delay. He was very nervous about going as he struggles with socializing and with activities that require coordination. After the first evening he was HOOKED. All the staff – including mentors and The Green Fools – were amazing. They were so encouraging and patient. My son chose to work on silk aerials as his project. He worked very hard at a very difficult skill for him. But the encouragement and
instruction he received while at camp was amazing.
When I saw his final routine I was in tears. Skills that would, in my mind, have been impossible for him were demonstrated with confidence and skill. He was even given the skills needed to create his own ‘moves’ and make the routine his own. He developed a very close friendship with another boy his age and they worked hard at encouraging each other to work hard and perfect their routine. Watching the final show I was blown away at the confidence and skills my son was able to develop in just a few short days. All of the children in attendance were able to showcase what they had learned and were encouraged by staff and mentors alike. If you are wondering if circus camp might be right for your child, I offer a resounding YES! To
have a place to feel like they are heard and welcomed and encouraged is an amazing gift. To be able to tackle challenging activities with positive role models is rare and I loved watching the progress my son made during the week. What an AMAZING program this is and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any parent and child. You can have the faith in this program that your child will grow in confidence and flourish under the guidance of amazing and talented leaders. I can’t wait to see what my son will learn next year!!” – Dee Robb

Green Fools Theatre Society Website

Meet the Green Fools Instructors:

DEAN BAREHAM: Co-founder of Green Fools Theatre, Project Director, and Stilt-Walking, Clown – is an accomplished physical theatre instructor, Dean has taught workshops at numerous schools and universities, including the Dell’ Arte School and Cirque du Soleil. Dean also performs around the globe with his alter ego, Gustavo the Impossibilist’s The Fryin’ Fool Show plus his new production, Teddy & the Black Dog. In 2011, he toured the Green Fools production of Project: Whooping Crane

ANNE-MARIE HIVERT: Aerial, Acro, & Dance – Anne-Marie started circus as a recreational activity when she was 7 years old. In high school, she was part of a wind orchestra as a saxophonist and, with some friends created their own theatre troupe. She completed her Cegep and began her professional studies in dance before considering a career in the circus world more seriously. In 2009, she started to teach and to train as a circus artist at Verdun Circus school in Montreal. She completed two years of their preparatory program where she focused on hand stands, trampoline, acro, hand to hand, aerial, juggling, acting, and dance. In 2013, when Anne-Marie discovered her passion for teaching, she enrolled in the teacher training program at the National circus school in Montreal. With this course, she had the opportunity to complete her internship with École nationale de cirque de Châtellerault, a french circus school that run a circus-studies program for students between 15 and 17 years old.  Since then, as a circus artist, she has been performing in benefits shows, the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, street entertainment programming and festivals. One of Anne-Marie’s passions was realized when she created a silk duo. This unique and dynamic act was performed all around Quebec before being hired by Cavaland, an equestrian circus company. Anne-Marie worked for 5 years with Cavaland as an aerial acrobat and dancer. As a teacher she has taught in nearly 10 circus studios, high schools and kindergarten classes in Montreal. In December 2017 she completed her university studies in cultural project management.

MIKE BATTIE: Unicycle  and Juggling – Mike has been teaching circus skills since 1985. He began sharing his performance expertise by becoming the resident juggling/unicycle/stilts instructor for Vancouver Cirkids with whom he worked for more than ten years. Mike spent four summers with the Ailanthus organization, teaching Street Performing skills as a vehicle for building self-esteem.

In 1995, he began training a group of Abbotsford youths to become the resident performers for the Western Canada Games in that city. This group of high-school students later went on to perform professionally with Mike at the PNE, Grey Cup Gala and in a movie. Mike annually travels to Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario to share his skills with “kids at risk” for the C.A.M.P. Program and C.A.P. Program as well as in schools, community centers, and at Festivals. Mike has also instructed for the Vancouver School Board’s Adult Education program, taught privately for schools, colleges, and corporate functions, and conducted workshops at Science World and a wide variety of festivals. He has personally introduced more than 30,000 people to the joy of juggling. Since 2000 he spends 3 months of each year teaching camps in juggling, unicycle, wire, stilts and acrobatics.

SYLVAIN DROLET: Acrobat – Sylvain is a graduate of  Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montreal. He specializes in coaching hand stand and acrobatics. Sylvain has toured internationally and continues to perform and teach as a member of BC’s CircusWest for the past 16 years.

View our Circus North Workshop presentation on PowerPoint or PDF version.

Circus North Workshop is on Youtube! Watch a clip of the 2014 final performance and the 2012 final performance.
 

2019 Sponsors:

Big Top Sponsors:

  • British Columbia Arts Council – Youth Engagement Grant
  • The Province of British Columbia

Three Ring Circus Sponsors:

  • School District 59 Peace River South
  • Pembina
  • Embridge
  • South Peace Oilman’s Association

Ring Master Sponsors

  • Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu

2018 Sponsors:

Big Top Sponsors:

  • British Columbia Arts Council – Youth Engagement Grant
  • The Province of British Columbia

Three Ring Circus Sponsors:

  • School District 59 Peace River South
  • The Dawson Creek Art Gallery
  • Northern Lights College

Ring Master Sponsors

  • Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu
  • Caribou Road Services
  •  Dakota Contracting Ltd

2017 Sponsors:

Big Top Sponsors:

  • British Columbia Arts Council – Youth Engagement Grant
  • The Province of British Columbia
  • The Peace River Regional District

Three Ring Circus Sponsors:

  • School District 59 Peace River South
  • The Dawson Creek Art Gallery

Ring Master Sponsors

  • Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu
  • Dawson Creek Cooperative Union
  • Butcher Block
  • Central Mountain Air

We acknowledge the (financial) support of the Peace River Regional District

2016 Sponsors:

Big Top Sponsors:

  • The British Columbia Arts Council
  • Province of British Columbia

Three Ring Circus Sponsors:

  • School District 59 Peace River South
  • Dawson Creek Cooperative Union

Ring Master Sponsors

  • Scotiabank
  • Rip’s Shoe Re-Nu
  • South Peace Chiropractic
  • The Dawson Creek Art Gallery
  • Dawson Creek Cooperative Union
  • Elks Lodge – Dawson Creek Branch

This program was the recipient of the 2011 Northern Health IMAGINE Grant

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

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