One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops
8 Aug - 11 Aug 2018
One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops
One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops
One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops

Roll up, roll up this summer as we join forces with Street Theatre Ireland for a mini festival of circus skills and performance for children!

2018 marks 250 years since the modern circus was born. To celebrate this we have dynamic day-long workshops for children aged 9-12 to learn from circus artists and enjoy a fun, action packed programme including juggling, balancing, hula hooping, wire walking skills and circus make up.

Suitable for children of all levels of experience - including complete beginners – the artists will guide participants through the basics of the skills in four focused sessions, before everyone gets the opportunity to share what they’ve learnt with the rest of the group at the end of the day.

Each skill is taught with step by step, easy to follow instructions which build confidence, improve coordination and reward effort with achievement. Above all else, it will be an exciting day for any budding circus star!

  • Juggling - Children will learn the basics of juggling with scarves and balls before trying to juggle with a partner. Keep your eye on the ball for this one!
  • Hula Hoop & Devil Stick Class - Hula hooping fun and introduction to devil stick manipulation. Try these two tricky skills and impress your friends.
  • Balance Class - Try your hand at balancing feathers and sticks, walking on hand held stilts, teetering on the rola-bola and braving the tight wire.
  • Circus Make-Up - Create your own clown identity as you work in pairs to do each other’s make-up ready for the show!

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Johnny Phelan
Johnny runs Street Theatre Ireland and C Circus K (Community Circus in Kildare). He has been a circus performer for over 20 years, working at events and schools all over the country. He teaches circus skills to children and adults and performs a comedy juggling show at festivals, events and to corporate groups.

Richard Kane
Richard has been facilitating circus skills classes since 2010. Richard works with C Circus K (Community Circus in Kildare) and the Dublin Circus Project. He performs in primary schools with an interactive circus show called Circus Play. Richard also performs as a clown and juggler and is the proud owner of his very own troupe of performing fleas.

Niv Du Fournet
Niv first discovered circus in the summer of 2011 after taking up hooping. This hobby quickly became an obsession and she started taking regular classes with Irish hoopers, as well as attending hoop convention in Ireland and the UK. In 2013 Niv joined Dublin community Circus and started learning acro, juggling and took part in their show Once There Was a Boy production. Niv joined Dublin Circus Project in 2014 and took part in a number of their cabarets and productions such as Prometheus All hallows Circus and POE. In 2017 Niv joined the DCP Youth Circus facilitators and received training for Galway community circus and DCP and has been working at a number of Easter and summer camps as well as teaching in secondary and primary school, teaching a variety of circus skill to children.

Mo King
Mo has been face painting at events of all kinds all across Ireland for more years than she cares to remember. She has a HDip in Arts Education and a Degree in Fine Art. She works is a self employed artist and arts worker and is delighted to join us at The Ark.