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Workshops

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Our workshops can be adapted for specific groups and needs, and range from corporate workshops to the general public to professional training to mobility-challenged participants.

Each is designed with the needs of the students in mind, and can range from an introductory 2 – 3 hours to a full day, weekend intensive or week-long residencies.

We begin every workshop with a warmup to introduce the dynamics of flexibility and strength training. Participants are then split into groups and rotate through each discipline. There are opportunities for the students to show what they’ve learned, and also to see the teachers demonstrate these skills at a professional level.

Contact Halifax Circus for more information, times and pricing. All public workshops are announced on our website and Facebook pages.

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Introduction to Circus

This 2 hour introduction is perfect for beginning to intermediate students, and introduces them to aerials, tightrope, and object manipulation (the diabolo). It’s geared for the beginner, and emphasizes fun, clear instruction and safety.

Aerials

This 3 hour workshop focuses primarily on the silk and trapeze, but on request this can also include the cerceau, hammock or aerial rope.

Circus

We also run workshops in each specific circus discipline at all levels, from beginner to professional. Call us to arrange one for your group.

  • Juggling

  • Acrobatics

  • Balance (tightrope, rolling globe, rola bola and stilts)

  • Diabolo

  • Hand stands

  • Conditioning

Fire safety

The fire safety workshop is for those with an established skill (juggling, poi, staff, meteors) who want to learn how to knowledgeably and safely handle fire using appropriate equipment and containers, blankets, established procedures and a human ‘safety’. Kyle Scott of the fire performance troupe Incendia Motus runs this several times a year.

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Performance

‘Movement and Play’ is a weekend intensive and a lively and creative approach to performance through improvisation, movement, imagination and focus. The class emphasizes a spontaneous and creative approach through structured theatre games. 

During the class we develop a playful and intuitive approach in both solo and group work, and explore the pleasure of performance through character, focus, and timing. 

At the heart of the work are the mutual arts of offering and acceptance, and a sense of generosity on stage. This is taught by Mike Hirschbach, a former Cirque du Soleil performer.

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