Northside Elementary School students in grades K-5 perfected their own circus acts with the help of the hands-on program, the National Circus Project from Dec. 10-14. With the support of the school's PTA, the National Circus Project allowed students to get involved in circus workshops while strengthening movement skills, patience and self-discipline.
At the start of the week, members of the National Circus Project performed a show for the Northside students, showcasing different circus skills. During the week in their physical education classes, the students completed circus workshops with circus education specialists Julia Bileka and Lou Calienes. They learned circus routines and techniques that they saw in the show including how to juggle, plate-spin, feather balance, hula-hoop, act like a clown and more.
Fourth-graders rehearsed circus routines and showed off their newly found skills during a special circus show at the conclusion of the week. Classes watched in amazement as the fourth-graders walked on stilts, hula-hooped, acted like silly clowns and more during the performance. The National Circus Project not only raised student confidence but brought a new and exciting experience to the school.