All the fun of the circus

LET'S PERFORM Alfie Season, Lucy Erridge and Elle Stokes take part in circus skills at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111361-1)
LET'S PERFORM Alfie Season, Lucy Erridge and Elle Stokes take part in circus skills at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111361-1)
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THESE youngsters weren’t just clowning around – they were showing off their newly-learnt circus skills at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

The youngsters took to the stage to demonstrate what they’ve learned during a community circus project at the Dot to Dot arts company, based in Paulsgrove. Children aged between eight and 13 were given the chance to try out classic techniques such as juggling, diablo, and using rolla bolla balance boards, as pictured above, while young adults were able to train as instructors.

The scheme was funded by Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust to introduce young people to less conventional methods of keeping active and enjoying exercise.

They worked with five professional circus artists in workshops and then performed in the climax of the project at the Guildhall Walk Theatre.

Group director Melanie Stow said: ‘About 30 young adults and 80 children have taken part in the project since August last year, and it has been a huge success. They all enjoyed themselves and many were proud of being able to master some tricky circus skills.’