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Take the challenge! Circus Ipswich has landed
In a tumble of colour and a riot of fun, Circus Ipswich has landed in the city this summer with a challenge to “be daring” and try something new.
Circus Ipswich is the city’s first permanent circus school and rolls out its first workshops for children and teenagers throughout January.
Founder Meg Hooper is a psychologist and consultant whose own circus journey began in Brisbane a few years ago. She says there is much to be gained for people of all ages in learning some circus skills.
“I love it for its inclusiveness,” she says.
“It doesn’t exclude anyone, it’s not mainstream, it’s an art form but also good for fitness.”
Hooper says she hopes to develop a strong sense of community around Circus Ipswich and will eventually add corporate team-building sessions and a range of adults’ classes.
She said three successful pilot workshops before Christmas had been met with a positive response.
“Most kids came along to the first one and ended up coming back for the other two and it was like they had been practicing in their sleep.
“It is just great to see them gain confidence … it’s about taking on a challenge in a safe environment.
“As we say at Circus Ipswich – be daring, be safe, belong.”
Circus Ipswich is based in the Exhibition Display Building at the Ipswich Showgrounds. The school holidays classes for kids aged 6 to 12, will feature juggling, hula hoops, aerial tissu and more, cost $40 per participant.
There’s also a teen workshop for ages 12 to 16 on January 19.
For all details and bookings check the website.
* Pictured is one of the Circus Ipswich trainers, Vanessa Thornton-Thomas.