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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.”
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.
For all details and bookings check the website.
* Pictured is one of the Circus Ipswich trainers, Vanessa Thornton-Thomas.