Circus Camp for Kids 2013
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From Monday, June 10th to Thursday, June 13th, Tsunami on the Square will host its annual Circus Camp for Kids (ages 6-14) at Mile High Middle School at 300 S. Granite St., Prescott, AZ. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* For Campers performing at the main Tsunami festival, we will also have a practice day at Granite Creek Park on Friday, June 14th.
This year we have some very special visiting instructors. First, we should have a phenomenal crew for our stilts workshop. Nemcatacoa Teatro, an acrobatic stilt group from Bogota, Colombia, and members of The Carpetbag Brigade will be teaching stilts and hosting a workshop on Character Creation. This is an amazing opportunity for our local kids to learn from professionals who have performed across the U.S., Europe and South/Central America.
We are also pleased to announce that Clan Tynker will be returning to Circus Camp to share their knowledge of juggling, dance, balance and stilts. This family group from Santa Fe, NM has also traveled and performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Central America and Egypt.
During the week leading up to the main Tsunami on the Square festival, up to 100 Circus Campers will warm up together and take part in small group workshops. Workshops include stilt walking, juggling, balance, dance, mask making, hula hooping, creative gymnastics and drumming. Circus Camp workshops are taught by visiting artists who will be performing at the Tsunami on the Square festival, and by prominent local artists and arts educators.
Circus Campers will have the opportunity to showcase their new skills with a performance on the Tsunami on the Square main stage, an annual festival with over 8,000 in attendance! Campers will also be encouraged to march in the parade, volunteer while in costume during the event and participate in Kid’s Cove activities throughout the day.
Tsunami on the Square and Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters continue working together to make the camp free to BB/BS program “Littles.” For non-BBBS families in financial need, a parent can volunteer in exchange for their child’s tuition. All other community participants pay a nominal tuition fee.
We are continuing to improve the schedule and structure of the camp. In an effort to improve the age-appropriateness of the education presented in the workshops, we formed three main age groups: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14. This worked really well, and we are continuing with this format.
The Counselors in Training (C.I.T.) program began in 2011 and proved to be a great opportunity for kids over 14. Campers who “aged out” of the program, or teens who are interested in developing both Circus Camp performance skills and leadership skills, can apply to become C.I.T.’s. Their main responsibilities are to assist the Camp Director(s) and Workshop Instructors.
The mission of Circus Camp is to foster personal confidence and physical skills in youth ages six and up through fun and challenging experiences in the performing arts, to foster mentorship from local and national artists, and to strengthen and enrich the community through connecting volunteerism, arts and youth.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.