Circus is inherently an art form that celebrates diversity; it is the marriage of physical challenge and creative thinking. Training in the Circus Arts builds strength, focus, coordination and confidence. During the annual, hands-on Circus Camps at Festival Place, kids and teens are encouraged to get creative, to challenge themselves and to make new connections.
Under The Big Top Circus instructors come to us from across North America; they are professional performers, buskers and educators with the skills, experience and sensitivity to encourage your child toward success.
What skills are explored at Under the Big Top?
During one energized week at Under the The Big Top, your child or teen will be introduced to exciting, age-appropriate elements of the Circus Arts, in a creative environment of safe risk: puppetry and puppet-building, balancing (rola bola, tight wire, barrel-riding), juggling and object manipulation, acrobatics and human pyramids, stilt-walking, unicycling, clowning, choreography and act-creation.
The camps run Monday through Friday, with free pre-care available at 8:00 a.m. and post-care until 5:00 p.m. Each camp day includes team building activities and snacks for performers-to-be; all campers are expected to wear clothes that move, running shoes, and to bring a positive attitude for their week-long adventure. A culminating showcase to spotlight all campers and their achievements is presented on Fridays at 3pm, free for families and friends. Experienced recreational instructors teach the camps for ages 4-6 and professional performing artists lead the camps for ages 7-17.
Live the adventure and join us Under the Big Top for a unique experience this summer, children can register using the information in the Strathcona County Recreation Guide.