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National Youth Circus Event Blackpool 2010

Following the inaugural National Youth Circus Event held at Circus Space in London in 2009, this year’s event will be hosted by Blackpool Circus School between 19 and 21 February.

NYCE 2010 will bring over fifty young participants from youth circus groups across the UK together to share their skills and experiences and participate in workshops with professional artists. The event will centre around Showzam!, Blackpool’s festival of Circus, Magic and New Variety.

A result of the continuing legacy of the Young People’s Participatory Project, NYCE reflects a growing confidence in youth circus and the circus arts sector as a whole. Through continued support and investment from Arts Council England the project will continue to strengthen ties between the regional hubs of youth circus in the UK as well as encouraging the development of projects and facilities in other areas around the country. The steering committee who coordinate the project already have plans in place for the 2011 gathering in Sheffield.

Blackpool Circus School Events

The Circus school was involved in many events in 2008, including, Lytham Carnival, St Anne’s Carnival, Poulton-Le-fylde Festival, Staining Gala, Hornsea Carnival, Tetbury summer show, The Teeside (Corus) steel family gala, The Croft Carnival, Alsager Carnival, Milland Rural Fair, Hope in Wigan, Calder vale fete, Monkey Club launch at the Grand Theatre and many Schools including the continuing activities day at Montgomery high (Third year)

Events - Hope in Wigan - Monkey club - Montgomery

Events -Left to Right Hope in Wigan - Monkey club - Montgomery

Young at Art at the Grand Theatre Blackpool

Blackpool Circus School appeared once again at the Grand Theatre in this years production of “Young at Art” Along with a number of other local theatre groups we provided three acts. The first included eleven of our newer members in a combination of skills, including, the walking globe, Unicycles and Diabolos.

The second act featured our very talented Holly Johnstone in a new acrobatic dance. She was to have done her Tower Circus winning suspended hoop act, unfortunately, Health and safety would not permit this to take place.

The final act was our “Easy Riders” featuring Jamie Lee-Coldham and James Wade. They were joined on this occasion by 9 year old Martyn Hawkins, a very talented youngster who is destined for great things if he can stay focused through his teen years.

Easy Riders at the Grand Theatre

Easy Riders at the Grand Theatre

Easy Riders juggle rings

Easy Riders juggle rings

See our Blackpool Circus School stars perform!

Holly Johnstone will appear live at the Tower Circus on Tuesday 24th October in 4 performances; 11:30am 2pm 5pm 7:30pm (See news item below for August 2006, High hopes!)

Holly Johnstone

Holly Johnstone

Mark Fishwick can be seen in “U Prove it” on CITV on Saturday 11th November at 2pm and Sunday 12th November 11:30am

Mark Fishwick features on " U Prove it"

Mark Fishwick features on " U Prove it"

Lancashire and Cumbria Modern Dance Champion 2006

One of our most talented Circus Students, Holly Johnstone, recently won the following at a Dance festival in Morcambe. 7 golds and 1 silver medal, 20 trophies, won the title of “Lancashire and Cumbria Modern Dance Champion 2006” and the icing on the cake was winning the Adjudicator’s Choice section and £250!! So all in all, a fantastic weekend.

Holly with her haul of trophies

Holly with her haul of trophies

Holly in action at the Dance festival

Holly in action at the Dance festival

Juggling master class at the Grand Theatre

Thanks to the National Lotteries support of the Grand Theatre Blackpool, Mooky the star of the Tower Circus, was able to give Jamie-Lee-Coldham of Blackpool Circus School a master class in juggling.

Blackpool Circus School, thanks to the Grand, were also able to give an opportunity to local youngsters to sample the thrills of the Circus in their own skills & clowning workshop with Yuri & Tonya, tutors of the School. The photo shows Elaine Fossett of the Grand with some of the students receiving their certificates at the end of a very exciting day.

Juggling at the Grand Theatre

Juggling at the Grand Theatre

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