Student wins final of Circus Idol

Blackpool Circus School is proud to announce that Jamie Lee Coldham, one of our star students, has won the Final of Circus Idol at The Tower Circus, Blackpool . Jamie is still only 14 and is a pupil at Beacon High School, Blackpool. Workshops and heats were held throughout 2004, these took place in the ring to find the best young performer of the year. Jamie’s prize was an appearance in the Circus show on the final day of the season.  Comments from the Circus staff were that Jamie has a great future in the world of circus.

Blackpool Circus School identified Jamie’s promise at an early stage and shall be entering Jamie and other talented students in the Circus youth festival at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2005.  All these events and organisations help to sustain Blackpool’s reputation as number One for Circus in the UK.

Jamie Lee Coldham wins final of Circus Idol

Jamie Lee Coldham wins final of Circus Idol

Connexions Project

We are offering bursaries to young people aged 13-19 who live in the Bloomfield Ward of Blackpool. The bursary will pay for a six week course at the Wednesday workshops and other opportunities.

If you are not sure if you live in Bloomfield Ward contact us telling us where you live and what skills you would like to learn.

Li-Yeoung joins Circus School staff

An addition to the teaching staff.  Li-Yeoung was formally with a Chinese troupe of acrobats who   appeared at the Tower Circus in 2003.  Lee’s speciality was jumping though hoops 5 hoops high and he is also a black belt in Martial arts. Lee left his troupe to work at the Boudokan Dojo club in Blackpool.  He shall be working with the Blackpool Circus school on a part time basis and will be teaching acrobatics.  A start was made at Highfield last Wednesday as the photo shows and proved very popular with the students.

Li-Yeoung joins Circus School staff

Li-Yeoung joins Circus School staff

Brownies 90th Birthday Party

On the 19th of September the Brownies 90th Birthday Party was held at Fylde Rugby Club in Lytham St Annes, Blackpool Circus School provided circus skills workshops during the afternoon.

The Blackpool Town Crier attempts the trainee wire at the Brownies birthday party

The Blackpool Town Crier attempts the trainee wire at the Brownies birthday party

St Johns Brownie troop at the birthday party Circus skills workshop

St Johns Brownie troop at the birthday party Circus skills workshop

The Local Network Fund for Children and Young People

This fund has provided Blackpool Circus School with sufficient finance to provide Circus Skills opportunities to Blackpool children who are in the care of the Authority. This includes children who have foster parents, or who are in children’s homes. The intention is to give as many opportunities starting with holiday workshops and continuing with evening workshops when foster parents can bring their children knowing they will receive the very best of instruction in Circus skills.

We know this gives young people a chance to develop self esteem and personal confidence as well as the discipline necessary for learning.

Blackpool Circus club

We are currently running Circus skills workshops every Wednesday 6-8PM at Highfield High school Sports hall in Blackpool. The cost is £2 for 1 hour or £3 for 2 hours. Huge arena, lots of room for unicycles plus all skills available. Everyone age 8 to 80 is welcome to join.

Circus club student (7 years old)

Circus club student (7 years old)

Unicycling at the Circus club

Unicycling at the Circus club

Selected participants will take part in a show at the Magic convention at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in February 2005 and shall be entered for the Circus youth festival at the Globe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach in April 2005. You can view a street map showing Highfield school.

Awards for All

Blackpool Circus School has received special funding so that the Management Committee can work together with local specialists to create this Web Site and links to lots of things to do with Circuses. This funding lasts up to May 2005. If you have any ideas for additions or links that we can add to the web site please contact us

Summer Circus School Activities

Through the summer holidays Blackpool Circus school worked with Foster children and others at Mike Halls Performing arts centre. For the last workshop, Blackpool Borough Council suggested it be held in the Ring at the Tower. Geoff Sage, the Tower manger kindly agreed and the Chinese artistes joined in.

Jamie juggles at the tower

Jamie juggles at the tower

M.A.Y.C conference workshops

In July Blackpool Circus school provided workshops for the M.A.Y.C conference at the Winter Gardens, all ages joined in and had a wonderful time.

all ages joined in and had a wonderful time

all ages joined in and had a wonderful time

Moscow State Circus visits Lytham St Annes

In June, the Moscow State Circus visited Lytham St. Annes. Blackpool Circus School were asked if they would like to take their studentsfor a workshop with the Russian artistes, this proved to be an unforgettable experience for students and teachers alike.

 picture courtesy of the Evening Gazette

picture courtesy of the Evening Gazette