The weather was wonderful for this years Lytham carnival. It was on the 26th and the Circus school had 26 students participating in the parade featuring, Stilt walkers John Swift and Jordon Atkinson as old time cop chasing a bandit. Their interplay with the crowds was up to a very high professional standard. There were Unicycles, Juggling, Diabolos and powerisers. See the Video taken by Blackpool TV.
Sunday morning was taken up with a series of professional workshops at Highfield Humanities College which is the base for Blackpool Circus School. Whilst waiting for the gates to open the groups took advantage of the nights snow fall by juggling and passing snow balls! The workshops were led by Slava, a graduate and performer of the Russian state Circus school. Roger Mireles a former flyer who was part of the “Flying Alizes”and performed with Barnum and Baileys Circus. Jose Hermida, who started life with the “Muchachos” Circus in Spain. Plus Yuri Gridneff and Jamie Lee-Coldham who taught and demonstrated Ladder balancing. Yuri was a product of the “Amazing Gridneffs” and Jamie was a Student and now teacher with Blackpool Circus School.
On Saturday they went on a tour of the Tower Ballroom and Circus with historical notes from Professor Vanessa. Some groups stayed to go up the lift to the Tower top and others made their way to the Pleasure beach. All met after lunch in a large room set aside for them by “Visit Blackpool” in the Olympia of the Winter Gardens. A further workshop on presenting a performance was conducted by Felicity Fernando and there was a general workshop exchange between groups plus visits to the exhibitions in “Showzam central”
All the groups took part in the 2010 “Showzam Parade” The groups participation made this years parade the best to date with Blackpool Circus School, being local, made up the largest group.Organized Kaos from Swansea brought the excitement of fire to the event. See the video.