Circus workshop for the Highfield Humanities community day featured a number of our students taking to the outside stage to demonstrate their Circus skills. The photo above shows Martyn Hawkins 12, Jamie-Lee Coldham 20 and James Wade 20 rehearsing for their part in the demonstration. Other participants were Thomas Senior, Danial Tate-Pots and Max Salthouse. These outdoor events give the students a wonderful opportunity to practise their Circus skills and work together on new routines. They can also be very competative, see the video on youtube.
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.
We also had an unusual Volunteer for a night at Highfield Humanities College. Gordon Marsden MP for Blackpool South. He was very useful in helping the beginners on the mini tightrope. He was happy to support the Circus School as it brought members of the community together in a worthwhile activity.
BBC TV Film at Highfield Humanities College for “Level up”