On Sunday 24th October, five students of Blackpool Circus School appeared on the North Pier Blackpool in an annual Charity show staged by Tony Jo. They were James Wade, Jamie-Lee Coldham, Martyn Hawkins, Thomas Senior and Daniel Tate-Pots. Also on the bill were Joe longthorne, Frank Carson, Mick Miller, Joey Blower, Billy Pierce and Duncan Norvelle. There were also some very good dancers and a number of female singers.
Despite the heavy rain, Wednesday night Circus club at Highfield attracted a great number of members and new students. Although Roger Mireles was away on holiday, Jose Hermida was back after a period missing through poor health. Another welcome participant was “Slava” a Russian juggler who was in “Eclipse” at the Pleasure beach for a number of years. He brought his year 6 son Ilya who is making great progress as one of our students. Slava helped out with Acro for our beginners and members. Jamie-Lee took a group club passing workshops with 5 other students. The evening was rounded of again with Unicycle skipping with mixed results. See youtube video.
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.
The Tour of Britain Mascot tries the Balancing board ably assisted by Tonya from the Blackpool Circus School on the South Shore headland.
The event was organised by the Stanley Park Community Police to try and engage the local youths to respect the great area that is Stanley Park. Our Circus workshop did attract some youths who proved to be very adept at the various skills. There were also families involved with all ages again trying the skills on offer. See the youtube video.
Everyone joined in our Circus workshops at Guys Thatched on the 5th September, Children and adults came back time after time for 6 hours to try the items in use. Some just had FUN and some learned a new skill. Every age was catered for from toddlers to senior citizens. Circus students came along for a free workshop and also helped with teaching. Danial Tate-Pots and Max Salthouse also took to the dance flooor to exhibit their skills at Juggling, Diabolo and Poi.
Blackpool Circus School carried out a days Circus workshops for a visit from St Wilfrid’s High School Yr 10/11 students. The day was arranged by Lancaster University as an introduction to Higher education. Among other events on the day were Drumming and dancing workshops plus various talks. Most students came away from the BCS workshop with at least one new Circus skills and some achieved more than three new skills. The tutors on the day were Yuri & Tonya Gridneff.
The 2010 ” Ride the lights” was sponsored by Sky TV. They gave out over 8,000 bright yellow tunics to all that requested them. It was estimated that over 12,000 Cyclists took part this year. The Prom was closed from 6 PM to 10 PM so that all the cyclists could ride safely and preview the 2010 iluminations. Blackpool Circus School provided at least 10 Unicyclists who rode from St Chad’s Headland to Bispham. See the youtube video.
Three of our Circus students took part in a series of Talent contests at the Pleasure beach Globe and Horeshoe bar. All three made the finals for under 16 and over 16s. For the under 16s Thomas Senior took second place with his ball bouncing routine and Danial Tate-Pots was joint 4thwith his Poi routine. A very creditable effort considering the standard of Singers that came 1st 3rd and joint 4th. There was only one place in the over 16s final and James Wade’s juggling act did not win but he impressed with his skills and unusual style of performance. All three can be seen in the following youtube videos and also live at the North Pier, Blackpool on the 24th October in “All hands on deck” a Charity show produced by Tony Jo the ex Grumbleweed and manager of Joe Longthorne.
Organised by Mike Chadwick and Chris Pope of “Visit Blackpool” the event gave Blackpool Circus School the opportunity to show off their skills and provide a fun day for all the families that came into Blackpool on a fantastic Summer day in August. Thomas Senior showed his ball bouncing skills while Jordon Atkinson entertained the children on his stilts.