D'faces jump on circus workshops

WOW: The D'faces crew and Cirkidz Trainers Graham Hicks and Courtney Sturm show off part of what they have learnt during the workshops.
WOW: The D'faces crew and Cirkidz Trainers Graham Hicks and Courtney Sturm show off part of what they have learnt during the workshops.

The talented kids at D'faces of Youth Arts have been learning to do the spectacular with the help of youth circus organisation Cirkidz.

Cirkidz ran three workshops at D'faces this week, with participants focusing on developing a variety of fundamentals in various circus disciplines including tumbling, juggling, trampoline, acrobatics and balance.

The workshops were composed of four classes for different age groups - Tiddlers (2.5-5 years), Tackerz (6 to 8 years), Tweenz (9-12 years) and lastly the main class for the D'faces crew and the general public.

D'faces Company Manager Samuel Wannan said the workshops provided the D'faces youth with access to specialty circus equipment they wouldn't normally be able to use.

"Cirkidz come up every term to run workshops in the holidays, this is the first time they have done three days and it's gone really well," he said.

"The kids have really been enjoying themselves. We have parents calling up the day after a workshop with five kids who want to join in because they have heard about it."

Mr Wannan said several members of D'faces who are being mentored to become co-facilitators next year were getting a lot of value out of the workshops.

"They've been learning some expert level skills so they can start teaching other people in the coming year," he said.

"We have one kid who has been coming to circus workshops for the past term and over these past few days he's gained a lot of confidence, which is a huge turnaround for him.

"These kids have really been coming out of their shells."

Cirkidz Trainer Graham Hicks said practicing front-saults on mini trampolines and balancing on tubes and roller balls were big hits with the participants.

"These workshops gave them more equipment to play on, different equipment to experience and more ideas they can expand on when we're not here," he said.

D'faces will be busy over the coming months, creating a haunted house experience at the Eyre Hotel on October 31, writing two plays to be performed later this year and making a tutorial video on advanced acrobatics in conjunction with the Eyre Gymnastics Club.