Educational value of Circus Skills
“Studies show that movement and stimulation of balance helps attentional disorders and improves reading.” C. Hannaford Ph.D
Learning circus skills is physical, creative education which has been shown to improve academic performance. Juggling actually increases grey matter in the parts of the brain that process visual/motion information! Benefits of our workshops include:
Differentiation – We engage all students at a level sensitive to their current abilities; students progress at their own pace and are responsible (with our guidance whenever necessary) for developing their own learning.
Inclusion – Circus skills are perfect for students who dislike or lack confidence in traditional sports or academic pursuits.
“Children get a great cardio-vascular and pulmonary work-out when they juggle scarves, exercising the big muscles close to the head and close to the heart.” Dave Finnigan
Confidence Building – Students enjoy non-competitive activity. No one is born a juggler! Students learn to break tasks down, developing cognitive, problem-solving skills. As they negotiate their way through the different stages of learning a trick that which seemed impossible becomes possible leading to a tangible sense of achievement.
Improving Academic Performance – Juggling engages both the left and right hand sides of our brains. Our left hand brain is responsible for procedures, logic, maths, and gets a very thorough work-out from analysing where to aim that next throw, or where the hand should be positioned to catch it. The right hand, or creative side, is responsible for turning juggling into an art – choreographing tricks into routines, remembering to smile! This is the same for all manipulation skills. They get our brains working holistically and sharpen focus, which leads to improvement in academic performance.
Developing Transferable Skills – Circus skills have cross-curricular relevance, including elements of performance arts, maths and even physics. Studies suggest that as hand-eye coordination is greatly improved by regular juggling, it is particularly beneficial for dyslexics.