Circus Clubs start this week!
Enroll in Circus Club Classes from March 9th thru May 30th
Pick one day, two, three, or all four. Circus classes are available: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All circus clubs run weekly from beginning of March until end of May, except the week school is closed for Spring Break (April 20-24). All Circus Clubs (except Early Childhood Club) will end with an exhibition show. Specific dates and fees are listed in the Schedule & Registration Form. Register your child this week!
CHOOSE FROM THESE AWESOME OPTIONS!
Let your child develop skills in:
AERIAL: spanish web, trapeeze, silks
BREAKDANCE: individual and group choreographed routines
CLOWNING: skits, juggling, plate spinning, globe walking
GERMAN WHEEL: inline wheel routines to advanced spiral
JUMP ROPE: team, paired and individual performance
TUMBLING: acrobatics, floor exercises, gymnastics
Students will learn from our professional staff:
CJ Williams- Breakdance & Gymnastics
Mr. Williams was a competitive gymnast in high school. After high school he trained with Circesteem in Chicago. He eventually founded the ConnectForce breakdancing team, and he competes nationally. Mr. Williams currently performs with the Break‐a‐bulls. He is also getting his physical education degree and we are happy to have him for his third year at the Chicago Waldorf Circus program.
The Actor’s Gymnasium- Aerial Performance
Our two aerial instructors come to us through the Actor’s Gymnasium in Evanston. Actor’s Gym is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Chicago as a premiere theatrical circus arts organization. We are happy to be working with their staff for the eighth year in our CWS circus program!
Ashley Gambill- Jump Rope
Ashley was a competitive jump roper as part of a team for years. She teaches German at our school in the early grades and the high school. She regularly brings her passion for jump rope and sustainable living to her students.
Cirque Experience– German Wheel
Our German Wheel instructor is a teacher from Cirque Experience; Chicago’s gymnastic wheels program. Cirque Experience was founded by Wolfgang Bientzel who coordinates the teachers of the German wheel and, fittingly, hails from Deutschland. He is the 7 time world champion of the German wheel, and now trains other competitors.
Andrea Shaffer (coordinator)
Ms. Shaffer has taught gym for 4,000 years at CWS and believes in the power of artistic and competitive athletics to enrich young people’s lives. She has an unnatural love of Tootsie Rolls.
Photos from Circus Club 2013: A duo's jump-rope routine / A student performs Spanish Web (also top image) / Students demo a clown routine / The club rehearses a clown skit and floor tumbling simultaneously