What are the benefits of learning circus skills – when it is simply thought of AS A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
So apart from being great for encouraging socialising and building confidence and team working skills, it’s also a great fun accessible and inclusive physical activity. But what are the benefits of that?
In this 2015 article by Public Health England on encouraging young people engaged in physical activity they say the following:
“Emerging evidence suggests an association between being physically active and academic attainment and attention.(Ref 1) Being physically active also helps to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeing (Refs. 2,3) and children and young people who are physically active are more likely to continue the habit into adult life. (Ref 4)…. The evidence has been distilled into eight promising principles for practice, which have been tested with children and young people and practitioners (see Figure 1 – [see right]).” [references below, emphasis added]
Given that taking part in circus skills is a physical activity, we think we fall under Promising Principle 5 – “Offer choice and variety.” This is because, not only is learning circus skills a good alternative choice to mainstream sports, but also even within the umbrella term of ‘circus skills’ there are a myriad of different disciplines to choose from (juggling, spinning, acrobatics, aerial, unicycle etc etc) and a veritable plethora of ways to approach each discipline: whether its solo practice, or peer learning or collaborating in a big show.