Atlantic Cirque, Burnside’s very own circus arts school and the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada, is doing a booming business. President and owner Anais Guimond says the school’s latest open house held in mid-September was a huge success.
“It’s our gift to the community – those who are curious and wanting to try circus arts or just wanting to come see what we do and offer,” she says. “This year, on September 11, our open house welcomed more than 50 kids ages three to 12 and their parents. All were so excited and thrilled after their first try that we allowed them a second try!
“A little girl, age 5, was crying on her dad’s shoulder. When I asked her why she was crying, she said to me, ‘I don’t want to leave, I want to go back and do more.’
“Many of the families who came to visit us that day signed up for the last few spots left in our weekly classes and many booked their birthday party with us. It's always a great success!”
The next open house will be held in mid-January.
Guimond says the professional program at the school filled up quickly as well.
“A certificate in circus arts is something the local community was waiting for,” she says.
The professional one-year program is for students ages 14 years and up who have a passion for circus arts and who are ready to develop their skills. The program isn’t for the faint of heart. Guimond says students undergo rigorous physical training that includes solid physical preparation as well as technical and artistic training in circus, dance and performing arts.
“The ideal candidate… demonstrates basic knowledge of circus arts, dance, a martial art or acrobatic sport with an artistic component, such as artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, diving or figure skating,” Guimond says. “(They are) in excellent health and demonstrate determination, creativity, discipline and maturity.”
For those looking for a more recreational activity, the circus school “offers its students the opportunity to develop and hone aptitudes like coordination, strength, flexibility, concentration and creativity in a structured and safe environment under the instruction and supervision of circus professionals,” Guimond adds.
Atlantic Cirque is located at 30 Oland Court in Burnside Park. It opened in 2002 and now has more than 160 weekly participants from ages three years to adults of all ages. The school teaches trapeze, trampoline, aerial silk, hoop, contortion, juggling, acrobatics and more.
The school hosts birthday parties and other group events along with the professional training and recreational weekly classes. Guimond says they also offer private and semi-orivate lessons as wells as spring and summer camps.
For more information, call 457-2227 or visit Atlantic Cirque’s website at www.atlanticcirque.com.