The Centre Stage girls ball dance
The tumbling coach calls kids like D her little 'gymnastics refugees'. Many young athletes are willing to work hard, but don't enjoy competition; they would prefer to perform and entertain an audience. Circus school is the place for them! The kids train 10-12 hours/week on unicycle, juggling, aerials (silks, trapeze, lira, German wheel, straps), hand-to-hand (think human pyramids, handstands), acrobatics, trampoline, movement/dance and clowning. They do it all and they are a wonderful family.
Centre Stage girls
For all of these girls (aged 12-14), it was their first experience in the production. They performed in 3 or 4 group acts including a dance, a 5' unicycle act, tumbling routine and poi act (under black light!). It was fantastic to have many friends attend the show and learn more about this amazing school and the talented kids that train there. Most people have no idea about the calibre of athleticism and performance that happens right here in Vancouver! I helped out with costumes; sewing, mending, washing and other general back-stage stuff that went on throughout the 8 shows over 4 days. Five shows were completely sold out to an audience of 340 and people were even searching tickets on Craigslist and Kijiji: incredible! I have a couple of videos but need help from my I.T. department to edit and upload them.
I'm ready to get back to some Poppyprint sewing now; straight line quilting on a queen sized quilt is almost complete and I'm anxious to share it with you. Off I go!