Dream BIG! Circus Workshops Explained
Dream BIG! Circus workshops are a series of circus workshops designed for children and adults, to teach them the various circus skills available, as well as working on goal setting, self discipline, self confidence and more... Super fun and age appropriate.
Currently there are 6 workshops on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday being run by primarily by Sophie McGrath, with guest teachers, and student teachers which vary over the year to give the program a more in-depth look into various disciplines, depending what the teachers strengths are.
We are super excited to offer a new littlies class in term 3!!
Circus LOVE! - MONDAY at 10.30 - 12.30pm
An adult class for those who have a passion for circus or who want to learn, this is a skill share class, with no trainer as such, but a space where 18+ ladies can come and skill share, learn and grow in the various circus arts from aerial to hula hoop, jugging, and many other circus disciplines. Children and babies are welcome to be present whist you train :) ($15 a class, full term only).
LITTLE CYCLONE CIRCUS - TIME AND DAY TBC
Hosted by one of our local Circus practitioners, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the circus industry, Juzi (Justine Schlicht).
This will be open to kids 6 months to 6 years old. With a mix of obstacle courses, basic circus skills, balance, rolling, forward rolls, falling, mini-tramp, games, making music, singing and dancing! This will be lots of fun for both child and parent.
We are going to run a taster course of 4 weeks to gauge interest and whether Mondays works for people interested, and if there is enough interest the classes will continue with another 4 block class at the end of term and then on into the year.. ($15 )
Dream BIG! Circus 2 - Tuesday at 3.45 - 5pm
Taught by Sophie and Adrienne, this class is for 7 year olds to 9 year olds. It offers multiple circus disciplines from Aerial to Acrobalance, acrobatics, juggling, role bola, unicycle, stilt walking, poi, staff, diablo, flower stick, spinning plates, and more... The aim is to teach the children circus skills, whilst building their confidence, getting them to set their own achievable goals, and let their own personal creativity flow, there is no rigid structure week to week (although obviously there are still rules for safety), as we are aiming to create a space for circus/physical creative play, that is partially child / interest led. ($17.50 full term only, no one off Classes)
Dream BIG! Show Class
Show class is a class designed for children who want to perform their skills, and work at presentation of individual skills and group skills. there is opportunity to do shows for the community and events if you are in this class. You need to be attending another class to be considered for show class, and be willing to perform and work on the performance aspect of your circus skills.
Being a part of this class may have extra costs for the parents including costume costs, and extra time needed I.e. for weekend performances.
It is aimed at 8 year olds and over, and is by application and email and acceptance via written email only. ($12 a class, full term only)
Dream BIG! Family Class
Taught by Sophie and Anna, this class is any age. It offers multiple circus disciplines from Aerial to Acrobalance, acrobatics, juggling, role bola, unicycle, stilt walking, poi, staff, diablo, flower stick, spinning plates, and more... The aim is to teach the children circus skills, whilst building their confidence, getting them to set their own achievable goals, and let their own personal creativity flow, there is no rigid structure week to week (although obviously there are still rules for safety), as we are aiming to create a space for circus/physical creative play, that is partially child/student led. ($17.50 a class, full term only, no one off classes).
Dream BIG! Aerial Class
Taught by Sophie and Anna and student trainee trainer Sienna aimed at age 8 to 18, this is an aerial class specialising in Aerial disciplines, strength, conditioning, tricks and routines for the trapeze and silks. The class is a focused class, split into warm up , learning of tricks, conditioning, building of routines, pump and warm down. ($17.50 a class, full term only, no one off classes).
Dream BIG! Aerial Choreo Class - Thursday
Taught by Sophie this is an aerial class for more advanced students to work on their aerial choreography and performance skills and is by invitation only. ($20 a class).
Dream BIG! School Holiday Programs
Little Cyclone Circus programs will be run over the school holidays on 29th and 30th June, and 6th and 7th July. Monday classes will be at 3pm and Tuesday classes will be at 10 am. Each class is for an hour. Please see description above you can book in for one or all of these classes. $15
HOORAY HOORAY CIRCUS ALL DAY!
School Holiday programs for ages 8 and above.
Come from 8.30am for a 9am start time, the program will include multiple trainers in specialist subjects, and will include...
Warm up games and stretching
Aerials taught by Sophie and Anna.
Hula hoops taught by Elise and Sophie
Manipulation, Balancing, sliding and more taught by Jacob and Sophie
Handstands taught by Elise and Sophie
There will be time for morning tea and lunch (to be provided by parents) and fruit will be provided for afternoon tea.
$85 a day inc. afternoon tea.
A bit about Sophie ...
Sophie is the initiator of the Dream BIG! Circus and Circus LOVE! programs, and has been teaching various circus disciplines since 1999 all over the world. She has lived worked and taught in over 38 countries, and loves to share with anyone who wants to learn the joys and boundless fun of the various circus disciplines. She believes circus is good for the body, good for the heart and good for the soul, as well as being good for the mind, for mental health and promotes many positive attributes..
She loves the Koah community and its surrounding communities of Mareeba, Atherton, Kuranda, Speewah and Cairns and is excited to share and create and work with all people both students and professionals who love circus in the area and beyond.
A bit about Anna....
Anna has been training and performing Aerial silks for the last 7 years. Anna started teaching 4 years ago, and has worked for a few aerial companies in Cairns.
She has facilitated workshops and taught kids and adults all over the Cairns and Tableland region, and has also performed at multiple events across the region from Aj Hacketts bungee tower, festivals, and street parades. Anna is a trainer in the Family Circus and Aerials class.
A bit about Juzi....
Justine has been teaching circus / physical theatre and performance skills since 2000.
Facilitating classes/performance for ages 6 months and up in Kuranda, Cairns and many regions all over Queensland.
Her main focus has always been community, total inclusivity, learning new skills, fun and play in a safe and welcoming environment.
Juzi has a Creative Industries Degree in Performance JCU, and is an accredited Learn to Swim Teacher. A performer / actor / stage manger and currently studying a 3 year course in Feldenkrais. Juzi teaches our LITTLE CYCLONE CIRCUS class.
A bit about Adrienne....
Working with Sophie over the last year, Adri is our 'trainee trainer'. Adrienne has been attending Circus classes for over 3 years and has a passion for all things Circus. Adri has co-facilitated event workshops and performed with Dream BIG! circus on her weapon of choice, the Lyra. Adrienne is a trainer in the CIRCUS 2 and Show class.
A bit about Sienna...
Sienna is furthering her skill by being our "Junior trainee Aerial trainer" She is helping and learning with Sophie and Anna in the Aerial Class.
COVID -19 Protocol
You, your families health and the health of our trainers is very important to us.
We are following the guidelines set out by the Queensland Government for gymnastics.
Please be aware of the following.
If you / a student is unwell or has flu like symptoms please do not come to class.
If you have been in contact with someone known to have Covid 19 please do not come to class until you have been tested.
All students will be required to wash their hands on entering the Workshop space.
Soap, paper towels and water will be provided and available to all students.
Hand sanitiser will be available to all students and trainers.
Trainers will hand sanitise between spotting students.
Spotting is classified under sports as incidental contact.
Students are asked to wear clean clothes to all circus workshops.
Thank you for working with this to keep everyone safe and well.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.
Payment is due for all school holiday programs is in advance and places are extremely limited due to Covid restrictions.
Payment is due in full by the FIRST LESSON of the term for term 3 classes.
Payment Schedule TERM 3 (9 WEEKS) First Class 20/07/2020
Term Fees for ADULT CIRCUS LOVE! is $135
Term Fees for CIRCUS 2, Aerial Class and Family Circus is $157.50
Term Fees for SHOW CLASS is $108.00
Discounts are offered for two or more children (Excluding Aerial Classes as numbered are limited so no discount on aerial classes) Cost for two children is $32.50 p/w (1 class each)
Yearly Fees for 2020 of $25 for insurance and admin to be included in payments for term 3. ( This is cheaper than usual due to term being shorter).
Please make sure the name of the student is referenced with the payment.
Account Name - Dream State Entertainment
BSB - 036306
Account Number - 392961
Open Circus Workshops (for festival and event booking)
The Dream State Open Circus Workshops provide a colourful, and high-energy experience for children, youth and parents, to play, learn, and challenge their abilities, shoulder to shoulder.
Utalising high quality circus equipment, from the U.K. and Germany, such as Diablo’s, spinning plates, flower sticks, ribbons, hula hoops, stilts, rola bola’s, unicycles, juggling equipment including balls, clubs and rings, handstand blocks, practice poi and spinning staff, balance sticks, peddle go’s, and monkey bike. Along with 2 circus teachers and practitioners with over 30 years experience collectively!
We also run a train the trainer program to teach other adults how to teach the skill of circus to others.
‘ Circus workshops offer a fantastic experience to build skills and confidence of a broad spectrum of people; it is truly amazing to see the transformation of attitude in participants that discover and engage.
Circus Workshops, Shows and Parades
Dream State Circus has worked for 2 decades with numerous cultures, community groups, and individuals to create pathways whereby participants help design, create, and deliver a presentation for festivals, community events, and occasions of significance, or just for their peers for fun!
This is delivered using extensive experience and resources in teaching and choreography, design and fabrication of the various aspects of entertainment.
Whether participants are creating a show, a parade or an event, they thrive and grow with the help of Sophie and Jacob.
Specialised Projects for Schools and Community Groups
These photos are a montage of the design procedure, creative process and delivery of the Fish Float Project, for the Joondalup Festival Parade, with the top 3 years of the Hillary’s Primary School.
Photos show the initial concepts worked out in a classroom setting, where the children’s input influenced design, then hands on practical building, the decoration, and the completion.
Finally the children get to be a part of the delivery, as they all join in the parade with the fish float and the fish they had made from reused plastic milk bottles, dressed in underwater garb the design won first place, and the school won a cash prize!
This project is a prime example of how Dream State Circus has worked with various groups. Teaching a process of design, creation and then delivery to their greater community.