Saturday, June 4, 2016

Trash Test Dummies Circus Workshop

Following the main event on Friday evening, a handful of keen youngsters joined forces with the Trash Test Dummies on Saturday 28th May to circulate circus skills. Two things to note;
Number 1. The participants quickly realised that being a circus-acrobat-in-training was hard work.
Number 2. The participants quickly realised that being a circus-acrobat-in-training was hard work! Seriously.
Hard work, and more hard work, the warm up consisted of Scrubbing the Deck, Running from Port to Starboard, Standing at Attention, Crawling like a Crab, and Swimming away from Sharks!!
Once the warm ups were completed, the 60 minute workshop saw participants circulating in groups working on a series of skills including balance, juggling, body form, listening, concentration, imagination, and determination. All in the name of fun, of course.
Through a series of games and activities, the room was a hive of activity.
The workshop was based around hoop skills, and balancing with soft juggle balls and discs. The participants were able to take their time and the Trash Test Dummies were great with one-on-one help and tips. Apart from look of intense concentration on some faces, I do believe the kids had a great time! I believe the Trash Test Dummies had a great time too.

The main event of the workshop was the Human Pyramid. Using humour, the Trash Test Dummies demonstrated where and where not to place limbs, and one body at a time was able to achieve an awesome result with out physical or mental injury. The Mums and Dads were proud, the kids were happy and a bit worn out. Thank You Trash Test Dummies for giving country kids this fantastic opportunity. It will not be forgotten.

Photography by Kirsty Duffy.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA; who receives core funding through the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest.

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