About the Program
Inclusive Circus is a program designed to create a path for people with diverse needs and abilities to experience the discovery and joy of learning circus skills. Inclusive Circus includes modified juggling and circus skills that are accessible to people of all abilities and learning styles. We bring our program to your venue and can provide on-going classes or one-time workshops. This program uses simple actions such as rolling balls to create patterns that allow participants to experience flow and moments of discovery. Students will build confidence, focus, and coordination as they learn to do circus tricks.
Skills we teach include, peacock feather balancing, plate spinning, rolling juggling patterns (juggle board), scarf juggling, hoop spinning, flower sticks, clowning, and more!
Donna Wood-Babcock has been teaching circus skills for over 30 years. Her experience includes working as a trainer for Cirque du Monde, Cirque du Soleil’s social outreach program, and creating and the Hope St. Youth Circus in downtown Los Angeles which she directed for 15 years. She has taught thousands of students and directed dozens of youth circuses at schools and community centers throughout Los Angeles. Ms. Wood-Babcock served as a national board member of the American Youth Circus Organization for 5 years.
During the past several years Donna has been focusing on making juggling and circus skills accessible to all. She is currently studying the work of Craig Quat/Quat Props and the practice of “functional juggling” to expand her understanding of different ways to bring circus to all types of learners.
Watch this video to learn more about Functional Juggling and see Quat Props in action. https://youtu.be/lj12sLjZnzI
Cost: $275 per classroom visit up to 90 minutes. Additional instructors added at $200 per visit.
Age Range: Grades 1 and up. Workshops also available for adults and senior citizens.
Capacity: 15 students for one instructor. On site staff support is required for groups with special needs. Additional instructors can be provided to accommodate more participants.
Teaching Artist: Donna Wood-Babcock
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