April 25 - June 6
4:30 - 5:30 PM
BEGINNER CIRCUS, Age 8-12
Through games, improvisation and training students learn the basics of several circus arts including juggling, balancing objects, spinning diabolos, riding unicycles and clowning. Students engage their creative voice as they build the prop work into solo or group circus acts. Character, audience engagement and performance will all be explored with silliness and curiosity.
April 26 - June 7
3:30 - 5 PM
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CIRCUS, Age 10-15
Designed for students who can juggle three balls and ride a unicycle without a spotter, this class provides focused, structured space to grow skills, meeting the needs of students at many different levels. Simultaneously, students will learn creative and engaging methods to present their tricks within the context of performance. In addition to solo work, we will create and develop as a group - juggling with partners, unicycling in patterns and performing with a team.
Janoah “anygoodjokes” Bailin learned to juggle as a bored ten-year-old. He studied with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA, then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully and is an instructor for the Gym Dandies Children's Circus of Scarborough.
Our experienced teaching artists lead exciting and energetic classes for students of all ages. Through improvisation and set phrases, students will expand their range of motion and creative voice. Utilizing the most contemporary techniques, students will build deep somatic awareness to dance safely and dynamically. Rather than focusing on any one dance vocabulary, our modern classes draw from many lineages and choreographers to explore diverse ways of moving on the floor, in the air, in contact, and upside down.
Jan 17 - May 23
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN, Age 11-18
with Jessamyn Schmidt
(NO class during school breaks or early closings on:
Feb 7, Feb 21, April 18, and May 9)
Jessamyn Schmidt hails from Fort Wayne, IN. She earned a BA in dance and international studies from Denison University. She’s studied modern, ballet, West African, Flamenco, and contact improvisation. Jessamyn lives in South Portland, and teaches dance to many ages – teens, college students, and seniors.