Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Award Winners!

We were delighted to win a social enterprise growth award recently and attended the inaugural Tay Cities social enterprise awards ceremony in Dundee.
Held in DC Thomson’s headquarters in Meadowside, it brought together a wealth of talent from Fife, Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus.
The regional awards celebrated the activity of social enterprises and their achievements in supporting local communities last year.
The Tayside and Fife Partnership, linked to the Tay Cities Deal, is helping to foster an environment in which social enterprises can grow in size and strength.
The winners were: 
New Start Up: Benarty Community Shop; first finalist Le Hands; second finalist Dundee City Pipe Band.
Innovative Idea: The Home Straight; first finalist Dot Coach; second finalist Showcase The Street.
Growth Award: Adventure Circus; first finalist Uppertunity; second finalist Scrapantics.
Social Impact Award: Angus Cycle Hub; first finalist Dundee And Angus ADHD Support Group; second finalist Dundee International Women’s Centre – Rise and Childcare Service.
Young Social Entreprenuer: Danielle Gaffney du Plooy; first finalist Deborah Chapman, How It Felt; second finalist Ross Inglis, Dundee City Pipe Band.
Aidan Pia, executive director of Senscot, Scotland’s network for social enterprises, said: “It was really encouraging to see and hear so many great stories of local social enterprise doing their very best to provide such a range of valuable services to local communities. 
“These organisations reflect the important contribution social enterprise makes within these communities. 
“It is also good to see the collaboration taking place between different areas in Tayside which, hopefully, can be replicated elsewhere.”
The awards were delivered by Angus Council, Dundee Council, Dundee Social Enterprise Network, Dundee Third Sector Interface, Fife Council and Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Services.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Forma Fortis Acrobalance - April 2019!

We are so excited to announce that we will have the fabulous internationally renowned acrobalance performance group Forma Fortis visiting Adventure Circus again in April to deliver a 2 day acro-intensive workshop!

Alex and Marion, assisted by Leon and Killian, will lead workshops which are suitable for active improvers and those who are advanced, and is for groups and individuals.

Forma Fortis workshops are suitable for anyone with an active acro practice.  It is not suitable for absolute beginners. As a multi-levels event, students will receive catered instruction to their skill level, whenever possible.

Alex and Marion will teach acrobalance in all variations with the base lying on the floor as well as on a standing base, how to get in to a trick and how to get out in different variations. We will offer duo as well as trio tricks and we won't forget about the fun of acro during the hard work!

Schedule 6 & 7 April 

09:00 - 09:30 warm up
09:30 - 10:45 Workshop 1
break 15 min
11:00 - 12:15 Workshop 2
Lunch 12:15  - 13:30
13:30  - 14:45 Workshop 3
Break 15 min
15:00 - 16:15 Workshop 4
Break 15 min
16:30 - 17:30 Workshop 5
17.30 - 18:00 cool down

Booking is now open January.  Book now at this link!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Special gift ideas!

If you are thinking of purchasing a circus themed gift there here are our top ideas!

Experience circus with us!  One taster class or a 5 class passes

  • Family circus taster session (ages 8 to 88!)
  • Hula hooping taster session (ages 8 to 88!)
  • Beginners mixed aerial (5 classes, ages 12+)
  • Hula hooping (5 classes, ages 8 to 88!)
  • Parent & Child Circus Tots (5 classes, walkers to age 5)

Circus taster sessions are on 30 December and 06 January and are from 2pm until 4pm.  Maximum 16 people per class and you will try out fun skills such as trapeze, hoop and silks and you will also experience acrobalance and juggling!

Hula hooping taster sessions are on 30 December and 06 January and are from 6pm until 7.30pm.  Hooping is a great way to have fun and is an excellent work out for your abs! You can also impress your friends with your new skills.  Come try for yourself! Maximum 12 people per class.

Beginners mixed aerial is on a Sunday at 4.30pm until 6pm (beginning 13 January) and in these classes you will learn to climb a rope as well as master the basics in aerial hoop, trapeze, silks! When the gym is too boring, we are here to make working out fun!  Maximum 8 people per class.

Hula hoop classes are on a Sunday at 6pm (beginning 13 January) will help you to become an expert hula hooper!  All you need is a great teacher, and a little time to practice to improve your coordination.  Luckily we can help with both if you book a block of classes! Maximum 12 per class.  Includes your own hula hoop that you get to keep!

Circus Tots is a class for parents and children to enjoy circus skills together in a fun and sociable atmosphere to bond with your child and meet other parents. Classes are Monday 11am and Friday 1.40pm (beginning 11 and 14 January). Maximum 12 per class.

To book your choice of gift, please select an option below.  We will then email you a gift voucher with details of how to redeem.  Please read our full terms and conditions before purchasing. Minimum class numbers may also apply.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Celebrating 250 years of circus!

Sanger's Circus big top, around 1900
The anniversary of this most pervasive, popular, born-in-Britain art form will be marked in 2018 by a UK-wide celebration!
Museums, filmmakers, designers, theatres, orchestras, schools, libraries and circuses will all join in – circus is everywhere and for everyone.
Circus250 is about enabling pioneering work, forging new partnerships, building new audiences and embedding circus at the heart of our culture – in the ground-breaking spirit of Astley.
250 years ago, on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus. It was 1768, a time of revolutions, and poet William Blake could have been one of Astley’s first customers. But the real revolution Astley created was a whole new art form. His 42 foot ring, the dazzling combination of jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men, bareback riders… Every circus, anywhere, began at this moment in 1768.
250 years later, circus is a worldwide phenomenon. There’s barely an art form that isn’t touched by it – from Sir Peter Blake’s circus collages to cutting edge performance art. Every schoolchild can tell you what a circus is. Many of us would secretly like to run away and join one.

We will be celebrating #Circus250 in 2018 and will be following the #CIRCUS250 CHARTER:

CELEBRATE 250 years of circus throughout 2018 with performances, exhibitions, and events nationwide. There will be a one-month focus on each of the Six Cities of Circus between April and October.

PROMOTE Circus250 year-round celebrations with branding, website, social media, marketing, press and an explosion of attention on all the different and fabulous forms of circus.

COLLABORATE with a broad range of those who create and innovate in circus, and support collaboration with unexpected partners to enable exciting new work.

EDUCATE, through providing resources to schools and libraries to enable them to celebrate Circus250.

ADVOCATE how circus can be both enjoyed and experienced by everyone, by engaging with decision makers and bringing their attention to the benefits of circus activity and education. High profile Circus Champions will tell the story of the importance and influence of circus.

DEVELOP new audiences for circus, letting people know the many wonderful expressions of circus, cross-marketing contemporary and traditional circuses, so that audiences are introduced to circus wherever and however it appears.

EMBED circus in our artistic and educational experiences, so that everyone in the UK may know the many forms it takes, and the many ways in which they can take part and create.

And most of all SURPRISE. #Circus250 celebrates the past, but looks to the future. It’s a radical celebration. It seeks to astound.

For full details, check out