Balingup's Blackwood Circus is set to get airborne with a set of new skills following its participation in the WA Circus Festival’s classes.
Three Blackwood Circus members are travelling from Balingup to Lunar Circus at Karridale this weekend to participate in a range of classes including tumbling skills, trapeze, flying trapeze, teeterboard, juggling, hula hooping and unicycling.
Blackwood Circus founder Adrian Trevitt said the idea came from his exhibitions of fire twirling and juggling at parties.
“From there the kids wanted to learn and I thought I could teach them with the limited knowledge I had,” he said.
The group is self-funded and is the only circus within the Southern Forests region.
“It’s another team sport and as with those sports everyone has their own special skills,” he said.
Lunar Circus director Matthew Yates said children and adults from across Australia attended classes and honed their skills each year.
Rachel Atkinson, whose three children are Blackwood Circus members, said the sport was challenging for her children.
“It’s not something you just pick up,” she said.
“Watching them know where their own arms and legs are and then do quite bizarre things with them is great.”
Blackwood Circus welcomes members of any age to join in on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm at Balingup Recreation Centre.
For more information contact Adrian on 0458 056 306.The WA Circus Festival runs from January 26-28 at Karridale, visit www.lunarcircus.com.
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