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Notes from Circus School – Show Week

Notes from Circus School – Show Week

The show week was intense, not least because we had to rebuild the training space to accommodate lights, backdrop, and audience. Daisy and I took responsibility for lighting, and stayed late (1am late!) on the night before the first show to rig, test and program all the lights. Lots of help from Rhey scampering about in the roof in a harness to wire up faulty units, and lots of crawling around on catwalks in the dust. I think I must…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 9

Notes from Circus School – Week 9

Yesssssss! I’m back to full time training after a week of rest! It started well, and I did full days Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We had some interesting transitions in static trapeze, including Amazon pirouette which is totally new to me, and around the world which I’ve done a version of in hoop but had to translate to the ropes of the static trapeze. We also looked at some front balance transitions, half turning to different shapes or balances. I’d…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 8

Notes from Circus School – Week 8

Owwwwwwwww. Why did I do Friday’s warm up?? My abdominals have pulled off my ribs again, giving me a weekend of pain. It’s a short week, with Friday being Good Friday, but still. Not happy to be missing classes again. Thankfully in most of the classes, we went over the things we had learned over the previous 7 weeks as a sort of consolidation prior to a week off. The most useful session of the week was act creation, this…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 7

Notes from Circus School – Week 7

Over the past days, I’ve seen an improvement in pain levels, so am back to training. Just small amounts on Monday, skipping almost everything except static trapeze. It wasn’t too taxing a session, learning some new static shapes – Amazon and toe hang, both of which I have done on hoop before so could gauge the levels of exertion needed to get into them! The penultimate equilibristics class of the course was unicycle. Much harder than it seems, and frustrating…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 6

Notes from Circus School – Week 6

Little to tell this week. After the ordeal of the sports therapy appointment on Friday, and its seemingly innocuous range of motion tests that turned out to be excruciating, I’ve been doing a lot of sitting still. I’ve made arrangements to attend school for the core aerial classes but sit at home and rest for the classes that are more supplementary in nature – yoga, handstands and so on. Thankfully I’m still not missing very much in terms of new…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 5

Notes from Circus School – Week 5

This week has reinforced the importance of surrounding oneself with positive people. The negativity that consumes people in their busy modern lives was something that struck me when I got back from the trail. It feeds itself, growing out of control like some horrifying monster. And it’s hard to escape. This week has been a good reminder. Whilst I’ve been injured it has been hard to stay positive, every time I’ve felt like I’m getting better I’ve taken several steps…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 4

Notes from Circus School – Week 4

I only had 3 days at school this week, trying to get my ribs sorted out. It’s hard to rest when there’s a class going on right in front of me. I get tempted to join in, and end up doing too much. Best just to stay away until I’m a little better. Unfortunately I came to this realisation after Monday’s flying trapeze class. The warm up had gone well and the pain was much diminished, so I thought I…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 3

Notes from Circus School – Week 3

The cold I had last week left me with slightly strained intercostals this week. So as not to aggravate them any further, I sat out of most classes, learning a valuable lesson in how much injury sucks. I practised my juggling whilst watching the others on the flying trapeze, and have done a lot of stretching and journalling to make sure I can practise anything new during practice time when I’m back to full strength. I managed to arrange a…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 2

Notes from Circus School – Week 2

So the weekend didn’t exactly bring recovery. I came back on Monday in the early stages of getting a cold. It’s great that the Hangar where we train is practically the outdoors in terms of temperature – being indoors with a cold always feels a hundred times worse than being outdoors in the fresh air. Acrobatics this week was opportunistically on the trampolines set out in the studio, which is right up my alley. Although it’s been a while, most…

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Notes from Circus School – Week 1

Notes from Circus School – Week 1

Life as a circus girl begins here, it seems. On Monday I started a full-time foundation course in circus arts at Aircraft Circus in London. With any luck, in 4 months’ time I’ll be performing in my first show. This is the story. The first week has been focussed on getting to know each other and finding out where we have experience or not. We’re somewhat depleted in numbers at the moment due to illness and travels, but the four…

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