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FirePoi-boy


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Posted:I'm at the stage in school where i gotta decide what to do next. While trawling through every available course in the UCAS directory i came across a circus degree course in London. ( don't laugh. its serious. everybody in school thinks I'm joking up until the point when they start pulling the piss after i finally convince them )Its at the Cental School of Speech and Drama.I'm definately going to apply but I was wondering if anybody here happens to do the course or know anyone doing it?I think it might be tough to get into as you need to be pretty fit and i am currently unable to touch my own toes. I hope my poi-ing skills impress them enough at the audition or if thats even the right thing to do. anyway any input would be much appreciated.Sam."Except everything and then explain it your way"

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

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Posted:This is taken from the Central School Website: quote:The Central School of Speech and Drama has a partnership with The Circus Space, Britains premier circus training centre, to offer the first British degree course in circus. The Circus Space is based in the centre of London in a former power station that has been redeveloped specifically for circus training. The course is an accelerated two-year vocational degree programme which aims to equip students to find employment with existing performing arts companies, or to form new companies of their own. You undertake an intensive training which is equivalent to a three-year degree but which is delivered over two years, each of 45 weeks. This mode of delivery is designed to ensure a sustained physical progression.This unique degree will appeal to those with some experience in circus, performance or dance, and to those who relish the opportunity to experiment, collaborate and create new work with other talented performers.The content of the degree aims to enable you to gain an understanding of, and experience in, the broad range of skills and concepts needed to create innovative and exciting contemporary circus. At the same time you achieve a high level of individual expertise and performing ability in a particular circus discipline such as trapeze, tightwire, juggling or clowning. Common to all students are practical classes in physical conditioning, theatre, circus and movement, leading to solo and ensemble performance projects. Alongside the physical skills development, there is a strong focus on artistic exploration and creativity, as well as on the historical, critical and business aspects of circus. A Contextual Studies programme provides a theoretical underpinning to the course.The course is based primarily at The Circus Space in Hoxton, London, N1, although there is collaboration with students of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Theatre Practice course, and access to the School's facilities, including the library and Student Union. For further Information on the Circus Space see www.thecircusspace.co.uk. ADMISSION is by audition and interview. Applicants should normally be aged between 18 and 25 on entry. Indicative requirements would be a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, Circus, Dance or equivalent, or 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, or 3 GCSEs and 2 A-level passes or equivalent. Candidates who are able to demonstrate their potential successfully to complete a degree programme will also be considered on the basis of previous experience. Applicants will also have to show clearly their vocational intent and potential for professional employment in the field of contemporary circus performance. A satisfactory medical fitness report signed by both a physiotherapist and a doctor is required.I say go for it. The worst that can happen is they say no. Then you end up slightly jaded, with red sparkley dreads and a firestaff fixation.Oh no, wait....that's someone else.... and it was a different course....and, and, and.....*goes off to swim in the rainbarrel*------------------C@ntusIn the past, the fools would pay, to see the freaks of the day. The contradictions of the norm. The bizarre, the wonderful and deformed.No need for the tents and the cages now. The wool is over our eyes. In front the TV circus - a freakshow in disguise.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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melissa
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

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Posted:i have also heard of circus schools in quebec and one that is part of a university in florida. somewhere on the web is a circus site that lists all the cirus schools internationally.

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Shouden-CrD
SILVER Member since Apr 2001

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Location: Tampa, FL, USA

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Posted:Yes, there is a local circus school. I'll try and locate the name for you guys.(dunno why Ringling is sticking to my mind...prolly barnum and bailey) It is located in St Petersburg I believe. They hold Medieval Fairs there every year(not the ren fest).------------------ [PLUR]-=Crazy Raver Dude=-

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:The Medieval Faire is put on by Barnum&Bailey isn't it? I know people who work it and we were just disgussing this on Sunday actually. B&B also has the circus camp for kids in the summer. When I get to the Florida Faires I am seriously concidering enrolling in the circus intensive to broaden my horizons (and strengthen my constitution!
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).Go for it Fire Poi Boy...what is the worse they are going to say, "Sorry not this year." If they do, you go on to other studies and try next year. Hell, if they accept up to 25 years old, you have time still! As my beloved director Jim Greene tells us...."Dare to Suck!"Best of luck!------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...http://www.pyromorph.com


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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
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tallicaburton


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Posted:I think you should go for it also. The chance to learn new skills? Especially something as unusual as this. Hey, maybe if you get in...Cirque de sol...your message is making me reconsider my career plans
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... Are there any schools like that in Texas? I'm interested in trapeze and tumbling first and foremost...
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Good luck!! -peace! tallica--------------------------Search for meaning,not guided by thought.Help me find it,I am lost.


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rin_666
SILVER Member since Jul 2006

rin_666

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Location: cambridge

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Posted:*bump* am currently considering a change in life and saw this website searching before was gonna ask for advice in a new thread but found this was just wondering if this worked out or not? and also if it did is it as awesome as it looks?

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_Poiboy_
GOLD Member since Jan 2004

_Poiboy_

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Location: Raanana, Israel

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Posted:I'm planning on going to a circus school in england, hopefully circomedia.
check them out. there's also the one pink works at but i dont remember it's name.
have fun if you do end up doing it smile
as far as i know, circus schools tend to teach more showmanship, performance techniques, routine building etc. rather than teaching props.
by the way, is it possible to get a scholarship for a circus school?


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

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Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:Circus schools teach skills as well, from beginner to advanced.

They teach presentation and such as well Poiboy.
You get the whole package wink

As for scholarships, it depends on the school. Some do offer scholarships and financial aide, some do not. I think you have to check with each school individually.

rin_ since this thread is pretty old, I'm not sure what you'll get from the original poster but I am sure you'll get lots of feedback from other students and enthusiasts.
smile

fwiw, the Toronto School of Circus Arts completely rocks.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

Pink...?

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Posted:PM for info about degree courses in Circus in Europe...I can send people lots of info

Too tired to write about it here now... smile


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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newgabe
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newgabe

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Posted:There is a excellent degree level circus school in Melbourne Australia: NICA, the <a href="null" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">National Institute of Circus Arts.</a>. Their graduates are outstanding, fully professional, scarily fit, excellent presentation and design. Entry would be extremely competitive of course, as there are high quality youth circuses all over the country, including the Flying Fruit Flies high school to feed into it.. so random adults with no background, or just spinning skills wouldn't have much hope. But they do public classes/social circus as well. A lot of Aussie universities accept overseas full-fee paying students. Couldn't find anything on the NICA site to say they do though it could be worth a try.
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Pink...?
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Pink...?

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Posted:Ok in England, the only place to get a 'proper' degree (BA hons) is The Circus Space. - www.thecircusspace.co.uk



But Circomedia are offering a Foundation Degree in Circus as well as The Circus Space.



The main difference between the 2 courses are:



Circomedia emphasises physcial theatre, and you have a go at most disciplines.



The Circus Space whilst having lessons in theatre (and all the rest of the 'complimentary classes' - ballet, movement, yoga, pilates, etc...) you pick a discipline hlafway through the first year, and you specialise in that.



So basically, if you want to come to the UK to study Circus you have to think of two things.



1) do you want an actual BA (hons)?

2) Do you want to specialise in a disicpline (juggling, staff, hula hoop, aerial hoop, chinese pole, trapeze etc...) or do you want to do a bit of everything but not specialise in any one thing?



Anyway if you want any information about entrance procedures, the auditions, the fees or anything let me know smile


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PinkNigel


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Posted: Written by :Pink...?



The main difference between the 2 courses are:





And entirely anecdotally... wink

Circomedia let you smile while performing.
Circus space make you dress in black and use white props placed just so on stage by the stage hands before you begin for your act.
(Ok, that's becoming less true re:CS, but they certainly went through an horrendously long time of producing lookalike "artsy" acts)

There's also Zippo's in the UK (I think, do they still exist?) who are more trad circus and train you while you tour with them (I could be wrong here, that was the impression I got though..)


A wise man once said: "You have two ears and one mouth, therefore you should shut the censored up and listen" (though, to be fair, he might not've put it _quite_ like that..)

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rin_666
SILVER Member since Jul 2006

rin_666

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Location: cambridge

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Posted:I'm just scouting around at the moment I still have to do the whole shouty "YOU'RE DOING WHAT?!?!" conversation when I tell my parents I'm dropping out of my current degree...wel hopefully not shouty.

Thanks for all the info guys keep it coming :P them more I know the better


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