Children attracted to call of circus



School holidays have been met with plenty of twists and turns for some of Central Otago’s most daring youngsters.

Those children showed no fear as they swung from a trapeze and climbed up silks as part of a holiday programme at Molyneux Stadium in Alexandra last week.

The programme, which was organised by the Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust Puna Rangatahi, was hosted by Arrowtown Kids Circus tutor Abigail Rose.

Her holiday workshop came just two days after the Arrowtown Kids Circus’ first ever performance at the Alexandra Blossom Festival.


Twists and turns . . . Mastering the art of the trapeze is Samantha McLean (10), who took part in last week’s circus camp. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

“Some of these guys saw the show,” she said.

Elated responses from the children followed, suggesting they were impressed by what they saw.

“They trained for four years to do that,” Miss Rose said, of the performers.

Miss Rose has trained in circus disciplines in New Zealand and now shares her talents around the world, which has included workshops in Western Australia and South Africa.

She returned from France last month and recently worked at the Irish Aerial Dance Festival, a performance development event for adults.

Next on her agenda is finding a new base for Arrowtown Kids Circus, which she established four years ago, because she has to move out of the building she has been using.

She said she hoped to find another space soon and would welcome any suggestions, including those within Central Otago.

Preferably, she needs a building which has beams across the ceiling.

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