When Your Child Wants to Join The Circus
So you're thinking of signing your child up for a kid or teen circus class at Kudzu, and don't know what to expect.
Here are a few frequently asked questions hopefully answered to your satisfaction.
1. What Do You Do?
Kid and Teen Circus Classes take place in our aerial vine. For most of class, each student gets their own hammock/Vine adjusted to their height.
No student is allowed to play in the fabric unattended.
Over the course of the class, we do warm-ups with age-appropriate muscle conditioning exercises followed by a few circus exercises.
Depending on the difficulty of the new movements, the students will take turns learning in order to ensure their safety.
The latter part of the kids class consists on doing some of the fun and familiar movements that the kids have come to love (butterfly spins, "kerplunks", and wiggly worms) while the Teen Circus class focuses on piecing together movements to create a choreographed ensemble piece.
The last segment of class will be spent reviewing what we learned.
At the end of the three month block, parents will be allowed in to watch a showcase piece, and with parental or a guardian's permission we will record a short video of the progress we have made. Depending on the student's progress, they can graduate to the next level class, or opt to take the class again.
2. How Safe Is It?
At Kudzu, safety is our #1 concern. Just like in any physical activity, there is a risk of injury, but we promise to not compromise your child's safety by placing them in situations they are not ready.
Aerial arts are a fun activity, but there are a lot of factors that go into teaching it safely. At Kudzu, we want your child to learn and have fun, which is why we like to start them on the hammock/Vine first.
Since young bodies are growing and changing rapidly, a child's joints are not ready for the complex undertaking that is vertical silks. At Kudzu, we teach the difference between what is safe and what is not safe, and at the same time, help build the strength and self-confidence needed for when your teen is ready to begin basic aerial arts skills.
3. What Are the Benefits?
Building self-confidence, spacial awareness, body awareness, discipline, building major muscle groups, learning a new skill, social skills, and playing in a non-competitive environment.
Kids Circus is a great way for your child to take out their excess energy from a long school day in fun and productive environment.
4. How do I sign up?
You can reserve a spot by going to www.kudzuaerial.com/register. But the first time your child participates, you need to sign our standard waiver.