Circus and aerial work provides youth with a wide range of benefits, including opportunities for creative expression, support towards emotional health, enhanced cognitive functioning, physical health, and social development. Check out more information about some of the benefits of circus below!
- Creative Expression: Aerial and circus work provides students with an opportunity to express themselves in new ways. In turn, this builds self-esteem, confidence, and creates a framework for continued creative expression in other areas of life.
- Emotional Health: Aerial and circus work provides students with a wide range of mental and emotional benefits, including: mental stimulation, an avenue to explore managed risk-taking, empowerment through achieving a series of progressive skills, self-esteem building through mastery of individualized objectives, increased confidence, the opportunity to practice overcoming and navigating fears in a safe and supportive environment, enhanced focus and attention, improved sense of belonging, an opportunity for practicing patience and empathy, increased trust (of self and others), etc.
- Social & Community Health: Aerial and circus work provides youth with the opportunity to work in teams, enhance their social skills, and be a part of a safe and fun community. This facilitates patience, empathy, listening and communication skills, and practice opportunities to explore social timing, improved teamwork, and formation of pro-social peer interactions. Each student is recognized and encouraged on their own personal journey during classes, while simultaneously being recognized and valued as part of the team.
- Cognitive Functioning: Aerial and circus work provides youth with an opportunity to improve cognitive functioning in several areas. For example, youth can increase and improve coordination, visual perceptual abilities, sequencing skills, rhythm, timing, concentration, and the ability to react and attune to others.
- Physical Health: Beyond improving overall physical health and increasing muscle strength and toning, youth can also expect to gain improved self-awareness through aerial and circus work. Specifically, from consistent circus work, youth can expect improved balance and flexibility, and improved bi-lateral coordination skills, which are essential for self-regulation and engaging successfully in activities of daily living. Bi-lateral coordination is an indicator that both sides of the brain are sharing information and coordinating effectively. Engaging in aerial and circus work provides students with opportunity to enhance fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and gross motor skills that improve this cross-brain communication. Further, circus work provides youth with the opportunity to improve sensory and body awareness through the engagement of proprioception. The positive ramifications of these things are significant!