In-School Residencies

Circus Around the World

The Circus Around the World provides the ultimate project-based learning experience for elementary school children. In this two-week artist-in-residency each class chooses one country and one circus art (i.e. tumbling, juggling, clowning, partner acrobatics, or balance). Students investigate the culture, history, cuisine, language, and geography of their country and have daily lessons in their circus art. A collaborative approach is used that incorporates music, mask-making and art projects. The theme is extends into all the curricular activities of the day and is integrated into their one-hour circus show for the entire community. The Circus Around the World makes their studies relevant, tangible and exciting…. more about Circus Around the World

“Thank you again for a wonderful two-week residency. I have only heard wonderful feedback from teachers with comments like, ‘this was the best residency we have had in years.’ Thank you for sharing your passion for the circus and cultures around the world.” –Richard Schattman Ed.D., principal, Waitsfield Elementary School, VT

Time Machine Circus

The Time Machine Circus is an interdisciplinary curricular experience for elementary school children Grades 2-6. Classes choose one decade in American history and one circus art (i.e. tumbling, juggling, clowning, partner acrobatics, balancing, etc.). The students investigate history for broad social trends and historical facts and then create an entire circus that integrates their knowledge and research. The learning spans the entire curriculum as we study culture, history, and geography in social studies. There are math problems to be solved that include sequencing, spatial relations and timing. The Circus Minimus library is available on a lending basis and the students can study circus literature and videotapes from around the world. There are collaborative art projects and mask making in fine arts. Music from those decades are learned and incorporated into the show. The residency ends with a final performance that is joyous and collaborative. The Time Machine Circus makes their study, relevant, tangible and exciting…. more about The Time Machine Circus

“As the ringmaster, Kevin O’Keefe helps the students tap their undiscovered talents, but he also encourages a cultural curiosity. It’s been an unforgettable experience.” –Kathleen Bishop, 5th Grade teacher, Riverview School, Denville, NJ

CircusYoga: The Human Body & Life Sciences In-School Residencies

CircusYoga blends the practice of yoga with the skills of circus. Through this two-week interdisciplinary residency K-8 students will explore movement, creativity and connection. Yoga is an ancient science that teaches us how to be aware of our bodies in action. Circus is a culture of inclusion and celebration that teaches us how remarkable we can be in our bodies. Each class will co-create a performance through their exploration of CircusYoga and a core curriculum such as Anatomy, Animals & Habitats, Cultural Studies, Social Studies or Science. CircusYoga creates a place where ordinary kids do extraordinary things and shine!… more about CircusYoga In-School Residencies

“Erin was incredible. She was able to teach, motivate, and excite kids, teachers and parents. Every child in the 2/3 grade level walked away learning about anatomy, yoga, their body, the advantages of cooperation, and some circus skills as well! It was a pleasure to work with Erin. She was very organized and communicated well with all involved. We will miss her! As a parent, it is nice to see someone have such a positive impact on children, teachers, and parents!” –Margaret Nilson PTA, Normandy Park School, Morristown, NJ

Other In-School Residencies include: The Peace Circus; Circus Poeticus (with BJ Ward and 600 children); Circus Musicus (with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and 220 children); Circus Soup (with sixty adults and children with disabilities); and Circo Musico (in Spanish with Douglas Day and 200 children).