High Wire in the Circus around the WorldThe Circus Around the World provides the ultimate project-based learning experience for elementary school children. 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 the countries. The learning spans the entire curriculum including math problems focusing on sequencing, spatial relations and timing. 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 reflected back into the upcoming circus show. It is possible to involve the entire school in this residency. We encourage, but don’t require, teachers, administrators and school support staff to collaborate on the acts. We bring all the circus equipment needed except tumbling mats and a sound system. We need a dedicated, large, open space for teaching. CAW comes with its own lending library. We like to see each class for one period every day, if possible. The schedule will shift on the first and last days of the residency. Shows can be in the day or evening. The residency ends with a final performance that is exuberantly joyous and does what all learning should do: give students a context and structure for their study. The Circus Around the World makes their studies relevant, tangible and exciting.

“The Circus Around the World program was another success story this year! You continue to amaze me with putting all the details together to present a quality program in our school. I know the students will always remember their studies of the country and the circus skills they presented in the program for years to come. Please accept my thanks and that of the entire second grade and staff for your outstanding Artist in Residency Program.” –Carol Schwalje, Principal, Barclay Brook School (A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence), Monroe, NJ

“Tapping into the imaginative powers of children while also giving them solid circus skills.” –Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker Magazine

“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

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“Thank you so much for teaching us the awesome tricks! India was a cool place to learn about. That was the best two weeks ever!” –Marley, student, Warren, VT

“Thank you for doing an amazing residency. The students, staff & parents all thoroughly enjoyed it.” –Molly Servais, PTA, Normandy Park School, Morristown, NJ

“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful performance. It was touching to see so many children who seemed to lose themselves in the moment, taking risks, concentrating on what they were experiencing, tight-rope walking or dancing across the stage. Thank you for knowing how to do it!” –Lisa Trusiani, PTO, Jefferson School, Maplewood, NJ

“Great times while you were here in Alexandria. What I appreciated the most was watching a professional at play with a passion! What a lovely sight! There should be more of that in this world.” –April Rodgers, PE Teacher, Alexandria, VA

“I must tell you that the feedback from the shows has surpassed our wildest dreams. We’ve been hearing only the most amazing compliments – from many different levels–district administration and on down. It was such a treat to have you here.” –Rayna Pomper, PTA, Jefferson School, Maplewood, NJ

“The Circus was a complete success again this year! Thanks to Ringmaster Kevin O’Keefe for his expertise and passion for performance, our third graders had an outstanding experience.” –Tom Wilson, Principal, Bronxville Elementary School, NY

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Recent Hosts to Circus Around the World
Barclay Brook School, Monroe, NJ
Bronxville Elementary School, Bronxville, NY
Jefferson School, Maplewood, NJ
John Adams School, Alexandria, VA
Normandy Park, Morristown, NJ
Riverview School, Denville, NJ
Lincoln-Hubbard School, Summit NJ
Waitsfield School, Waitsfield, VT
Warren School, Warren, VT