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GCC at the European Juggling Convention

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Galway Community Circus HQ is a little quiet at the moment as it seems almost everyone is at the European Juggling Convention this week. As the biggest Circus Festival in Europe is taking place in Millstreet, Co.Cork,  it is of no wonder that many of our tutors, members and some administrative staff have flocked to the rebel county for the event.From the 19th - 27th of July, attendees of the European Juggling Convention will be immersed in all things circus with stage shows by legendary performers from around the world to masterclasses in everything from juggling, hula hoop, acrobatics and many more. It is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over Europe and beyond.

Yesterday, Tuesday the 22nd, saw a day dedicated to all things Irish. The day started with workshops in Irish dancing and an Irish language exchange. The day ended with an Irish gala show with local and national talents followed by a Ceili Mor. As well as that, the day saw legendary jugglers and Circus performers take to the streets of Millstreet to perform a free street show for the local community.

There is also plenty of things for young people to do with Belfast Circus school hosting an Advanced Youth Circus workshops. These workshops are two hour intensive workshops designed for those with prior experience in circus skills and acrobatics or for those who already have a high fitness level. The workshop will take place for every day for five days (21st-25th of July). As well as that Galway Community Circus along with Realta Entertainment have sponsered a youth outreach programme for the week. The programme will have two sessions each day suitable for ages varying  from 6 months old to 77 years of age.

There is so much to still left to see at EJC. Friday the 25th will see two Legends Stage shows where distinguished  jugglers  will entertain the crowds, for many this will be there first time performing in Ireland. On Saturday the 26th, the convention will head out in Millstreet for a "Retro Traveling Circus" parade followed by games and "Juggling Olympics" at the local GAA hall. The event will close with a stunning gala show which will feature several distinguished artists.

If you are interested in attending EJC check out the website or follow them on facebook or twitter for updates as they happen

http://ejc2014.org/

https://www.facebook.com/EJC2014

https://twitter.com/ejc2014

 

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Summer Adult Evening hula hoop course

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Galway Community Circus is pleased to announce the return of our fantastic hula hoop course. In this weekly class, participants will learn the basics of hula hooping and skills such as walking while hooping, hooping on one leg and many more. It also a fantastic exercise and has become the new, no-crunch workout to shape and tone your core from every angle. The course runs for 5 weeks on Tuesday Evenings.

Adult Hula-hoop Evening course Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm July 1st - 5th of August (no class Tuesday 15th of July) Prices: €40 for 5 week course, €10 drop in

Contact classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com to book your place

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The Brussels Youth Circus Exchange

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Our fine young students are back from a week at the Brussels Youth Circus Exchange. During the week of the 7th to the 12th of July, four of our young members set off with two of our tutors for a week long circus skill exchange with around sixty  young people from different circus schools. There they are above stilting in the sun!

Our members had an intensive, long week with an average 15hr day of circus workshops in tether-board, stilting and many more. The first day focused on new skills to learn and the four after saw the participants focusing on improving the skills they had learned and building on the ones they already had. While the days may seem arduous our young members said the time flew by as they were having so much fun.

Unfortunately, Galway's famous rain seemed to follow them to Belgium. However, despite having to camp outside in such weather, spirits were high and our young people powered through! (perhaps we are more used to the wether than we think).

The week ended with a show where every child got to perform what they had learned. The week gave our members knowledge of new skills as well as an insight into how other circus schools approach circus activities. Overall, the week provided endless enjoyment and our participants got the chance to meet like-minded people as well as making new friends.

Galway Community Circus would like to thank all the organisers of the youth exchange in Belgium and the European Union Youth in Action Funding for making the exchange possible.

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Toddler and family Circus Summer camps July

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Come and join us for a fun-filled adventure where kids and their guardians can experience exhilarating heights on the tightrope, swing through the air on our aerial cocoons and enjoy the fun and mayhem of Circus! in a safe and friendly environment. Our July Summer camp runs for 3 days from the 22nd -24th of July.

Places are limited so book now by emailing classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com or call us on 0851117224

Toddler Circus Summer camps

Toddlers will develop in a fun way; coordination, flexibility, small & gross motor skills, strength, hand/eye coordination, social skills, balance & generally have a good time.  As will their guardians!

  • 3 days - 22-24th of July
  • 10 to 11am
  • Cost €25
  • 1-4yrs old
(As with our usually toddler group there is the room available for snacks* from 11am-11.30am) * Please provide your own snacks

Family Circus Summer Camps

Experience the joy of families working together to learn and develop new skills.  Classes are designed to cater for all levels of skill and ability, from toddlers to grandparents, ensuring a fun-filled, family time

  • 3 days - 22-24th of July
  • 11.30am to 1pm
  • Cost €25 up to a family of 3, €30 up to a family of 4, €35 up to a family of 5
  • Any age

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Youth Circus Film workshop with Stephen Cadwell

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Our resident film-maker, philosopher and all round nice guy, Stephen Cadwell will be running a three day film-making workshop for members aged 13-18 years old. The workshops will run from the 12 - 14th August from 10am - 2pm. At the end of the camp the young members will have made a short documentary about Galway Community Circus. The documentary will then be entered into the  "Better Together Video Competition." You do not need equipment or prior experience for this workshop.

The course will cover:

  • Pre-production - Theory, Storyboard, ideas
  • Production - Camera, Sound, Performance
  • Post-Production - Editing, Music, Distribution
Stephen began making films when  he was sixteen. Since then he has produced numerous shorts and documentaries. Most recently he had the opportunity to present a short film at Galway Film Fleadh.

The course is a great opportunity to learn about film and to put your hand to a lasting documentation of Galway Community Circus. Only members of the "Tweenies", "Mustachios" and "Senior" groups of Galway Community Circus may apply. Places are limited to 12 people so book your place quick by contacting galwaycircus.stephen@gmail.com

Date: 12 - 14th of August

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: €30 for 3 days

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Our time at the London International Youth Circus Festival

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Last week ten of our youth circus members got the opportunity to perform at the London International Youth Circus Festival and what a time they had! The Festival ran from the 6th to the 13th of July and involved circus schools from the UK, The USA and across Europe.

Our young stars in the making got to perform four times both indoor and outdoors, one such performance take place in the famous Roundhouse Theatre that showcased previous notable circus acts such as Fuerza Bruta. The Festival also gave the young adults  a chance to take part in the various workshops provided by the LIYCF, such as masterclasses in Flying trapeze and balancing.

The festival also held a skill share workshop where our young members got to learn, as well as share, various circus skills with the other youth circuses involved in the Festival. The time in the festival also allowed the participants and their tutors the chance to check out what the city of London had to offer. Throughout the trip they got to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Camden Market and take a tour of the Globe Theatre. They also met Stephen Fry randomly, which left them absolutely thrilled but ignited intense jealously in a certain member of our admin staff who was back in Galway at the time!

One of the most enjoyable evenings of the London International Youth Circus Festival was the Culture share night. Galway Community Circus provided the other youth circus with demonstrations of Irish dancing, songs (a remarkable rendition of Molly Malone) and of course, our very unique and loquacious slang! In return our members got to learn a traditional Finnish dance and some Czech songs.

Overall the experience was incredible! It provided our members the chance to learn, share, explore and showcase they're talents to a wider, international audience. Galway Community Circus would like to thank Albert & Friends Instant Circus and all those at London International Youth Circus Festival for this incredible opportunity.

http://www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk/

 

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Adult Aerial Courses September

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Our Adult Aerial Classes are back in September on both Tuesday Mornings and Thursday evenings. This course is open level course so whether you're a complete beginner or having been swinging from a trapeze for years there is something for everyone in these two exciting classes. The Morning and Evening Classes start on September 16th and 18th respectively. To book your place please contact classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com today.

Our space: We are based in St  Joseph's Community Centre in Shantalla, Ashe road

Clothing: The best type of clothing is training clothes such as leggings and a long tight top, a leotard and a t-shirt , long sleeve top over.  It is advisable to have your skin covered especially for aerial rope. It's also a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you.

Tuesday Mornings Time: 11-1pm Dates: 16th September - 21st October (6 week course) Cost: 80 Euros To book: email classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com or call us at 085-1117224

Thursday Evenings Time: 7.30-9.30pm Dates: 18th of September - 23rd of October (6 week course) Cost:  80 Euros To book: email classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com or call us at 085 -1117224

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Toddler and Family Circus Summer Camps, August

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Come and join us for a fun-filled adventure where kids and their guardians can experience exhilarating heights on the tightrope, swing through the air on our aerial cocoons and enjoy the fun and mayhem of Circus! in a safe and friendly environment. The camps take place from the 12th - 14th of August.

Places are limited. Book your place now by emailing classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com or call us on 0851117224.

Toddler Summer Camps, August

Toddlers will develop in a fun way; coordination, flexibility, small & gross motor skills, strength, hand/eye coordination, social skills, balance & generally have a good time.  As will their guardians!

  • 3 days - 12-14th of August
  • 10 to 11am
  • Cost €25
  • 1-4yrs old
(As with our usually toddler group there is the room available for snacks* from 11am-11.30am) * Please provide your own snacks. Parents are required to stay and participate.

Family Circus Summer camps, August Experience the joy of families working together to learn and develop new skills.  Classes are designed to cater for all levels of skill and ability, from toddlers to grandparents, ensuring a fun-filled, family time.

  • 3 days - 12-14th of August
  • 11.30am to 1pm
  • Cost €25 up to a family of 3, €30 up to a family of 4, €35 up to a family of 5
  • Any age

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