This week Senior Spring Kids, Vali and Tilly, have been training (and living) with Ella (previous Sprung kid who joined Flying Fruit Flys this year) for the National Training Project in Albury with Flying Fruit Flys. Top trainers and young people from all over Australia join the intensive, training 6.5hrs/day. They’ve loved it.
Classes are running hot! The main classes are really integrating all the years work, so strong and confident now! The structure of the 5-8yr old class has moved along with their skill level, our training routine is including some more strength and technique development, two tumbling circuits, handstands including presses, aerial, and an array of different hoop skills including isolations, spins, magic hoop and patterns. The 8+class has been developing their partner balances, with some well known ones as well as being inventive and making their own up. They know the important use of ‘tension’ to connect with their partner. Their ideas have been fantastic and we hope to put them in a show later in the year.
The Junior and Senior Spring Kids are working on a show for Words in Winter on the 17th August. It’s their very own show, they are producing, directing and developing it themselves and I’ve been very impressed. Their skills are also sky rocketing. We were feeling a bit floppy with the long break but after a couple of weeks of concentrating on power we are back up to scratch with technique and everyone is breaking new ground. The show is going to be great!
Our classes are humming along very nicely, making new friends and settling into our training routines.
The Beginners Adults Class is an exciting addition to our program, and I’m absolutely stoked to have returning Sprung Circus kids coming again as adults! So much fun! It is a beginners class, so we are gradually building our stamina and strength using the tissus, handstands, partner acro and groundwork as fun conditioning opportunities.
The younger Sprungsters have been challenged over the recent two weeks with some very specific skill learning. The newer kids have been practicing cartwheel progressions, and the older kids have joined in with the inspiring Spring Kids tumbling warm up. We’ll ease off to integrate some of this new learning, encouraging ownership of their skills through circuits and sequences for timing and body memory.
The older Sprungsters have really pounced on the new term, with a tremendous boost in skill consolidation. We’ve introduced a bit more time on tissu enabled by the new rigging points, and there are kids at every height of the room now, practicing climbs, Jassy’s tricks from the holiday program and other new ideas. We have also been challenged with balance, particularly combining spring and balance in anticipation for some dynamic performance ideas.
The Juniors have continued to be guided by the Seniors for specialist skills in single trapeze, duo trapeze, acrobatics, partner acro and hoop manipulation. In tumbling the juniors are focusing on their back saults, and combining them into their tumbling sequences. Meanwhile with the Seniors, we’ve been naturalising some acrobalance skills such as some basic swing and toss, platform toss, hand 2 hand, foot 2 hand, 3 high drills and L-base throne.
Seniors have been quietly ticking away at some creative development for later shows. Included in this is getting to know the rest of the cast as they teach the Junior Spring Kids their specialist performance skills. Later this year we will combine the groups for a show. Vali and Rani are in the Victorian School Spectacular as two of the three acrobatics that were successful, having entered tumbling and acrobalance as their audition pieces. The Seniors are working on twisting drills for tumbling, and combining forward tumbling skills. Our three high is solid now.
On Feb 17th Sprung Circus again took part in the Ballarat Bike Classic joining forces with the Ballarat Unicycle Club to ride 6km around Lake Wendouree and to run unicycle riding workshops into the afternoon.
Considering it was the day after the Hepburn fires it was a great turn out and wonderful to get together again, and so exciting to see some new skills and practiced technique of previous skills from lots of holiday practice! I’m introducing a new format for classes to more effectively utilise the equipment and improve time allocation. Tonight we introduced some APAC skills to all the Monday kids which was great fun and challenging. With four new aerial mats and four tissu’s rigged we have a good number for rotations, and all the main class got a good go. The Seniors are each teaching the Junior Springkids skills they learnt from specialist teachers from 2018 for the next generation to inherit, and the Senior Springkids have begun creative development on their 2019 show!
This January, six kids & 1 coach headed off to be part of the wonderful APAC that was so great in kick-starting our last year of training. The Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention is set in the wilds of the Otways, providing a cool summer training camp with exceptional trainers from performance and competition arenas- everyone is lovely, supportive and inspiring.
Some highlights included Ella, Vali and Rani getting their three high, the 7 weeks of normal training over 5 days, Jack’s swinging trapeze rig, the Pro Show, our kids hilarious contribution to the Renegade performances, and the refreshing swim at Torquay on the way home.
Haaapppy New Year! Our Spring Kids wooed the crowds with what they love at the New Years Eve Gala in Daylesford with a 7 acts (photos coming), all worked up independently and performed without their coach (who was probably playing in the waves on holiday at the particular moment). Their performances were followed by walking in the parade winning Most Unique Float.
Games day at the Botanical Gardens for Monday classes end of year celebration: Walk from Arc to Botanical Gardens via the Community Garden for currents, play games, eat watermelon.
Spring Kids have a 2019 planning meeting afterwards.
Seven Spring Kids are attending Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention 2019 in Jan. Here is the program
Jan 2018 Sprung Circus holiday program is out!
Yehah!!! We did it! The Junior Spring Kids performed their 2018 show Pajama Party this Sunday-photos below. Well done to all the Spring Kids, it was a rough road at times with so many strong capable personalities, but it’s always so satisfying to get over the humps, pull all the strings together to weave a fabulous and satisfying experience for performers, families and audience, and an overall wonderful learning experience that will inform the performers for future shows. This was the younger (8-10years) first show together as a performance group. Over this year, these kids have powered forward with the skills, inspired by the leadership of the Seniors (it’s always great to see whats achievable). We were able to put some awesome new tumbling skills into the show, we experimented with aerial, shadows, forms, feelings, and compositions.
The Senior Spring Kids performance troupe from Sprung Circus performed three great shows in the May Wirth Tent over the weekend. After acknowledgement of the Indigenous custodians of the land, their first act payed tribute to the strong and inspiring iconic female horseback trick rider May Wirth.
The show impressed many locals and visitors. One mother said ‘the strength, skills and passion were incredible’. Her daughter, who was in the audience, had an uplifting day and said after the show ‘girls can do anything Mum!’ Circus industry insiders who saw the show said it was the best circus school performance they’d seen.
Others in the audience were touched not only by the physical strength of the performers but also the strength of the relationships across the ages that enabled such dynamic aerial and acrobatic skills.
The young performers were very happy with their efforts and enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake on Sunday night to celebrate together.
The show represented a culmination of their year of training and experiences. This included five sessions with Ruby Rowat (of Full Cream Circus, Circus Oz and Flying Fruit Fly trainer) to begin the creative and skill development specific for this show. After returning from overseas, Ruby came up for the opening night- she loved it and was very pleased with how well the show had progressed. Culture Flip was first scheduled for Words in Winter but a venue was not available, then Live Love Life came and went, and finally it was performed for the launch of the World Circus and Cabaret Festival .
The Senior Spring Kids performance group will now go on to refine their back saults, handstands and three highs in preparation for their attendance to the four days of training at the Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention next January with international coaches.
Next year will bring a different dynamic to Sprung Circus, with Ella- Sprung’s oldest performer- heading up to train with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and a group of younger participants who are suddenly leaping ahead with their skills.
While this time the caste was all female, and the show’s theme was about strong girls, there are talented boys excited about circus in the classes at present who no doubt you’ll see in future performances.
The next performance is by the Junior Spring Kids troupe with ‘Pajama Party’ a funny, chaotic and skilled performance at The Arc on Sunday 2nd December at 3pm- $5 tickets and everyone is welcome.
Opening show today 4pm! Saturday and Sunday at 3.30pm. At the May Wirth Tent, 1 Vincent St. Tickets at the door or through https://www.eventfinda.com.au/2018/sprung-circus/daylesford $8/Child,concession; $12/ Adult; $30/family (2A & 2 Ch).
Last rehearsal last night, but this afternoon Junior and Senior Spring Kids had a great fun workshop with the lovely Pitts Family Circus, we were happily challenged with the technique of Risley which they are pro’s at and use in their family acts. It was a good fun way to keep our bodies moving and be together, dispelling some nerves before the show tomorrow. No photos because Ange and I joined in!
Opening show today 4pm Friday! Here are some great photos taken by Tim Burder from our last tech run:
Final moments of preshow prep is underway with our first show next Friday 16th November. It’s been a busy week with towing the stage from Castlemaine Rotory and the rig from Circus Oz, the tent is up (thanks Oscar, Ange, Tim, Stephanie, Teresa and me for volunteering for Sprung), the stage is in, the rig is up. Printing, postering and promoting. This week we had 4 rehearsals in a row! Mason, Kas and Sam (and I’m sure Meloday is too on paper work) have worked hard all week to stabilise the tent and rig everything up well. It’s all coming together and looking amazing.
Our circus school is lucky to have a workshop with the Pitts Family schedules for next Thursday, a welcome change for seniors before their performance the following day. We are all looking forward to welcoming and meeting more of the circus community into our town.
There are a few ackowledgements to different supportive groups on our poster this time. It was hard to limit them as this show is really a culmination of skills developed through a productive year of opportunities supported by different grants, through opportunities that were hard to credit at the time because they are so ‘backstage’ and did not provide public outcomes until now. There would are many other people and groups to credit for helping Sprung and Sprung families such as Daylesford Community Opshop which have provided ongoing support for children to attend circus consistently. But while the list could go on, there is only so much room on the poster- Circus Oz for allowing gifting us the aerial rig for the show, Daylesford Rotary and particularly David Stagg for providing legal nd incorporation advice, the inovative Spring has Sprung divine compost fundraiser and other ongoing support, Castlemaine Rotary for providing the stage for the festival, Daylesford Community Bank for funds to get the Seniors to Flying Fruit Fly youth training, Regional Arts Vic for supporting Mavericks and Misfits which spurred on skill development and production experience and Hepburn Wind for an equipment grant. Also thanks to Hepburn Council for the Youth Grant which subsided Sprung Circus hoodies and singlets.
Culture Flip promotion is hot off the press!
Friday 16th 4pm
Saturday 17th 3.30pm
Sunday 18th 3.30pm
tickets: Ch/C $8, A $12, F $30
We have made 3 eye catching posters:
Term 4 is off and running!
We have two shows coming up, it’s production time with extra rehearsals, refining skills, transforming skills into riveting, entertaining and meaningful acts, meetings, prop making, figuring out where to get an aerial rig quickly!- lots of fun and games.
Senior Spring Kids are running Culture Flip in the World Circus and Cabaret Festival in the May Wirth Tent along with some other wonderful acts. It’s going to be a great big inspiring experience for the kids, 15th, 16th & 17th November Daylesford, Tickets are available through https://livelovelife-premier.eventfinda.com.au/2018/sprung-circus/daylesford. As well as having a meaningful theme this show is a culmination of an amazing year of development with these performers- it’s a celebration of all their commitment and love for circus, acrobatics and other specialties. It’s also going to be Ella’s last show with us before she heads up to the Flying Fruit Fly to join the circus school for year 10, 11 and 12. It’s so sad for us, but such an exciting wonderful adventure for her- congratulations Ella for your successful auditions- you’re ace in every way and will always be our circus sister.
Junior Spring Kids have their debut performance Pajama Party- with lots of performance elements for them to explore in the production process. This fun lively bunch are creating a fun lively show!
Classes continue to be robust and vibrant! It’s the time of year when a year of maturing into their skills is visible and felt by the kids- lots of physical confidence emanating from the space.
Some of us have confirmed we are heading to the Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention again next January. This event provided a lot of inspiration for a year of training for 2018, so really looking forward to how it shapes the kid’s interests for 2019.
Here’s a sneak peak of the performance we are creating for Live love life, thank you to Mara Ripani and Jen for creating this brilliant poster.
With grant support from Daylesford Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) (opposite the Daylesford Primary School) which we’ve invested in extra coaching and training opportunities for Senior Spring Kids which we’ll be showcasing in the performance projects we have up our sleeves. So we are still appreciating Daylesford Community Bank for some time to come.
While Senior Spring Kids have been working on Culture Flip with Ruby Rowat, the Juniors are gathering their own creative spirit to develop Slumber Party. This week they brought their pj’s and pillows for some very serious play to conjure up a pillow fight act throwing three new Junior Spring Kids into the fray, welcome Wing Ki, Summa and Kieanne to Junior Spring Kids and 3.5hr training.
Mondays main class is going to go in circles for a couple of weeks with a unicycle focus- I’m very inspired by the International Unicycle Hockey games that are on at the moment and reckon we could build up a team. Unicyclists are also really great for parades and festival season is about to begin!
Wednesday main class are doing some amazing skills. It’s becoming a very able group skillwise with some hand stand presses well on the way and generally a really great sense of skillkidship.
Week 1 Term 3 Sprung Circus
We are really excited to start the term with news of a successful equipment grant from our very own independent renewable electricity generating system- Hepburn Wind! Not only does the Hepburn wind generate wind but they also generate a whole lot of good will in supporting community in many ways. There is a lot of good in the wind!
We were blessed to have Malia Walsh coach while Sam has been busy putting up and taking down tents for Circus Oz and beginning a new venture with their very own circus tent ‘The May Wirth’. We were especially lucky to have Malia because…. all the kids got a chance to learn hula hoop tricks (which we neglect a bit), the Junior and Senior Spring Kids and the main Wednesday class got to do partner acro with her, because she’s lovely AND skilled, and we got to delight in her brand new 3 week old baby- ah… We hope to see Malia again soon!
Spirits are high for the first class of term, we welcome new students to our circus family. Some of the Junior Spring Kids have increased their training hours from 3.5hrs to 5 hours. Here is some feedback after their first extra class- ‘I loved it- I had so much fun.’ ‘I really like it and it was fun’. ‘…thought it was great’. ‘….had a huge grin on her face as she recounted tonight’s training session.’ ‘…came home elated! Happy, expressive, wolfed some dinner and straight to bed’. Junior Spring Kids are working on a Slumber Party show for their big annual performance piece. There are lots of WILD and excited ideas formulating! This show will be ready in early December.
After the fantastic experience of holiday training at the National Training Project in Albury the Senior Spring Kids are consolidating their skills in the development of a show with directors Ruby Rowat and Megan Jones for their annual works which will be ready for the Live Love Life festival and then developed and performed for further opportunities over the year. The Senior Spring Kids are learning how shows can be developed to become richer and richer over time. We are looking forward to working with Ruby on Monday.
This Sunday we have an Injury Prevention workshop with Christopher Young who works as Head Coach at Ballarat Gym Sports for the Junior and Senior Spring Kids who are training extra hard for extended time.
Flying Fruit Fly National Training Program
7 Daylesford Spring Kids, 5 hours of training, 5 days a week, together 24/7 and we loved it!
this is my first time at the national training program. Its amazing, the training space is so big and i have already Learnt so much.
it is my first time at the national training project and it has been such a great experience. i have learnt so many new things and have had lots of fun.
I have never been to the national training project before, in my timetable i start with tumbling, then move on to tissu/silks, after lunch i do handstands and straps. in just the first three days everything has improved especially my handstands.
Our local Community Bank, Daylesford Community Bank, and Regional Arts Victoria made it possible for all these wonderful local kids to get up for such a great experience.
Mavericks and Misfits
Edie, Rani and Sienna say Mavericks and Misfits was a great experience because we got to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and different town, and share our skills with a lot of different people. It was our first time to perform 4 times in a row, and we learnt a lot about performing with a large cast and crew, in a bigger production, how to change acts to suit a bigger picture, and how to change skills when one isn’t working so well at the time. Deep gratitude from all the Senior Spring Kids to Jen, Kirsten, Jo and all your clever kids, and Regional Vic Arts.
Mavericks and Misfits has begun!!!! 27/06/2018
Yes we did it! Today we performed for over a 100 grade 3-6’s from all the schools in the region. All the kids absolutely loved it- our kids and the audience. The first show ran exceptionally smoothly, back stage was on the ball and the performance was tight. The story is really coming out now, and the circus kids are amazing. Their skills have developed so much this year, and the skills in the show are strong and fun. Working in a big production with lots of others has been a great experience. Mavericks brought 3 more performers to Sprung Circus training with the original Spring Kids, and it’s been really wonderful seeing the new kids and originals blend into a productive creative aspiring caring unit. The opportunity for them to meet other kids, especially for those that live in our town but school in different places, has been really lovely to see develop. Everyone has really loved seeing the creative work of the different groups- drama, dance and circus have blended really well.
Special class for last Monday of Term 2 2018
Because the Senior Spring Kids and Mara had rehearsal on Monday, the classes were lucky to have Eric and Ange for games and juggling, I totally know the kids loved it. The Junior Spring Kids were lead by Jassy for a special tissu session which they totally loved as well. It’s been a great term. I’m really enjoying this bunch of kids, and they seem to really love Sprung Circus! Next terms classes are full already. This makes Sprung Coaches very happy!
Mavericks and Misfits is only a week away!
Book now at for opening night on Thursday https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/theatre/mavericks-and-misfits
Training with Ruby Rowat
On Wednesday 13th and 20th of June, Senior Spring Kids are training with Ruby Rowat- this will hopefully be the initial stages of working towards performances for Words in Winter and then the Livelovelife Festivals that will follow working with Megan Jones. Ruby is an amazing choice for our kids at this stage and for the Words in Winter Project. She brings the experience of a strong creative woman in circus which has hands and feet in both arts and sports.
This inspirational show will be called Culture Flip –
Through physical expression, performance, skill and expertise – Sprung Circus celebrates the diverse strengths of girls and push back at a culture that blocks equal opportunity for girls and women. Sprung Circus performers worked with Ruby Rowat- Fruit Fly coach, and Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil, and independent performer- to develop this show that defies stereotypical thinking.
The stage will feature a special introduction by Mika Pediaditis. With over 20 years in youth work, research, teaching and project management, Mika will speak about the cultural constructs that are being challenged by the slow transformation of gender equality.
Whats Otto been up to this year?
taught a radio pr
how to unicycle on air and video
ridden the 6km for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research fundraiser ride on a 5 foot unicycle
other kids while riding a unicycle
found out he can ride up a narrow plank onto a table top to do some more tricks
accomplished long rope unicycle skipping
learnt to juggle with Sam
learnt to juggle on a unicycle with Sam
confidence on an 8 foot unicycle!
learnt to do a nice back handspring
Sprung Circus Training Clothes!
These Senior Spring kids have been super excited to be the first kids ever in the 20 years of Sprung Circus to have Sprung Circus training clothes! They said, past kids have contributed gear for them to train on now, and now they are providing these clothes designs for future kids. The kids drove this, with a lot of assi
stance from mum, Jen. The design was based on our existing logo with the colour of the star tweaked
and our name designed by Vali.
NTP holiday training
We have more wonderful news! Regional Arts Victoria has assisted in getting Senior Spring Kids up to the National Training Program. Eight Senior Spring Kids have registered to train for a week at Flying Fruit Fly and 3 are attending for 2 weeks. It’s very well deserved, they are a fantastic bunch of kids, that set a wonderful example and inspiration to the other 60 kids at Sprung Circus, and their skill development is going through the roof. It’s important that they also get inspiration through experiences like the NTP. Lucky Lucky kids!
Wow! Thank you so much to the Farmer’s Arms Hotel in Daylesford (Cnr Midland Highway and East Street) for giving us a month of the Friday night fundraisers! We are putting the money raised towards getting the Senior Spring Kids to the Flying Fruit Fly National Training Project over the winter holidays. Thanks so much to Neve, Rani, Ella, Sophia, Juliet, Sienna, Buster, Fox, Vali, Rose and Myah for being stars and working hard to sell tickets to the enthusiastic crowds!
It’s been a fabulous vibrant start to term 2! Our classes are full, our training culture is strong and dynamic in the long termers and developing really positively in the youngins and newbies. Everyone is so excited and gorgeous.
At last Monday’s class in circuit each group contained a Senior Spring Kid (6hr/wk), and Junior Spring Kid (3.5hr/wk) and a Sprungster (1.5hr/wk) for working together for the half hour. They all loved being able to extend their skills in different ways and get to work closely with different kids. We’ll be continuing this over the next couple of weeks to inspire each level and help develop the training culture even more.
Term 2 here we come!
What a term term 1 was! On the last Wednesday our friend Gonca took some footage and put it together into a little film for us (we’ll have link soon). I guess because as a coach I’m so immersed in classes and organising, I hadn’t realised how bountiful we are! Not only in training content but in characters, feelings, intentions and friendships. I want to funnel up all the boisterousness, squeeze it into a squidgy handful of the happiness and love it is and dedicate it to my fellow fantastic coaches that bring it all together on the coal face- Eric, Ange, Sam. Long live Sprung Circus!
Weekly classes are rocken! Us coaches are so excited by the enthusiasm, and already tremendous progress just in 3 weeks by EVERY participant. It’s truly a magical thing to be part of. Senior Spring Kids auditioned for Mavericks and Misfits last weekend and we welcome 3 new senior students to circus on Mondays. Senior Spring Kids will be working with a specialist coach for the next 3 mondays developing the skills they attained at the Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention in early January. I’m hoping Caesar will be able to work with the Junior Spring Kids as well. And over easter Ella is attending an aerial training event held at Circus Oz by Gravity Dolls. https://www.stickytickets.com.au/59416/gravity_dolls__aerial_arts_festival.aspx At this event Ella will be challenged with new skills from specialist coaches.
Breath! We’ve had a huge weekend! Auditions for Mavericks and Misfits happened yesterday and today we did a little unicycle ride to help the only cancer research institute I know of, the Fiona Esley Cancer Research Institute, that is not gov or pharma funded but totally community supported through events such as the Ballarat Bike Classic. WE ROAD 6KM! Otto possibly broke some record and did it on a 5ft giraffe neck.
What’s on over the next couple of weeks?
As well as wonderful weekly classes with our fantastic coaches Eric, Sam, Ange and Mara:
This Saturday we have Auditions for Misfits and Mavicks for the Senior Spring Kids.
On Sunday we have the 6km unicycle ride around Wendouree Lake fundraising for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, followed by unicycle and circle lessons in the park.
On the 26th Feb and 5th March Senior Spring Kids will work with Caesar -a specialist partner acro coach we were lucky to meet at APAC.
On 14th March and 26th March Junior and Senior Spring Kids will work with Sharon Gruenert https://meetoo.com.au/interview-with-sharon-gruenert/ developing tumbling and some other specialties of Sharon’s including partner trapeze. Sharon lives acrobatics and has performed with Circus Oz, Cirque du Soleil as well as many of her own projects.
It’s been a wonderful exciting start to the year, we’ve already been on radio and to a 4 day training camp! and we have a fair bit on over the next couple of weeks. The classes are robust, busy and productive. We have a new performance kids group we are calling Junior Spring Kids. They are wonderful! and really meeting the more challenging training with enthusiasm and I’m sure their muscles have grown in even two weeks. I’m excited to see what we will be doing and where we go by the end of their first year! The ‘Senior’ Spring Kids are still super motivated from their summer holiday experience at APAC. Those that were able to attend it have taught the ones that couldn’t thoroughly. The Junior and Senior Spring Kids train with more independence for the first 1.5hrs during the main class time and are inspirational for the main class. It’s a wonderful thing to train multi levels together for inspiration as well as giving the older kids experience in coaching and realizing how much they know. In the photo below we have us coaches warming up the main class and Senior Spring Kids leading the stretching with the Junior Spring Kids
Otto and Eric on PowerFM this morning giving unicycle lessons over the air! https://www.powerfmballarat.com.au/shows/power-fm-brekkie/73808-kris-receives-his-first-unicycle-lesson
Sprung Circus will be producing the acrobatic elements for this project. We’d love to see all our local acrobatic kids get together over this project.
If you know youth (12yr+) who are already training somewhere please encourage them to come to the audition and join in. Sprung Circus will be producing the acrobatic elements for this project and we’d love acrobats from all genres to audition- whether from gymnastics, bike tricks, parkour, aerialists, calisthenics, etc.
Wanted: young actors, dancers and circus performers for new Youth Theatre Performance “Mavericks and Misfits.
Be involved in the creation & performance of a new show about being unique.
Performance Dates: 27 – 30 June 2018, Daylesford Town Hall
Group auditions will be held on Sat 17 February.
Two session times are available: 11am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm
To book an Audition email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must be aged 12 – 18 years and a resident of Hepburn or Alexander Shires.
Produced by Inside Out Dance Theatre, Daylesford Sprung Circus and Castlemaine Youth Theatre.
Supported by Creative Victoria
reach4research.com.auCome ride with us! Unicyclists, and any other kind of pedal or scoot powered mean machine, are welcome to join us on Sunday 18th Feb for the annual Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraiser -the Ballarat Bike Classic! The more the merrier to support Ballarat’s own world renowned quality community funded (not government or pharma) research facility. 100% of funds raised goes to their great work in research. To join our team, register with Sprung Circus at chttps://reach4research.com.au/events/25hr-lake-ride. Let me know if you are joining us on the ride.
If you would like to sponsor us go to https://reach4research.com.au/sponsor-rider and find the group Sprung Circus (if you can’t find that find Mara Macs- it all goes to the same good place).
Four day camp for APAC!
Early in January 2018 Ella, Vali, Rani, Edie and I attended the Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention! Photos are here https://www.sprungcircus.net/gallery/ ……and here is the program -more than 30hrs of training in 4 days!
This month has been super busy for the performers and the classes! Over two weekends the Spring Kids busked at the Sunday market, performed for the Daylesford Community Fair, and for the Daylesford Brass Band as they played Alegria. Wednesday’s older little kids have been training with the Spring Kids in transition for the Monday’s class, and have been invited along with some Mondays kids to create a new performing group to begin working together in 2018. I stepped on a wild plum thorn and have been out of action, so Ivo and Sam taught a Wednesday class and Ivo imparted some of his valuable partner acro knowledge in the Adults class with some of the Spring Kids. Our final time of the year together was for a fun hike up Wombat Hill for berries from the Community Garden, games in the Jungles and watermelon by the Tower.
Congratulations to Vali, Ella and Amber for each doing over 70 back handsprings at training tonight, the first 20 up onto a height! Congratulations to Edie for learning to ride the unicycle today!
Our show was absolutely brilliant and fabulous! Our performing kids are very talented and versatile and we all feel very proud of them. Have a look at more photos on the Gallery page.
Not long now till our Spring Kid show!
A special bit from our Spring Holiday program: big kids helping out the little
Our next Spring Kids performance 22nd October 2017………………………………….
In the earliest of time…before the infinite possibility of complex existence…within a catalytic, volcanic, epic POT OF BUBBLING PASTA…elements collided, twisted and combined through cycles of thermic reactivity…and life erupted…
Come and see the Sprung Circus Kids explore our origins and how far we have come. Everyone will enjoy this wondrous show. Traditionally these shows sell out so come early and enjoy healthy pre-show snacks.
3pm & 6pm, Sunday October 22nd (It’s a short walk from the 6pm show to the Lantern Parade and Fireworks Finale)
Mingus Gallery, 78 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
$6 adults & $4 kids. Tickets available at the door.
EXCURSION to JUNK
36 Sprung Circus Kids, friends and family headed down together to Melbourne for the Flying Fruit Fly performance JUNK! Before the show we were invited backstage to watch the pre-show rehearsal for about an hour!
Amber (10yrs) and Jaimie (7yrs) tell you about their circus adventure:
On Friday 22nd September we went out to watch the Flying Fruit Fly Circus perform in Melbourne. We traveled down on the train together, it was lots of fun! When we arrived we waited in a big open room and did lots of tricks. I managed to do my round off back-hand spring and so did Vali! Finally the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’s [Executive Directer] Richard came and talked to us about the show and the circus school the children attend. Surprisingly, we got to see them practice! It looked amazing and very hard! We went out half way through the practice so we would have some surprises in the actual show. So we went outside to have a picnic. We did lots of skills on the grass. I went on Ella’s shoulders and I felt very tall! Rani and I did lots of walk overs and I got swung onto Mara and Ella’s shoulders. It was so fun! Eventually we went back inside to watch the show. It was FANTASTIC!! I loved the silhouettes of people doing handstand balances and the trampolining off walls, but everything else was just as good. Especially the hopscotch and the skills through the big elastic band. At the end of the show we went back to the train station to find we had missed the train and had to wait another hour….. but it was worth it!!! By Amber
The Monday’s class went to the AWESOME Fruit Flys! We went on a train from Daylesford to Melbourne for about 2 hours. They were performing at the Art Centre. The story was about a modern boy who ended up in a junk yard with spirits of children from along time ago. He did not know how to take risks. They did amazing tramp. Two girls were on press handstand stands (canes). They did really good shadows. The kids were eight to eighteen years old. We were very lucky to be able to be back stage to watch the rehearsal. I like how they really work together and even right before the show they were putting in ideas and pulling some out!
I’m looking forward to practicing my handstand press to see if I could get as good as them. They really worked together to develop such a wonderful show. We were very lucky to see such a wonderful show. By Jaimie
Spring Sprung Circus show! The springiest kids in town present our annual Sprung Circus performance. All welcome. Wednesday 20th September at the ARC, Smith St, Daylesford. $2 entry.
Circus Camp 2017
Monday’s Class Circus Camp! At last we found a weekend with beautiful weather! The camp gave an opportunity for lots of hiking chat, playing games, eating together around the fire, getting cosy in the big tent, rowdy pillow fights, and night time whisper stories.
Monday’s class had a very special last day of term 1 2017 with hosting 2 workshops: a 2hr handstand workshop with Anna and Martin from ManoAmano https://www.manoamanocirco.com/ , and a Physical Theatre workshop with Mandy Field from Castlemaine. Anna and Martin are a duo from Argentina touring Australia and performing for the Castlemaine state festival, Western Australian Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. This was a great opportunity!!
Over the school summer holidays Kooza happened!