I really like arts and artists. Sometimes I am really envious of those people who are talented and good at something cool. While I was watching musicals I really wanted to dance among those girls and guys wgo were on stage. They were not singing like those actors and actresses but they had also have important roles because without dancers a musical could be awful even the most talented actors and singers are playing in it.
About three years ago I started to play with poi, because I have a really great friend who made me fall in love with this kind of art and the other stuff are just came. This year the Hungarian Juggling Association opened a place where people can go to meet other jugglers, practise and of course there are “lessons” too. This is place is called INspirál Cirkuszközpont.
I’m still attending lessons called something like: Useage of Circus in Social Work, Health Care and Teaching. Yes, it sounds strange but what is this exactly?
Circus can be a tool to empower socially, mentally or in any other way disadventaged people. If you have already opened a new window and typed in “Social Circus” you have found these words on Wikipedia:
Social Circus refers to the growing movement toward the use of circus arts as mediums for social justice and social good. It uses alternative pedagogical tools to work with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk.
But what I feel when I am on this lesson? I feel I’m a little child again, who can play with interesting things and it is not a problem that I cannot catch the balls or cannot do something as a real juggler because it is not an expectation to do things perfect for the first time.
Juggling is good because it develops movements, coordination, concentration, gaves perseverance by practicing the same motions. These things I’ve just mentioned have positive effects for learning (or working) and behaviour. By juggling I can be a part of a great and funny group of people who motivate me to practice and do not give up. During the lessons I meet interesting people who are really talented in something but not uppish.
A few weeks ago my instructor could not be there on the lesson and asked a guy to help her out. He asked me what I was want to do, because he can teach me some tricks but he is better in acrobalance. I told him ok, let’s do that but I do not really know that is this exactly. The lesson started with a very long streching and warming-up and after that we started doing these kind of things you can see on the picture. To tell the truth I’m not get used to this kind of movements because I prefered to skipping P.E. lessons at school and never done any kind of sports (maybe because I did not find any I wanted to do) so I felt I am going to die after ten minutes of warming up, but after that I started to like this thing because I have seen the result. 🙂
I could not go to this guy’s lessons after my very first and accidentally meeting with acroyoga but I decided to do this stuff because it looks good, and unfortunately I usually sit a lot in front of my notebook. So after I finished my studies an exams at the uinversity I went to this lesson too. It was two hours long and we were warming up for at least one and a half hour, but I felt I must do those excercises because it is going to be good for me not only because of avoiding any kind of injuries. Now I cannot move my limbs but I can’t wait to go to the next lesson because I know one day these exercises will be very easy for me to do. 😛
Finally here is a little video (with English subtitle) about this Social Circus: