Why CIRQUE ?
406CIRQUE: A home for Circus and performing arts in Bozeman - Montana.
406CIRQUE is a school of circus and performing arts in Bozeman, Montana. It is a place where individuals of any skill level or background can explore and share their passion knowing that they will be respected and encouraged instead of judged, for just the act of sharing a moment of vulnerability requires a lot of courage. It's not easy, and we get it!
The word Circus often refers to a specific type of activities: trapeze, clowns, jugglers, etc. At 406Cirque we want to use the word Cirque as a reminder of what circus was once: THE NEW . . . We invite artists to come up with highly visual, poetic and thought provoking performances that can transcend ages and cultures. For us, circus is about gathering together to celebrate the ephemeral.
We are inspired by reinventing traditional forms of circus arts, but our vision goes far beyond it: We place the focus on the act of being on stage fully present, of expanding our presence and sharing our passion with the world.
406Cirque core values
406Cirque coaches show up ready to share their full expertise with no reserves. We respect and understand the developmental stage of each student, from preschool to adult.
For Coaches: Arrive ready to be a role model and positive influence on children. This is about being conscious that you are not only teaching technique, but also social. Leading through example, especially with kind communication, flexibility, and positive reinforcement.
For Students: Arrive ready to work and play; taking care of equipment; looking for opportunities to be proactive in helping the ensemble and encouraging others.
Pedagogy of Pleasure
We celebrate small goals and accomplishments. We don't take for granted the excitement of catching a Diablo for the first time, or doing your first five-ball flash. Traditional circus education focuses on fixing (or fixating on) mistakes. At 406Cirque we place the focus on small achievements that pave the way towards skill development.
Respect and Diversity
In any circus lot, you'll meet people from all over the world and hear multiple languages being spoken. 406Cirque is no different. Our coaches come from different countries (Venezuela, France, U.S.A.) and performance backgrounds. Only through our diversity can we truly embody the richness of circus arts.
We celebrate the diversity of our coaches and students, regardless of age, race, ability, gender-identity, country of origin, religion, or sexual orientation. In practice, this means challenging assumptions about what an individual or a group can achieve. This includes breaking gender norms of strength and grace, creating adaptive programming for students of all abilities, and modeling lifelong learning.
406CIRQUE does not have any affiliations with any activist or political causes. 406Cirque does not discriminate based on age, race, ability, gender-identity, country of origin, religion, or sexual orientation.
3 Rules of 406 Cirque : All Students Learn These
1 Safety First
Keep it safe for yourself, keep it safe for the others.
Safety includes physical and emotional safety. We believe that confidence is a critical safety element. It is only from a place of emotional wellbeing that students can learn. Safety also includes practical elements specific to each training area.
2 Encourage Yourself and Encourage Others
"If you are going to compare yourself, compare yourself to your first day of training."
At 406Cirque we are never in competition with other students, always in collaboration. We want to change the world by creating a community that practices positive self talk. This is about creating an organization that celebrates our whole selves.
3 Have Fun (aka the Pedagogy of Pleasure)
We believe in the power of play. We celebrate small goals and accomplishments. We don't take for granted the excitement of catching a Diablo for the first time, or doing your first five-ball flash. Traditional circus education focuses on fixing (or fixating on) mistakes. At 406Cirque we place the focus on small achievements that pave the way towards skill development.