In the last decades, circus arts has made the move from big tents and caravans, to brick-and-mortar buildings. Techniques that were once passed down only from generation to generation are now taught in several performing arts schools around the world. In recent years, this approach to circus arts has found a home in Montana via 406Cirque, the Circus Center of Bozeman. Here are 5 reasons why we think we all should run away with the circus!!!
1. CIRCUS HELPS CREATE A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
The idea that our bodies need to look a certain way in order to perform a circus skill (or to exist, for that matter) is an illusion. You may think that our bodies are not perfect, but secretly, they are – and no matter what body shape or height (or age) you have, circus bodies are all STRONG and TALENTED in their own way! The work and discipline we develop through practicing a circus skill helps us embrace ourselves and celebrate our individuality.
2. CIRCUS BUILDS COMMUNITY
Circus builds a community of performers that trust and rely on one another. 406Cirque’s community home is at the Emerson Center, where youth learn and perfect all circus skills. From there, our community expands with camps and workshops for youth and adult, as well as several collaborations in shows throughout town, like indepenDANCE and RDE’s shows amongst others.
406Cirque staff alone is composed by seasoned performers from 4+ countries. The community that circus creates has no borders, no passports, and no judgement, increasing trust in international encounters with enthusiasts and professionals alike.
3. CIRCUS IS A CREATIVE OUTLET
Circus allows us to create art that is physical and full of emotion. It is important to have an outlet for our emotions, feelings, worries – even joys. 406Cirque’s students and performers practice a circus skill with the pure joy of being able to express who they are or what they are feeling. Pro Tip: When you feel stressed, find some balls that you can through into the air. You’ll be amazed what effect it will have on you!
4. CIRCUS IS INSPIRING
Circus can inspire you to learn, grow, develop discipline, build strength, coordination, create an entire routine by yourself and open your life in ways you never thought possible. Dare to inspire and be inspired by others!
5. CIRCUS MAKES YOU HAPPIER
If you were wondering whether circus is also considered a recreational activity, you are right. And with every physical activity we do, be it practicing a handstand or juggling scarves, our body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are released while we exercise and reduce our perception of pain. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, make us feel good and give us a positive outlook on life.
Go to www.406Cirque.com to know more about our community and opportunities to join us.