Travis is clearly passionate about all things circus!
One of our Performance students, Travis Paterson, weighs in on his experience at CircusWest.
I first started Circus Arts when I was in Grade 5. I remember going on a field trip to see ‘Circus Metropolis’ way back when. I was so inspired and mesmerized by all the performers on stage! I remember it so clearly – sitting back in the seats, so into it, the show hadn’t even started yet and I was in love! Our school went every year because one of the performer’s moms was my teacher at the time. Her mom would take the class every year and i would love it! So finally I talked my parents into joining the circus – CircusWest that is!
Over the years I have definitely done and seen some pretty cool things! One thing that I just got into this year is ‘8Rings’ – a form of object manipulation. I’m glad Jay talked me into cause now I’m one of the few in Vancouver that does it! Next year I hope to gain lots more illusions with the rings.
CircusWest has provided me with so many opportunities in the past years, from meeting Cirque Clowns to professional gymnasts! We are also very privileged to have great coaches! They are supportive and want you to fully understand your limits and do things that you never thought were possible!
Not only are the coaches great but everyone who trains along side of you are also great. We’re all one big happy family! Yes, we have our down times, but its like any family, in the end we all love each other again. I find that circus is a way to relieve stress from a not so great day at school, or a rough day at home! Its a way to release your emotions in a positive way and actually look good doing it.
So every year, the performance troupes are offered opportunities to perform at various events around Vancouver, like the Santa Clause Parade, mall shows, carnivals, fundraisers and more. The most recent show i did was actually at a convention…a funeral convention. Im not going to lie it was a bit strange, but a great experience. To start the night off we were placed in our green room, which had a casket in the middle of the room with a name on it. I think that was one of the funniest shows I’ve done because it was just so different! I love having the opportunity to try new things and meet new people.
Over the summer I’ve been taking it pretty easy! Done a couple of shows this month and can’t wait to do another! Im also working right now on Bowen Island, so that limits a lot of my day from time to time, but I’m excited to get back into the gym in September.
Next year I want to work ten times harder at circus because I want to prove to myself that there are no limits in circus and break through that wall of ” I can’t do it.” I want to try new things, but also get better at my specialities! Circus has no ends in what you can do, just new starts.