Throughout the last 30 years, we’ve seen hundreds of kids come through the doors of CircusWest. With some of these students, we’ve been lucky enough to see them grow from very young circus stars to wonderful young adults. We’ve asked a couple of CirKids graduating students to share some of their best experiences with CircusWest over the years.
When did you start with CirKids and how did you get involved? I began my journey with CirKid’s way back in 2001 when I was only 5 years old. I got involved thanks to the parent of one of the old preschoolers my mom taught, when she recommended the program to us.
What do you love most about your experience with CircusWest? The thing I love the most about my experience with CircusWest is how the majority of the coaches have known me since I was really little and they have watched me grow up and become who I am today. I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to work with others being in this program. I’ve learned how to push myself even when things get tough, I’ve learned how to trust myself, I’ve learned how to communicate with others and how to listen to what other people had to say. These are some important skills I can use not only at CircusWest but also in my every day life.
Could you share one of the best memories from your time here? One of the best memories, that’s tough because I have been here for so long and I have so many to chose from so it’s hard to only pick one. But the one that stands out the most to me is when I went on stage for the first time in “A Circus in Time”, which was my very first big show. I can still remember how nervous I was back stage right before going on, the butterflies in my stomach felt like they were wanting to fly out of my stomach, my palms were all clammy and I could feel a bead of sweat trickling down my face. It was an awful feeling! But the moment I stepped out on stage I forgot all about how I was feeling 2 seconds ago. The lights, the loud music, the roar of applause, it was all new to me but I definitely fell in love with performing.
What’s your favourite circus discipline? My favourite circus discipline is definitely tumbling. I love all of the flipping and flying through the air.
What’s next for you? Next year I will be going to the University of Victoria to study psychology. I am going to try out for the cheer team so that I can keep performing and keep up my tumbling. It is going to be very strange to not be going to training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays anymore but it is all a part of growing up; I need to close some doors in order to open new ones. I’m leaving CircusWest with a smile and a million memories that I will keep for the rest of my life, but I will for sure be back very soon to visit. You can’t get rid of me for too long!
When did you start with CirKids and how did you get involved? I started at CircusWest in 2012, I think. My friend had a friend performing in the Lost Lagoon show, and asked if I wanted to come watch with her. Obviously I loved the show so much I auditioned to get into the program!!
What do you love most about your experience with CircusWest? What I love most about CircusWest is probably the people (and the end of year May show!). I met my best friends there, so training through the year was always my favourite part of the week.
Could you share one of the best memories from your time here? One of my best memories would have to be the last show of Kaleidoscope we did.
What’s your favourite circus discipline? My favourite disciplines are juggling and handstands for sure.
What’s next for you? I’m not sure what’s next for me! I’ve deferred my acceptance to University and will most likely be working on different organic farms across Canada.
Without a doubt, we’ll be missing a few faces that have contributed so much to the wonderful world of CircusWest. Thank you for your dedication and for making this program so special.
As a new year of circus is fast approaching, we are already looking forward to welcome back the CircusWest families and see a new generation of CirKids stars develop!