Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :
- When I was small
- I’ve grown up in London
- You’ve either got the sawdust in your veins or you haven’t
- I’ve always loved the circus
- We are a family circus
- My sister runs the ticket office
- I love the travelling, I love going to different places
- The troop are not from a circus
- I have to tell them to pick their costumes up
- Any dramas, I have to sort it ou
- I’m basically the group chaperone
- Wheel of death, magic, aerial skills, hula hoops
- It’s a full house of circus acts
- No we’re only half full
- Things change all the time
- You’re not just moving country, you’re moving a complete community
- You end up somewhere where you’re related to somebody along the line
Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking the CaMLA ECPE Speaking Test @ HAU
Do you want to study Circus Arts?
The National Centre for Circus Arts is a registered charity and one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, we involve thousands of people in the creation and performance of circus arts every year. Over half of the annual income needed to run the National Centre comes from grants and donations.
Our diverse range of work includes a BA Hons degree in Circus Arts, a structured progressive training programme for under 18s and professional development opportunities for aspiring and established performers. Adults and young people can take part in a range of recreational classes and we provide workshops and away days for the business community.
Read more @ National Centre for Circus Arts
Job Profile : Circus performers
Circus performers entertain audiences with displays of skills like acrobatics and clowning. Other skills include juggling and balancing on the trapeze or high wire. If you’ve got skills like this and love entertaining then becoming a circus performer could offer you something different.
You’ll need the confidence to perform in public and have physical fitness and stamina. Patience and concentration will help you to learn new skills.
You’ll need a high level of ability in at least one circus art. Your talent and skills are more important than academic qualifications.
Skills, interests and qualities
To become a circus performer you’ll need:
- a high level of skill in your chosen performance area
- the confidence to perform in public
- physical fitness and stamina
- good timing and coordination
- versatility and creativity
- self-discipline, motivation and a hard-working attitude
- patience and concentration, for rehearsing and learning new skills
- the ability to work well as part of a team
- a willingness to take controlled physical risks
- awareness of health and safety