Run Away with the Circus!
Grades 4 & 5 – Thursdays from 3:30–5:00
September 5 – May 7
Grades 6 & up – Fridays from 3:30-5:00
September 6-May 8
:End of year public showcase for both groups:
Saturday, May 9
In circus club you will be introduced to many circus arts including: Juggling, Diabolo, Flower Rods, Rola Bola, Unicycling, Tightwire, Globe, Poi, Tumbling, Partner Acrobatics, Clowning, and much more. The only requirements are a positive attitude, a desire to try new things and have fun! Also, you will need to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable movement clothes (no jeans). You may want to bring an after school snack.
The Friday club is for students 6th grade an up who have been in circus club for at least one year. Although, others can join depending on enrollment numbers. The goal is to have students from this group further develop their solo and group acts so that some can perform at school and community events throughout the year, in addition to the final circus showcase.
Fees: $300 (Fee is prorated if student starts late)
*Space is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis – must have 10 participants minimum to start club
Jens Larson has been Desert Marigold’s Circus WaldorkUs coach since 2014. Jens was a gymnast at Dartmouth College (Ivy League Champions in 1981!). Upon graduating, he adapted his gymnastics skills, learned the joy of performing, and spent the next 19 years doing a multitude of acts in circuses all over the world. His specialties were aerial Roman Rings, comedy chair-balancing, hand-balancing, and rola bola. Over the course of his varied career he performed both solo and group acts in shows on four different continents that ranged from the very small to the very large and ran the stylistic spectrum from traditional to contemporary.
After retiring from performing, Jens obtained his teaching certificate and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and spent 14 years as a teacher in the Phoenix Union High School District where he taught math and Academic Decathlon.
Jens has coached acts for the Royal Lichtenstein Circus and the Pickle Family Circus, he has taught gymnastics in New York and San Francisco, and recently coached the advanced summer camp program at Circus Harmony in St Louis.
Now, Jens is combining his experience in circus and education to begin a youth circus education program in Phoenix where he has been based since 1992.