The National Circus Project came to Sea Cliff Elementary School for a week-long event that combined physical fitness with circus fun and proficiency. Students had workshops led by the professionals throughout the last week of October.
On Nov. 2, the circus festivities culminated with an in-school student circus performance featuring Sea Cliff fifth graders who tumbled, tossed diablos, performed on the roll-a-bolla, balanced on stilts and laughed with the clowns.
The National Circus Project is an innovative cultural arts organization, which promotes student participation in school arts and physical education activities, using circus as its theme. The National Circus Project sends teams of internationally acclaimed circus performer/instructors to schools throughout the country, where they present exciting circus assembly performances and teach circus skills to students as part of their physical education program, including juggling, balancing, plate-spinning and “devil stick” manipulation. These activities promote hand-eye coordination, concentration, the benefits of discipline and practice and group skills.