“By turning you upside down, we teach you to stand on your own two feet. By dropping objects, we teach you to catch them. By having you walk all over someone, we teach you to take care of them. By having you clown around, we teach you to take yourself seriously.” – Robert Sugarman, Circus for Everyone: Circus Learning Around the World.
What is youth and social circus?
Youth and social circus is a measure of intervention based on the combination of circus arts, sports and social-pedagogy. It targets the young but also various at-risk groups in order to support the empowerment and emancipation of individuals and assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, express their creativity and realize their potential and become active citizens. Various studies indicate that the sociopedagogical and welfare impacts of social circus are undeniable. The surveys also show that there is a growing need of formally educated youth and social circus professionals having not only knowledge in circus arts but also possessing a deep knowledge of pedagogy to work with the young and with people with fewer opportunities in the society.