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Circus arts aren’t just for the professionals

Circus arts are available to everyone. These days it isn't restricted to professional performers who have trained from a young age. There are hundreds of classes and events around the country and they just keep increasing.

Why?

Well firstly, who is able to look at the photo above and not think "wow, that's so cool..."?!  There are so many benefits to practising circus arts and we have heard so many stories about how it is changed people's lives for the better.

Here are just some of the benefits

1. Fitness and health - the benefits of doing exercise are well documented and the NHS even cites it as a miracle cure!  Plus you will be super strong and toned too (we love the satisfaction of being the person in the house who has to open all the jars!).

2. Challenge - Beat the boredom of your gym routine and shake it up with circus arts.  There are so many different challenges with heaps of different sports and moves to try, there is always something you can learn.

3. Meeting people - Classes are social and the circus arts people are a super friendly bunch.  You'll make some fab friends in no time and wonder what you ever did before you met them!

4. Mental health - research shows that exercise boosts self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

5. Fun! - (come on... we don't need to explain this one...)

Maybe you think you won't be able to do any of it because you aren't fit, strong, flexible, skinny, young, able-bodied [add your own excuse in here...], well we have come to tell you that you are wrong. 

Yes, wrong.

Circus arts can be performed by anyone and even adapted for your own abilities.  No two people are the same and the best thing is that you will get stronger in every class.  No one starts off being super strong and you'll find yourself celebrating with your new friends as you achieve each challenge.  Don't believe us?  Take a look at our Founder's real-life story.

Just get up and have a go, you might surprise yourself.

Circus Everyday team

P.S. We take no responsibility for circus arts taking over your life.

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Real stories: Our Founder

Woman hanging upside with blue sky and red silks hanging down.


Circus arts are not restrictive and do not discriminate against you because you are old, young, weak, inflexible or disabled.  You only need to look at the Paralympics and the amazing things the athletes achieve to start realising this.

This is our founder's real story of her own personal battles and how she fell in love with circus arts.

As a child, I loved sports and used to do gymnastics for an hour a week for fun for a few years.  When I was 16 I was hit by a car and broke my arm so bad that it had a metal plate was inserted to keep the bone together.  I was told I wouldn't be able to do gymnastics again.

After that I lost interest in sports, believing I couldn't do it. 

After about 10 years I thought I should get back into some sort of exercise and I went to join my local gym.  I didn't find the gym particularly inspiring and I was scared that I could feel twinges in my arm when lifting the smallest weights.  I really missed gymnastics but tried to put it out of my mind.

Then 2012 happened and it all changed.

I was lucky enough to get tickets for the Paralympics in London.  As I sat there watching the impressive athletes I thought "this race is amazing, this woman has one arm and no legs, but she's swimming way faster than I could manage."

Then I started thinking, "well if she can do it, surely I have a chance?".

I plucked up the courage to go to my nearest adult gymnastics class, thinking that there was a good chance I would be able to do nothing because of my arm and my dream would be over, with the thought in my mind that there was a chance I wouldn't be able to do anything and I would just have to live with that.

Amazingly I spent almost two hours doing handstands and cartwheels and my arm felt great. Yes, I ached horribly the next day (actually for quite a few days...), but it felt good!

I hadn't been going too long before someone suggested I might like aerial silks. I tried a class they recommended and instantly loved it.  Everything just escalated from there and I like to try as many circus arts as I can fit into my busy schedule.

As I tried more aerials and heard other people's amazing stories, I realised that circus arts are really open to everyone.  I haven't thought about my arm for years and don't even think of it as a disadvantage.  I've been stronger and more flexible in my 30's than I ever have been in my whole life.

Circus Everyday founder X

Featured image attribution: Matt Greensmith