What is a Smirkus Residency?
Smirkus Residencies bring our veteran circus educators into your school or after-school program to provide expert instruction in the circus arts. Students receive instruction in juggling, diabolo, devil sticks, rolla bolla, balance, plate spinning and more.
Based in a curriculum approach that is aligned with the principles of social-emotional learning, students develop powers of concentration, focus, and persistence. Our residencies are classroom-ready and can be easily integrated into a larger learning unit in the classroom.
What Kids Learn
Circus is an activity that requires the same dedication, discipline and hard work of any sport, only it stresses collaboration rather than competition. Kids set and achieve goals together, learning cooperation and camaraderie.
Students transfer their newfound excitement for circus directly into theme related art, music, science, history, math and language studies.
Watch this video to meet our Smirkus Residency Artists and learn about our residency at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon, NH:
Circus Arts Improve Student Learning
Integrating the circus arts into K-12 education can improve student performance, according to a new study.
Conducted in 2017 by the Weikart Center and funded by Cirque Du Soleil, the study observed residency programs offered by Circus Smirkus and seven other circus arts providers across the country.
It found that circus residencies improved social and emotional learning skills in all areas measured – and delivered results measurably better than all other supplemental arts and sports activities studied. Read the published study report here.
Types Of Residencies
In-school Residencies consist of instruction throughout the school day, customized to your school’s schedule and number of classes participating. They are typically one or two weeks in duration, which can also be tailored to meet your specific needs.
This option is open to after school programs at schools, recreation facilities and community organizations.
Please inquire for information on cost and availability. We can tailor our residency program to fit your needs.
Here’s another brief video below of what to expect from a Smirkus school residency:
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