In September belong had the opportunity to partner up with Brisbane Festival. As part of this initiative we were able to host a live performance by the one and only Dr Shellie Morris and provide the community with some circus/dance workshops for the kids. The workshops were targeted towards primary and secondary students and taught by the very talented Natano from Casus Circus and Sam from Mad Dance.
From the moment we advertised the workshops we received alot of interest from parents wanting to sign up their kids. The workshops were held twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30pm – 5pm.. There were several kids who at first were quite shy however as the weeks went by the kids were learning new skills, forming new friendships and it was evident their self confidence was also growing.
Isn’t this what it’s all about? Ensuring kids in our community have the resources to become the best version of themselves. We weren’t the only ones that were noticing the kids new found self confidence, we were receiving great feedback from the parents. One parent in particular was kind enough to share her story:
My name is Wei, my son Yusen 7 years and my daughter Yulee 4 years, had recently participated the circus/dance workshops, I’m writing this letter to let you know our appreciation and to say thank you.
Through this program, I noticed my kids not only boost up their body strength by moving, dancing, jumping and spinning; but also build confidence. The two teachers, Natano and Sam, they encourage kids gently to show themselves what they can do and give them a little bit of a challenge to achieve.
For my two kids, they are sensitive and always refuse to do anything in front of people, however towards the end of the program I saw them have a huge improvement, they were able to try and stand in front of the group and show themselves with big smiles on their faces. Below are some photos that were taken on the final day of my son doing dance along with another child in front of the group.
The most special thing about this workshop was during the classes, kids made friends with each other and learn through laughing, you never stopped hearing laughter.
We hope to see the workshops come back again soon.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴: 𝘈𝘵 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘭.