In social circus, the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to 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, become active citizens, express their creativity and realize their potential.
Social circus is a powerful catalyst for creating social change because it helps marginalized individuals assume their place within a community and enrich that community with their talents.
The Human Pyramid Program 2012-2015
The Human Pyramid Program was a four year program which ran over two months a year, in four remote Central Qld communities: Baralaba, Woorabinda, Eidsvold, Mount Morgan.
Project goals were to increase student attendance at schools, provide positive learning outcomes for students and increase community engagement with schools.
The program culminated in a performance with young people from Baralaba, Woorabinda, Eidsvold, Mount Morgan and Brisbane in Yeppoon, 2015.
Circus Tricks Out in the Sticks (links off-site)
ABC 16 October, 2013
Tim Fairfax Family, Creative Regions and Flipside Circus
Curlew Program 2013-2015
Role: Lead Trainer & Education Officer
This program ran in Inala State School and Watson Road State Schools with the goals of helping new refugee students & at-risk students settle into their schools, find joy, build confidence and community.
Flipside Circus in partnership with Cirque du Soleil
Role: Lead Trainer & Education Manager
Aspirations Tour 2014
This was an epic, life changing adventure for nine young circus performers from Brisbane. This tour took them out of the big smoke and in to the remote QLD communities of Woorabinda and Baralaba for a week.
With performances, workshops, skill sharing, cultural training, and of course lots of footy sessions and swim time as the city circus crew and the country circus crew got to know each other.
I liked how all the little kids could do frontsaults and flips better than all the big kids could. That was awesome! – Oliver (12)
Role: Lead Trainer, Facilitator & Education Manager
Flipside Circus, Baralaba State School, Woorabinda State School, Creative Regions QLD
CoMBiT Cerebral Palsy Study 2012-2014
Constraint Induced Movement and Bimanual Therapy: A randomised trial
Role: Circus Consultant, Lead Trainer, Education Manager
Professor Roslyn Boyd (Scientific Director), University of Queensland, Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, Flipside Circus
Red Hill Special School 2012 -2013
Circus Brings Kids out of Shells Courier Mail August 15, 2012
Life Without Barriers 2013-2015
Canteen 2014, 2013