PlayPoi and Vesta Entertainment, Together Again! Lasqueti Island Poi Retreat June 5-12 and 12-19

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At the stunning Leviathan Studios, Lasqueti Island, BC | June 5-12 and 12-19

Join Nick Woolsey of PlayPoi and special guests on a beautiful rainforest BC island!

Confirmed special guests already include Alien Jon, Cassaundra Smyth, Summer Huntington and especially for Week 1 only, BOTH Karina Strong and Kat Irvine from Vesta Entertainment!!! 🙂

Daily activities will include but not be limited to:

  • Acro-yoga and other movement awesomeness!
  • Diving into advanced concepts of poi: dance, rhythm, choreography, and lots of moves!
  • Enjoying the BIG SAUNA and pond
  • Being blown away by the beauty of Lasqueti Island
  • Eating yummy organic food
  • Running around in the rain forest
  • Optional climbing of mountains and spinning fire on top of them
  • Karina’s “So You Wanna Go Pro?” workshop about… going pro! (Week 1 only)
  • Kat’s “Vulcan Tech” workshop (Week 1 only)
  • Co-produced talent show!

Why? Watch the video to know why!

More details and registration at PlayPoi.com

Come Play With Us!!

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Circus and Aerials in Nanaimo! Spring Break 2015

THE 10th ANNUAL SPRING BREAK BODY TALK PROGRAM

Vesta is so excited to be partnering with Aeriosa to bring Circus Dance and Aerials to Nanaimo! We are running a week long program this spring break March 23-28th 2015, at the Romper Room Climbing Centre.  This is for ALL AGES- teens, adults and children over 8.

TEENS: 10AM to 2PM
ALL AGES: 5:30PM to 8:30PM 

We will be teaching Hoop and Poi, while Aeriosa will be teaching their unique style of aerial dance, culminating with a spectacular show on March 28th.

Produced by Crimson Coast Dance Society and their Body Talk Program

More information and registration through Crimson Coast Dance Society!

Register now for BodyTalk2015!

Register now for BodyTalk2015!

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Circus Lessons in Nanaimo!

Vesta Entertainment is SO excited to be able to offer ongoing circus lessons in Nanaimo for both children AND adults!! Circus makes you smarter, more creative and innovative by fostering right/left brain integration and promoting coordination. Not to mention its an amazing workout!

Who: Kids 8-12 years old, 10 – 11 AM. SUNDAYS

Teen/Adults- 11-12:30 pm SUNDAYS 15$ registered, 20$ drop in.

Where: Nanaimo Gymnastics School, 1975 Bollinger Road, Nanaimo BC.

What: Prop manipulation and Circus skills! Don’t be a one trick pony- come learn how to spin ALL the things- poi, staff, hoop dance, rope dart, juggle, contact juggle, stilting, unicycling, and more! Stage presence, character work, movement and choreography will also be explored. Circus is a non-competitive, creative sport that provides the basics of rhythmic gymnastics prop work.

Our children’s class is an ongoing registered program, and we are currently accepting drop ins for our adult/teen lessons from 11-12:30 every Sunday. Come brush up on your technique, or try out a new prop! If you are interested in performing, we often recruit new troupe members from our students. Come Play With Us!

Register Now!

Circus in Nanaimo- STRIKE CAMP and Summer Camps 2014!

Vesta is a family run business, and we understand the challenges of today’s active family. All courses run at Vesta’s Play Space in Lantzville can be flexible on start and finish times to accommodate parent’s work schedules. Contact us to arrange before or after camp care! We also offer sliding scale/early bird registration options- please register with what is most in harmony with your individual family circumstances. Remember to SUBSCRIBE to our list to keep informed of all the upcoming excitement!

NEW!! June 16-20  Circus Camp to cover the strike week! Drop in day rate available. Minimum required to run- grab their friends and come play with us! https://strikecircuscamp.eventbrite.ca

July 28-Aug1- Vesta is partnering with Nanaimo Gymnastics School to run a half day Gymnast Circus camp! More information here:  http://www.nanaimogymnastics.ca/ Still space- do gymnastics in the morning, circus in the afternoons!

Aug 5-8 1-4pm- 1/2 day Circus Fun Summer Camp, 8 to 12 Years. Nanaimo Parks and Rec. Registration# 129653 Beban Social Centre- Half filled already!! https://ireg.nanaimo.ca/Start/start.asp

Aug 18-22- Full Day Circus Camp at The Play Space! 8 – 13 years Prop manipulation, plus Slackline and Stilting! 250$ http://vestafulldaycircuscamp.eventbrite.ca Only one more spot for 1st round early bird prices!

Aug 25-Aug 29- Half day Circus intensive at The Play Space! Teens and Adults!  Prop manipulation, plus Slackline and Stilting! Option to try fire spinning on the last day. $150.00 http://teenhalfdaycircuscamp.eventbrite.ca This may turn into a One day taster– contact us if you (or your teen) are thinking of registering! We are also doing the CRU program for teens with Crimson Coast next Spring Break.

We are beginning ongoing circus lessons on Sundays (for kids AND adults) in September at Nanaimo Gymnastics School!

 

 

 

Circus in Nanaimo- Summer Camps and Pro D Day Workshops 2014!

Vesta is a family run business, and we understand the challenges of today’s active family. All courses run at Vesta’s Play Space in Lantzville can be flexible on start and finish times to accommodate parent’s work schedules. Contact us to arrange before or after camp care! We also offer sliding scale/early bird registration options- please register with what is most in harmony with your individual family circumstances. Remember to SUBSCRIBE to our list to keep informed of all the upcoming excitement!

May 5th and 6th 2014 are SD68 Pro-D days- The Play Space- Send your little monkeys (8-13) to CIRCUS CAMP for the Pro D days! FUN, ACTIVE and FABULOUS!
https://mayprodcircuscamp.eventbrite.ca

July 28-Aug1- Vesta is partnering with Nanaimo Gymnastics School to run a full day Gymnast Circus camp! More information here:  http://www.nanaimogymnastics.ca/

Aug 5-8 1-4pm- 1/2 day Circus Fun Summer Camp, 8 to 12 Years. Nanaimo Parks and Rec. Registration# 129653 Beban Social Centre

https://ireg.nanaimo.ca/Start/start.asp

Aug 18-22- Full Day Circus Camp at The Play Space! 8 – 13 years Prop manipulation, plus Slackline and Stilting! 250$ http://vestafulldaycircuscamp.eventbrite.ca

Aug 25-Aug 29- Half day Circus intensive at The Play Space! Teens and Adults!  Prop manipulation, plus Slackline and Stilting! Option to try fire spinning on the last day. $150.00 http://teenhalfdaycircuscamp.eventbrite.ca

We are beginning ongoing circus lessons on Sundays (for kids AND adults) in September at Nanaimo Gymnastics School!

 

 

 

Playpoi Retreat, June 7-16, Lasqueti Island

Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada: Special Let’s-Make-Some-Great-Videos-Plus-Play-A-Lot-Of-Poi Retreat!

Lasqueti Island, BC June 7-16 2014

The idea: Join Nick Woolsey, Vesta Entertainment, and guest teachers on a beautiful rainforest island to spend 8-days dividing our time between the following activities:

  • Before breakfast: Yoga and other morning exercises
  • After breakfast: Making fun, silly, and super useful videos about learning poi
  • In the afternoon: Diving into more advanced concepts of dance, rhythm, choreography, and moves
  • In the evenings: Spinning poi, enjoying THE BIG SAUNA, and having an awesome time,
  • In between the rest: Being blown away by the beauty of the gulf islands, eating good food, and running around in the rain forest a lot.

Photo by Peter Paul RubensWhere: At the most beautiful dance studio I’ve ever seen: Leviathan Studios on Lasqueti Island!

Dates: June 7 – 16 2014

Cost: $800CAD for the whole retreat, including 8-days of amazing organic food! However, you all need to help make the videos: It’s a collaborative work-exchange retreat! This is for those who really like this idea. Please don’t attend because you want to come to a “cheaper-than-usual” retreat. I’m really expecting you to chip in. Make sense?

Prerequisites: For this retreat it will be best if you’re comfortable with all the poi basics.
Other notes: Yes, bring other toys! (fire-gear, hoops, levi-wands, juggling balls, slack-lines, unicorns, etc.). Also bring rain gear in case we get rain, swim suits, hiking boots, bug spray, and anything else that may help you enjoy 8 days in a temperate coastal rain-forest paradise.

For more information and To Register visit PLAYPOI.COM

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Circus Makes You Smarter!

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CIRCUS SKILLS MORE THAN JUST FUN!

Studies show that learning circus flow arts (such as poi, staff, juggling, and hoopdance) builds brain matter. It also has numerous psychological benefits such as stress management and alleviating depression.

Oxford University has shown that juggling increases brain matter in the areas responsible for processing and storing information, how we perceive objects, and how we anticipate motion.

Circus arts are beneficial for hand-eye co-ordination, sense of rhythm, reflexes, and also our sense of balance and body posture.

Research conducted by Carole Smith, an American PE specialist, suggests that circus classes help to develop writing and reading skills in children. Many teachers worldwide are encouraging children to get involved in juggling, acrobatic stunts, clowning, and circus dance such as poi and staff. Educators state children gain awareness of their body, master complex sequences of movements and train concentration, resulting in improved academics.

But it’s not just the physiological benefits of circus, it’s the emotional ones as well. “Circus arts are a form of moving meditation” says Karina Strong, Troupe Co-ordinator of Nanaimo’s Vesta Entertainment. “They are effective tools to clear the mind and let go of the stress of the world. It’s also a lot of fun- Come play with us!”

Dr. Carl Simonton, a psycho-oncologist in California, teaches circus arts to his cancer patients. “Laughter and play break up hopelessness,” Simonton declares. Developing circus skills can bring the emotional and physiological aspects of healing and recovery into balance.

Vesta Entertainment is Vancouver Island’s professional circus and Stilt troupe, performing at most major VI festivals. They offer Circus spring break and summer camps, and next year will be hosting Pro D days for children. They are available for fun and active birthday parties. They also perform fire dancing and LED light shows for private parties and weddings. For more information, contact http://www.VestaEntertainment.ca