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!

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

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

Aug 18-22- Full Day Circus Camp at The Play Space! 8 – 13 years Prop manipulation, plus Slackline and Stilting! 250$

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

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





Circus Makes You Smarter!

Stilter getting a high five


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