Circus Summer Camp in Nanaimo!

Run away and join the circus and still be home for dinner! This camp is perfect for the performer in your family. Children will learn to juggle, spin poi and staff, and hoop it up. We’ll also create costumes and learn some basic acrobatics. All supplies included.

Aug 4-7 2016 1-4pm- 1/2 day Circus Fun Summer Camp, 8 to 12 Years. Nanaimo Parks and Rec. Registration# 138186 Beban Social Centre

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

We are beginning ongoing circus lessons on Sundays in September! Sign up for our newsletter for registration details as soon as we’ve got ’em!

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Vesta in the Schools!

We had an amazing time as ‘Artist in Residence’ at Coal Tyee Elementary school this fall! We facilitated grade 2, 3 and 4 kids for 10 weeks, teaching poi and hoop skills. The children worked hard to choreograph and produce a finale circus show for the whole school, parents and teachers. It was an incredible experience for everyone- we are so proud of all the kid’s hard work and dedication.  We LOVE using circus to foster perseverance, teamwork, and self esteem!

And the BEST news is that Vesta is able to be funded to come into YOUR school too! Check out the BC Arts Council funds ArtStarts Artist in the Classroom grant program. We partner with teachers to collaboratively develop a program to integrate circus arts into curricula. We serve Vancouver Island and the outlying islands- lower mainland as well!

Contact us – we’d love to talk to parents, PAC members and Teachers about how to easily bring the joy to your school!!

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!

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

Playpoi and VestaFire- COME PLAY WITH US!

Circus Makes You Smarter!

Stilter getting a high five

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