Weekly circus clubs start mid-September and end mid-May of every school year.
Over one year 30 classes of 1.5, 2 or 3 hours (depending on the specific group) is given to a group of students of minimum 10 and maximum 25 students.
We teach circus at our own premises in Birzeit and we have an extended geographic outreach program with circus clubs in Jenin, Al Faraa Refugee Camp, Jerusalem and Ramallah. Next to that we also introduce circus to specific target groups like young women in a social rehabilitation center in Jenin or people with a physical and/or mental disability in cooperation with Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center and Al Nahda Association. Our circus world is a diverse world where all people in society have a face, play a role and participate actively in creating a beautiful and inclusive Palestinian society.
During the circus clubs we teach many circus techniques and skills on different levels (see below):
- Acrobatics (floor acrobatics, trampoline, pair-acrobatics, handstand,...)
- Aerial acrobatics (tissue, trapeze, rope, wheel, ...)
- Juggling (balls, clubs, diabolo, scarfs, and anything else you can throw in the air…)
- Chinese pole
- Balance (walking on a slack or tight wire, unicycle, rola bola)
- Artistic interpretation skills of how to use circus to tell a story
During the introductory level we focus on giving the students a taste of all circus has to offer. Pedagogical games and circus games teach us the need for concentration, mutual trust ad respect for each other, for the teachers and for the materials and infrastructure. Students will discover the skills they like most and are best in. The wonderful thing of circus is that it offers many things, for many people with different skills and different tastes. But to make a presentation complete we need all the skills and techniques together. That's where circus is complementary, and not competitive in its nature.
We also love to make a lot of fun during the classes and welcome all people without any sports or artistic background who love to come and try out the circus. Signing up in time is the key of getting in
1. Yalla n'alab (let's play): Ages 6 to 10 - 1.5 hours per week for 2 years
2. Qamr (moon): Ages 11 to 13 - 2 hours per week for 2 years
3. Shams (sun): Ages 14 + - 2 hours per week for 2 years
1. Multi circus: Ages 10 + - 3 hours a week - Continuous (several years possible)
Students in the multi circus group have completed one full (2 years) introductory level. During the multi a student chooses to gradually increase it's skills in all the circus disciplines or can choose to focus on one or two specialities he or she wants to perfectionize. A higher number in teachers during the multi classes allows a more individual follow-up of each student based on his or her specific level and desires. During the multi circus, more attention is also given to how to develop small numbers with the skills they have learned.
1. Preparatory: Ages 14 + - 6 hours a week - 2 years
For the die-hard circus lovers, we offer the preparatory level. The preparatory level focuses on the choosen specialty of a person and on the artistic interpretation. It allows the intensive preparation of students who have a strong desire in continuing with circus on a professional or a pedagogical (as teacher) level. It prepares students to either access the Training of Trainers program of the Palestinian Circus School or to present an entry exam in a professional circus school abroad.
(TRAINING OF TRAINERS) - instructed every two or three years
The Training of Trainers program is a program that is organised based on the needs of the school and the desire of advanced students to start teaching circus clubs themselves. No trainer at the PCS can start training without having followed this course. The course focuses on how to teach techniques in the right way and on the social, educational role of a teacher. You are introduced to all the objectives of the classes and on how to translate them when teaching.