The Circus Skills Workshop begins with a brief demonstration of all the skills on offer, along with a introductory lesson on how to perform that particular skill.
For large groups, the different skills are then placed at particular locations around the room, as stations. The children are then divided into groups of four or five and sent to a station where they attempt that activities for the duration of a song. At the conclusion of the song; they move around the room to the next station where they try the next skill.
Once all the skills have been attempted, the children can go to whichever activity they prefer and if appropriate they can all return to the front and anyone that would like to demonstrate their talents can do so before the entire audience.
For small groups, the children are left to attempt whatever activity they wish to practice, while Stephen goes around the room, helping the children learn that particular skill.
The session is often ended with a group teaching activity such as magic or balloon modelling.
The skills taught include: Plate Spinning, Peacock Feather Balancing, Juggling Silks, Juggling Balls, Trick-Sticks, Yo Sticks, Pogo Jumpers, Kendama, Flying Discs, Diablo, Hula Hoops, Yo Yo's, Stilt Walking
The best skills will be selected for your event depending on ceiling height, amount of space, severity of wind, age of the children, number of participants etc.
Circus Skills Workshop do require space to practice in, and are only suitable for village halls, gardens etc. I can work outside for festivals however it must be within a contained area that the equipment can remain within (to prevent items going missing).
The majority of the activities are only suitable for children aged 5 and over.
The workshop can cater for up to 50 children (based on the amount of equipment available). Adults and teachers are also encouraged to try the activities themselves.
Amazing Stephen has been Balloon Modelling since 1996 and has produced several products teaching others of his designs. He developed his skills when he was hired as the full time resident modeller where his job was to make balloons sculptures every day for three straight years. He can now make any model with his eyes close, hands behind his back while spinning on the spot!
He has devised many new shapes and models and can make almost anything requested including Dogs, Ladybirds, Swords, Cats, Horses, Spider-man, Batman, Pokémon, Parrots, Rabbits, Mouse, Turtle, Butterfly, Heart, Hats, Plane, Helicopter amongst many others.
Stephen is often hired at shopping centres, grand openings and events to make balloons for all the guests. He has been known to make over 300 models in a single day! It is the most popular walk-around activity he provides.
Stephen had also been hired to make balloon sculptures at Birthday Parties for all the children. Please note however that it takes on average a minute for the children to choose what they want, and to make each balloon. So 30 children will take 30 minutes for them each to get one balloon sculpture.
He also offers Balloon Modelling workshops where he teaches children and adults how to make simple designs such as a dog, cat, rabbit, giraffe and sword. These workshops normally last for an hour and are better suited to small groups. Stephen provides all the balloons, pumps and tuition and they get to take home all the balloons that they make.