Terrance at The Garden of Light
Our Chinese dancing Lion Terrance has been on his travels once again!
This time Terrance and his musicians visited Chesterfield for three nights to dance and entertain the crowds at The Garden of Light Event. As this event happens at night Terrance attached lights to his head and body so everyone could see him coming and admire his dancing.
Many thanks to Jules and Sue from Swamp Circus Trust Ltd for inviting Terrance to perform in a new place-he is really enjoying his travels around England.
Naomi got into character to deliver her Halloween workshop!
Manchester Settlement based at The New Roundhouse in Openshaw are running new programme of activities for children after school including drama, streetdance and arts and crafts. All The Skills have been hired to provide the drama workshops on this programme. .
This new programme of activities were promoted at a Halloween themed open days at the Roundhouse on the 30th October. There were taster workshops for all the different activities including “make a monster,” spooky facepanting and Naomi’s Halloween themed drama workshop.
As drama in all about getting into character and becoming somebody else Naomi delivered the workshop in full costume and Witch make up-causing only mild dismay in some of the younger children!
Naomi is currently leading these FREE drama workshops on Monday afternoons.
3.30pm to 4.30pm is Drama for those aged 5-8 years old
4.30pm to 5.30pm is Drama for 9-13 year olds
Hope to see you there!
Sean and Naomi kicked off the new academic year this week by welcoming the new Year 3 intake to North Reddish Junior school with a fun Circus Skills workshop.
Year 3 are completing a cross-curricular project with a circus theme following the “Creative Curriculum” where subjects including English, Art and P.E. are taught in a cross curricular style.
In the workshop Year 3 learnt all about the different skills you might find in a circus and had a go at some of them for themselves. Flower sticks, plate spinning and poi spinning proved to be popular with one boy inventing his own poi move! Diabolos proved a little more challenging but one little girl really impressed us by learning to juggle 3 scarves in less than an hour.
The staff at the school were very friendly and accomodating, an added extra bonus for Naomi and Sean was the tea and chocolate cake afterwards in the staff room! However Sean also particularly enjoyed being called “Miss” for the morning ha ha!
There is a saying that “the sun shines on the righteous” and shine it did on Sunnyside Park this weekend….
Tiger Carving in Sunnyside Park
- This weekend All The Skills returned to Sunnyside Park, Great Lever, Bolton to be part of the annual community fun day. However, this year was extra special as the park has also secured funding to produce a wild flower garden and at the day there was live wood carving resulting in a fantastic tiger sculpture. The tiger was designed by local children and will be a focal point of the garden.
Kate hard at work with local children making flower
To celebrate the new flower garden Kate worked with local children to produce several large decorative flowers to be hung in the garden as well as individual sparkly/glittery flowers to take home.
a beautiful flower ready to be displayed
Sean and Naomi were kept busy helping residents young and old to master a variety of circus skills before sending everyone home with a balloon animal.
Let’s hope that despite Council cutbacks this event will continue to happen. As organiser Donnette Foster says,
“These days are all about getting the community out on the park having fun together…”
Maggie from The Lawrence Batley Theatre taking part in the circus workshop
All The Skills have previously worked with The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on several occassions bringing circus skills, visual art and dance to different groups.
Last Sunday the LBT invited All The Skills to run a circus workshop in their “Imagine Tent” as part of the activities at Crosland Moor Allstars Fun day. Participants had a go at plate spinning, diabolos, flower stick, juggling, poi spinning and making their own balloon animals.
As our workshop was only an hour long Sean and Naomi decided to make the most of the other activities available…a rare treat when usually we are working all day at these kind of events. Sean had an ice cream (proper ice cream not that stuff pumped through a machine!) and Naomi had her face painted!
It was also a chance to meet up with a few old friends…the Sound Jata West African drummers who we worked with on the Fire in the Sky event and Kate Woodfield visual artist extraordinaire. Kate will be back with us in a few weeks at Sunnyside Park in Great Lever.
SoundJata African drummers
Naomi getting into character after having her face painted
All The Skills always finds the people of Bolton to be welcoming and we were pleased that the people attending Tonge Carnival enjoyed meeting Terrance the Chinese lion.
Terrance and his musicians made their Bolton debut in a parade to start the event. Also in the parade representing All The Skills was Naomi, on stilts handing out fortune cookies and continuing the Chinese theme, Sean with his diabolos. The parade had many people from different community groups and schools in the Tonge area and was so much fun that it followed the parade route twice!
After a circus workshop session, Naomi took to her stilts again to assist Terrance, Buddha and the musicians in a short performance at the main stage. Following the performance Naomi and Sean went into a frenzy of balloon modelling until the end of the wonderful event.
Naomi offers Terrance a lettuce
Terrance takes the lettuce
Terrance decides to share the lucky lettuce with the crowd
- Dance group posing for the camera
Over the past 5 weeks a small and select group of pupils from Oldfield Brow Primary School have been working with professional dancer and choreographer Paul Clarke to learn new style Streetdance and create a routine.
The young people were aged between 6 to 10 years old and had previously attended the drama club at the school where they have recently performed a Shakespeare showcase and had a circus skills workshop.
Streetdance was something new for most of the members of the group and during the 5 weeks they learnt how to warm up safely, improve their co-ordination and work as a team to perform a routine with complex timings.
Parents came to watch the performance at the end of the 5 week course and were impressed with what the children had learnt in such a short amount of time.
Paul teaches regularly for All The Skills and his dance credits include Top of the Pops, Nickelodeon and CD UK. He has also appeared in music videos and worked professionally as a model.
- Warming up n getting ready to dance
Smile Paul...it doesn't hurt!
The routine begins!!!