May 8, 2011
November 10, 2010
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.
September 17, 2010
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!
July 19, 2010
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.
May 3, 2010
All The Skills were contacted to provide walkabout and meet and greet characters for the “United Relief” event held at Old Trafford football Stadium on the 1st May.
Keeping in with the “red” theme of the event we sent Terrance our red and black Chinese Lion to entertain the crowds accompanied by a Chinese Schoolgirl on stilts. Several traditional Lion dances were performed much to the delight of the crowds waiting to enter the stadium for the concert and charity football match.
Sean continued to dazzle and amaze bystanders with his contact ball skills and keeping in with the Chinese theme he performed numerous diabolo tricks. The next step is to make him look more Chinese!!!
Last weekend All The Skills were invited by Annie from Butterfingers to share her stall at the Times Educational Supplement Fair at Manchester Central.
As we use Butterfingers equipment in our circus workshops, Annie felt it was an ideal partnership. Butterfingers can provide circus equipment to schools and we can show them how to use it.
Sean and Naomi were put to work, demonstrating all the different props. Sean’s skills certainly drew a crowd and the pair put their own teaching skills to work, encouraging teachers to try equipment for themselves.
Circus skills have so many educational benefits from improved concentration, better motor skills and co-ordination. It can particularly benefit pupils with special educational needs such as dyspraxia.
If you are from a school and are interested in circus equipment or workshops for your students please contact
All The Skills- firstname.lastname@example.org
February 19, 2010
King Davids High School has a fantastic reputation for performing arts and the circus club members did not let us down when we asked them to put together a short performance to show off what they had learnt.
The personalities and egos came out as you will see from the photos below…
December 22, 2009
Sorry readers this post is not in the correct place chronologically. Anyway…
A few weeks ago Sean was hired to dress up as a Victorian gentleman and provide walk about entertainment in Accrington town centre. This was part of a Christmas event organised by Gayle Knight, including local shop owners dressing up in Victorian costume and a fairy grotto run by a local enterprise college.
What was interesting about the grotto is that St. Nicholoas was dressed in the traditional green rather than the coca cola branded red and white, to keep in with the Victorian theme.
Sean entertained shoppers with diabolo spinning, juggling and most popular of all contact juggling with the “crystal ball.” If you look carefully at the photos you might “see the strings.”
December 19, 2009
From September to December members of 3rd Stage, an over 50s group who meet to do creative activities at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield have been learning the art of songwriting with local musician and composer Susanna Hewitt.
The group explored different ways of writing songs including a consequences style exercise where a song’s lyrics were made of seemingly random sentences and writing a tune “by numbers” and in a “higher or lower” style. This process meant the songs had a very contemporary feel.
By the end of the project the group had produced 2 songs which were recorded in the final session. One was a kind of 3rd Stage anthem “We’re the LBT 3rd Stagers…” which included the different activities the groups have done recently. Sean’s circus skills session got a mention!!! The other appeared to be a contrast between the reality of life and dreaming of what individual’s dream lives would be….”a dishy man to mow the lawn” was a particularly memorable lyric!
The group really enjoyed the sessions and hinted that they might like Susanna back to help them achieve their dream of being next years Christmas number one-forget X Factor and Rage Against the Machine!!!
November 29, 2009
For the past two Saturdays Naomi and Sean have travelled over the moors to Ferrybridge to help The Youth Work Company
engage with young people living in the Ferrybridge area. The youth workers Marie and Jo were hoping some eyecatching circus skills would attract the attention of passers by and give them an opportunity to make contact with local young people.
On week 1 we were based in the local park, in the shadow of the infamous power station and despite the cold met a few local teenagers. Flower sticks proved a popular choice with all but Nath was very persistent with learning diabolo-good job!
Week 2 was even colder so we headed indoors to the village hall. After chatting with Marie and Jo last week we had convinced them of their need for a Facebook account to keep in touch with young people and promote their events. We did have several attempts but were hindered by their reluctance to create a personal account—however I think a Facebook page will be coming soon once everyone has figured out the technology!