Introduction of Circus Helsinki|
Circus Helsinki was founded in summer 2001. In the beginning, there were only 12 pupils and the teaching sessions were held amidst old computers in a storage space at the Caisa Cultural Center.
In 2003 the association obtained training facilities from the Helsinki Rudolf Steiner School in Meilahti and from the Töölö sport center. In 2004 lessons were also held at the Voluntary Fire Brigade base in Lauttasaari and in 2005 the pupils had also the opportunity to practice at the Olympic stadium.
Since September 2006 Circus Helsinki has been training in it's present location in Vallila, close to Helsinki city center, (address: Aleksis Kiven katu 17) where the school has it's first own training facility.
This fantastic training facility is large and versatile. It has two training halls: 350 and 180 square meters wide and 8 meters high rooms. They have aerial acrobatics fixtures, an olympic trampoline, two airtracks, tightropes and much more. Nowadays, all the lessons are held at the new facility.
The school has grown and matured fast. At the beginning of 2008 the school has 280 pupils and in the end of 2012 the amount of students has grown to 850. The performing group that consists of our young pupils has received several prizes both in Finland and abroad. The group has also been invited to perform at various events. For instance, in summer 2005 they performed at the Norway-Sweden bridge inauguration before an audience of 15 000 viewers. The Norwegian and Swedish Royal families were also at the inauguration and saw the performance.
Curriculum of the school
The primary objective of the school is to teach circus arts to young pupils, however, tuition is also given to adults. A pupil can attend to 1- 5 training sessions a week, depending on his/her keenness. The total amount of teaching given in a week has added up to 70 hours.
Teachers and pupils of different ethnic backgrounds speaking different languages create an international atmosphere in the school. In consequence, the pupils have been able to learn languages form each other. The prevalent teaching language is Finnish. Also some lessons are given in Swedish and in English.
In the teaching of acrobatics and requisite skills, we emphasize both technique and performing skills. All the groups from beginners to the more advanced perform at the annual Christmas and spring shows.
In addition the more advanced pupils perform at different cultural happenings and functions. The Association is a member of the Finnish Youth Circus Association. The Ministry of Education appointed Circus Helsinki as Finland's Ambassador of Youth Culture in 2005. Hence, our school represents Finnish youth culture in Finland and abroad.
We offer classes for all ages, 4 years and up and also groups for grown-ups! Classes usually start in January and September. Look up the exact times in the Finnish calendar site.
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