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Sand Northrup, One Woman Circus

Discipline: Interdisciplinary, Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French
Contact Me: (604) 873-1125 , Email

Sand Northrup (One Woman Circus) is an exceptional educator whose vast experience and contagious enthusiasm bring circus arts to life for thousands of students annually. With a solid reputation as a teacher, mentor and role model, Sand creates engaging, enlightening circus residencies for all ages in French and/or English. Sand's circus residencies exemplify growth mindset in action. Sand performs regularly at schools and festivals and also works as a therapeutic clown at BC Children's Hospital.


That was absolutely fantastic. Everybody is raving about you. Dana Brown, Principal, Sullivan Elementary, Surrey
You are an outstanding performer, teacher and coach and we really enjoyed working with you. We have seen our students grow in their skills and confidence. We hope you come back... each year! Grade 2 Teaching Team, Jennie Elliott Elementary, Calgary, AB
The kids LOVED it. It was totally engaging, they learned lots, and I loved, loved, loved how you talked about growing your mind, and that when learning things get tough, you need to keep going, that things take practise. Libby Hart, Principal, WL McLeod, Vanderhoof

Project Examples

Option A: Mobile Circus School/Ateliers du Cirque

Hands-on circus arts workshops introduce students to a range of circus skills like feather balancing, juggling, rola bola and plate spinning. Called "the best hands-on residency we've had" by many principals, students love this challenging mix of physical education and performing arts. Results: greater student focus, confidence and self-regulation while having big fun with growth mindset. Sand can customize your residency to help build performances, French vocabulary or a circus unit for your gym classes.

Option B: Multiple Day Circus Arts Residencies

As in the Option A format, but with sufficient time to allow students three circus workshops (intro, skills development, routine-building) and additional rehearsal time to build skills into group routines for presentation. Routines are then set and practiced to music, culminating in a run-through in show running order and staging a school wide circus demonstration. Typically a school of 150-200 students would need a week to complete this type of residency with a simple show component.

Option C: Workshops and Show

In response to numerous school district requests, Sand now offers a full day circus experience: morning workshops and an afternoon performance. Combining the best of what Sand does, up to three classes try hands on circus workshops and later the entire school is invited to see Sand's all ages, interactive performance One Woman Circus and the Student Stars. The performance and its Q and A can include selected workshop participants demonstrating their new circus skills.

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