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Sand Northrup, One Woman Circus in the Classroom

Discipline: Interdisciplinary, Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Sand Northrup (AKA One Woman Circus) is an exceptional artist and educator whose extensive experience and contagious enthusiasm bring circus arts to life for thousands of students annually. With a solid reputation as an outstanding teacher, mentor and role model, Sand currently performs and teaches circus arts in public schools and at circus camps in French, English or both. She also collaborates on numerous projects under both the social circus and children festival banners in Alberta and British Columbia. She has coordinated an award-winning after school circus programme for the City of Burnaby and offers the best hands on circus workshops available, adapted to all ages from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Sand is Director of the Therapeutic Clown program at BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Centre for Children and has worked part time as a therapeutic clown at both institutions since 2004.


Your enthusiasm and expertise inspired all of us - students and teachers - to be the best we can be. Grade 5 Teacher
That was absolutely fantastic. Everybody is raving about you. Dana Brown, Principal, Sullivan Elementary, Surrey
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

Multiple Day Circus Arts Residency with Show

As in the multiple-day format, but with sufficient days to allow each student to have three circus workshops (intro, extra and routine-building) and additional rehearsal time to build new skills into routines for presentation. This residency also involves developing routines in groups and setting and practicing routines to music. Culminates in a run-through in show running order and the staging of a school wide circus demonstration. Typically a school of 150 students or six divisions would need three or four days to complete this type of residency with a simple show component.

Multiple Day Circus Arts Residencies (2-10 Days)

This multiple-day format can range from two to ten days depending on the number of groups involved and the goal of the residency. Students receive Sand's Intro to Circus Arts (see the Mobile Circus School workshop description) and a second session to advance one or two skills with opportunity to practice individually and in groups. Great for concentration, goal-setting and building on success. In longer residencies, there is a third workshop to specialize and develop more challenging routines which students demonstrate to their peers or to a larger school group.

Mobile Circus School / Ateliers du cirque

Hands-on circus arts workshops introduce students to a range of circus skills like feather balancing, juggling, unicycle, rola bola and stilts. Called "the best hands-on residency we've had" by one principal, students love this challenging mix of physical education and performing arts. Results: greater student self-confidence, body awareness and self-discipline while having big fun. Sand also customizes residencies with fantastic success in helping build performances, French vocabulary and inspired physical activity programs using circus arts.

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