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 arts residencies for schools and circus camps in French, English or both. Sand offers the best hands on circus workshops available for Kindergarten to Grade 12. Sand performs regularly at schools, festivals and events 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
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.
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.
In response to numerous school district requests, Sand now offers a full day circus experience of 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 Sand's all ages, interactive performance of One Woman Circus and the Student Stars. The performance and its Q and A can include selected workshop participants demonstrating their new circus skills.