A week of “Big Top Adventures”
WILMINGTON- Students and faculty at Twin Valley Elementary School are looking forward to turning their school into a circus, via a week-long residency with Troy Wunderle and his “Big Top Adventures” program.
From October 15 to 19, students in grades K-5 will use extended PE periods to experiment with Wunderle’s collection of circus toys and equipment, learning skills including juggling, plate spinning, hula-hooping, devil-sticking, diablo manipulation, feather-balancing, jump-roping, pogo-sticking, unicycling, rolling globe walking, rolla-bolla balancing, clowning, and stilt-walking. Wunderle will work with each grade over the week to create a unique act that will be presented to the public at 6 pm on Friday October 19, at the TVES gymnasium.
For many students this won’t be the first time that they try circus skills. TVES physical education teacher Chris Walling incorporates a unit of circus skills in his annual curriculum to work on students’ manipulative skills. Wunderle will be able to build on their exposure and encourage students to go deeper as they challenge their own percieved limits, all while supporting each other and having fun. The residency supports the school’s yearlong community theme of “Resilience” by encouraging students to attempt difficult skills, and to persevere even if they do not succeed on the first try.
The residency is supported by a Vermont Arts Council grant, as well as a generous grant from the Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley and fundraising conducted by the TVES community.
For more information contact Meg Staloff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802)380-9417.