The Circus Comes to Sea Cliff School
The National Circus Project came to Sea Cliff Elementary School for a week-long event that combined physical fitness with circus fun and proficiency. K-5 students had workshops led by the professionals throughout the week of May 17, 2021.
On May 21st, Sea Cliff fifth graders performed on Friday afternoon outdoors on the blacktop behind the school. Physical Education teacher, Megan McCormack said, “The circus event was livestreamed for the entire Sea Cliff School community and peers to watch enjoy. The circus performance featured Sea Cliff fifth graders who tumbled, tossed diablos, performed on the roll-a-bolla, balanced on stilts, laughed with the clowns, and juggled into the hearts of all those watching!”
The National Circus Project (NCP) is an innovative cultural arts organization, which promotes student participation in school arts and physical education activities, using “circus” as its theme. The National Circus Project sends teams of internationally acclaimed circus performer/instructors to schools throughout the U.S.A., where they present exciting circus assembly performances, teach circus skills to students as part of their physical education program – including juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, and “devil stick” manipulation. These activities promote hand-eye coordination, concentration, the benefits of discipline and practice, and group skills. A special thank you to the PCA For organizing and sponsoring this event every year with assistance from the physical education teachers!
Article by Shelly Newman with assistance from Ms. McCormack. Photos by Ms. McCormack