Janusz Korczak said, “Life is a circus ring, with some moments more spectacular than others.” The circus program has truly been a spectacular moment for the Chanichim (campers) here at Machaneh Ramah. The smiles were literally from ear to ear as the chanichim learned about the theatrical and acrobatic elements of the circus performance.

Maya said, “This is so fun- good people- good fun!”

Shelby said, “I love the opportunity to learn something I never thought I could do, but I can!”

Yael said, “circus is such a fun Kishroniyah- I’m so glad I got it this year!”

More about the program- The circus isn’t just about tents, elephants, clowns, and parades anymore and you certainly don’t have to run away to join it! Come learn the basics of juggling, tumbling and partner acrobatics as we explore the modern circus aesthetic and use these skills to create a circus show of our very own. An emphasis will be placed not only on proper technique in these circus disciplines but also on working together to dissect and abstract stories in order to express them athletically through the circus arts. You will learn how to juggle three balls, how to flip and roll like an acrobat, and how to climb up, over, and around your fellow campers to build human pyramids. It takes a lot of work to make it to the center ring, but now it is your chance to see what real circus training is like and walk away from camp with tricks that will really impress all your friends and family!

Lauren Breunig fell in love with circus while working as a counselor at Circus Smirkus camp during college. After graduating she began taking classes at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), first as a recreational student, then as part of the ProTrack Program. She is the pioneer of an original apparatus, the Sliding Trapeze, and has been featured as an innovative aerialist in festivals across the United States including the Aerial Acrobatics Arts Festival of Denver, the US Aerial Championships, and VivaFest. Now working as a freelance artist, she has performed with companies including the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the Boston Circus Guild, and Nimble Arts, delighting audiences large and small with performances on the Sliding Trapeze as well as an aerial sling, static trapeze, fabric, and partner acrobatics. A versatile and engaging instructor, she teaches circus arts to students of all ages at studios, schools, camps, and festivals around the US and abroad, and she also leads Nimble Arts Teacher Training courses.  A veteran of the stage as a singer, Lauren has toured and recorded in the US and around the world with a variety of folk music groups, including her band, Windborne. Check out her work on Instagram @laurenbreunig or at her website





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