The O-town Circus Academy brought the “Big Top” to Tamarac’s gymnasium for a week-long residency. The program, sponsored by the Tamarac PTA, began with professional coaches performing a mini-circus assembly designed to thrill and inspire kindergarteners through fifth graders.
Students were introduced to a variety of skills and equipment used in the circus arts, including juggling, plate-spinning, stilt-walking, flower sticks and yo-yos. Tamarac’s physical education teacher, Ms. Clodagh Harte, has been coordinating the program for more than a decade.
“The students always get excited when the circus comes to town,” Ms. Harte said. “The expertise brought by the coaches is exceptional, and the students are delighted to learn from them.”
Throughout the week, the coaches hosted daily workshops where students received instruction and practiced their choice of skills. The circus arts program aligns with the physical education curriculum and offers opportunities for students of all abilities to engage in activities that fall outside the scope of traditional sports.
Circus week concluded with a culminating performance where fifth grade students showed off their talents to an audience of parents, peers and faculty.