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Is Learning Circus Skills Beneficial For Children?!

We do many workshops in schools for able and differently abled children and wanted to explain the benefits of teaching circus skills to children!


Circus skills have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Not only are they fun and entertaining, but they also have many benefits for children. In this blog entry, we will explore the benefits of children learning circus skills and cite academic references to support our claims.

  1. Improves Physical Fitness


One of the most obvious benefits of learning circus skills is that it improves physical fitness. According to a study published in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, circus skills require a high level of physical activity, which can lead to improved cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility (Hodges et al., 2014). This makes circus skills a great way for children to stay active and healthy.


  1. Enhances Coordination and Balance

Circus skills also help children develop better coordination and balance. According to a study published in the Journal of Physical Education and Sport, circus skills require precise movements and a high degree of body control, which can lead to improved balance and coordination (Kuzmits et al., 2016). This can help children in other physical activities, such as sports, and also improve their overall physical confidence.

  1. Boosts Cognitive Development

Circus skills can also have a positive impact on cognitive development. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, circus skills re

quire a high level of focus and concentration, which can help improve cognitive abilities such as attention and memory (Heath et al., 2016). This can also help children in their academic studies, as they develop better concentration skills.

  1. Fosters Creativity and Self-Expression

Finally, learning circus skills can help foster creativity and self-expression in children. According to a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, circus skills require a high degree of creativity and imagination, which can lead to improved self-expression and a greater sense of personal identity (Baker et al., 2019). This can help children


develop their own unique interests and passions, and also improve their overall self-esteem.




In conclusion, learning circus skills can have many benefits for children, including improved physical fitness, enhanced coordination and balance, boosted cognitive development, and fostered creativity and self-expression. So, if you're looking for a fun and engaging activity for


your child, book with Circus Brighton HERE!


References:


Baker, S. C., et al. (2019). The Relationship between Circus Skills and Identity Development in Young People. Journal of Educational Psychology, 111(1), 103-118.


Heath, M., et al. (2016). The Impact of Circus Skills Training on Children's Attention and Memory. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 44, 16-22.


Hodges, H. R., et al. (2014). Circus Training for Dance Medicine: A Pilot Study in Cardiovascular Training. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 18(1), 29-36.



Kuzmits, F. E., et al. (2016). The Benefits of Circus Training for Children. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 16(4), 1338-1344.


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