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Social Circus

What is Social Circus?

Social circus is a program of circus offered to people who seek non-traditional ways to learn, to help them develop connection, trust and self confidence within the framework of developing physical skills. Students learn to take safe risks and to challenge themselves physically, socially and mentally. It’s often used as a way to engage and inspire young people who have disconnected with traditional approaches to schooling. It can also be used to engage marginalised or disadvantaged groups to participate in creative, physical activity in an accessible and inclusive way.

FLO @ Castlemaine Secondary College: 2023-2024

We are thrilled to be the recipients of a Mount Alexander Shire Council community grant that will help us turn our social circus dream into reality.

Partnering with Castlemaine Secondary College and their FLO program (Flexible Learning Options), our community grant will allow us to offer two classes per week for three terms, teaching FLO students circus and parkour skills. 

Flynn Patrao will be teaching Parkour and Luke O’Connor will be teaching circus and acrobalance. Both have worked with young people for many years and bring their passion and their down to earth personality to the class.

With our FLO friends being based just next door to our Etty St home, it’s a great opportunity to strengthen our Etty St community too.



Hula Hoop for Women & Seniors: 2020-22

The Hula program created a safe and inclusive space that helped motivate women and older people to connect with the community, engage in regular physical activity and be creative. It also provided employment for a local artist.

The participants improved their physical fitness and self confidence; they socially connected with others within the class and beyond; they developed a positive attitude towards physical activity; and they created an inspiring intergenerational presentation for the local childcare centre.

Hoopacise helped counter some effects of covid 19 including reducing loneliness, isolation, anxiety and improving fitness.