For nearly three decades, l’École de cirque de Verdun has taught acrobatics and other circus arts to kids and adults. After a series of delayed renovations forced classes to be held at different locations over the last four years, the finishing touches to its permanent site are finally complete — just in time for the fall session.
With the funding they received last year from the provincial and municipal governments, the school was able to add two new studios, expand their locker rooms and shower facilities as well as renovate the administrative office space.
The school offers general and specialized courses for little ones as young as 12 months. Kids can learn how to juggle, perform acrobatic routines, work on their balance, be part of a human pyramid, master the hula hoop and do tricks on the trampoline.
No previous experience is needed for the classes unless you are registering for some of the specialized courses. Kids learn the importance of proper technique in order to stay safe and have fun. Because the classes are held in a recreational and non-competitive setting, communications agent Davith Bolin says this type of environment is more conducive to positive body image and self-confidence — two key aspects when learning how to perform circus arts.
There will also be Sunday family workshops where parents get involved in acrobatic sequences with their kids. Added this year is the Maman & Bébé Bougent class for new moms with babies under the age of 2.
The fall session begins Sept 10. The address is 5190 Lasalle Blvd.
For more information, visit www.e-cirqueverdun.com