‘As soon as I started circus, I fell in love with it'
TATAMAGOUCHE - A Tatamagouche woman wants to share her passion for circus performing on to others.
© BAILLIE SAUNDERS - SPECIAL TO THE TRURO DAILY NEWS
Brittney Murray does an aerial trick for the audience during a recent open house at the Tatamagouche Elementary School gymnasium. Murray is teaching circus at the school until June 6.
Brittney Murray, a professional circus entertainer, is teaching the art at Tatamagouche Elementary School on Wednesdays and Fridays for children, teens and adults until June 6.
Experience isn't necessary.
"Age is no excuse," said Murray. "I taught a 63-year-old man with no experience."
Murray moved to her hometown of Tatamagouche from Dartmouth three years ago in hopes of starting circus classes.
"As soon as I started circus, I fell in love with it. When I moved back to Tatamagouche I was sad to give it up. I would travel back once a week to train and was travelling last year to Moncton to coach," said Murray, who worked for the Atlantic Cirque Agency and School.
"I was a part of the school and the show and I knew I was going to move, so I was trying to find ways to do it."
The dream is now reality, and Murray said classes are something different to take part in.
"Each class has a basic format, such as a warm-up and stretching," said Murray. "In the first six weeks all beginners will be learning the basics, learning juggling, hula hooping tricks and aerial."
The other six weeks, students will be testing their skills and routines together at an end-of-classes show for family and friends to see.
"On the last six weeks it is more focused on aerial routines and combining moves to music," said Murray.
An aerial is a swing in the middle of four, large supported poles where entertainers can perform tricks in the air and adjust the swing to their comfort. However, not all are comfortable performing, said Murray.
"We do a performance the very last week. Even adults are encouraged. They all say they don't want to but at the end they do," said Murray with a laugh.
"You can really see the progress, I get really proud."
Spots are still open for classes and people can register now. Murray hopes people of all ages explore the art of circus.
"I just want people to try it," she said.
IF YOU GO
When: Now until June 6.
Where: Tatamagouche Elementary School
Time: Teens and adults - Wednesdays and Fridays. Children - Fridays.
Cost: Children (seven to 12) $180 for 12 weeks of one-hour classes; teens and adults: $240 for 12 weeks of 1.5 hour classes.
Contact: on Facebook: Nittybird - Circus, Art, Fashion.