Every Body's Circus
Each of us has different strengths
Every Body's Circus Overview
SANCA’s Every Body’s Circus (EBC) program offers individual lessons, group lessons, classes with inclusion, and camps that benefit children and adults with the following needs:
• Learning differences
• Behavioral issues
• Trauma Related Disorders, Mood Disorders
• Sensory and processing issues
• ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Cerebral palsy, hemiparesis, spina bifida
• Visual or hearing impairment and other physical challenges
• Anyone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access circus or exercise
Circus as a Therapeutic Tool
Circus is a tool for the therapeutic process. Children may find the traditional therapy model of sitting in a chair challenging or uncomfortable. By doing Circus Arts, your child can engage in a fun environment with a language they understand: play. Depending on the child, we can work more directly on what they are struggling with or use circus as a metaphor to tackle what is going on in their lives. You and your child decide how we utilize this tool.
Without specific intention Circus on its own provides social, emotional and physical benefits. With therapeutic intention, we can create goals for your child and use the Circus Arts to help your child heal and grow. Potential goals can include: Anxiety Reduction, Confidence, Self-efficacy, Social Skills, Trust, Artistic expression, Sensory integration, Exercise in an accessible environment and Fun!
Using Circus to help with Physical Disabilities
In classes, students gain core strength, balance, and gripping strength. Students try a variety of circus skills, including trampoline, tightrope, juggling, handstands, trapeze, and aerials.
Every Body’s Circus (EBC) provides a set curriculum of achievable skill progressions that enable youth to develop physical and social interaction skills. These progressions are adapted to the abilities and needs of the students participating in each class.
Students in our Every Body’s Circus programs have accomplished amazing proficiency with many circus skills in spite of incredible obstacles, including visual or hearing impairment, stroke, spina bifida, hemiparesis, and more.
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Every Body's Circus Services
Parent Quote: “One of the most thrilling changes I have seen is her increased arm strength through her affected side. Hurray!”
Consultation (55 minutes):
A first time meeting where you and your student speak with one of our EBC coaches to discuss the services that best fit your needs and what goals and skills you wish to work on. Consultations are free of charge and generally last between 45 – 55 minutes.
Individual lessons (55 minutes):
Tailored individual Circus Arts lessons for youth with physical and/or socio-emotional needs. Each individual lesson is taught by a specially-trained Every Body’s Circus Coach with guidance from our Licensed Social Worker on staff. The emphasis is on physical growth and circus skills acquisition.
Group lessons (55 minutes):
A group of up to three (3) students using Circus Arts as a tool for healing with an emphasis on social skills. Children will be placed in groups based on age and goals.
Group classes with inclusion (55-85 minutes):
Students in this program are able to access our recreational classes with a trained EBC coach as an additional aide to the lead coach. The emphasis is on inclusion, social skills and learning circus skills.
For students entering grades 1st – 6th who may need extra support emotionally, socially, or behaviorally. This camp is not considered therapy but would allow children who wouldn’t necessarily have the chance to join a circus camp the ability to succeed in a safe, fun environment. The camps have a high coach to child ratio to help meet each child’s specific needs. Each camp is taught by trained circus coaches and led by Alex Daves, MSW, LSWAIC, our social worker on staff. Please fill out the EBC Camp Questionnaire if you are interested.
Camps with Inclusion:
Similar to our Group classes with Inclusion, students in this program are able to access our recreational camps with a trained EBC coach as an additional aide to the lead coach. The emphasis is on inclusion, social skills and learning circus skills. Please fill out the EBC Camp Questionnaire if you are interested: insert link”
Tuition & Financial Assistance
All fees are due prior to the start of the lesson. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Discover).
Individual lessons: $50 per hour
Group lessons: $30 per hour
Group classes with inclusion: $150 plus the cost of the class (varies depending on class) per 12-week session
DDD Funds – As a DSHS recognized respite care facility, some services can be covered by DDD (Division of Developmental Disabilities) funds, if the client has those funds available. Please let us know prior to your first lesson if you wish to use these funds for services and we can bill to the State of Washington on your behalf.
Insurance – Our services cannot be billed to insurance as they are not considered therapy.
“Circus is fun! I like aerial a lot, but only about a foot above the ground.”