Profession circus arts teacher

Circus arts teachers instruct students in a recreational context in the various circus techniques and acts such as trapeze acts, juggling, mime, acrobatics, hooping, tightrope walking, object manipulation, unicycling tricks, etc. They provide students with a notion of circus history and repertoire, but mainly focus on a practice-based approach in their courses, in which they assist students in experimenting with and mastering different circus techniques, styles and acts and encourage them to develop their own style. They cast, direct and produce circus performances, and coordinate the technical production and possible set, props and costume usage on stage.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Circus dramaturgy

    Understand how a circus show is composed.

  • Teamwork principles

    The cooperation between people characterised by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas etc.

  • Movement techniques

    The various types of movement and physical postures undertaken for relaxation, body-mind integration, stress reduction, flexibility, core support and rehabilitation purposes, and that are required for or underpin occupational performance.

  • Circus vocabulary

    The specific terminology related to the circus activities.

  • Circus aesthetics

    The way the circus concepts and traditions have evolved through time and their artistic meaning.

  • Acting and directing techniques

    Range of training and rehearsal techniches that seek to encourage emotionally expressive performances. Techniques to address all aspects in making a film, play, performance in general. 

Skills

  • Develop a coaching style

    Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.

  • Practice circus disciplines

    Have a very high level of practical and technical skills and competences of one or several chosen circus disciplines in order to enter into the professional circus field.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Balance the project requirements with health and safety concerns

    Adjust the level of effort required for the artistic production. Adapt or adjust movements and movement sequences. Set performance limits. Allow recovery periods and take other measures.

  • Bring out performers’ artistic potential

    Motivate performers to take on challenges. Encourage peer-learning. Establish an environment for experimentation using various methods, such as improvisation.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Organise rehearsals

    Manage, schedule and run rehearsals for the performance.

  • Coordinate artistic production

    Oversee the day-to-day coordination of production tasks so that the organisation fits within the desired artistic and business policies and in order to present productions in a uniform corporate identity to the public.

  • Define artistic vision

    Continually develop and define a concrete artistic vision, starting from the proposal and continuing all the way through to the finished product.

  • Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts

    Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

  • Renew artistic practice

    Stay informed on new trends and apply them on artistic experiences.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Teach circus acts

    Share knowledge and abilities with other performers teaching them important circus skills.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Select artistic materials to create artworks

    Select artistic materials based on strength, colour, texture, balance, weight, size, and other characteristics that should guarantee the feasibility of the artistic creation regarding the expected shape, color, etc. - even thought the result might vary from it. Artistic materials such as paint, ink, water colours, charcoal, oil, or computer software can be used as much as garbage, living products (fruits, etc) and any kind of material depending on the creative project.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Consult students on learning content

    Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.

  • Work with circus group

    Work together with other circus artists and management. Make sure to do your part while keeping the performance as a whole in mind.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adjust plans to other locations with regards to the artistic concept.

  • Check the production schedule

    Check the daily and long term schedules for rehearsal, training, performances, season, tour, etc., taking into account the project timeline and all the preparations required by the production.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

Optional knowledge and skills

vocal techniques make up performing artists assessment processes manage artistic project deal with public assist students with equipment define artistic approach define rigging needs for circus acts pronunciation techniques apply company policies ensure safety of exercise environment check circus rigging before performance use rope access techniques select music for performance instruct riggers on assembly of circus rigging equipment develop educational activities assess artistic proposal curriculum objectives make-up techniques manage artistic career maintain circus rigging equipment facilitate teamwork between students develop curriculum analyse own performance assess students describe your artistic aspirations in relation to artistic trends

Source: Sisyphus ODB