Southside Dreaming was a series of circus workshop programs aimed at indigenous youth on the south side of Brisbane delivered from 2011 - 2013. Vulcana Women’s Circus worked in partnership with Inala Wangarra and the workshops took place at Inala Wangarra, The Murri School, Hymba Yumba, Glenala High School, Southside Education and The Powerhouse in New Farm.
These workshops were very well received and one of the principals said:
“the kids loved the workshops and kept talking about them after they finished. The classes are great for kids here as they don’t have access to extracurricular activities and it keeps them out of trouble”.
A second workshop series at Southside Education was incorporated into the curriculum, offering circus classes as part of physical education for year eight students. Some of these classes took place at the Vulcana training space at The Powerhouse, generating a lot of excitement and enthusiasm amongst the students. Three of the participants took the hula hooping skills they learnt, and with the help of our trainers, created a routine for the school talent quest, which they won! When later interview by the deputy principal the students acknowledged this program was a highlight for them personally in their school year.
The feedback from these workshop series confirmed that circus workshops for young people assists them to connect with their own strengths, encourages healthier life choices and promotes engagement with their school and their school community.