The smallest gazetted town in Australia, Betoota, played host to the fifth annual Channel Country Ladies Day in October 2016, and Vulcana Women's Circus was there along with 180 women from across northern South Australia, the north west corner of NSW, and Western Queensland.
The Channel Country Ladies Day was started by two women who recognised the absence of opportunities for women in western Queensland to get together and be women for the weekend.
It is an annual day for all women in the Channel Country from small towns or large pastoral stations. It is for women of all ages to come together and enjoy a relaxing and uplifting break from the demands of life in the bush. Women aged 14 through to 90 have all taken away something from the weekend.
We were so excited to introduce juggling, plate spinning, hula hoops, tumbling, clowning and acro-balance.
The ladies learnt that the fun thing about circus is whilst you're balancing on other people, and learning all of the new tricks, you're also developing trust, confidence, cooperation and communication skills - all objectives that are in line with the Channel County Ladies Day objectives to offer women a safe environment for fun and enjoyment and to form new friendships through creative engaged arts experiences, all to reduce social isolation and increase emotional wellbeing.
We sure hope we are invited back again in 2018!