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Using circus and aerial dance to gently and playfully increase participants strength and awareness of how to maintain balance and stability.

Using circus and aerial dance to gently and playfully increase participants strength and awareness of how to maintain balance and stability.

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Vicki commented on Keeping PLAY in our loves as we age

This is great, play is a huge motivator

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Vicki commented on Falling to flying

Hi Rima,
    Thank you for your question. The training definitely has an impact on strength and participants have reported increased confidence. However, we suspect the true benefit of the work is through improvements in proprioception. Many of the skills used like juggling and aerial work involve learning to detect where your joints are in space. Because it disguised as play we are able to achieve multiple repetitions of actions that exercise perceptual motor skills. We would love to work with someone with the expertise to enable us to fully understand the mechanisms through which benefits might be gained and more rigorously evaluate the impact of the work.

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Vicki commented on Falling to flying

Hi Pedro,
Thanks for the question. We have found that video materials that show what happens in the class and the range of people that take part and the range of activities and levels of engagement possible really helps remove any anxiety to taking part. We have also found offering taster or observer sessions where people can come in and watch before taking part to be helpful.