Ann Dorwin wants to share her love of life under the Big Top.
Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts will host Circus Camp featuring Dorwin, director of RINGS Circus Education. The day-long event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel.
Dorwin was a circus performance artist for more than 30 years and is a specialist in circus education.
“I spent 10 years with a company called the National Circus Project, a circus education organization,” said Dorwin, a Bloomington resident. “When I came home to Indiana I decided it was what I loved and I was going to keep doing it.”
The camp will teach students hands-on skills along with the history of the circus.
“I teach skills that include object balancing, juggling, plate spinning, devil sticks and diablos. I often include secondary skills like stilt walking, balance boards or rolling globes,” Dorwin said. “It’s a way to get kids involved in a learning experience.”
Kids not only love learning the skills, but enjoy hearing about how the history of the circus is still alive in everyday language.
“Kids are fascinated by the terms that we still use today that originated from the circus, like to throw your hat in the ring or to be a star,” Dorwin said.
She wants the camp to instill a love for circus and performance in the campers. The students will perform a showcase at 5 p.m. for friends and family.
“I think that’s what is fun about this is the kids get to see it and then they get to do it,” Dorwin said.
Cost is $55 per child ages 6 to 16. Each child is responsible for bringing their own lunch and will earn a circus certificate of completion. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org.