Blog 6 Juggling Can Be hypnotising

Blog 6 Juggling can be hypnotising!.

I was going to make this a blog with videos this week but I’m too much of a dinosaur  to figure out how to do it.

I can suggest you go and visit our instagram page or iconsquare thingy, site or whatever  the heck it is. Here’s the link and let’s all say well done Trishy for figuring out how to put a link in!

I wanted to show you Amanda and Bianca’s aerial stuff and the Remarkable Ryan juggling clubs on top of a globe it was all pretty cool. Ah well the life of a dinosaur is not an easy one.

Monday night training was an exercise in ‘do you train when your motivation has gone on holiday for the night and doesn’t look like it’s coming back anytime soon?’ It was an interesting exercise because long distance running teaches you that you train regardless of mood, weather, motivation etc but running doesn’t involve being off the ground or working with other people. I like to train unless I am incapable of getting to training but after Monday’s performance I may be more mindful of how I am feeling and try and compensate for it more.

Thursday night training was really useful this week. I got a couple of tips on my juggling with clubs which has moved me up to the next stage of learning how to do it. I also really enjoyed watching Alessandro and Ryan juggle together, it’s entertaining and I guess that’s a lot of what it’s all about. They were stealing each other’s juggling balls and I could have watched them for hours. Alessandro then juggled with these big contact juggling balls and that bordered on the hypnotising. All up it was a great juggling session.

You would think that learning how to do circus stuff would lessen the impact of other people doing circus tricks, a bit like knowing how a magician does his tricks, but it doesn’t. Training in circus gives you an appreciation of the difficulty of what the performers are doing. I watched Alessandro and Ryan and I knew how tricky I find juggling and it made the show more impressive.

Ryan and I have this quiet little competitive thing going. When we do handstands against the wall or push up holds neither of us wants to finish before the other, so Alessandro is calling time and we are just staying up for a few more seconds each just seeing how far we can go. It’s a lot of fun.

I should call one part of Thursday night training,”What has Trish seen on You Tube and can we do it?”  Thursday night’s episode was these really cool push up things I’d seen. You lay flat with your arms stretched out in front of you and then you push up from that position. I couldn’t do it but Alessandro could, it was great to watch.  He’s shown me a way I can work up to it so I can add that to the homework I guess.

OK thank you for reading please come and join us if you’d like to,you’ll have a lot of fun.

The picture below gives you an idea of what a training session looks like.



Blog 5 Let the Pictures Tell the Story

I read a great blog today about Turin that pretty much posted a selection of pictures and talked about them. Either the blogger didn’t like writing or he or she figured more people would read a blog that had less to read. It occurred to me that this would be a really quick blog to write and might get the message across, ie circus is fab, more clearly. So I’m going to give this idea a burl. Here goes.

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I love this one of Mel, how the heck those girls bend like that is beyond me.


Bianca showing amazing flexibility and strength.


It’s pretty amazing that they can do these acrobatic bendy things so high up in the air and suspended by just that fabric. This person is Tess and she’s showing some amazing flexibility up there.10995209_950928488259986_1642747353_n

This bendy person is Laura. I do love a good back bend.

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I wish I had a picture of my Thursday class all doing a diagonal stretch together in a circle. I thought at the time this looks really cool. You would have seen people of all stages of fitness, all different ages, all bending and twisting like pretzels. We also found out Thursday that a person can mime so effectively that they can dislocate a clavicle climbing an invisible wall. True story!

So circus in pictures. Thanks for viewing and I’ll catch you next week.

Blog 4 OMG Zigzag Circus are going to hold another showcase!!!!!

Blog 4 OMG ZigZag Circus are going to hold another Showcase

I came home humming the tune to the Sugar Plum Fairies in Fantasia after Monday nights’ training. I found out Monday night that ZigZag are going to hold another showcase and if I can screw up enough courage to participate in the showcase I can use that as my music. It would be awesome. I’ve already talked to Renee at circus about my costume, just in case I do it I want to be ready. By the way if you need a costume maker Renee is a very talented person and I recommend her.  My costume is going to be gorgeous and let’s face it everyone needs some gorgeous!

However the showcase is not the only news so I think I should use this blog as a bit of a newsletter because there’s quite a lot going on.

On the 28th of March, Earth Hour Day, stilt walkers, acrobats and people willing to help are meeting at the Glengowrie YMCA at 3.00pm for a stilt and acrobat walkabout to promote the ZigZag circus. Wear the TShirts, give out flyers, that sort of thing. Anybody coming should check the weather, this will be an outside activity so if it’s wet or windy I would suggest we cancel.

There’s a unicycle workshop coming up we’re just waiting for dates and costs and then I can say more about that.

There’s a stilt workshop trying to get off the ground, (did you see what I did there?) off the ground? Stilts? OK at the moment we’re looking at Point A,  March 22nd and 29th Sundays at 5.00. Should be an uplifting experience.

Showcase is coming!!!!!!!! July 25th. I’m a little excited. I’m dreaming of a stilt dance number. I just need stilt walkers, a song (I’m hoping for Freaks) and a choreographer, but I have ideas I’m just not sure if they would work or not. So if anyone is interested please let me know.

I also haven’t given up on the idea of a fire spinning workshop but that one is not quite taking shape yet.

So at Monday night training with no Pete we had Julie doing Pete jokes I’d like to thank her for filling in there.

I was struggling with a cold and was having major trouble doing anything speccy with trapeze. However have a look at this picture of me and Nick doing a trapeze thing.


Apart from the fact that I want to show off my back muscles, yes I am that shallow! I want to show you this because we are doing this exercise because I wasn’t able to do what Nick had originally thought of, I didn’t have the physical capability, So he didn’t say wrack off I’ll find a student who can, he came up with an alternative activity that I could do and would build up my strength for the first activity later on. All the ZigZag trainers do this. They make the most of what they have and they tailor the training to your needs, that’s pretty cool.

Right at the end of the night Nick did something super scary for the first time that he had seen in a fringe show and while I was watching him I was mentally thinking where are my car keys and where is the nearest hospital? It makes you realise that the trainers are challenging themselves too with new things. I like seeing tricks for the first time it makes me feel like I’m there at the start of something.

Amanda was showing some great trapeze work, she’s already booked her spot for trapeze class.

Julie had a go at trapeze and continued to do more on the slack line.


This picture should be captioned, “Look ma no hands”

Julie and Alessandro were doing a very speccy lie down and then jump up thing while she was on the slack line. She also had a go at teaching me how to ‘steal’ in juggling. Julie is not afraid of a challenge.

The acrobats were doing ridiculous stuff and honestly I’ll need a photo to prove what they did. I mean honestly.

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I don’t know how the acrobats do what they do I just like being in the audience.

Thursday night we had all the usual gang, Alli, Amanda, Ryan, Andrew and Liam all faithfully guided by Alessandro. We did our juggling, then warm up chasey, stretches, handstand practice, more stretches and tumbling.

For free choice, Amanda and I did trapeze tusseling with that tricky gazelle move as well as front balance. Amanda has been my circus buddy for some time now and she has a lovely patient energy about her. I can think about the gazelle and what leg goes where and how the arms work and not feel rushed. It’s a great quality in a circus buddy.

Liam had some fun on the handstand canes he’s also the current holder of the “I can do a 1000 push ups in a day” title, it’s very cool. I did some handspring practice and a little bit of back flip practice.

One last thing to share. One of my youngest students who is 5 years old and is very serious and I rarely see her smile has a habit of getting kids from the playground, bringing them to me, says to me, “Miss Morton can you breathe fire?” (Her Mum found out in the staff room) I say yes (put in a name here for the student) I can breathe fire. She smiles, hisses to the student behind her, See I told you so!, and off she goes. I think the kids are waiting for the day that fire is going to come out of my mouth at school. Circus can do a lot for your cred in the playground.


OK thank you for reading please come and join us if you’d like to.

you’ll have a lot of fun.

Blog 3 So Much Going On!

One of the best things about doing Alessandro’s movement and co-ordination exercises during circus class at Glengowrie YMCA, is that I get to take them back to my school and show my students. They love them. We do them for breaks between lessons or before going home. I always let them vote for the activity they want and nine times out of ten it’s let’s do the balance game. The hardest part is getting them to stop, the bell’s gone, it’s home time please stop balancing on one foot and touching the floor and go home. There are no prizes, it’s not a computer game it’s just a love of movement and I’m hoping they will keep this love throughout their lives. I can but try by giving them a good start.

So Monday night after warm up we started with movement and co-ordination exercises and I might have had a chance of success if certain members of our class didn’t keep giggling at our frantic efforts to keep up with Alessandro. I actually think these exercises would make good party games for adults, they would certainly break the ice.

We moved onto handstand practice and while we were taking a ‘break’ from handstand practice we added a few more stretches into the mix. After that we had tumbling and Lily demonstrated a very cool trick that unless it has a name I will call the flipping crab. One minute she’s right side up then she’s upside down then she’s right side up and so on. I thought I fancy that. Alessandro asked me if I could do a back bridge before I attempted the move. Sure I said having absolutely no idea if I could or not. I got as far as a poor man’s back bridge but then the true difficulty of flipping was made apparent and I thought not tonight Trishy but I will store Lily’s move on the back burner as it looked really good.

After tumbling we had free choice skills. Nick and I picked trapeze, other people went off to do acrobatics and Julie set up the slack line. There was so much going on that night. The aerial people were doing their stuff, Lily looked like she was doing a 50s dance routine with Peter. You know that dance where they throw the girl around it was amazing to watch. Julie was on the slack line without anything to help her balance, it was just Julie up there I was very impressed. Then we had some aerial girls right next to the trapeze and what they were doing gave Nick some ideas about what we could be doing.





Nick began our trapeze session with, do you feel like doing some partner stuff tonight? Sure I said. So we started doing these trapeze partner things. First Nick would explain the move and then he would say ok put a hand here and then a foot there and then turn this way and all of a sudden you were in some super tricky position and you had no idea how you had got there. It was a lot of fun and we ended up with some speccy photos. I showed them on facebook and for Tuesday recess I was the talk of the staffroom.



I loved this one. It made me think of Escher.

Nick is hopefully going to be running trapeze sessions so if you have ever fancied doing trapeze work I recommend him.

Mark spoke about possibly running a fire spinning workshop and I really fancy that. I’m putting it in the blog so he can’t forget.

The Thursday night class was every bit as busy. Alli showed us how bendy she was. The Remarkable Ryan saw a juggling article and figured it was a challenge to come up with new juggling tricks. Amanda got introduced to our new space for practising handstands. I discovered an answer to a stretch question that unfortunately I’d already been told back in December, ah well I was straight out of Tough Mudder at the time and I suspect I still had mud in my ears. The horse dance made a very welcome reappearance as well as the horse stance and we discussed the possibility of my horse taking up belly dancing. It was getting to the end of the evening for this conversation.

OK thank you for reading please come and join us if you’d like to, you’ll have a lot of fun.