Pedagogy

Ah, this is the start of the beginning. In this seemingly feral forest of trapezes and trampolines, where the monkey-crobats fly around your ears and even a few whales show up to jump on the bascule. In ECDF's Circus Jungle, everyone is welcome! That's what we stand for!
Are you interested in the basic educational principles we use in our circus classes?
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Acro-circus, Circus Jungle, ECDF

Welcome to the Circus Jungle

Ah, this is the start of the beginning. In this seemingly feral forest of trapezes and trampolines, where the monkey-crobats fly around your ears and even a few whales show up to jump on the bascule. In ECDF’s Circus Jungle, everyone is welcome!

Structure of the classes

The focus of our general Acro-circus classes is primarily on a correct foundation in learning the various circus techniques. By default, this class is made up of a completely crazy warm-up game, a more specific warm-up of different muscle groups (where we don’t shy away from the Latin vocabulary!), a workshop in a basic acrobatics technique (mini trampoline, floor acrobatics, handstand, partner acrobatics or plinth), followed by 2 or 3 circus workshops in different circus techniques (bascule, Chinese mast, trampoline, trapeze, aerial tissue, straps, juggling, balance, German wheel, chinese hoops or unicycle), and then concluding with the stretch!

We also offer a series of specialized classes, which can be taken in addition to a general class or on their own. These include the techniques Acro-porté, Aerial acrobatics, Cyr wheel, German wheel, Unicycling, Flying trapeze and Préparation physique.

Is this for me?

In the Circus Jungle we work both on broadening and deepening a range of basic and mid-advanced exercises. Because we are committed to teaching a strong basic technique, we ensure good progress in the circus and acrobatic techniques and acrobatics. General basic acrobatics give you some important physical tools: flexibility, strength, body coordination, explosiveness, spatial orientation, form tension and endurance.

Different teaching types

We offer different types of classes in this primeval forest. Classes for all ages and all levels. You can sign up for a general class of Acro-circus, Multi-circus, Parent-Child, Circomotorics and Specialization classes around a specific circus technique.

For the littlest of lions

Our Circomotorics classes were created to offer the littlest and most curious fellow human beings a place of their own. Where they can discover circus in their own way and at their own pace.

In Parent-Child classes, parents or grandparents can work with their “offspring”. Cooperation is really the basis of this lesson. You will learn to carry and catch your child in a safe way and thus build a strong relationship based on mutual trust.

Acro-bad

Ready for a dip in the Acro-bad?

Do you like to sit upside down in the couch? Do you jump at every traffic sign that is hanging slightly too high? Do your parents regularly ask you to please go outside and play? Would you like to somersault from your closet into your bed under the covers? Then the time is right for you to take a dip in our Acro-bad.

Structure of the classes

Acro-bad classes are rather technical classes. They revolve around building a solid foundation. We expect dediction and commitment in our Acro-bad! The trainers work to strengthen the intrinsic motivation of the students. They insist that the path of preparatory exercises be completed thoroughly. There is still no shortcut to becoming a succesful acrobat… Oh dear!

In this bubbling foam pool we put the broadest possible foundation of movements and physical competencies. We also work on the student’s respect, for themselves and for the other Acro-bathers. As they toil, sweat and occasionally suffer together, the acrobats forge a bond and an appetite for further growth and development.

Is this for me?

Acro-bad trainers welcome aspiring acrobats from ages 9 to 10 to up to 49. 50 is is a bridge too far, that is the rule. Very occasionally we can admit an 8-year-old exception, but then our trainers really need to be in a French grammar mood…

The learning path

To enroll in these classes, you must take at least 2 classes per week. These do not have to be two Acro-bad classes, the combination of an Acro-bad class with an Acro-circus class or a specialization class is also possible. We also provide some fixed Acro-bad lessons moments.

Ell Circo D’ell Fuego, Circus Doen, Circusles specialisatie Eenwieler
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Patrick Lemineur, Circus Doen

Surfing along with the Circusstroom

A path of self-development for young people who wake up with circus every day and want to walk in the footsteps of a circus artist. This fast-flowing part of the circus school also includes creating performances!

Structure of the classes

We view the creative component as a form of inner development and enrichment. The inate potential of every student is brought out, stimulated and challenged. Our young students are given the confidence and time to develop at their own pace. In addition, we encourage them to find their own ways of performing their technique. They can identify with this within the circus community, in further studies and in their later lives.

During this course, students are not judged by their technical or creative level, but rather by their persistence and commitment. The latter is really incredibly important. The development of group dynamics, reasoned choices and commitment are central to this course.

Is this for me?

Dit lestraject is er speciaal voor jongeren uit het 1ste tot het 6de middelbaar die willen uitzoeken of een professionele carrière in circus iets voor hen is, of die er gewoon niet genoeg van kunnen krijgen. Only if you have immersed yourself in the Acro-bad are you eligible for this program.

The learning path

Students in our Circusstroom train at least 6 hours per week. They focus both on creation & technique The trainer closely follows the personal development of each student. That is Important to prevent injuries, for example, or to find the right timing for the next step in the student’s circus development. To further refine their circus technique, Circusstroom students have access to all Acro-bad classes. The Circusstroom program takes 3 to 7 years to complete. Every two years there is a new intake.

Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Kasper Mols, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Patrick Lemineur, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Patrick Lemineur, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Patrick Lemineur, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Kasper Mols, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Circusstroom, Kasper Mols, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego is een open huis voor jonge artiesten.

Springplank as a launch pad

A springplank, or springboard is not what you would call a stable surface. It serves a very specific purpose: launching

Structure of the classes

Autonomy is an important pillar within this program. We invite our Springplankers to throw off the school system, to learn to think for themselves and to feel what it is like to stand on their own two feet. These are important tools for those getting ready to pursue artistic studies. Students are given time and space to wander around by themselves for a while.

In addition, they go through a joint day training program that focuses heavily on cardiovascular training, strength & agility and the further development of their circus discipline. They also continue to be part of the classes in the Circusstroom program.

Is this for me?

Springplank students are 18+ and choose to further their orientation from circus. During this course, they will create an act in a specific discipline, which will serve as an audition act.

The learning path

Our Springplank program challenges our students to learn to take the next step in their circus development. In doing so, we encourage them to continue studying or working half-time. During their free hours they can work out their personal orientation path within ECDF.

Together with the student, we discuss and evaluate which pathway best suits their personality. The trainers support them as they prepare for auditions or studies at a College For Circus Arts, both physically and mentally. During this trajectory, the Springplanker creates an act in a specific discipline, which will serve as an audition act.

Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Springplank, Richard De Nul, Circus Doen
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Springplank, Florence Noirhomme, Circus Doen