Exactly four years ago today, I signed a lease on a building that now houses The Circus Spot – yep, on April 1st, a very appropriate date indeed!
What started from an idea that I could create positive change in people’s lives by teaching circus skills, has now grown into a vibrant school that I am immensely proud of.
When The Circus Spot first opened we only ran 7 classes, some of which had only one or two students. Now we teach over 350 students every week in more than 40 classes – WOW!
In just four years The Circus Spot has grown into a large community of motivated students and inspired teachers. The depth and diversity of students is apparent right from our Tiny Tops classes all the way through to our performing troupes.
It hasn’t been an easy road, as anyone starting a small business can attest to, the difficulties have been as tough as they have been surprising, and at times it was hard to see the way forward. Luckily both The Circus Spot and myself have benefited from the support of its loyal students, parents and family members, as well as the coaches, staff and professional circus types who have pitched in consistently and generously. It often still feels like early days, but there is a now lot of momentum, and there are plenty of exciting things on the boil this year (we’re planning them even as you read this!).
To everyone that has attended a class, been an audience member at one of our shows, come to a birthday party, or been involved in any way, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! It’s all of you that have made The Circus Spot what it is today. An especially big thanks also goes out to all the coaches and my circus friends who have taught and pitched in, you guys are just amazing.
Most profoundly for me has been the support of my amazing wife Free, who has not only developed much of the program we teach, but has given me loads of encouragement and understanding throughout the journey. (Not to mention her endless hours of hard work and generally putting up with my craziness).
I’m really inspired and looking forward to what the future brings. It’s a pleasure to witness our students grow and develop during their time at circus, it’s humbling knowing so many of you have trained with us since our very first year (a surprisingly large amount!), and I look forward to getting to know those of you who have just recently picked up the circus ‘bug’.
The Circus Spot has been the central thread throughout the past four years of my life, and will continue to be into the future (but I’m also promising Free that I’ll keep my schedule a little more sensible).
I hope that The Circus Spot has been a great influence in your life too – I’d love to hear your story of how circus has inspired and affected you.
Let’s keep doing things differently, and keep being circus freaks!
Daniel is the Chief Executive Clown (i.e. founder and director) of The Circus Spot, with a vision that every child in Australia should be able to show off at least one circus trick! He’s slowly getting there too, having taught over 5,000 kids and adults circus skills over the last 10 years. He is a typical circus geek, always dreaming up new ways to teach a cartwheel, or plotting the next performance for our performing troupes. Prior to starting The Circus Spot, Daniel has worked in and around circus as a performer, teacher and rigger (the guy that hangs all the trapezes). His signature circus trick was balancing on one leg on a slackrope (like a tightrope, but very loose), and then proceeding to use his spare foot to kick cups and cutlery high in the air to land in a bowl balanced on his head! This cool trick may have taken 4 years to perfect, but gave Daniel a chance to perform with a variety of companies such as Circus Quirkus, ThowDown, Circus Oz, the traditional family circus Circus Royale, Dislocate Physical Theatre and even supporting the rock band The Dresden Dolls.