March 23, 2018 Creative, Service

Circus skills workshops.

Staja Florence’s circus life began at the age of 14, when a clown moved into her backyard. She joined a local youth circus, and eventually discovered her passion – teaching! She has since worked with community-based circus organisations including Westside Circus and Women’s Circus.

Staja’s partner Christian also has a teaching background; running workshops for Circus Oz, Westside Circus and other organisations. Teaching allowed Staja and Christian to continually refine their skills as circus trainers, and after participating in the NEIS program in 2010, they established Social Circus Tasmania.

As well as arming them with the business management skills they needed, an important benefit of the NEIS program for Christian and Staja was that they had NEIS support to incubate for a year and work on networking and building relationships.

“At the completion of our NEIS training we were well-connected within our community and had established a strong base of clients, many of whom we still work with today.”

In 2013 Social Circus Tasmania moved from the NorthWest region to Hobart. Festivals have become an important part of their business, and they regularly run circus skills workshops for The Taste of Tasmania Festival, Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival, Devonport Regatta and at Rolex Park to mark the end of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

They recently employed two trainers, run regular school holiday programs; and also work in partnership with organisations to develop circus projects to bring about positive change. Christian and Staja are certainly skilled at keeping all their plates spinning!

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