Following the success of the ABAF award winning Hip Cat Circus project in 2006, Frankston Arts Centre is calling for more budding young acrobats, jugglers and stilt walkers to come and join the circus in 2007.
 
In 2005 the Hip Cat Circus Project saw 20 young people aged between 14 and 21 from the Frankston area take part in weekend and after-school workshops learning all aspects of circus skills – from the basics of juggling and tumbling to aerial skills, stilts and fire-twirling. 
 
The workshops culminated in the formation of an independent circus troupe – Hip Cat Circus – which performed in October 2006 to sell-out audiences in the Cube 37 studio. 
 
Led by professional trainers from the acclaimed West Side Circus, the workshops are open to anyone aged 14 to 21. 
 
“Physical ability and previous training are not important. What matters is a willingness to get involved and to try new things.  Previous participants talk of the strong friendships and increased confidence they have gained as a result of taking part in the circus workshops” Merryn Tinkler, Cube 37
 
The Hip Cat Circus is an initiative of the Frankston Arts Centre and was the winner of the Toyota Community Award at the Victorian stage of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) awards in 2006.
 
The project became possible when one of Frankston City Council’s major contract managers Infraserv (a subsidiary of multinational maintenance company PMS) came on board as partner. Infraserv will again be the major supporter of the Hip Cat Circus in 2007 with additional funding provided by Arts Victoria.
 
When: Workshops begin on 17 February and will continue throughout the year. 
Cost: Each session costs $10 for 3 hours.
Bookings: Essential on 9784 1060

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