This summer, dozens of children from across Fairfield County experienced the joy of the big top in a whole new way – as performers. The Palace Theatre’s Circus Camp, in a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the Stamford Family Y, brought the circus arts to area youth for the fourth consecutive year. The organization provided scholarships to 60 children in third, fourth and fifth grade through grants from the First County Bank Foundation, sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich program, and the Legg Mason Charitable Foundation, sponsor of the Stamford Family Y program.
Held this year at both The Palace Theatre and Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Circus Camp focused on teaching campers a number of hands on, exciting skills – from juggling and plate spinning to physical comedy and classic slapstick. Campers worked closely with two professional circus artists and performers from the Big Apple Circus, Liz Bolick and Therese Schorn, to create original circus and clown routines.
“Arts Education is extremely important to The Palace,” said the organization’s President and CEO, Michael Moran. “As a non-profit, we understand the importance of collaboration and see the tremendous value of reaching out through the arts to benefit our community. We are thrilled to share Circus Arts Camp with the Stamford Family Y and Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and look forward to future partnerships.”
The Palace’s Arts Education programs are held year round and strive to Inspire, Challenge and Engage through the arts area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, playwriting, master classes and intensives in circus arts, acting, voice and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.
The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting www.palacestamford.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.