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Step Right Up to the Kinetic Arts Center

By Christian Burney

Ever wanted to clown around? Wanted to try out the trapeze? The Kinetic Arts Center, developed by Managing Director Victoria Angello and Artistic Director Jaron Hollander, is a place for people who aspire to become adept at circus performance art. "We believe that circus training should be available to everyone regardless of age or skill level," says Michelle Post, Manager of Client Relations and Marketing. "Everyone has a place here at Kinetic Arts Center."

"Our students learn tricks and technique, and about circus as a performance art," Post continues. The center offers varying instructional courses that range from Yoga to the Aerial Arts, with some courses utilizing a 2600+ square foot circus-training floor. They offer courses in Physical Theater, (also known as Clowning,) Parkour, and many supplementary courses that break down the art of circus performance.

"Circus is this amazing fusion of the kinetic and performance arts," says Post. There are courses for every skill level, from youth and beginner courses to adult advanced courses, where performers learn how to perfect and personalize their craft. And it's not just technique that the center is teaching. Students learn how to set the stage for a spectacular show with lessons on character development, music, and tempo, in addition to the various acts they study. By the time their training is complete, students are masters of using their bodies to tell suspenseful stories.

The Kinetic Arts Center produces shows and holds many events annually, inviting thrill-seekers to come out and watch what acts the students have put together. Just last March, the center's Circus Spire Youth Troupe, a pre-professional group featuring artists ages 12 to 18, performed in the event Shattered Circus.

"Shattered Circus is a dynamically rich circus experience that pushes boundaries through intricately choreographed, gravity-defying circus feats," Post explains. "Mirror imagery, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, hand-balancers and clowns tell the tale of what happens when one mind shatters into a thousand pieces." The individual shards of that mind ascend to form their own personalities, and those personalities face the struggle of trying to join back together despite their conflicting desires.

It was a wonderful event, full of engaging action tied together with a thoughtful theme. And, it was a hit. "Every show was sold out!" says Post.

If you've always wanted to learn how to balance on a tightrope, if you're interested in learning how to juggle, or if you're serious about clowning around, then step right up- the Kinetic Arts Center might just be your ticket.

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