"Joyful!" an instructor yelled. Some kids smiled wide to depict the emotion. Others stood on tippy toe and stretched their arms as high as they could.
Cirque Dreams, a global circus company based out of
Children between the ages of 10 and 16 will train for eight hours Monday and Tuesday at the
"I hope to learn different skills that I can use,"
After a short emoting session, the kids moved on to jump rope training with three professional instructors.
"I've always found it interesting, but I never really learned to master it yet, so I'm excited to do that," Lacey Chordae, 15, said about jumping rope.
The children each received a blue and white striped jump rope to practice with. They learned how to jump rope with their feet straight, side-to-side, front and back, alternating feet front and back and jumping jack style, just to name a few.
"Now we're going to stop for a moment,"
The children had to combine their emotion training with their jump rope training to do an improvisation performance with music.
"Use your creativity and your imagination," Golberg said. "That's what it's all about."
On one side of the
An instructor called out which emotion the children had to convey just before show time. Some kids did cartwheels -- two hands, one hand, or no hands on the floor, while gripping their ropes. Other kids jump roped in between forward and back flips.
"Based on how these kids perform, I may just pick a few of them and put them in the show next week," Goldberg said.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is set to play
"If this is really successful, we may take a closer look at this next year and turn it into a full-time, maybe four-week program," Goldberg said.
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