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The Circus Has Come To Town And Local Kids Are The Stars

One of the fondest memories of many children is when their eyes first got a glimpse of the dazzling performers entertaining the crowd with thrilling acrobatic feats. Now, a Chicago Park District program will allow parents to send their kids to not only see spectacular displays of human achievement but to participate in them as well.

Cirques Experience’s Circus Arts Summer Camp at Chase Park (4701 N. Ashland) will allow kids to learn many of the thrilling acrobatics you would see at a circus in a safe environment. The camp is entering its sixth season since starting at Sheil Park on Southport and later merging with the Chicago Park District at Chase Park in order to give more Chicago kids the opportunity to join.

Cirques Experience was founded by Wolfgang Bientzle in 2010. With a background which is versatile in all aspects of the acrobatic circus and wheel world, he has also received a Master in Sport Science and various coaching degrees in the major European Sports. He Started with the gym wheel at age 6 and has since gone on to compete for 25 years and perform professionally world wide for over 30 years.

“Everyone is able to find fun in this world of circus acrobatics,” said Bientzle. “Producing, creating, directing, and educating in this world for such a long period of time has influenced my style and how to support each other from the very beginning in every aspect. Our classes are diverse in gender and age. In the acrobatic world of circus everyone finds a niche to succeed and to explore their own possibilities.”

The summer camp will give kids the opportunity to learn skills on the trampoline, mini-trampoline, tumbling mats, multiple aerial apparatuses, and the amazing wheel. Under the guidance of experienced and certified coaches, they will get first hand knowledge on how to accomplish amazing feats as well as how to work together as a team. Kids who participate in the program are guaranteed to participate in Chase Park circus shows. Adding to the mix, campers will also be able to participate in other summertime activities such as playing outside and enjoying the Chase Park pool.

“We hope that every student remembers the fun moments of exploring a new acrobatic world, because we are definitely an acrobatic-driven program with gym wheel, trampoline, aerial art, tumbling , juggling and physical theater,” Bientzle added. “The participants learn from the first day to try things out within their own limits and how to support each other as a team. Fun is an important base for our camp.”

The camp runs weekdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (extended care available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) beginning Wednesday, June 19 and ending Friday, August 9. Children ages 6 – 12 can sign up by the week, or for the entire 7 ½-week experience.

For more information and to sign up for the camp, Click Here.


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