The performers of Circus der Sinne's Mother Africa: My Home
all come from the Hakuna Matata School of Acrobatics. Learn more about the school here
and then play with acrobatics, rhythm and foot juggling in this Family Activity. For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog
and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
The cast of Mother Africa
flips, twists and does amazing tricks in the air, but first you need to start with a strong base! Learn some basic partner acrobatics from New Victory Teaching Artist WT McRae in this video:
Mother Africa: My Home
isn't just acrobatics! There is also amazing music, dance and rhythm. All around the world people like to wear bells and objects that create sound on their wrists, ankles and waists. In Africa and the Amazon rainforest, some people wear anklets made of clacking seedpods. In this activity, make your own percussion anklet!
Beads, jingle bells, pipe cleaners
Measure a pipe cleaner around your wrist or ankle.
Thread beads and bells through the pipe cleaner and connect the two ends together by twisting. Make jingle bracelets for both your ankles and wrists!
Once you're wearing your percussion jewelry, play these songs from Mother Africa: My Home
and dance along to the beat.
Mother Africa: My Home
- Can you stick to the rhythm?
- Can you go low?
- Can you go high?
- Try to make an inventive dance move and teach it to your family!
features amazing acrobatics and contortion, but Circus der Sinne is also known for its incredible foot juggling! In this activity, learn the basic principles of foot juggling.
Throw pillows, balloons, anything soft with a shape
Watch this clip from CNN's African Voices
of a Circus der Sinne performer practicing her foot juggling.
Step Two: Lie on your back and try to balance a pillow on one foot. Once it's balanced, try throwing it into the air with your foot.
- Can you throw it to your other foot?
- How many times can you throw it in the air?
- Can you throw it to the foot of someone lying next to you?
Step Four: Experiment with other things in your house. For example, try to a keep a balloon up in the air using only your feet.
- How many seconds can you keep it aloft?
- Can you throw it and catch it?
- Can you pop it?
Step Five: Once you're done experimenting, it's time to create your act. Choose three tricks to perform in a sequence.
HINT: Start with the easiest and end with the most challenging. Don't forget to bow at the end (in the circus it's called a style!).
We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites
: TXT Marks the Spot, Talk-Backs and more!
Basic Partner Acrobatics video by Blake McCarty and Kyle Scott
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