We LIVE Circus!

Hello Smirkus Family!

Smiles even while doing superman in aerials!

Smiles even while doing superman in aerials!

Yesterday was Registration Day and with many happy screams and hugs from friends who haven’t seen each other in a year and are excited to be back at Smirkus Camp, Session IV officially began!

Getting acquainted with juggling clubs on Registration Day!

Getting acquainted with juggling clubs on Registration Day!

After the counselor rule skit, get-to-know-you games, and dinner, campers settled in for the night accompanied by sounds of a distant thunderstorm. As we say, if there isn’t mud, it’s not circus! Luckily the sun has been shining bright today and campers are getting acclimated to camp and going through rotations and working with coaches to assess their interests and skill levels.

Heading into Natalie on the first day of Session IV!

Heading into Natalie on the first day of Session IV!

Session IV campers are ready to show their stuff and I’m already so impressed with the level of circus skills these kids have! With pointed toes and eager spirits, these kids have tumbled, somersaulted, cartwheeled and stretched their way through the morning. Check out a few of my favorite shots from today and don’t forget to take a peek at the Flickr account for many more photos!

Silks practice in Mamma Mia!

Silks practice in Mamma Mia!

Having fun and working hard in Mamma Mia!

Having fun and working hard in Mamma Mia!

Upside down smiles at Smirkus Camp!

Upside down smiles at Smirkus Camp!

Learning acro partner balancing skills in Natalie!

Learning acro partner balancing skills in Natalie!

Training straddles and splits during aerial practice in Mamma Mia!

Training straddles and splits during aerial practice in Mamma Mia!

The mantra for this session is “WE LIVE CIRCUS!” Campers and staff shout this in unison every morning before heading off to rotations. As Danny Frank said today, we don’t just DO circus, we LIVE it. It’s the truth – here at Smirkus Camp we live and breathe and think and feel all things circus. We’re a family and for the next two weeks, we are here together to create that Smirkus magic for campers.

A little hand balancing in aerial class!

A little hand balancing in aerial class!

Ta-da! Partner acro in Natalie!

Ta-da! Partner acro in Natalie!

Campers get refreshed with forward roll techniques on the first day of camp.

Campers get refreshed with forward roll techniques on the first day of camp.

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!

Upside down in Mamma Mia!

Upside down in Mamma Mia!

"Here you are! Are you here?" This sign reminds campers to be present, focused, and living every Smirkus Camp moment to its fullest!

“Here you are! Are you here?” This sign reminds campers to be present, focused, and living every Smirkus Camp moment to its fullest!

Please continue to check the blog and Flickr account for a glimpse into that magic!

All the best,
Hannah

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About Hula Hooping Hannah

Hannah Stanton-Gockel is a graduate of Ohio University, a fluent Spanish speaker, world traveler and a hula hoop circus performer who devotes her life to story-telling both onstage and off. With a focus in marketing and the guts to venture anywhere, Hannah currently works as the PR intern for Circus Smirkus in Vermont. You can follow her as she finds her purpose in this circus on Instagram @hulahoopinghannah.
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