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Balancing act

PUBLISHED: 15:37 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:11 11 August 2010

The group show off their balancing act

The group show off their balancing act

THE best workshop in the world! That s how eight-year-old Catherine Renny described The So and So Circus Acrobalance workshop, held at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. A group of enthusiastic youngsters and adults spent two days learning how to do all k

THE best workshop in the world!" That's how eight-year-old Catherine Renny described The So and So Circus Acrobalance workshop, held at the Broadway Theatre in Barking.

A group of enthusiastic youngsters and adults spent two days learning how to do all kinds of daring balancing tricks, under the expert guidance of So and So Circus founders Kaveh Rahnama and Lauren Hendry.

Most of the participants had never attempted anything like it before and some were a little nervous to start with. But any worries soon disappeared and by the end of the course everyone was shocked by how much they could do.

Showcase

But it didn't stop there. As part of Kaveh's and Lauren's big Circus Cabaret Show, held at the Broadway on May 30, the budding acrobats got the chance to showcase their moves to an enthusiastic audience,

Kaveh, who together with his partner Lauren, performs and teaches circus skills across the country, says he's impressed by how much the group achieved in those two days.

"They were absolutely fantastic. Most of the participants were totally new to this kind of thing. But they all took to it really well and had a lot of fun."

The 29-year-old added: "One of the boys, 11-year-old James Renny, has a huge fear of heights and was terrified of doing anything off the ground.

"But by starting with smaller moves we gradually built his confidence up and by the end he was standing on someone's shoulders without holding on. It was amazing to see his face - he looked so happy!"

One of the group, Ashleigh Brown, 11, said Kaveh and Lauren were fantastic teachers, adding "Sometimes I felt like I couldn't do something, but Kaveh and Lauren told me I could. They made everyone feel like they could do stuff. I had a great time"

The workshop was open to all ages and one adult, Gary Hedges, was so keen he travelled all the way from Southampton to take part.

He told the POST: "Kaveh and Lauren were brilliant with the kids and very inspiring for me. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun learning something new."

Kaveh and Lauren run a youth circus workshop every Wednesday in Ilford. For more information email info@soandsocircus.com


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