Artistry Plus Athleticism: Levity Circus Collective Joins Forces with Dance Community

"This is definitely a sport, this is definitely athletic mixed with artistry," said dance coach Tess Minnick.

Posted: Thu Oct 11 19:51:34 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Oct 11 19:51:35 PDT 2018

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jake garcia" barb says, "we are a community of circus artists." ty says, "pretty small market, and we kind of have to make our own market." barb says, "circus encompasses so many different things. we've got fabrics, we've got cyr wheels, we have jugglers and hula hoopers." ty says, "we are the only thing like this in southern oregon." levity circus was launched in march of this year... an ashland-based professional level circus. as a collective and not an exclusive, you don't have to be a circus artist to join. they offer the space to practice, classes to fine tune and performances to showcase. the founders goal was to bring people in and then send them out to spread the word. barbra says, "i thought i can't believe that this isn't such a well-known thing because there's these people that have this huge amount of talent that you wouldn't expect from our little area and they're out there doing things that i would leave the area to go see and it's right here." it's a spectacle that's both unique to the area and unique in its approach. because just recently, the southern oregon circus community joined forces with the southern oregon dance community. tess says, "there's a lot of similarities between dance and aerial silks and things like that, but basically the biggest process is learning to count to music." ty says, "going with the music and letting it flow, letting the music come out of my body and through my limbs" barb says, "putting the right things in the right spot to have it look like a dance in the air." tess says, "it's not often that i think that it comes from another souce, like you don't bring a salsa instructor into it typically, but there's a lot of value in doing that." expertise from one field that's being applied to another.... it's athleticism amplified by artistry. tess says, "this is definitely a sport, this is definitely athletic mixed with artistry." ty says, "artistry and athleticism is a lot of what circus is." barbra and ty make up two of the
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