Photo gallery: Norwich youngsters have fun perfecting their circus skills

Chermond School of Gymnastics gymnasts learning circus skills. Kate Hubery, 9, learning the German Wheel, with helpers Alex Butler, left, and Sarah Barnard. Picture: Denise Bradley Chermond School of Gymnastics gymnasts learning circus skills. Kate Hubery, 9, learning the German Wheel, with helpers Alex Butler, left, and Sarah Barnard. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, April 14, 2014
7:00 AM

From riding a unicycle to walking the tightrope – youngsters had fun learning impressive acrobatics other the tricks at a special circus school.

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Chermond School of Gymnastics gymnasts learning circus skills. Jack Symmons, 8, on the arial net. Picture: Denise BradleyChermond School of Gymnastics gymnasts learning circus skills. Jack Symmons, 8, on the arial net. Picture: Denise Bradley

A total of 33 young people aged five to 16-years-old took part in the four days of Circus Chermond workshops which ran from Monday to Thursday last week at Chermond Gymnastics and Activity Centre, in Delta Close, Norwich.

Circus Chermond is linked to the Chermond School of Gymnastics.

Cherie Alcock, from Chermond, said: “They learned everything from juggling to cloud swings to the trapeze to globe walking.

“It was great to see how much progress they all made over the four days – they were brilliant.”

As well as holding workshops, each summer Circus Chermond also presents a circus show at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth.

Last year’s show had a Wizard of Oz theme and was called CirQue Oz.

Preparations are now beginning for this year’s show, which will be on June 28 and be called A Circus For All Seasons.

While many youngsters take part in the Circus Chermond workshops just for fun, it can also be start of a career in performance – five former members of Circus Chermond are currently working in circuses across the country and one is working in Stockholm.

The Chermond Gymnastics Club was founded in 1980 by Cherie and Raymond Alcock, taking its name from a combination of their first names.

For more about Circus Chermond and Chermond School of Gymnastics visit www.chermond-gymnastics.net and find Circus Chermond and Chermond Gymnastics on Facebook.

Are you putting on a special performance in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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