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New Circus School Hopes to Teach Students the Ropes

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CRAIG PEARSON, WINDSOR STAR

Published on: April 13, 2017 | Last Updated: April 14, 2017 8:55 PM EDT

Windsorites no longer have to run away to join the circus.

In a first for the area, the Windsor Circus School will open May 5 in downtown Windsor, teaching an array of big top performance, including aerial silks, lyra (aerial hoops), trapeze, standing acrobatics, juggling and plate spinning.

“It’s exceptionally fun,” said Joe Jelasic, the business partner who co-owns the school with Tia Nicoletti, who has taught at circus schools in Vancouver and Malaysia.

“It’s probably one of the most unique physical outlets you can pursue.

“It’s designed to be entertaining and engaging for people of all ages.”

The circus school is housed in the Chelsea Building at 511 Pelissier St., in the former YMCA, which provides lots of light and enough space to really swing.

“It’s in the heart of downtown,” Jelasic said. “We chose that location to try to help revitalize the area, because we really enjoy spending time there.”

Jelasic said the school offers five professional instructors, 4,200 square feet of space, and a different approach to fitness.

“We thought there was a niche that needed to be filled,” Jelasic said. “It provides the active community in Windsor another activity, where they can also be creative.”

Jelasic said completing the courses will bring people to a high enough level to join a national circus school. The best students may even get a chance to perform in Windsor with a new troupe called Centre Stage Performance, which is affiliated with the school.

Windsor Circus School classes run 90 minutes a week for eight weeks and cost $176. To register or for more information, call 519-800-4414 or visit windsorcircusschool.com.

cpearson@postmedia.com