Events for April 22, 2009
Cirkus Arts Classes
at Morris Memorial, Chatham
Starts on April 1, 2009 at 2:30PM
 Ends on May 27, 2009 at 5:00PM
Reoccurs weekly on Wednesday
with instructor Stephanie Monseu of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Morris Memorial, Park Row, Chatham
Wednesdays April 1 - May 27 (no class 4/15)
2:30-4:00 pm (beginners, no circus or juggling experience)
3:30-5:00 pm (already juggling)
Fee is $120 per child for 8 weekly sessions
For Registration information, call: 518-828-7470 or email
unless a minimum of 5 students sign up, classes will not run

Circus is a great art form which combines physical discipline and fitness with mental agility and creativity. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu is offering a new eight week session at The Morris Memorial in Chatham for youth aged 8 and up. Session One started Thursday February 5; Session Two starts Wednesday, April 1.
Students will be introduced to three-object juggling with balls, scarves, rings and clubs, and will learn solo and partner juggling patterns. They'll also explore manipulative miscellanea like diabolos, balancing feathers, plate spinning and poi; we'll work on stilts, rolla bolla, low tightwire and rolling globe.

Instructor Bio:
Stephanie Monseu is a professional, performing variety artist. Her skills include stilt walking, juggling, clowning, static trapeze, the Western arts of rope spinning and whip cracking, and fire eating. She is co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and has extensive experience teaching juggling to kids and adults alike. She has demonstrated and taught circus skills for many public and private after school programs, including Childrenís Workshop School, East Village; Creative Space Afterschool Arts, Chatham; Village Childrenís School with Circus Minimus, NYC; Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Queens; City of Hudson Youth Department, Hudson; and for adults: SUNY Purchase College, Wagner College Theater Department, Columbia-Greene Community College, Royal Carribean Cruise Lines and Snug Harbor Cultural Center's Performing Arts division. This past fall, Stephanie worked with Benedictine Hospitalís Oncology Support Program in Kingston, offering a juggling class for breast cancer patients through Oncology Support's Arts and Wellness program.
Recent local performances include a weekend of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
shows at Bard's Summerscape Spiegeltent, fire eating at Rhinebeck's gorgeous Sinterklass Celebration December 6th, and a Cirkus Variety show for the Village of Millbrook's New Year's Eve Celebration.

History: Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the history of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and related arts through activities including performances, lectures, print media, and workshops for the general public as well as creating opportunities for cultural exchange and fostering a sense of community. Since 1994, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has produced a Winter Cabaret season in New York Ctiy and traveled throughout the US, into Canada and Europe, performing in festivals, theaters, schools, parades, art galleries, and non-traditional venues. In 2003, in partnership with Playful Productions, the Bindlestiffs created The Cavalcade Of Youth, a mentoring program which pairs young performers with professional performing artists in the circus and variety fields to develop their skills, acts and careers. Bindlestiff has partnered with many cultural organizations to present school day, summer camp and school break circus workshops, including The Snug Harbor Cultural Center NY, Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement NYC, Time and Space Limited NY, Legion Arts IA, The Parrish Art Museum NY , Fleisher Art Memorial PA, Cirkus Smirkus VT, and the Hudson Opera House.