Since the existence of Ancient Rome, the circus has been associated with entertaining the population with acts of athletic ability. The modern circus is believed to have originated in England in the 1700s. Cavalry officer Philip Astley is said to have set up an amphitheater for crowds to gather and pay to be entertained by his tricks and stunts on horseback. Clowns, acrobats, and other entertainers were gradually added throughout the decades to follow.
While this instructional module won’t involve stunts on horseback, it will help to develop bilateral coordination, balance, and confidence. There are a variety of ways to utilize the resources provided. We offer a suggested format for planning your Circus Arts unit. However, feel free to modify this format to fit your schedule and the needs of your students.