Workshops & Teaching
From 2010 – 2011 I studied at Circomedia, specialising in physical theatre and aerial circus.
In 2012 I trained as a Drama Facilitator with Bigfoot Arts Education and delivered workshops in schools as well as for holiday activities.
Since February 2013 I have worked as a circus tutor for Circomedia. I deliver circus workshops across the country for school groups, SEN classes, hospital wards and children’s parties, as well as teaching family drop in workshops, city youth circus and adult evening classes. The skills I teach are; aerial hoop, trapeze, silks and rope, juggling, poi, diablo, tightrope and acro-balance. The workshops are tailored to the needs of the group looking at key themes such as team building, increasing coordination, and gaining confidence. I additionally provide aerial and team building teaching for Ockham's Razor, The Wild Place and Funky Monkey as well as giving private lessons.
Since March 2013 I have been teaching weekly private aerial classes to a young adult with autism, which include warm-up exercises, aerial hoop, trapeze and swinging trapeze. In these classes there are two sets of equipment set up to face each other so that he may learn by copying my movements with minimal aural instruction. He is motivated by the anticipation of a subsequent period of free play on the equipment where he is able to swing, spin and balance.
In 2013 I completed a Circus Holistic Therapy course exploring how to use circus skills as occupational therapy including learning to understand the wants and developmental needs of the individual learner, adapting the skills being taught accordingly.
In November 2013 I began performing with the international touring aerial-theatre company Ockham’s Razor delivering workshops in addition to being involved in the main performances in venues in, for example, New York, Sydney and London.
"I have been taking a student with severe autism for aerial classes with Grania for several years. He looks forward to his classes enormously and is highly motivated to follow instructions in order to gain the reward of free time to experiment and play on the equipment. He has learnt to use his physical strength and apply concentration to learn moves of increasing complexity. The activity is highly beneficial for his sensory and behavioural needs. We also have lots of fun!"
I hadn't tried trapeze before my lesson with Grania, so I was a bit nervous. But she was encouraging and made me feel safe and confident to give it a go. I managed to do much more than I expected, and I felt safe the whole time. Grania is a great teacher and I'm looking forward to trying hoop in my next lesson! Highly recommended!