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A new approach to learning

A new approach to learning
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A new approach to learning
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

It used to be that running away with the circus was the epitome of turning your back on conventional careers and society.   But Customer Little Stars Circus, based at our Waterhouse Business Centre in Chelmsford, are teaching the skills to adults and children to help them develop both mentally and physically. 

Fun and fitness for everyone

Dr Diana Entwistle has a CV that would stop most people in their tracks: with a PhD in figure-skating biomechanics, she is an inspiring professional aerialist, figure skater, sports scientist, sports therapist and fitness trainer.  Just two years ago, she decided others deserved to experience the passion she has: ‘I have always loved what I do and have been doing a range of gymnastics, figure skating and circus events since I was very little. Before I started the business, I was travelling all over the world doing different shows. It’s an incredible lifestyle as you’re able to experience so many new things and great people, but I was starting to feel like I wanted to set up my own business and share what I’ve learned over the years. So, in April 2016 I decided to take the plunge. At the time I was doing a show in Australia but couldn’t wait so I started organising things from there. I flew back on a Monday and on the Tuesday my equipment had arrived, and I started the business! 

‘We run both aerial yoga and circus classes for all ages. Our classes are designed to be fun and imaginative for children and adults to learn new tricks and develop both mentally and physically. We have a maximum of four people per class, which we feel is very important as it means that each person gets as much training as possible rather then having to wait their turn for ages. It also means they all get their own piece of equipment to work with. A few of the things we teach are: aerial silks, aerial hoop and static trapeze, straps, rope and acro-balance, all of which help with coordination and creativity.’ 

Setting up shop

Before moving to CapitalSpaceLittle Stars were subletting the upstairs of a charity building, but needed more flexibility with times which attracted them to our Waterhouse Business Centre: ‘Our space is perfect! Having our own space allows us to have longer sessions and choose our slots, rather than having to negotiate with others. I also love everyone here: the reception is lovely and my neighbours are always very kind. When we first moved in there was someone moving out who asked if we wanted any of their stuff. We were looking for a whiteboard to demonstrate technique to our classes and they offered theirs, which was so helpful.’ 

Coming up  

Along with carrying on with their various classes, Little Stars Circus has their sights on what they want for the future: ‘When the opportunity arises, we’d love to upgrade our studio space and move into a larger unit; ours is great, but if we can have a larger area to work with, it means we can have more classes and more equipment. Before we can move into a new space I’d also like to take on a new yoga instructor who can work alongside me, which will mean we’ll be able to offer more.’ 

Diana is obviously very enthusiastic about her classes and helping children and adults develop in a variety of ways.  If you’re interested in seeing them in action, Little Stars Circus also holds circus performances; you can find out the dates by visiting their Facebook page.  

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