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Circus Camp Teaches Kids to Clown Around in Carroll Gardens

CARROLL GARDENS — Finally, an excuse to clown around.

Cirque d’été, a children’s circus summer camp, will open in Carroll Gardens' P.S. 58 this summer.

The camp for pre-K to fifth-graders teaches circus-themed classes, like acrobatics, clowning and comedy, circus skills, music and costume sets.

“It’s a performing arts camp with a kind of circus twist,” said Ronny Schindler, owner and director of the Park Slope Day Camp, which organized the program.

Over a two-week summer session, children will learn from professional performers and acrobats, said Schindler, adding that camp counselors are usually college or high school students studying performing arts.

The circus activities help kids develop their motor and social skills, as well as stage presence, said Schindler.

Three two-week sessions, each accepting about 90 children, will be held over the summer starting July 8, July 22 and Aug. 5.

During the first week, the children, ranging from 3 to 10 years old, work in different age groups, but they work together for a final performance, staged at the end of camp.

The circus classes are taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., after which children can stay on till 4 p.m. for arts and crafts, music, drama and even water activities at Carroll Park, Schindler said. 

Sessions are priced at $840 for the morning classes and $1,150 if the evening activities are included.

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