Circus School of Arizona part of growing 'Social Circus' movement

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --Circus School of Arizona, LLC (CSA) was founded in 2007 by Rachel Stegman as a for-profit circus school offering alternative fitness training to a wide spectrum of participants looking for physical conditioning and an outlet for creative expression.

Social Circus refers to the growing movement toward the use of circus arts as mediums for social justice and social good. It uses alternative pedagogical tools to work with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk.Through the dynamic approach of art-based education, the "Social Circus" seeks to expand the opportunities of and teach valuable skills to marginalized youth.

With rigorous training, interpersonal dialogue and expression, and the acquisition of goals through dedication, the social circus has the ability to alter the lives of at-risk youth. Autonomy, solidarity, self-esteem, physical-fitness, communication, and adaptability are some of the skills learned and practiced.

3TV's Heidi Goitia spent part of her morning at Circus School of Arizona, where she chatted with Stegman about the school and Brian Foley about Social Circus.

Circus School of Arizona
7432 East Tierra Buena Lane, #104
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
http://www.circusschoolofarizona.com/