Kids to shine in circus

2019-08-06 06:00
Some of the Zip Zap crew members.

Some of the Zip Zap crew members.

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Watch ordinary children do extraordinary things at the second edition of The Greatest Little Circus on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

The Salt River-based Zip Zap Academy has created a platform for children to shine. The one-and-a-half-hour-long show, which starts at 12:00 and 16:00 respectively, will take place at the academy’s dome.

Choreographer Christine Chapman says the show revolves around a movie called The Greatest Showman.

“We all loved the Hollywood movie. It illustrates how the circus started. We are where we are today, because of the traditional circus.

“It is a fun, light-hearted show and the performers exude energy. It’s ideal for the whole family and highly entertaining,” says Chapman.

She adds that the circus encourages kids to “dare to dream, to see what they can achieve”. They work as a team to reach a common goal.

She says the young performers earned this opportunity.

“Passion and perseverance pay off. We choose about a quarter of our performers to feature in the shows. This depends on how hard they work, and we try to give them all a chance in the spotlight.

“All the kids at Zip Zap have great skills and they all deserve a chance to showcase their talents,” she adds.

Zip Zap Academy offers free programmes to participants, to nurture and help young people to realise their talent.

The academy has been around for 27 years. Performers are divided into groups, depending on their skill level, with the older and more advanced members moving on to a group called the Zappers.

At this stage, the performers’ training is more focused on their specialities to prepare them for the professional stage and to get them to focus on pursuing a career in the art of circus.V For more information, contact Zip Zap on 021 421 8623 or email

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