Circus Moves for Seniors

Brain and Body Fitness for lifelong learners! Our senior programs provide a unique form of physical and mental exercise that combines developmental principles with the playful skill of circus arts. Body and mind fitness and flexibility are encouraged using progressive learning practices in a dynamic and playful learning environment that guarantees success every step of the way!

Classes are designed to:
  • Encourage physical activity
  • Foster mobility and balance, strength and flexibility
  • Maximize cognitive and social skills
  • Inspire creativity, curiosity, and individuality
  • Strengthen self-esteem
  • Build community
  • Have FUN!

"I've been here for awhile and I've never seen our seniors smiling so much!"
- Chauncey Anderson, Recrection Assistant Emeryville Senior Center

"Wow...I can actually feel my brain working!"
- Emeryville Senior Center Participant

Workshops/Classes include:
  • Fun brain/body warm-up including light stretching/range of motion activities
  • Peacock feather balancing, plate spinning, juggling, hula hoops, & more!
  • Improvisational games practiced worldwide by circus & theater professionals
  • Stilt-walking and balance boards (supervised by trained coaches)
CircusMoves for Seniors classes are structured to accommodate each individual participant's abilities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate at their own pace regardless of mobility or fitness level.

Circus skills are excellent for developing and maintaining bimanual coordination, balance, and postural control. Research has found a correlation between coordinative exercise and executive [cognitive] functions; therefore circus skills like juggling may also foster the executive function of attention. (Davis, 2008)

Executive functions are cognitive processes including planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, etc.

"Circus Moves really excited [our group of 70-90 year olds]. It's the first time they asked me if I could get a program to come back." Joanne Robinson, Program Coordinator Trinity Lutheran Seniors