Mazomanie Movement Arts Center

Circus Camp

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

Circus Arts Day Camps 2014

Featuring low-flying trapeze, stiltwalking, clowning, juggling, tightwire,pantomime, acrobatics and more!


SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP IN MADISON, Goodman Center: Apr. 14-18, 2014

CAMP I (ages 7-9): June 16-20
CAMP II (ages 7-11): June 23-27
CAMP III (ages 9 and up): July 7-11
ADVANCED CAMP (ages 10 and up, w/ prior experience): July 14-25

ADVANCED ADVANCED CAMP (ages 11 and up, w/ prior ADVANCED CAMP experience): July 28-Aug. 1


Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Fri. (with extended hours on the last day of each camp for our closing performance!)

Where: We offer circus programs in two locations: Some of our day programs, classes and all of our summer day camps are held at the Rumpus Room ( map ), 15 Brodhead St., Mazomanie, WI; approximately 35 min. west of downtown Madison & 20 min. east of Spring Green. We also offer day programs, classes and a week-long camp over Spring break at the Goodman Community Center (map) on Madion's near east site.

Cost: $250 for one week. $475 for two weeks. $700 for three weeks. Fees for day programs and classes vary; see our Current Schedule for specifics.

To Register: click here for a .pdf file of our registration form. Just print the form, and mail it along with your fee to Mazomanie Movement Arts Center, 417 Bridge St, Mazomanie, WI 53560. Or call (608) 669-6403 or e-mail, with your address and we'll mail you a form.

What to expect:  A morning warm-up will stretch and strengthen body, mind and imagination through new games, improv and more. We'll master the basics of stiltwalking, juggling and low-flying trapeze, and explore the world of physical comedy including pantomime, clowning, and mask movement forms, as well as dabbling in tightwire, acrobatics, costuming and set design. As lifelong circus performers living in a state that's steeped in circus history, we have stories and images galore to share when it's time for quieter activities. Camp closes on Friday with a special performance showcasing skills learned and joy discovered! Parents, families and friends are cordially invited. You send lunch, we provide a healthy afternoon snack, before and after-camp care may be available if there is sufficient interest. email for further information.

Our Advanced camp kids (ages 10 and up who've completed at least one week of the Wild Rumpus or other comparable program) get to add German Wheel, Rolling Globe, Aerial Silks, Aerial Improvisation and Theater/Comedy improvisation to their bag of tricks, as well as expand their performance horizons. In our first week, we'll visit Circus World Museum and perform as walkabout entertainers on grounds. And at the end of two weeks, we'll wrap all of these new skills into a grand finale performance! We will spend our last week (for returning ADVANCED CAMP alums only) developing teaching, mentoring, act development and choreography skills.

We are professional performers who have delighted audiences and students alike over the years with our hands-on, cooperation-based approach and our active love and sharing of circus arts. Kids of all abilities find themselves mentally engaged, physically active, and smiling as they learn new things. We love our work, and we adore our Wild Rumpus Alumnus!

Our Core Curriculum:

By the Seat of your Baggy Pants: A fun theatrical experience exploring masks, movement, mime, juggling and other cool stuff. Capture the comic vitality of the circus, Vaudeville, and physical comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Robin Williams. Students will study the value of physical expression and a variety of mime forms. Fun solo and group improvisational exercises will be explored using masks fromSwitzerland and the Italian Theatre. The Clown Character and Circus Skills will also be an integral part of this action-filledworkshop. Students will also learn basic 3-ball juggling techniques, and the art of balancing objects on the nose.Baggypants class






Introduction to Low-Flying Trapeze:Experience the joy of swinging, hanging, floating, spinning, climbing and circling on the low-flying, single point trapeze. Students will learn the basic techniques of swinging big and changing directions in midair, flying in circles, and hanging upside down, right side up and sideways. They will also have opportunities for play, exploration and self expression in a safe, supportive environment. Marcia Miquelon





Stiltwalking: Throughout history stilts have been used for many high jobs like harvesting peaches, walking in soggy areas, washing windows, or in construction and painting. They have also been used in ceremonies, celebrations and rituals; not to mention the circus, throughout the world. Stiltwalking is great fun, confidence boosting, and not so hard to learn . It's quite like riding a bike, once you've succesfully found the balance point you're on your way. In stilt class students will learn to get up on stilts, walk, dance, stand still, and fall safely. Rob Summerbell








Tightwire and acrobatics: Thrilling and integral parts of any circus, wire walking and acrobatics develop focus, concentration, balance, coordination and cooperation.

acrobatics and tightwire

Our Staff:

Jacob Mills teaches physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, clowning and tightwire. Marcia Miquelon teaches stilt walking, aerial arts and acrobatics and serves as the administrative director for our Wild Rumpus camp programs. Other circus specialists help us fill our lead teaching team; and an awesome crew of high-school and college-aged assistants help us to give our circus students caring, positive, one-on-one instruction and mentoring. We budget a little extra each year for special guest instructors for our advanced camp, in order to diversify our offerings and expose returning students to other approaches. These guests are announced to advanced camp participants as they are confirmed each season.

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