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Keynote: Veronica Blair (USA)
"The Performer - Athlete's Emotional Body"

As coaches, how can we adopt a more holistic approach to guiding high-level athletes in the realm of circus arts? What strategies can help us integrate the often underestimated yet profoundly crucial components of emotional well-being in this dynamic industry? Join Veronica Blair in this presentation as she discusses four pivotal themes, each essential for nurturing a resilient mindset in young performers. These themes encompass the influential role of coaches and training environments in nurturing emerging artists, navigating the complexities of perfection, cultivating a positive body image, and redefining beauty standards, all while creating a secure space to honor individuality and playful exploration.

This presentation incorporates actionable insights and thought-provoking writing prompts, empowering coaches with a comprehensive methodology for effective collaboration with young performers in the competitive world of the circus industry.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Bannerman Brewing Co.


Keynote: Stefan Haves *Clown and Cirque du Soleil Director)

Through the study of CLOWN find your own power of stage through “THE POWER OF HA!” Stefan Haves, a global circus director and a Cirque du Soleil Comic Act Designer, has scribed a book, “The Power of HA!” distilling his experiences and teaching techniques gleaned over forty years. This participatory, dynamic, improvisational session will lay out practical ways to be comfortable when confronting that both dreaded and intoxicating public scrutiny.  

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Sheraton Hotel

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