Activities offered are tumbling, juggling, tight wire (2’ high), poi, unicycle, hand balancing and beginning fabric aerials. These activities help integrate the proprioceptive and vestibular systems, spatial awareness and balance to promote healthy physical development. In today’s screen-filled world, circus skills training offers an engaging alternative in providing opportunities for movement and coordination. And of course, circus arts are fun!
Our Circus Club crew is excited to teach skills that challenge and meet each individual student’s readiness for the next level. As the children level up, they will be given opportunities to learn new skills.
1st, 2nd & first half of 3rd: tumbling, tossing, balance activities, hula hooping, beginning juggling, poi, spinning plates, clowning, balance beam and beginning acro-balance.
Second half of 3rd & 4th: In addition to the above, next level juggling and hula-hooping, unicycle, diablo, rolling globe, rola bola, flower sticks, beginning aerial and stilts.
5th – 8th: In addition to the above, giraffe stilts, aerial arts, free-style unicycle, juggling with clubs and rings, fire poi, advanced acro-balance and hula-hooping, advanced rolling globe, slack line and tight wire.
Dawn Archer is the DWS Enrichment program and manages the Circus program.
Nathan Ballenger (Mr. B) is the DWS Middle School STEAM teacher and brings more than 20 years of circus experience to the program, having honed his skills as a juggler, stilt-walker and acro-balance performer while traveling through India and Ecuador.
“We want to help children build capacities, have the courage to try new things and develop a love for movement for a lifetime.”
Charlie Orphanides is the DWS 4th Grade teacher and taught circus skills at the Brooklyn Waldorf School. Trained in Spatial Dynamics and Bothmer Gymnastics, Mr. Orphanides will will teach unicycle, tumbling, tight-wire, balancing and other ground skills.
”The circus arts are a form of artistic expression which enhance the capacities of children in engaging their capacities in thinking, feeling and willing.”
The Archery Club was founded in 1999 as an after-school, self-funded, extracurricular activity. Students in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to join at a cost of $25 per semester. Funds are used to add, maintain, and replace equipment.
The goal of the archery club is to safely introduce the students to the sport and to provide the physical and mental training needed to become a skilled archer. Another goal of the archery club is to provide another means of enjoying outdoor recreation. The club uses traditional archery equipment to emphasize the archer’s skills, no sights, mechanical releases, pulley or cams. The mood of the club is non-competitive, safe and fun.
Archery-enthusiast David Dunn runs the Archery Club in addition to serving as the DWS Woodworking Teacher.
Adventure Quest | Grades 1-5 | Thursdays | 3:30-5pm
Your child is the hero of a mythic quest in an incredibly fun, award-winning experience like none other! Journey into a story where every decision matters. Do you dare explore the jungle ruins? Can you salvage parts from the pirate sloop to repair your vessel before the kraken awakens? Can you out-riddle the dragon of eternal winter? In small groups (no more than 6 per group) of like ages, the heroes read maps, solve mysteries and riddles, overcome dynamic challenges and battle using safe, foam swords. As with all Renaissance Adventures programs, Adventure Quest is designed to develop teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication and other 21st-century skills.
Dungeons Delvers Tabletop RPG Adventures | Grades 6-8 | Tuesdays | 3:30-5pm
Explore and adventure in a fantasy world of one of the most popular tabletop roleplaying games led by Joaquin of Renaissance Adventures. Play as a powerful wizard, crafty rogue, swift warrior, mystical healer, or other exciting archetypes. The hero’s journey is full of challenges – dangerous beasts, mythical monsters, negotiations, and mysteries to solve.
Note: Dungeons Delvers utilizes the 5th edition of the Dungeons and Dragons(TM) game system, which is owned by Hasbro company. RA is not affiliated or endorsed by D&D or Hasbro.
Each year, high school students are invited to enter a math contest sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Typically, a number of students participate in this annual event. Interested students may also meet weekly as a math club to work on contest problems or other math questions.
Community service activities are organized by faculty and parents and could include Kindergartners distributing Valentine posies to neighbors or eighth grade students working at homeless shelters. Seniors and students in Grade 8 have community service built into their curriculum. Other activities might include singing and playing recorders in nursing homes, food drives to local shelters, knitting blankets for elderly, reading to children in hospital, gardening at community shelters, and performing puppet shows in the community. High School students are required to complete twenty hours of community service each year.