Members of the West Kootenay Francophone Association warmed up for this weekend’s circus event by getting into costume and into the spirit at a Halloween party last week.

Members of the West Kootenay Francophone Association warmed up for this weekend’s circus event by getting into costume and into the spirit at a Halloween party last week.

Put your circus dreams to the test in Nelson

Everyone from the community is invited to attend the bilingual circus arts workshops, Saturday at Selkirk College

Everyone from the community is invited to attend the bilingual circus arts workshops, Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mary Hall gym at Selkirk College.

This event is brought to you through collaboration between the West Kootenay Francophone Association (AFKO), Vision Ouest and The Dream Circus.

Benoit Ranger aka Ben la brouette is a certified clown who has more than 30 years’ experience in the circus industry, including three years with Le Cirque du Soleil. He has developed the teaching of the circus arts under six main categories and will be happy to assist you with the following activities: equilibrium, juggling, aerial techniques, stilt walking, roba bola and acrobatic skills.

You don’t have to speak French to participate in these workshops. People from three to 90 years old are welcome.

As part of their tour in British Columbia, the Quebec company The Dream Circus will stop in Nelson to initiate the community to the career of “street performers.” Benoit Ranger invented this term “to describe the role of the street performers in Québec and, according to the custom of our fellow enthusiasts, the term was launched all over the world.”

The company will also visit two French schools in the area, Les Septs-Sommets in Rossland, and Les Sentiers Alpins in Nelson. This workshop will give an educational model with a recreational method. It is a strong program that also teaches vocabulary, the perfect activity for kids who want to learn while having some fun.

The cost for this event will be $30 per family, $15 per person. Costs for members of AFKO will be $25 per family, and $10 per person.