Meet Our Circus Mentors: Brian Evans
“When we can experience something together we are reminded how connected we truly are, and experiencing wonder in a stranger’s eyes makes them less of a stranger. I hope we can all find our way to the Circus!”
The City of Lakes Waldorf School Circus offers our 6-8th grade students many wonderful opportunities for growth, including the chance to work with—and learn from—talented guest teachers who possess a diverse range of skills and perspectives. It is an honor to work with these gifted individuals, and we wanted to give the rest of our community the opportunity to learn more about each of them.
This week, we are pleased to introduce you to Brian Evans, a collegiate football player turned professional dancer, artist, and teacher (currently performing in Matinee with Stuart Pimsler Dance Company). Brian has a unique ability to engage the students to be part of the creation process and discover their own ability to move and create. Read more about Brian, below!
City of Lakes Waldorf School: What is your background, and how did you get involved with circus arts?
Brian Evans: I have been a Professional Performer and Teaching Artist in the Twin Cities for the past 9 years, graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College. Early on in my career I had a colleague that introduced me to body blanking and aerial silk work. I was introduced to Jason a couple years ago helping out with a 20’s Charleston routine, and he brought me back for some space adventures!
CLWS: What do you love most about working with kids?
BE: I think teaching/mentoring at its heart keeps me humble and reminds me of the capacity of an avid learner and what they can accomplish. That in turn inspires me to continue learning so I can continue to give. It’s also fun, challenging, and keeps you moving ever forward. Students have this innate ability to see the world from multiple perspectives, and when the world gets shone back from all angles…it is a sight to see.
CLWS: What are you most excited about when it comes to this year’s circus?
BE: To say, “I am going to the circus!” Or even better, “I am IN the circus!” There is definitely a mystic surrounding such an event. It brings folks from all over under one tent or theater, and ultimately isn’t that the highest goal for the arts—to bring people together? When we can experience something together we are reminded how connected we truly are, and experiencing wonder in a stranger’s eyes makes them less of a stranger. I hope we can all find our way to the Circus!
Don’t Miss the Circus!
The 24th Annual City of Lakes Waldorf School Circus is coming up on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2017. Come see extraordinary performances from our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students including acrobatics, balancing acts, juggling tricks, and more. This mesmerizing show will delight and inspire children and adults of all ages. Get your tickets now before they’re all gone!