In this panel, Craig Quat and his guests discover what it is like to live and work on the frontier of social circus today.
Dr. Kate Riegle van West
Dr. Kate Riegle van West completed her Ph.D. in the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function at the University of Auckland and is the founder of SpinPoi, a social enterprise dedicated to working with poi as a therapeutic tool to improve health and well-being for all ages and abilities.
Adam Woolley was the Creative Outreach Director for the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus in Philadelphia, PA. He’s been a circus coach for the past 10 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Circus Educators Association, helped to produce contemporary circus showcases in NYC and Philadelphia, and served as an advocate for the circus arts throughout his career.
Jamie has taught at circus schools from across the world, lectured at international seminars, worked as a Circademics research assistant, and volunteered with a number of charities, with one goal in mind: More Smiles for everyone.
He’s passionate about working with people who have additional needs; he’s developed new pedagogy and has shared this with other practitioners. Since high school, Jamie has been working with people with additional needs and has continued as a care worker whenever his schedule allows.
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