In case you’ve always wondered where all those performers at Cirque de Soleil come from, check out Cirkids. Located in Vancouver, I have known about this group for quite awhile, due in no small part to the fact that they have a whole day of training for homeschooled kids every Wednesday.
Today our family went to see their annual show, this year based around a theme of mermaids, pirates, and love lost and found. The show is a full on professional circus performance in the spirit of Cirque de Soleil or Cirque Eos, except done with kids, some of them pre-teens. It is heartstopping watching young teenagers dangle from a trapeze 30 feet above the floor, or tumbling end over end in an elaborate undoing of an aerial tissu.
But what was amazing was the absolute purity of spirit and discipline inherent in these kids. They are strong, confident, fearless young men and women, and powerful reminders to all of us about what we can all be.