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Published on Feb 28, 2016
The act “To Build a Home” is inspired by Amanda's journey creating a space for herself in the air. She left behind her intensive training as a dancer to embark upon a road towards becoming comfortable in her new aerial surroundings after having spent years expressing herself on the ground. Her place of training, The Circus Lab, was built on the pillars of inspiration, creation, and innovation in the circus arts. The school aims to challenge local and international students of all abilities to discover their talents and push their skill-sets to reach beyond simply copying the skills they are taught. Through exploration, students innovate upon current techniques and add their personalities, skills, and experiences to their work, creating distinct expressions of the circus arts. Amanda’s creation is the result of such work in combining her dance skills and circus training into an act that she hopes will inspire others to combine their talents to discover a means to innovate.
Amanda Wormald is a 15 year old Artist Formation Program student at The Circus Lab, a circus school located in Langley, BC. Amanda trains upwards of 18 hours a week in the circus arts, with the hopes of becoming a professional circus artist. She performs locally and internationally, presenting her work at events ranging from community events to circus festivals. Ever since discovering the circus arts at The Circus Lab two years ago, her passion for this new form of expression has not stopped growing, and has led her to the become the emerging aerial artist she is today.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx