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Exercises build students' communication skills, confidence and self-esteem

from District Administration Magazine

For Portland Public School students in Oregon involved in The Circus Project, tumbling, acrobatics, juggling and conditioning activities help them learn to trust each other and themselves more. "The students pay attention because of the intensity of the experiences and the perceived risk in circus," says Jenn Cohen, The Circus Project's founder and artistic director. "They are doing things they didn’t think their bodies could do." When they learn to say "no" to things that feel personally unsafe to them, they begin to communicate better, and confidence and self-esteem rise, Cohen says. more

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