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Are your kids born performers who want to learn how to wow a crowd? Or wallflowers who need some coaxing to let their talents shine through? With Circus Arts classes, even the shyest kids gain confidence and self-coordination—not to mention making fast friends with the entire troupe.

Kids in the Skilly Circus classes at Rhythmix Cultural Works are incredibly enthusiastic about their bean bag tossing, stilt walking, and partner acrobatics. In fact, a nine-year-old girl saved up her own money to take the first circus class at Rhythmix in 2007, inspiring the program staff to keep on juggling in spite of low enrollment.

Teacher and performer Cynthia Rauschert helped grow Skilly Circus to a year-round program for beginner and advanced Circus Arts students aged 7 and up who want to learn juggling, rola bola (balance board), walking globe, stilts, tumbling, partner acrobatics, and clowning. Born and raised a circus fan, Cynthia was one of the first four in the U.S. to receive an accredited degree in Clowning from San Francisco’s Clown Conservatory. Scarves, spinning plates, and bean bags are just a few of the props she’ll teach your kids to toss and twirl with skill and glee.

Join the fun at Rhythmix for $132 per 12-week session or $14 per drop-in class, and stay tuned for the upcoming performance troupe!

Rhythmix Cultural Works is located at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda.  Also find Cynthia at and

—Renee M. Rutledge