The FEDEC wishes to launch a new continuing training Programme for circus arts teachers in the framework of a Leonardo da Vinci European project.
In order to prepare this new project, deux "pilot-Modules" are planned:
The Straps Module is open to all practising teachers of FEDEC schools, who may just this once be accompanied by students undergoing training.
Click here to download the Call for application (Application deadline: 16th December, 2011).
More information on these new Modules will be available on this webpage soon.
History of the "European Educational Exchanges" project
Between 2005 and 2007, FEDEC developed a network of European pedagogical exchanges about circus arts teaching. This network was established with the project "European Network for Pedagogical Exchanges" (EPE) supported by the European Community (Leonardo da Vinci – Culture and Education).
The EPE Network was comprised of seven professional training modules, between November 2005 and April 2007 and coordinated the publication of a «Basic Circus Arts Instruction Manual» in French, German and English including two accompanying DVDs of pedagogical material. This Manual is a reference tool for circus arts trainers, complementing their practical training.
In May 2009 this project won the Golden European Award for Lifelong Learning. This award was presented by Ján Figel', European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth to Tim Roberts, President of the FEDEC during the Prague Conference on Innovation & Creativity in the frameworkf of Lifelong Learning Programme.
From 2005 to 2007, 6 modules on different circus disciplines and 1 transversal module on safety and rigging were organised, hosted by FEDEC member schools. Each module brought together an average of 22 teachers from the most important professional circus schools in Europe and beyond. The results were collected by Jeff Hewitt Davis, pedagogical coordinator of this project and then edited into Manual chapters.
In 2008 and 2009, the FEDEC organised two new modules : the first hosted by the CNAC, focusing on Teeterboard, the second held at Zôfy Circus School, focusing on Russian Bar.
Two chapters were then added to the Manual, thanks to the support of the European Community (Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual & Culture).
You can download here for free the « Basic Circus Arts Instruction Manual ». If you wish to receive a copy of the pedagogical movies that accompany it, please email us.