Lookalikes, contortionists, mattress testers and Netflix subtitlers.

In this section we interview people with a non-standard answer to the standard question: What are you actually doing?

This time Vera Beers (34), circus teacher.

  • Who:

    Vera Beers

  • What:

    Circus teacher

  • Favorite act:

    The handstand

A world full of wonders, where fantasy comes to life and art, theater and music merge into a colorful whole: that is the circus for circus teacher Vera Beers.

"Everyone is welcome in the circus," she says.

"It is a place where boundaries are sought and normal, everyday reality is transcended. And as a circus teacher I can help develop the talent of others. That makes me proud."

As a little girl, Beers loved the circus and dreamed of becoming a trapeze girl or a clown.

She practiced gymnastics, diving and took trampoline lessons.

The stage also attracted her at a young age.

"Theater, song and dance: I loved it all."

'Everyone is welcome'

During her study Social Pedagogy, Beers did an internship at Circus Elleboog, where she rediscovered her passion and continued education.

Beers has now been able to call herself a circus teacher for about ten years and she gives workshops at schools, after-school care and in neighborhood and sports centers.

"Discovering new things together, being allowed to do crazy and being able to relax is a great pleasure for most students."

Most of her students are children between the ages of four and twelve.

She also sporadically gives workshops to teenagers and adults.

Beers: "But everyone is welcome! You can also participate perfectly with a disability. There is always a role for you."

In her workshops various circus disciplines are discussed: from juggling to aerial acrobatics (or Tissu).

What's the hardest?

"That is difficult to say", says Beers.

"Each discipline has its own levels. Dancing with cloths and juggling is probably the fastest to learn. To do a falling trick in the tissu (cloths) is the most difficult, physically. But juggling four balls is also challenging!"

The circus as a wonderful world

Beers knows from experience that the circus stimulates the imagination of many.

Laughing: "Children sometimes want to know if I also have lions at home and can spit fire. Or I get questions such as 'Do you also live in a caravan?'

or 'Are you going to travel further?' “As far as Beers is concerned, these questions confirm that the circus is a wonderful world, a place where everything is possible and which stimulates the imagination.

Although the circus is known for its extravagance, its classes are also about staying close to yourself.

"Children and adults alike find it exciting in the beginning," says Beers.

"But they often come off completely in the long run. Discovering new things together, being able to do crazy things and being able to relax brings most students a lot of fun. But: nothing is necessary. You can also sit on the sidelines, observe and assist."

Beers would recommend a circus workshop if you want to escape the daily grind.

"Circus challenges you both physically and mentally. You learn to create and discover where your limits and your talents lie."


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