Elanor isn’t flexible about her study choice

FOLLOWING HER DREAM: Elanor Nunn is preparing to head off to Melbourne to further her circus career after being accepted into a course at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 122214circus
Nanjing Night Net

WHILE some students are waiting anxiously for an offer to study their preferred university course, recent Kelso High School graduate Elanor Nunn is already well on her way to her dream career.

In November, Ms Nunn was offered a position at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to study a Certificate IV in Circus Arts that willcatapult her into an exciting world of performing.

Applying was not a simple process, but word of her acceptance came quickly.

“I applied in September, the auditions were in early October, and I found out in November,” Ms Nunn said.

Her love of circus began at around age 13 when she started at Kelso High, where a circus program runs in conjunction with other subjects.

Students learn everything from basic circus skills like tumbling to the more advanced aerial apparatus, including the trapeze.

“My specialty is the tissues,” Ms Nunn said.

“It is quite nerve-racking, but when you’ve done it enough you know when the wraps are right.”

Kelso High’s circus program gives students plenty of external performance opportunities.

“As my skills developed, I started going to Sydney, where I trained with aerials,” Ms Nunn said.

The 17-year-old said her focus has turned from performance to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a circus show.

“Ultimately, I would love to get into the design aspects of the circus,” she said.

Her course will certainly give her the tools to do so.

She hopes that after she completes her Certificate IV she will be able to move on to do a Bachelor of Circus Arts at NICA, which will go into the circus business and career management in more depth.

In the future, Ms Nunn would like to combine her years of classical ballet experience with her circus training to create new, unique shows.

“The way I see it is that circus is a greatcombination of dance and gymnastics,” she said.

“There will certainly be an element of dance in what I do.”

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