Oakland Circus Students Performing Caribbean-Inspired Talent Showcase

Around 100 Oakland youth will show off their circus skills in a talent showcase tomorrow at Oakland Technical High School.

The performers are participants in the Prescott Circus Theatre–an after-school program that started at West Oakland’s Prescott Elementary School more than 30 years ago and has grown to seven other schools in Oakland.

The curriculum at Prescott Circus covers a wide range of performance arts, from typical circus fare like juggling and stilt dancing to hip-hop dance and hambone body percussion, a dance form invented by African slaves in the US.

Last year,the students traveled to the American Youth Circus Festival in New Jersey, where they led a workshop on hambone.
Anthony Bolton, 12, Amajae Allen, 10, and Damari Gilbert, 17, perform at the Laurel Street Fair in August. |…

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