Chris Mayhew is an accomplished and versatile performer, and owner of Circus Centre in Perth, WA Chris is a circus artist, trainer and now working as a director with over 30 years of experience in his field. A former national level competitor in both artistic gymnastics and sports acrobatics qualifying as a state level coach and judge in both men’s and women’s gymnastics teams before performing worldwide as a principal adagio dancer and circus artist.
Some of his credits include featured acrobat in the film “Moulin Rouge” and engagements with many of Australia’s leading Performing Arts companies such as Circus Oz, Darc Swan Dance Company, Salamanca Theatre company, Page Gordon Dance Collective and The Australian Opera to name a few.
His early passion for coaching and devising gymnastic training programs became a foundation for working as a circus trainer and he helped developed acrobatic training programs at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) as well as curriculum for acrobatic dance in vocational dance schools here and in the US and Canada.
As well as passing on his training and experience to professional level performers he is of the strong belief that “the circus and performing arts have a valuable and significant contribution to the development of youth and can help with many of the issues young people face today”.
The nature of circus training itself is non competitive and very holistic towards self developmental and positive lifestyles. Outcomes such as respect, self esteem, creativity, strong community focus and social development, not to mention the physical benefits of fitness and healthy habits formed for both young and older participants is well documented.
Now focused more of the development of others in the physical art form He is renewed by the teaching, directing and facilitation of what is a huge potential for development in both educational, recreational and the artistic performance utilizing the many positive and engaging aspects of today’s contemporary circus.