One arguably important aspect of circus is the element of danger. Incorporated into a circus class, facing danger can have transformative effects on students.

There is much to be gained facing something fearful and rising to the occasion to conquer it. In some cases the fear is purely a fear of trying something new – but when the fear is related to a physical risk the stakes are higher (and the reward of success greater).

Confidence comes from attempting what you once thought you could not accomplish. Permanent injury can happen when you attempt something that is too far beyond your current ability.

What risk is too much risk?