Stilt Walking Classes for Kids
There are many different stories
about stilt walker’s mystery and history. From walking thru load waters, picking fruit from high trees,
Carnival parades in the Caribbean and stilts the used for construction work today. As we know of many rights
and passage programs the African culture of stilt walking is one of the oldest forms of rites of passage.
Casa Samba’s Stilt walking program uses this approach. The program is designed to help build self-esteem,
increase awareness, improve motor skills and most important of all stilt walking teaches kids how to deal
with failure and obstacles of life.
Casa Samba’s stilt walking class for kids teaches a new form of confidence and
respect. Kids are taught by professional stilt
walkers and as they learn and become more professional the kids learn to teach other kids like
themselves. The classes start with various
balance and strengthening exercises, after they are brought to the training area where they will be paired with a
professional and the students stilt walker. During his time they are given instructions and tips on how to stilt walk and
Depending on the
skill level of each kid, they start to walk by themselves with some assistance. As they progress
they learn to walk by themselves which at this time is stage one. Stage two they are instructed to perform the number of task while they ‘re on
the Stilts without assistance. Stage three is
where they are put through a number of obstacles in order to improve their balance and
agility. Stage four is when they perform in public for the first time with Casa Samba
is. All stilts are provided by Casa Samba.