Participants rock and rolled their way through the first German Wheel workshop presented by the Iowa Circus Academy.
This sold out class was to teach the fundamentals of the German Wheel. Performer and competitor, Carly Schuna, led the class through this beginner workshop.
Schuna resides in Madison, Wisconsin where she is co-founder and board member of the Madison Circus Space. She had not picked up the German Wheel until 6 years ago when she was at a juggling festival. Someone had brought two wheels and said that people could try rocking. This was the moment Schuna knew the German Wheel was for her.
Today she competes, performs, and teaches the German Wheel while also practicing static trapeze. When she is not practicing she enjoys spending her time as a freelance writer and editor.
When asked how one can excel at the wheel, Schuna said you just need to love it.
“I just had a great passion for wheel so I wanted to do it all the time,” Schuna said. “That’s really all you need to get good at the wheel is to have an interest in it.”
The workshop began with simple side-to-side rocking. As the class progressed, more advanced tricks were demonstrated. From rocking side-to-side to cartwheeling, participants were eager to learn more and push themselves to reach new goals.
The founder and owner of the Iowa Circus Academy, Laura Ernst, was very excited to bring the German Wheel workshop to Des Moines.
“I’ve gone to other places to do the German Wheel,” Ernst said. “So I was glad to bring that here so nobody had to travel to go and try it out.”