Erin Ball identifies as a Mad and Disabled circus artist. She runs Kingston Circus Arts and is the co-founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong). Erin took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in having both lower legs amputated. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing with a focus of including as many people in her audiences, as collaborators and performers in shows, as well as students in her classes. She has traveled world-wide to perform and teach. She strives for representation, access-centering and inclusion in the arts.
Erin loves collaborating, adapting and creating new/different ways of executing skills. In 2017, Erin developed a course and manual for movement-based coaches (specifically circus but it applies to movement in general) called Flying Footless. The course centres around dismantling ableism, Disability theory, an inclusive method of teaching and how to welcome the Disability community into movement-based classes. She has won accessibility awards and in 2018, she was the recipient of the Creator’s Award at the Mayor’s Art Awards.
Kingston Circus Arts (KCA) is in trouble and needs your help. This pandemic has taken its toll on us all, but perhaps some of the hardest hit areas are the arts and fitness sectors. Erin Ball and all those who attend KCA are asking for your help. Between the first extended lockdown, the increased COVID-19 safety protocols, and this second lockdown, this incredible place is struggling and may have to close its doors permanently. If you would like to contribute to supporting KCA, please donate here à https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-kingston-circus-arts.