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Big Fun at Circus Arts Conservatory Fundraiser    
Circus spirits stayed upbeat even as April rains came down during La Cirque Appetit, the luncheon held last month at The Circus Arts Conservatory. More than 250 guests braved the inclement spring weather to enjoy the festivities held in the Sailor Circus Arena. The annual event brought a number of new faces to our organization as well as many longtime supporters, volunteers, performers and friends.

10 Ladies in clown noses at La Cirque Appetit event.
Alexandra Barcomb and friends clowning around and having a great time at La Cirque Appetit Fundraising event in April.

The scrumptious meal catered by Michael’s on East was just the beginning of a fabulous afternoon of entertaining fun and fundraising. Guests were treated to impressive performances by Sailor Circus Academy students while professional clowns from the Circus Arts Conservatory played and interacted with the philanthropic crowd.

Pictured at La Cirque Appetit are Noriko Sidlow, Jackie LeClaire, Jennifer Mitchell and Chuck Sidlow.
Pictured at La Cirque Appetit 2015 are musician Noriko Sidlow, circus veteran Jackie LeClaire, CAC Managing Director Jennifer Mitchell and CAC Humor Therapy Clown Chuck Sidlow.

During the event, informative presentations were made by recent Sailor Circus Academy graduates as well as CAC Outreach staff members Karen Bell and Robin Eurich from the Education Department and Chuck Sidlow from the Humor Therapy program. The occasion also introduced Sarasota Orthopedic Associates as the official orthopedic partner of the CAC, offering support for the summer camps, outreach programs and Sailor Circus Academy.

SOA Logo Banner CAC Managing Director Jennifer Mitchell said, “La Cirque Appetit is much more than just a fundraising event. It celebrates and demonstrates that the Circus Arts Conservatory provides year round entertainment and outreach programs to schools, hospitals and the community at large.” Thanks to everyone who helped to make La Cirque Appetit 2015 a resounding success!

Click here to view photos from the event by Cliff Roles.

Calling All Parents & Grandparents: Give Your Camper the Best Summer Experience at Circus Summer Camp!  
Summer campers learninghow to balance on globes
Summer campers learning new skills.

CAC’s Circus Summer Camp still has spots available for children ages 6-15 to participate in exciting and challenging circus arts activities. One- and two-week circus arts day camp sessions are now available for registration. Camps take place in the Sailor Circus Arena in June, July and August.

Circus Summer Camp provides safe and intensive instruction in flying trapeze, globes, silks, rolla bolla, lyra, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, juggling and much more!

All sessions include a special Water Day. Campers can take a cool break from the usual programming to enjoy outdoor activities that include a water slide, circus relay games and flying trapeze. Two-week sessions also include a group field trip to see the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater and the Circus Museum, both on the grounds of the Ringling Museum.

Plate-spinning practice at Summer Camp.
Plate-spinning practice at Summer Camp.

Circus Summer Camp sessions are already starting to sell out, so make sure you reserve space for your child or grandchild right away!


Session 1: SOLD OUT

Session 2: June 15-26  (2 week program)

Session3: SOLD OUT

Session 4: July 6-17  (2 week program)
Session 5: July 20-24  (1 week program)
Session 6: July 27-31  (1 week program)
Session 7: August 3-7  (1 week program)

For more information or to register your child for Circus Summer Camp, visit the Circus Arts Conservatory Summer Camp web page, or contact Kathy Merritt at (941) 355-9335

CAC Education Department Featured on SNN’s Suncoast FYI 
Teaching artists from the Circus Arts Conservatory Outreach Program were featured May 1 on SNN’s Suncoast FYI. Education program members Karen Bell and Robin Eurich told SNN’s host Cassie Nall about how the program worked with local teachers and school children to prepare for CAC’s “Marvelous, Miraculous Circus Machine.” The “Machine” was created based on the concept of the Rube Goldberg Chain Reaction Machine —-   an invention that makes a simple task incredibly complicated. Modern Rube Goldberg machines often use dominoes, ping pong balls, toy race car tracks and more. The giant Rube Goldberg Chain Reaction Machine was constructed by Sarasota High School’s elite engineering students enrolled in the MaST Program and was made possible through a generous grant by The American Honda Foundation. MaST is a program at Sarasota High School and is the School of Excellence in Math, Science and Technology. Once the enormous Machine was assembled in the Sailor Circus Arena, circus performers became part of it —-   providing connections between the machine’s four main parts by being flipped, flown and spun from one component to the next. Thirteen area elementary schools —-   more than 1,400 students —-   have also participated in the program supporting two productions of the “Machine” by learning the principals of physics following Circus Arts Conservatory curriculum and building their own machines in their classrooms. These students were able to witness the running of our arena-sized machine thanks to a generous donation of buses for the two day event which featured teaching opportunities throughout the presentation.
Karen and Robin also discussed the Build-a-Circus program and the upcoming Summer Circus Spectacular at the Ringling Museum with Cassie. To watch the entire video, click the play arrow below.
Education Outreach interview on SNN's Suncoast FYI
Training artists from Circus Arts Conservatory Education Outreach are interviewed May 1 on SNN’s Suncoast FYI.

Step Right Up for the Summer Circus Spectacular 2015!

Two community pillars —-  The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling Museum —-   are teaming up to present the ninth annual Summer Circus Spectacular in the Historic Asolo Theater. Join us for crowd-pleasing and affordable summer circus fun presented Tuesday, June 16 through Saturday, August 1, 2015. Step right up and order your tickets today!

Poster for Summer Circus Spectacular 2015


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