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Professional Contract in Guam for 2 Sailor Circus Graduates 
Duo Romanesc
Anthony Congdon and Ian Laidlaw of Duo Românesc.

Two Sailor Circus Academy alums are about to step into the international circus spotlight with a six-month engagement at a Pacific island resort. Anthony Congdon and Ian Laidlaw will soon bring their unique Duo Românesc balancing act to the Fiesta Resort located on the picturesque western shores of Guam, which is the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas Archipelago.

Duo Românesc are scheduled to perform their unique hand-balancing act 12 times a week in a one-hour magic, comedy and variety show called “Encore!” The youthful circus pair have been preparing, practicing and perfecting their act for several months. “We developed a new style of performing and chose new music, new costumes and a whole new routine,” said Laidlaw.

As former students of Sailor Circus Academy, the two artists have clocked thousands of hours training and performing. Laidlaw, age 22, attended the after-school program from 8th grade until graduation in 2012. Congdon, age 20, attended from 6th grade until graduation in 2013.  “We did almost every act that Sailor Circus has to offer,” said Congdon. “We took it all in, and we use what we learned to create different acts and shows.”

Both men are quick to credit The Circus Arts Conservatory and Sailor Circus Academy for making their professional circus careers possible. “We learned that coming [to Sailor Circus Academy] is a privilege,” said Laidlaw. “If you want to get something out of it, you have to work for it.”

The pair expressed particular gratitude to Circus Hall of Fame recipient and coach Willie Edelston who provided Duo Românesc with intensive circus training and preparation for their professional debut.

Congdon and Laidlaw said they intend to post frequent Facebook photos and stories of their Guam adventure, which begins July 1, 2015. Interested fans and friends can visit the Duo Românesc Facebook page for updates or to ask questions.

All of us at Circus Arts Conservatory send best wishes to Anthony Congdon and Ian Laidlaw for a fun and fruitful experience in Guam!

World’s Largest Travel Site Awards Prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence’ To Sailor Circus and Circus Sarasota  


Certificate of Excellence awarded by TripAdvisor to Sailor Circus and Circus Sarasota.
TripAdvisor gives “Certificate of Excellence” awards to Sailor Circus and Circus Sarasota.

The world’s largest travel site has awarded the prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” to Sailor Circus and Circus Sarasota, and we couldn’t be more proud! has officially endorsed Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus as top destinations for world travelers.

Dozens of favorable reviews and five star ratings on TripAdvisor prompted the travel site to give its highest award to Circus Arts Conservatory productions. Travelers commonly use words like “Fantastic”, “Affordable”, “Superb” and “Great” to describe CAC shows and circus training. Both venues have consistently achieved some of the highest rankings for Florida Attractions on TripAdvisor, and now it’s official!

We invite you to visit TripAdvisor to read reviews for Sailor Circus and Circus Sarasota and and tell the world in your own words about the world-class performances and circus school right here in Sarasota, Florida!

You Can Send a Child To the Circus!


During the summer months, every child deserves a chance for new and fun learning experiences. The CAC’s Circus Camp and Summer Circus Spectacular are perfect activities for kids to gain inspiration and self-confidence and make lasting memories. Unfortunately, not all families have the funds to enroll their children in Circus Summer Camp, and some cannot even afford the price of a circus ticket. Here is how you can help:


Donate now to help disadvantaged families to participate in our summer programs and experience the joy of the circus. 

$250 = Send 25 children to Summer Circus Spectacular or send one child to Circus Camp!

$500= Send 50 children to Summer Circus Spectacular or send two children to Circus Camp!

$1,000  = Send 100 children to Summer Circus Spectacular or send four children to Circus Camp!

$2,500 = Fill the theater with the laughter of 250 children or send 10 children to Circus Camp!


Please visit our website today to donate online; or you may send a check payable to:
The Circus Arts Conservatory
2075 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34239


Every donation gives local kids a chance for summer circus memories. Thank you!


For more information, or to donate by phone, please contact Mary Jo Heider at [email protected] or call 941-355-9335, ext. 312.


Summer Health Guidance From Sarasota Orthopedic Associates


Camp counselors received summer health training.
Summer Camp counselors received expert guidance for summer health safety from SOA’s Dr. Paul H. Lento (center).

Summer Camp Counselors and Counselors-in-training were given expert advice for summer health safety from a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Paul H. Lento of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. Dr. Lento recently visited the Sailor Circus Arena to lecture camp counselors on numerous health challenges that may occur during the summer months. SOA Logo Banner

The doctor discussed issues of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, seizures, dehydration and other medical emergencies including concussion, breaks and strains and how to prevent them. SOA is the Official Orthopedic Partner of The Circus Arts Conservatory, and their participation is vital to the safety of summer campers and counselors. We are grateful for the generous contributions of guidance and expertise from SOA’s medical professionals.

Circus Education Outreach Program Enlightens First-Graders  


CAC Education Outreach Program visits Southside Elementary School.
CAC teaching artists Robin Eurich, Aaron Watkins and Emily Wyatt visiting Southside Elementary School.

The Circus Arts Conservatory Educational Outreach
program went into Southside Elementary school for two days in May to involve students in an enlightening, end-of-year program. The entire first-grade class received circus-based instruction from teaching artist Robin Eurich with help from The CAC’s Circus Arts Training Program Assistant Emily Wyatt, professional circus artist Khera Smith and Sailor Circus Academy coach and professional clown Aaron Watkins. The education team gratefully acknowledged pre-event support from CAC’s Outreach and Education Program Manager Karen Bell who was out of town and unable to attend.

The CAC team instructed the youngsters in circus arts, language arts and science based on two units of

First-graders learning to spin ropes.
Southside Elementary first-graders learn about spinning ropes.

the Education Outreach program. The first unit was inspired by the book “Mirette on the High Wire” by  Emily Arnold McCully, which tells the story of a young girl who learns to walk on a tight rope. Eurich explained, “We gave the students an opportunity to walk on a real tight wire under the help of our trained circus artists who are coaches for the Sailor Circus Academy.” 

The second unit combined circus science and circus skills by teaching the youngsters to use spinning plates and spinning ropes. “The spirit of the event was to combine education with Sailor Circus,” said Eurich, “It was a wonderful, end-of-year experience!”

Reserve Seats Now for Summer Circus Spectacular  


The Historic Asolo Theater makes the perfect setting for the annual Summer Circus Spectacular, and we invite you to get your tickets now! Our world-class Circus Sarasota performers are working in collaboration with The Ringling to present a summer’s worth of thrilling circus artistry. Call The Ringling box office at 941-360-7399, or click below to get tickets for Summer Circus Spectacular!

Poster for Summer Circus Spectacular 2015


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