Youth Performance Troupes

Taking circus and performance skills to the stage

A Unique Arts Experience for Youth in Circus

SANCA’s Youth Performance Program is an immersive, multiyear arts program that gives youth ages 5 to 8, 8 to 12, and 12 to 18 a unique arts experience and a progressive track to develop performance skills based on traditional and modern circus arts. They create and perform original acts at major festivals in Seattle such as Moisture Festival and Seattle Center’s Winterfest, and they produce their own show each year. The program includes three troupes: the Amazing Circus 1-ders (ages 5 to 7), the Magnificent 7 (ages 8 to 11), and Cirrus Circus (ages 12 to 18)

Participants in the program learn the necessary skills to perform circus, dance, and movement, both solo and with others in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that provides both challenge and reward to the student. Youth are trained in:
·  Acrobatic arts (tumbling, partner balancing, human pyramids)
·  Object manipulation and balancing (juggling balls, rings, and clubs, plate spinning, diabolo, walking globe, tightrope, unicycle)
·  Aerial arts (trapeze, aerial rope, fabric, hoop)

After completing the Performance Program by 18 years of age, each student has the tools needed to create  quality acts. Several participants have become mentors to other young artists, performed with Cirkus Smirkus tours on the East Coast, or gone on to adult professional training programs such as L’Ecole de Cirque de Quebec and L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Canada.

Youth performers may be booked for your next event! We perform at school events, community festivals, half time shows, auctions, galas, receptions and more. Stage shows and/or ambient “walk about” entertainment is possible.  Complete an inquiry form here to get started!

Funding for this program is provided by the following sponsors:

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Cirrus Circus

The performance troupe for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 who have the drive for working hard and the personality for being on stage.

Magnificent 7

The performance troupe for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 who have the drive for working hard and the personality for being on stage.

Amazing Circus 1-ders

The performance troupe for boys and girls ages 5 to 8 who have the drive for working hard and the personality for being on stage.

Fly Teams

For boys and girls ages 6 to 18 who are dedicated to flying trapeze and the personality for being on stage in the air above a net.

“The SANCA Youth Performance Company [now known as Cirrus Circus] has given me the confidence and the support that made me who I am today. Youth Company has touched my life and I, in turn, hope that through performance I can touch the lives of others around me.”

— Anna Partridge, Youth Company Charter Member

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