• A Message from the Board of Directors - To all SANCA Staff, Students, and Supporters: Kristina Wicke has stepped down as Executive Director of SANCA to focus on family life, following the recent passing of her mother. On behalf of SANCA’s Board of Directors, we are saddened at her departure, and want to thank Kristina for her dedication and leadership. As SANCA Executive…

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  • Circus Fun without Funds for Furloughed Friends - Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22nd, 2019 Circus Fun without Funds for Furloughed Friends SEATTLE, WA – The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) is pleased to announce the opportunity for Federal Employees to enroll at no cost in a SANCA Winter Session class. A furloughed federal employee and/or an immediate family…

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  • Meet the new coaches of the Transformational Women’s Circus - As we close in on the new year, our social circus staff have been hard at work creating a new curriculum for the Transformational Women’s Circus! Transformational Women’s Circus (TWC) is an integrative social circus program which incorporates circus arts, drama therapy and therapeutic group process to support the personal growth of students who wish to…

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  • SANCAFEST Spotlight: Beth Baker - When it comes to being a top banana in SANCAFEST, SANCA’s new Board Member and longtime student, Beth Baker, sure knows a thing or two! She has been a student since the very early days in the fly tent, and Beth is consistently one of our top SANCAFEST participants, raising $1,000 every year for the…

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  • Pregnancy and First Time Motherhood as a Professional Circus Performer - How becoming a mother changed one circus artist’s perspective on performing You may know Wendy Harden from her mystifying A Unicycle Built for Two duo act with her husband, Nick, or as one of the incredible coaches of Cirrus Circus. Recently she added mother to her list of identities (coach, circus performer to name two).…

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  • The Circus Doc Created a Book for Aerialists - Our very own resident physical therapist, Emily Scherb, has written the first ever aerial anatomy book: Applied Anatomy for Aerial Artists, published by North Atlantic Books. You can get a your copy early at the book launch August 21 at Third Place Books Ravenna. Emily shares how she convinced the publishing world that the circus…

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  • The Creative Life of Miranda Troutt - It should come as no surprise that for many SANCA coaches, circus is just one of many creative endeavors. To celebrate the artists who make up our hardworking staff, we’d like to introduce you to some of their lives outside of SANCA. We’ve been having such a great time with our camp coaches this summer,…

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  • Nick and Rachel Hit the Road - Coaches Nicholas Lowery and Rachel Randall are Duo Straight Up, an energetic, light-hearted Chinese pole duet, and they’re off in their new trailer to perform with a traditional traveling circus! The last time we checked in was 2015! What has been happening with Duo Straight Up since then? Nick: That was when our act just…

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  • Terry Crane on “The End of Rope” - Terry Crane, the rope expert and Artistic Director of Acrobatic Conundrum , is joining us at SANCA as our Artist in Residence for the end of July. He will prepare for and workshop his new show, which will debut at the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival in August. For the residency, Terry is creating aerial…

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  • Diavolo Comes to SANCA! - Jones Welsh and Anne-Marie Talmadge, who were formerly co-artistic directors of Diavolo and now help run LA’s physical theatre company Not Man Apart, are offering a workshop in Dynamic Partnering and Kinetic Storytelling: 360°FLOW. As the name suggests, 360˚ Flow is a practice of having a 360-degree spatial and body awareness, a three-dimensional system that…

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  • Creating an Inter-Generational Duo: an Interview with Duo Avocado - Interview with Ava Vermilya and Alyssa Hellrung, the performers of “Duo Avocado!*” Duo Avocado will be performing with Vuelta La Luna Variety Circus as a part of Kla Ha Ya Days on July 19th – 22th in Snohomish. Get to know this coach/student duo! *Pronounced Duo Ah-‘vah-keh-doh, like evocative. How did you start performing together?…

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  • Notes from the Wunderground - SANCA’s Social Circus programs take students and our community on a journey. Fueled by the lionhearted impulse that you can use “circus arts for social change and personal transformation,” this spring, two of our newer Social Circus programs manifested this vision in innovative and new ways for the SANCA community. Let’s take a look at…

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  • Can You Match the Pet with Their SANCA Owner? - We’ve got retiring geniuses, movie stars, and acrobats. We’re talking, of course, about SANCA pets! Get to know our diva pals and see if you can guess your coach’s pet!  Scroll to the bottom for the key.    
  • Student Spotlight: Director/Actor and Aerial Student Rachel Delmar - Rachel Delmar has been a SANCA aerial student since 2011. In additional to learning aerial skills, Rachel runs her own Seattle based company, Playing in Progress, producing opportunities for playwrights, actors, directors, & artists to develop new work. She currently teaches at Youth Theatre Northwest. How did you get into circus? “I actually started doing…

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  • Thank You for a Wonderful Day of Giving Big! - Your gift for SANCA’s GiveBIG spring campaign brings incredible momentum to expand access to CIRCUS for ALL. Thank you. In just 24 hours you helped to raise more than $17,600 for community circus arts programs. Your support can be game-changing for our community circus programs. It helps the Social Circus Outreach program, which partners with…

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  • Interview with Abigail Munn of Circus Bella! - Starting circus at the age of nine with the Pickle Family Circus, Abigail Munn is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Circus Bella. Recently, Abigail performed several shows at Moisture Festival in Seattle, and coached Giulia, one of the children in La Famiglia Gentile (who were in the spring Artist in Residency at SANCA). I…

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  • CIRCUS for ALL – GiveBIG May 9th -   Wednesday, May 9th is the last-ever GiveBIG! The Seattle Foundation is sun-setting the countywide giving day which has served as SANCA’s Annual Spring Fund Drive for the last eight years. In that time, your generosity to SANCA has been phenomenal. Your contributions over the past eight years have helped to change many lives. Since 2010,…

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  • Transformational Women’s Circus - I got the chance to catch up with Every Body’s Circus (EBC) coach Amber Parker to learn more about the pioneering work she’s doing at SANCA. Amber, a Master’s degree candidate at Antioch University, is integrating her experience in mental health practice, circus, and her academic focus on Drama Therapy to launch the new Transformational…

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  • Interview with Tanya Brno (AKA Tova de Luna) -   With over 12 years of aerial performance experience, Tanya Brno is one of the most sought after aerialists in the PNW. She uses her classical ballet training along with burlesque and theatrical experience to produce her signature graceful, dynamic, and dramatic style. Her clients have included Club Med, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, USC Events, Hendrick’s…

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  • Finding Your Authentic Self in Circus [An interview with Fafa] - Faeble Kievman, visited SANCA in 2016, joining la Famiglia Gentile in the Artist in Residency program. After finishing a tour with Lewis and Clark Circus, Faeble returned to Seattle to perform their juggling-clown opera, “Carman,” at this year’s Moisture Festival. Infusing traditional and contemporary clown with Chinese jar juggling and other circus skills, Faeble has…

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  • Coach Eve Tours with Circus Monti this Summer! - Cirrus Circus coach, Eve Diamond, will be joining the Swiss traveling circus group, Circus Monti, as they tour Switzerland for their Summer tour. Get to know Eve and her tips for sticking to what you love, even if what you love doesn’t always come easily.   To do this work you really sacrifice a lot.…

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  • How to Make Your Own Costume - “I really just make costumes with a Frankenstein approach.” – Coach Milla Milla Marshall, SANCA’s costume guru, shares tips for creating unique costumes that don’t break the bank. Her advice? A basic leotard is a great place to start – giving you the basic construction of your outfit to build on from there. If you don’t…

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  • How to Create an Act – A Step by Step Guide -   It’s almost time for SASS! This year we have over 60 submissions for the four shows in April! But how do you go from learning tricks in class to presenting them on stage in a way that is engaging, fun, and authentic to the story you want to tell? What are the key ingredients…

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  • Secrets of a Modern Circus Family - In a time when so many people are considering downsizing, learn how one family makes their silver trailer work for a family of six as they travel the world, one circus tent at a time.   Parents Orlene & Carlo met in college as he was studying Italian and she studied Biology. Both shared a passion…

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  • National Study Shows Positive Impact of Circus Programming on Youth At Risk - In 2017, SANCA participated in the first evidence-based, national study looking at the socio-emotional benefits of Social Circus on young people in the United States. Organized by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, the study collected thousands of data points over nine months, with information that includes…

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  • SANCA – Home of the Spectacular - As we cross the threshold into a new year, I’d like to take a moment to look back in gratitude at a wonderful year of Social Circus. The powerful impact of Social Circus is increasing in prominence all over the world and, as a result, researchers want to understand what Social Circus does, how it…

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  • Spotlight: New Social Circus RODA Coach – Monte Britt! - Make your End-of-Year Gift today to support youth circus programs like Circus RODA! *RODA – A term used to describe the participatory circle in Capoeira, roda literally means “wheel” in Portuguese. All caps RODA is the name of SANCA’s newest youth program! From dancing and poetry, to gymnastics and basketball, Monte Britt has always had…

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  • When You Know You’re Strong – Circus Strong! - Make your End-of-Year Gift for SANCA’s Youth Scholarship Fund today! One of the most amazing things about circus is that it empowers Every Body. Whether building confidence, overcoming fears, or becoming stronger in mind and body, it’s that moment of “I DID IT!” that circus provides which can transform a life. Julaine Hall knows this…

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  • Meet Mose – A SANCA Student - Make your End-of-Year Gift today to change the life of a teen like Mose! “When we first moved to Seattle, life was hard because it was a new place. At SANCA I felt included. Like I belonged.” The first day in a new school can be really tough for almost any kid. For youth who…

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  • 2017 Community Update & Letter from the Executive Director -   READ OR DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE SANCA 2017 COMMUNITY UPDATE As I sit here sipping my coffee, watching the sun come up, listening to what seems like the beginning of the endless rain of the Seattle winter, I look back over this past year at SANCA and I’m endlessly grateful. Grateful for our staff —…

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  • The Acrobatic Conundrum return to Seattle with TWO new shows! - The Acrobatic Conundrum, the contemporary circus group founded by Terry Crane, have spent the last three months touring the western United States with their show, Love and Gravity. Now they have returned to Seattle presenting two new shows: a cabaret, “Volume 5,” and an evening-length performance, “The Fig Tree Waltzes.” The Acrobatic Conundrum have been…

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  • Coach Sam Joins Le Rêve! - SANCA’s hand balancing and acrobatics coach, Sam Lewis, recently got a part with Le Rêve – “The Dream” at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas! Set on an aquatic stage, Le Rêve is a show about uncovering the subconscious, featuring aerial-acrobatics, water ballet, synchronized swimming, and comedy. Founded by the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil,…

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  • Lyla Goldman Goes to Circus School – in Finland! - SANCA gives a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! to Lyla Goldman, who has been accepted to Salpauksen Sirkusartistikoulutus — The Salpaus Circus Center in Lahti, Finland, and hopes to major in unicycle and aerial fabric. Lyla was one of SANCA’s earliest students and members of Cirrus Circus (originally known as the SANCA Youth Performance Company). She practically grew…

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  • Coming Soon – New Tumbl-Trak! - Tumbling students at SANCA can look forward to an exciting new extended Tumbl-Trak with a new spring bed, coming just in time for our Fall Session classes! Students can also look forward to new aerial fabrics and updated rigging blocks for our aerial equipment. A big thank you to 4Culture – the cultural funding agency…

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  • Proposition 1 — Providing Arts & Culture Access for All in King County - by Madeline Anderson SANCA Development Assistant   Voter ballots were mailed today for the August King County Election! We are really excited about the prospects of the upcoming election here at SANCA because Proposition 1 on the ballot could provide up to $65 million annually in funding for the arts county-wide, and represents a significant…

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  • New Grants for Equipment and Support! - SANCA received two grants in June to fund the purchase of a Genie Lift Aerial Work Platform, which will be used to service and maintain all of our aerial rigging, lights, fans, and heaters. We would like to thank The Norcliffe Foundation for a $5,000 grant, and the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation for a $3,500…

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  • New! The SANCA Student Handbook - All about SANCA! Do you have a question about taking classes at SANCA? What to wear? When to arrive? What are general classes and what are specialty classes? Who to talk to when you have more questions? You can find all these answers and more in the new Student Handbook! SANCA is debuting a Student…

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  • A Letter from the Executive Director - Let me start by saying, THANK YOU for being a part of our SANCA Circus Community! You are at the heart of everything we do and you inspire us every day to make SANCA better, more fun, and more accessible. Thank you for your continued feedback and we are committed to taking your suggestions and…

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  • Nutrition Basics for Circus Training - By Adrian Hillyer, LAc, LMP We have all been there: getting out of work late, rushing to get ourselves or our kids to class on time and either skipping food or grabbing the fastest food we can on the way. It’s rather obvious that swinging through a drive-thru to grab a burger, fries, and a…

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  • SANCA’s Social Circus program receives a $5,000 grant! - The Lucky Seven Foundation has awarded SANCA a $5,000 grant for the Social Circus Program. SANCA Social Circus uses circus arts as means of positive intervention for Seattle’s most vulnerable communities, and is dedicated to deepening and expanding safe space for youth. The Social Circus curriculum combines circus arts with educational social intervention to help…

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  • SANCA Welcomes Our New Experiential Programs Director Nathan Drackett! - We thought that we’d get a closer look at Nathan Drackett. He moved to Seattle and joined SANCA as a coach last summer, and recently became the Experiential Programs Director. We thought we’d ask a bit about his mysterious Chicago background. SANCA: How’d you end up at SANCA? Nate: I started training circus in college…

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  • SANCA Women’s Circus: Changing, Healing, and Growing Together - by Amber Parker     Two and a half years ago, I was a recreational student at SANCA, studying aerial fundamentals and growing exponentially as a person through circus arts. I found things at SANCA I never thought I’d find: community, joy, healing, and a question that I couldn’t stop asking myself: Can circus be used…

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  • Welcome SANCA’s New Executive Director – Kristina Wicke - I am pleased to announce that Kristina Wicke has accepted an offer from the SANCA Board of Directors to become Executive Director. She will begin full-time on October 31st, and is already meeting with SANCA program managers and lead staff. Kristina has a long history of excellent and dedicated service to SANCA. She served on…

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  • When $13.21 makes all the difference - “The kids had such a sense of pride and accomplishment after they went on the flying trapeze. While a sense of accomplishment is important for every child, it is especially important for kids in our program who have been severely traumatized. We cannot thank you enough!” —Kayla Blau, Broadview Shelter & Transitional Housing Program A contribution…

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  • Fund Our FAN! – A campaign to install a ventilation fan in the Flying Trapeze Tent - We just launched our Fund Our FAN campaign to install a ventilation fan in our Flying Trapeze Tent – and I want to send out a huge thank you to our first six donors who took the swing on the first day! Thank you Velibor Peric, Autumn Sakai, Lori Adams, Kevin Nelson & Raina Domek,…

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  • Blue Angels are back again! - The Boeing Seafair Airshow featuring the Blue Angels is August 5th-7th. The Blue Angels are expected to arrive between Sunday July 31st int he late afternoon and Monday morning August 1st. Please be prepared for the noise, be patient during times when you cannot hear your coach or classmates, and if the noise is distressing…

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  • And they’re off! - -by Amber Parker It’s nearly summer and there’s lots of changes around SANCA! Our P3 students are graduating, students of all ages are enrolling for new classes and summer camps, and some members of our community are leaving for the season to go on amazing adventures. Among those going on summer adventures are Cirrus Circus…

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  • Persistence and Support in SANCA’s Circus - Hello everyone! My name is Kit and I am interning at SANCA this summer to wrap up my MFA degree in Arts Administration. I drove all the way from Utah and will be here until the end of July. As a belly dancer and hula hooper, I have always had a love for performing and…

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  • Off to Quebec! - by Amber Parker Last fall, I was hanging off the trapeze trying as mightily as I could to not let go. I was working towards a 50 second hang, a goal I had been pursuing all quarter. As I hung there, listening to my classmate tick off the seconds I’d been hanging, my eyes scanned…

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  • Social Circus: Community, Empowerment, & Play - Article by Ian Jagel, Social Circus Director   There is power in circus. It is an invaluable experience for the children in our shelter and transitional housing program to have a fun, active, invigorating field trip. The moms in our program are extremely stressed out and overwhelmed with court dates, housing appointments, food banks, parenting…

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  • Meet Julaine – Cirrus Circus Student Spotlight - Interview by Amber Parker, Every Body’s Circus Coach   In March our youth performance company, Cirrus Circus, held try outs for students to display their skills and earn a coveted spot in the dynamic ensemble. Cirrus welcomed several new students to the troupe, one of whom is 12 year old Julaine Hall. I sat down…

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  • “Running Away to Join the Circus” – and dealing with Parkinson’s - From http://www.parkinsonalliance.org/weblog by guest blogger John Cornicello, a Seattle-based portrait photographer Cornicello Photography and a person with Parkinson’s It all started a few years ago. I was working for a well-known software company. My job had me at a computer, typing, most of the day. I started noticing some “issues.” My left hand was becoming less…

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  • Community Letter – Spring 2016 - Spring is here — juggling balls are dropping like rain, smiles are blooming like flowers, and trapezes are swinging like … well, trapezes! I am happy to report that the first quarter of 2016 has been great for SANCA! Our students, parents, patrons, coaches, and staff have continued to build an amazing family, all of…

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  • Meet the Harveys – SANCA’s Landlords - Orcas Business Park, owned and managed by the Harvey Family – John, JW, and Michelle – is the largest family-owned property management company in the Seattle Design District. They have leased commercial office, retail, and warehouse space in the Georgetown neighborhood for more than 18 years. John and his son JW are the property managers,…

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  • Hello and Goodbye - SANCA coaches are amazing instructors and are often also amazing performers, and sometimes this means that we have to say goodbye or “see you later” to some of our favorite instructors. We love them, and we will miss them, (and we look forward to seeing them again!), but we have to find new fantastic people…

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  • It’s Almost Here! - After many weeks of work, we’re just a day away from Up with a Twist! Saturday was one of the last rehearsals before the show. Friends, family, staff and performers all came together to eat, rehearse and make last minute preparations for the big day. This year’s Up with a Twist is sold out, and…

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  • Gala Preparations Afoot! - By Amber Parker There’s a simmering excitement around SANCA lately that’s greater than the usual magic you feel when you walk into the building. The entire gym feels more alive- children running from annex to annex, parents and volunteers crouched in corners sewing costumes, coaches, directors and administrators bustling all around us. It’s not just…

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  • Former Canadian National Power Tumbling Champ lands back at SANCA for weekend workshops. - Owner of West Coast Flying Trapeze in BC Canada and former SANCA coach, Chris Johnston will be back in  Seattle this weekend! While at SANCA, he taught flying trapeze, tumbling, trampoline to students and staff alike. Chris started gymnastics at the age of four and at thirteen he began to focus on trampoline and tumbling.…

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  • Leslie in India - Coach Leslie is not just one of SANCA’s amazing coaches, she also teaches bellydancing classes and performs in Sirens of Serpentine (bellydance) and Pyrosutra (dancing with fire). Leslie is currently on a dance sabbatical, participating in a two-month intensive dance training program in Odissi classical dance, Vinyasa and Kabelia (Gypsy) in Pushkar. Shakti School of…

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  • Coach Leslie - I met Leslie Rosen, my aerial fundamentals trainer, in the summer of 2013. From the moment I met Leslie, I found her to be kind, accepting, and patient with me and all of her other students. No matter what kind of experience, body, or skill level her students bring to class, Leslie is uniquely adept…

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  • Happy New Year! – Community Letter - Happy New Year! It’s been just about four months since I stepped in as the Interim Executive Director at SANCA and I wanted to give you an update on the organization and a brief wrap-up of 2015. First, I want to say that it has been a delight working with the staff, coaches, students, and…

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  • Who’s on that Unicycle? - You know them as Coach Nick and Coach Wendy, two friendly faces around SANCA that will help you enroll in the right class or learn how to stay upright on your unicycle. Wendy and Nick are also A Unicycle Built For Two, the duo circus act that blends the unicycle, acrobatics, and light-hearted romance, and…

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  • The Tumbling Trio - Coach Jeramie and his Adult Tumbling 2 class!
  • Meet SANCA’s P3s! (Part 2) - SANCA is very excited to welcome the latest group of young circus artists to the third year of our Professional Preparatory Program (P3)! The P3 program, now in its third year, offers training for young adults seeking professional careers in the circus arts. The 9-month program provides 30 hours per week of coursework designed to…

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  • Bad Taste, Good Sense, and Dazzling Deeds of Daring-Do - Or, 3 Things about Old Circus to Embrace in New Circus      — SANCA Blog Post by Jenna Barrett, SANCA Administrative Director   There’s no doubt about it, working in contemporary circus is fun! The physical feats are impressive, styles are anything from bold and brassy to thoughtful and sublime; and the jokes are…

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  • SANCAthon: it’s back, and bigger and better than ever! - Thank You to everyone who made SANCAthon a success! Here’s the annotated Catch-athon video by Kristen Petersen SANCAthon is a super fun community celebration! We’ve got exciting plans for this year’s SANCAthon and you don’t want to miss it! Four hours of excitement including: · Catchathon! · The Buskers’ Challenge! · Team Events! · Circus…

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  • Meet SANCA’s P3s! (Part 1) - SANCA is very excited to welcome the latest group of young circus artists to the third year of our Professional Preparatory Program (P3)! The P3 program, now in its third year, offers training for young adults seeking professional careers in the circus arts. The 9-month program provides 30 hours per week of coursework designed to…

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  • What’s UP at SANCA? – Aviatrix! - If you look up at SANCA, it’s not unusual to see the high-flying quartet known throughout Seattle as Aviatrix hanging from the rafters. Often they are “flying” from their triple trapeze in a retro-circus homage of aviator Amelia Earhart and wing-walking women such as Ethel Dare, the “Queen of the Air,” from the barnstorming airshows…

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  • Meet SANCA’s Doctor of Physical Therapy and Circus Coach – Emily Scherb! - Emily started her circus career when she was eleven years old at a summer camp in Pennsylvania. She began by learning static trapeze, mini-tramp, and tumbling. Then moved on to partner acrobatics, swinging rings, aerial cradle and flying trapeze, and became a flying trapeze instructor when she was 15 years old. She moved to Portland,…

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  • Back to Sports with Title Nine and SANCA! - SANCA Board Member Kristina Wicke recently sat down with Circus 1-ders Coach Terri Sullivan to chat about SANCA and Title Nine—a women’s athletic sportswear store in Greenlake—and the upcoming Back-to-Sports Fundraiser benefiting SANCA on Thursday, August 27th. Kristina and Terri have been friends and circus fans since their days performing as members of the New…

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  • The Improbable Return of the Amazing Scotty Walsh! - With a magician, anything is possible, including reappearing at SANCA just in time for the school’s annual Staff Show – The Circus Animal: A Nature Documentary. SANCA is delighted to welcome back Scotty Walsh – one of our earliest circus students and coaches. Scotty is visiting SANCA from Cork, Ireland during the month of August,…

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  • Meet the Flying Randles - The Flying Randles are a mother and daughters team of high flyers that includes Merideth, Evelyn (15), and Carolyn (12) Randles. They first learned about SANCA when they were living in Helena, Montana and a traveling family circus, the Bindlestiffs, came to town and happened to mention a school in Seattle called SANCA. The family…

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  • What I did at Camp this summer - My summer at Camp Tanuga This summer I took a sabbatical from SANCA and my day job of being a Registered Nurse in the ER, and ventured to Michigan and a camp called Camp Tanuga. There I got the opportunity to teach flying trapeze full time, an experience I’ve been longing to have since I…

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  • Meet Dyani, Junior Flyer - Finding Inspiration, Challenge & Greater Confidence Through Flying Trapeze Dyani first learned about SANCA from a friend who was taking classes. She thought that circus looked like a fun and way to get stronger and learn new skills. Watching other people perform circus skills was really inspiring to Dyani, and she wanted to learn it…

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  • Meet Randi – Active, Fearless, Creative, and Curious About the World. - Randi Morrison discovered SANCA—Seattle’s only nonprofit 
circus school—in 2010 when a friend invited her to come to a circus class. She’s always been an active person, but she’d never done anything like circus before. Randi was delighted with the openness of SANCA and the mixture of people of all ages and abilities learning and working…

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  • Meet Amber, The Fatcrobat, SANCA’s hardest-working student - When Amber Parker, a case manager with the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, first came to SANCA she expected to learn new things and get some exercise, but she never expected how rewarding it would be to join a community of supportive, enthusiastic people who would encourage her and help her discover abilities and…

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  • Meet Elijah - Elijah has grown up at SANCA, starting with Baby & Me classes with his mother Rebecca six years ago. At first, they came to SANCA for fun, but as Elijah grew he struggled with movement and balance — they discovered that he had Sensory Processing Disorder and motor delays. He took longer to learn movement…

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  • Family Circus for Father & Son - Dawson & Paul’s Story Dawson and his Dad Paul first learned about SANCA because several of Dawson’s friends were taking classes at SANCA. It sounded like a great place to do cool things, and they decided to take the Family Circus class together so that they could spend more time with each other having fun.…

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  • Meet Duo Straight Up - SANCA Coach Spotlight — Duo Straight Up Rachel Randall & Nick Lowery Coaches Rachel Randall and Nick Lowery are the latest in a longstanding SANCA tradition of students and coaches who dream big and reach for the stars as professional performers. They first started crafting their Chinese Pole duo act in the fall of 2013,…

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  • Learn to ride a unicycle: It really works your legs and core - •  Fitness  •  Life  •  Pacific NW Magazine  •  Wellness Originally published by Seattle Times April 3, 2015 at 11:15 am Unlike riding a bicycle, unicycles require constant tension in the legs, a lot of core and staying in your seat for balance.   By Nicole Tsong Special to The Seattle Times AFTER 50 MINUTES…

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  • SANCA’s Community Story on the Seattle Channel -
  • In the News: UW’s The Daily writes about SANCA - Circus school offers competition-free alternative athleticism March 3, 2015 at 9:56 PM | Emily Muirhead You don’t have to wait for the Ringling Bros. or Cirque du Soleil to come to town to catch a glimpse of the circus. Even better, you don’t have to be a trapeze or juggling master to participate in circus…

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  • Seattle Times article: Circus festival marks SANCA’s 10th anniversary - “Circus festival marks SANCA’s 10th anniversary” Seattle’s School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Summer Circus Festival, Aug. 15-24, 2014, that highlights its move in professional circus production. The school also maintains its commitment to serving youngsters from every background. By Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer Ten years…

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  • SANCA’s Summer Circus Festival opens August 15th - SANCA’s Summer Circus Festival opens August 15th by Maia LeDoux — last modified Sep 04, 2014 10:44 PM History Join us for our first Summer Circus Festival, August 15-24, 2014, including the SANCA Staff Show, “Everyday Miracles” and SANCA Goes Late Nite Variety Shows, curated and directed by David Crellin aka Armitage Shanks. SANCA’s staff…

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  • SANCA received a grant from 4Culture - June 27, 2014 – SANCA has received a $2,000 grant from 4Culture, the King County Cultural Services Agency, to purchase new flying trapeze safety belts and other equipment. Thank you 4Culture!
  • Beyond Intro to Aerials - If you’ve been to SANCA you’ve probably seen people climbing the rope and working on the trapeze. Looks easy when other people do it, don’t you think? I’m going to tell you a secret and introduce you to some amazing women. The secret is that aerial work is hard. Almost everything hurts at first, and…

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  • Beauty Blog: Hands - Want paws of steel that don’t crack or peel? This SANCA Beauty Blog will take you in for an extreme close-up on the digits of some of your favorite Aerialists. Do you or someone you love adore aerials?! If so, you’ve probably noticed thick calluses and dryer skin. Want paws of steel that don’t crack…

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  • Bellevue Girl Finds Success in Circus Skills - http://www.bellevuereporter.com/entertainment/225657571.html Saffi Watson brings oohs and ahs from the audience — Image Credit: Courtesy Photo, Teatro ZinZanni posted Sep 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM By Gabrielle Nomura Special to the Bellevue Reporter For the majority of 12-year olds, extracurricular activities are all about self-improvement: mastering the art of shooting a ball through a basket, speaking…

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  • The girl on the flying trapeze - This blog post is a post from Dawn Parsons’ personal blog. Dawn’s daughter, Lucy, had a stroke as an infant leaving her with hemiparesis, a weakness in one side of her body Wednesday, August 28, 2013 The girl on the flying trapeze Lucy has been attending SANCA (School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts) for one…

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  • Circus Camp: Stella’s Story - SANCA’s circus camps come with two options, half days or full days. It was 6 year-old Stella‘s first time at circus camp, soshe signed up just for half days of camp for the week to see how she liked it. She arrived bright and early, and Stella and her fellow campers met their coaches Zach and Molly. All morning…

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  • This circus comes to town juggling fun with life lessons - Seattle is hosting its first American Youth Circus Festival, in which 300 students and instructors are honing their skills in circus-related events. By Jack Broom Seattle Times staff reporter ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES  Ciona Antolin, 9, of Seattle, takes a class in “fabric drops” as part of the American Youth Circus Festival on…

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  • Seattle Times: Get Your Hoop On! - Pacific NW Magazine Hula hoop it up and get your cardio, core groove going Hooping stabilizes the core and is good cardio. But more importantly, it’s super fun. By Nicole Tsong Special to The Seattle Times   BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER / THE SEATTLE TIMES Instructor Leslie Rosen, right, leads a beginning hula hoop class at the School…

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  • A talk with aerialist Jonathan Rose, part of Moisture Festival 2013 - Originally published March 17, 2013 at 5:47 AM | Page modified March 17, 2013 at 7:52 AM Seattle aerialist Jonathan Rose, who’s had a thing for the circus life since he was 18, will be happily spinning and dangling from a rope at the Moisture Festival, which runs March 21-April 14, 2013. By Michael Upchurch…

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  • Life in a Traveling Circus – Nick & Wendy’s Story - Where did Coaches Nick and Wendy disappear to and what are they doing? Here is their story in their own words… Living on the road with the Zoppe Circus, and being part of a tented touring circus is a grand adventure! We see so many small towns, big cities, and all the land in between.…

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  • Have You said “Hello” to the women who says hello to you in the office?! - SANCA has a new administrative manager; she may be new to her job and new to you but she’s no stranger to SANCA. Our sharply dressed captain of the office team did her first handstand spotted by Chuck and Jo in 2004. She started off as a student but by 2005 she had volunteered to…

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  • Meet the Wonderful Paul & Katie - Have you ever asked yourself, “Who are those people in the tent?! Where did they come from? How did they learn to fly and can they teach me?” Meet Paul and Katie, the powerhouse circus couple that run our amazing program for FLYING TRAPEZE!!!!! Paul grew up in Davenport, Iowa. He has an athletic background…

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  • Arne Bystrom: The Whole Enchilada - If you can do it at SANCA, Arne has done it. He started as a student back in 2006. His father, Carl Bystrom, had already taught him to juggle three balls and after being tipped-off about SANCA by Tara Jensen, Carl convinced Arne to try his first class: Wednesday night Circus Arts with Chuck and…

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  • Learn trapeze, trampoline and more at circus academy - Originally published May 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM | Page modified May 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM Seattle‘s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, SANCA, offers classes in aerial, tumbling, hoop, juggling, trampoline and more. The first Friday of every month is Casual Flyday, where each swing on the flying trapeze is only $5.…

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  • Grab a front rug seat at Moisture Festival - By DOREE ARMSTRONG, SPECIAL TO THE P-I Published 10:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Sally Pepper is one of several aerialists performing at this year’s Moisture Festival. Most of the performances are family-friendly, but there is a series of late-night burlesque shows for the 21-and-older crowd. The festival’s producer said there is a live band at…

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  • Circus school: Getting fit while having a ball - By Vanessa Renée Casavant, Seattle Times staff reporter Demonstrating a hand-to-hand headstand, Charles Johnson balances his business partner, Jo Montgomery, straight in the air, upside-down above his head. Using nothing but their hands, balance and trust, the two remain in unison for more than half a minute until Montgomery says she’s ready to come down. The exercise…

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