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Blossom: A Circus Odyssey

Table-side Cocktail Hour:

Northwest Grazing Board
Assorted European cheeses
Rosettes of house-cured meats
Seasonal fresh fruit
Vanilla-chipotle spice pecans
Herb marinated olives
Housemade tapenades
Pike Place Market pickled vegetables
and rosemary cracker bread

Elegant Summer Dinner:
First Course
-Savory Melon Gazpacho Soup, Lemongrass Poached Prawns and Candied Jalapeños
Second Course
-Black pepper and thyme crusted chicken breast + Pike Place Market vegetables + polenta corn cakes
-creamy rosemary polenta with Sicilian eggplant caponata with golden raisins and toasted pine nuts (Vegan, Gluten Free) + warm quinoa salad with shaved Brussel sprouts, spiced chickpeas, dried cranberries and apples + Pike Place Market vegetables

Dessert (pre-set)
Sweet Dreams Tidbit Box
(take home or enjoy at show)
-Handcrafted French Macaroons
-Triple Chocolate Truffles
-Coconut Haystacks



Up With A Twist – BLOSSOM, A Circus Odyssey. August 28th, 2021

Meet your Emcee and guide for the evening, Kevin Joyce. For many, Kevin is a familiar face. As the Producing Director of EnJoy Productions, Kevin has been bring his own unique style to Seattle stages for years!

As the adventurous Dr. Eugenio Phalenopsis, he’ll take you on the journey of a lifetime. Stay in step with him and you’re sure to find yourself in a whole new world teeming with undiscovered flora and unexpected surprises. And we’re certain there’ll be plenty of laughs and heartwarming moments along the way.

Tickets on sale NOW


Hello SANCA Family!

Our annual Gala fundraiser and circus show, Up With a Twist, is only a few weeks away! We’ve kept our noses to the grindstone to make this one of our best shows to date, so we hope you’ll come out to see our Youth Companies and Guest Artists’ hard work in action! Tickets are on sale now. We encourage you to buy your tickets early to lock in the best price since ticket prices will go up on August 13!

Up With a Twist is always a good time, but it’s so much more than that! The event raises funds to support SANCA’s work and this year that support is needed more than ever! Our Social Circus programs were suspended due to the pandemic, so much of the funds raised this year will go to rebuilding those programs, which provide circus to typically underserved populations. Our Social Circus programs include Every Body’s Circus (EBC) for students with physical, mental, and emotional challenges; the new BIPOC Youth Scholarship which aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the circus arts; our outreach programs which allow us to share the joy of circus outside the confines of our building; and more. Can we count on your support?

Every ticket sold helps to keep SANCA thriving and introducing new generations to the beauty and creativity of circus. Are you capable of purchasing a table, but fear you’ll have more seats then you need? Consider sponsoring a table to host SANCA coaches and families of performers who may not be able to attend otherwise. You purchase the table and we’ll fill your remaining seats with fun and lively company! Click this link to purchase a table (or two!). After you complete your purchase, our team will reach out to you to ask for names of guests, and you can reply that you’d like to host coaches and performer families for some or all of your seats. Want to help, but unable to attend the event in person or sponsor a table? Please consider giving a gift of support via our online portal.

We’re ready to take you on a wild ride through the deepest corners of the jungle! Come out and enjoy a good meal, a dazzling show, and the joy of supporting a worthy cause! Grab your tickets now before prices increase on August 13th!

Hiring – Recreational Circus Coach

SANCA is hiring 
Recreational Circus Coach 
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts 
Reports to: Tom Hanna, Program Director 
Description: A circus coach is responsible for instructing students ages 6-99 in the  joys of circus arts. Recreational Circus classes  at SANCA are usually offered on a session basis with Summer session typically including single-serving classes. The number of students in each class depends on the  ages and level of the class, the average is 6 students. We are looking for someone who has a passion for empowering students, who can easily adapt when plans go awry, and who can act as a positive role model for the students. This is a part time position offering up to 25 hours each week and has a pay range of $19 – $25 per hour.
Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
– Adhere to SANCA’s policies, objectives and rules 
– Support SANCA’s Mission and Vision 
– Coach circus classes with an emphasis on safety, positivity, and small steps to success. 
– Follow the curriculum and weekly rotation 
– Present a high level of professionalism as a teacher/representative of SANCA 
– Prepare for each day’s classes before teaching begins 
– Communicate with other coaches teaching at the same time as you to maintain good flow throughout the  gym and rotation of use of equipment 
– Participate in SANCA staff training 
– Communicate with the supervisor about needs, challenges, student progress
 – Communicate with other coaches about the lesson plans, curriculum, classroom rules 
The ideal candidate would 
– Have a year experience working with culturally diverse youth 
– Have two years of experience teaching youth 
– Have good classroom management skills 
– Have a working knowledge of child physical and cognitive development 
– Have a broad knowledge of circus skills and safe progressions (especially, tumbling, acro, juggling, tightwire,  rolling globe, trapeze, trampoline) 
– Be a strong leader, patience, mature, and dependable 
– Have First Aid/CPR certification 
Minimum requirements are: 
– A year experience working with youth 
– Working knowledge of circus skills 
– Pass a background check 
– Patience and ability to deal with stressful situations 
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to

News You’ve Been Waiting For!

By now, we hope you’ve heard that TWIST is coming Saturday, August 28th and you’ve saved the date on your calendars. But we have even more exciting news to share. We’ve kept it under wraps long enough! SANCA has some very special guests joining us for the evening and we’re finally ready to shout it from the mountain tops. Please help us celebrate the amazing talent, grace, and showmanship of our Guest Artists:
Kevin Joyce
Emma Curtiss
The Seattle Tricking Co-Op (STCO)

Deon Fox

SANCA will be closed Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29

An Important Message from our Executive Director

Hello SANCA Family,

A record-setting heat wave is on the way to Seattle. Temperatures on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are expected to be in excess of 95 degrees and may hit triple digits. In the past 100 years, Seattle has recorded 100+ temperatures only three times, so this is truly a unique situation. The large open gym spaces at SANCA do not have air conditioning.

Here’s what you need to know regarding classes and camps at SANCA:

  1. Camps will continue to operate Monday-Friday. Students will take more breaks, do less strenuous circus activities, and spend some time in the blue and green rooms where there is A/C. We also have students play in the sprinklers outside.
  2. All other classes are cancelled for those two days.
  3. Due to the nature of the environment in the Flying Trapeze Tent, and to protect our staff and students, SANCA is preemptively cancelling all Flying Trapeze classes on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Students will automatically receive a credit in their account for the canceled classes. Students may request a refund by contacting the SANCA Front Office.
John “JT” Tannous
Executive Director, SANCA

FREE CIRCUS SHOW – Sunday June 20

Enjoy Some Circus in the Wild This Weekend
at Edge Skate Park

TWO SHOWS!!! 3pm & 4pm on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

You may catch a couple of familiar faces at Chrysalis Circus’ Revolve show. Hosted by one of SANCA‘s favorite MCs, Billy Boy, this show is sure to be a fun romp for the whole family.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no audience seating. However, you’re encourage to come out, support the performers, and enjoy the show while practicing safe social distancing. For those who cannot join in-person, the show will also stream live!

For more Info, check out:

Your host, Billy Boy
Saleurn Ramos
John Spinosa
Seatown Riders
And Emma Curtiss


Position Description
General Overview
The Marketing Manager is a key role at SANCA, with responsibility for SANCA’s visibility through branding, marketing, and communications. The Marketing Manager reports to the Artistic Director.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. The list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class.
Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develops and manages marketing, public relations, and branding initiatives, according to the strategic direction set by the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Board of Directors.
  • Designs powerful and compelling graphics to vibrantly represent SANCA’s brand in advertisements, websites, emails, social media, and other media outlets.
  • Creates and manages promotional email campaigns to communicate with SANCA’s community.
  • Creates compelling social media content and campaigns with high frequency and quality that interacts appropriately within the social media sphere.
  • Develops and implements effective paid advertising campaigns to attract new and past clients and students.
  • Maintains SANCA’s website content with new and fresh content.
  • Develops and implements a public relations strategy, and builds relationships with media agencies, that results in articles and content produced by outside media outlets to boost SANCA’s profile.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and Development staff to design and
    implement effective promotional campaigns to support fund raising and development efforts at SANCA.
  • Works with the Social Integration Director and IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Antiracism) Team to ensure that SANCA’s visibility reflects its community.
  • Works with and communicates effectively with other SANCA staff to support a robust team work environment.
  • Handles other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director and/or Executive Director.
The ideal candidate will be highly skilled in graphic design and knowledgeable in marketing, social media, advertising, public relations, and communications. They will work well with others and have a strong ability to foster a creative, open-minded work environment; they will be open to new and different ideas, with a willingness to celebrate the successes of their team
members. They are also able to work independently when necessary. A degree in marketing, public relations, and/or graphic design is a plus. Strong work experience in a related position would reflect a candidate likely to hit the ground running and be successful in this role. We will also consider candidates whose experiences and learning have come through non-traditional paths.
This position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, and bending in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping and repetitive hand movement using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading correspondence, using a computer, and in the safe supervision of staff and students. The
ability to communicate is required when providing phone and personal service. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
This position is full-time salaried. The salary range for the position is $45,000 – $60,000. Benefits include paid vacation time, sick/safe leave, paid holidays, free circus classes for staff, free and/or discounted circus classes for direct family of staff, and free use of SANCA’s gym for training and fitness. At this time, SANCA does not provide health insurance. However, there is a working plan to provide that benefit to full-time staff in the future.
Please email your cover letter and resume to Position is open until
filled. Questions may be asked by email only to

Message from SANCA’s Development Director – Jeff Deveaux

It’s with a sense of bittersweetness that I announce my resignation as Development Director at SANCA. My seventeen-year tenure at SANCA as a coach, grant writer, and development director has been filled with amazing experiences, people, and opportunities that I will never forget. After all these years I’ve decided to pursue a new opportunity and I’ve accepted a position as the Grants Manager at the Henry Art Gallery.
I feel fortunate to have been a part of SANCA and to have had the opportunity to meet so many of you and share the experience of circus with you and your families. As inspirational, exciting, and fun as circus is as an art form and activity, it’s really the community of people that make it so special, and I want to thank you all for everything that you bring to the SANCA community; it’s been an honor knowing all of you.
Best Regards,
Jeff Deveaux

Camp Volunteer opportunity

SANCA offers an extensive day camp program for children age 6 and up.  Our day camps allow students to develop physical skills, increase confidence, build self-esteem and get physically fit.  

There is no experience necessary to enroll in Core Generalish Circus Arts camps.

All camps are beginning level.  

Our student to instructor ratio is 5:1 for maximum safety and fun.

Full day camps are 9am-3pm.  


  • Each camp day begins at 8:30am, the first half-hour of each day is a time for setup and check-ins with Misty, SANCA’s Camp Coordinator. Misty will help you get acquainted with the plan for each day during this time. 
  • The camp-day will continue until 3:30pm, with the last half-hour being a time for end-of-day cleanup, breakdown, and another check-in with Misty to go over how each day went.


  • · Assisting with setup at the beginning of each day
  • · Greeting campers as they arrive and helping them find cubbies, as well as escorting them to their coaches
  • · Being a welcoming influence throughout the day, showing enthusiasm and celebrating the successes of campers
  • · Assisting campers with transitions between circus-stations, facilitating movement of camp-groups through the space
  • · Helping to uphold SANCA’s COVID-19 guidelines, reminding campers about proper social distancing and mask-wearing
  • · Assisting individual campers with finding an available bathroom, a band-aid, or an ice pack
  • · Being available to coaches with finding Tom or Misty if additional floor-support is needed
  • · Helping supervise during mask-breaks and lunch time, helping ensure that campers are maintaining safe distancing and washing hands before and after lunch
  • · Other duties as outlined by Misty



  • Make sure you are having fun! The above list may seem daunting, but always remember that your first priority should be having a good time being here and helping the campers. 
  • Tom and Misty are here to help! Asking questions is how we all learn and grow. If you’re uncertain about anything, don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Remember to take breaks and stay hydrated!
  • The campers are people just like the rest of us, don’t be afraid to get to know them. Campers will always be excited to hear about your experience with circus arts, feel free to share your knowledge, stories, and jokes. Conversation makes lunchtime go by quickly.
  • Again, have fun with it! Our goal is to make sure that everyone is having the best possible time here.



Camps Manager

Misty Doty

Program Director

Tom Hanna