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New Bed Bliss! Trampoline Lovers Rejoice

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to our donors! A lovely group of supporters recently gifted SANCA a new trampoline bed and spring set. Our Facilities Director, Amanda, installed the new gear a few days prior to the start of Fall Session.

Our staff and students have already been enjoying the upgrade and we can’t wait to introduce even more people to the joy of trampoline with this amazing addition to SANCA’s equipment!


SANCA is looking for a few talented individuals to join our team! Are you looking for a job that allows you to give back to the community? Excited to work with fun and lively co-workers? Love the idea of a non-traditional career with practically unlimited personal and professional growth opportunities? Nothing is impossible when you work for the circus!

We cultivate the spectacular in unexpected places, challenge perceived differences, and celebrate our shared strength. Come find your place at SANCA!

We have full-time and part-time employment opportunities:

We’re also regularly seeking volunteers! Do you have a special skill that you want to share with us? To apply to any of our open positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Human Resources.

See Our Open Position

FALL 1 – Enrollment closes October 2nd

With the first week of classes under our belt, we’re really starting to get into the swing of things for Fall. We’re excited to see the return of our youngest circus stars via Circus Buddies and Kid Circus and thrilled to share the joy of catching during Flying Trapeze once again! While there’s plenty of fun and excitement on the horizon, these are the final days to enroll for Fall Session 1! Enrollment will close on Saturday, October 2nd at 5pm! Click the button below to check out our full schedule of classes and get yourself (or a loved one) enrolled before it’s too late.

A limited number of single serving and virtual classes will be available throughout the session! These classes allow you to drop in on a schedule that works for you. Take one class or several! It’s all up to you!

Not ready to commit to classes right now? No worries! You can join us for Fall Session 2, which will run October 31st through December 18th. Enrollment for Fall Session 2 will begin on Monday, October 11th at noon. So mark your calendars now!


Fall Camps are Open for Enrollment!

Fall Camps are Open for Enrollment!

Thanksgiving Camp – November 22 – 23
Holiday Camps – December 20 – 23 & December 27 – 30

Kids don’t have to run away to join the circus! 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.
If you’re looking for a great way to keep your kids happy and active during their school break, enroll them in one of our Fall Camps! Campers will be presented with a wonderful introduction to many different circus disciplines, giving them the opportunity to explore the joys of everything that SANCA has to offer! From juggling to tumbling, aerial fabric to tightwire, there is so much to enjoy about camp.

All camps:

  • Run from 9am-3pm.
  • Have a student to instructor ratio of 6:1 for maximum safety and fun
  • Are open to beginners.


Win Two Tickets for Cirque Du Soleil, Alegria

Cirque du Soleil is returning to Seattle! Starting January 18, they’ll be presenting Alegria at Marymoor Park! If you’ve never had the chance to experience a Cirque show live, we can tell you it’s a real treat. This classic Cirque du Soleil show has been reimagined for a new generation! A wind of change hangs in the air, as the aristocratic ideals of the old guard are challenged by the revolutionary ideals of a youth in revolt. Come out and experience the magic.

If that’s not enough good news, SANCA is excited to be offering two free tickets to the January 20th performance! Entering the drawing for tickets is super simple…

To Enter

  • Follow @sancaseattle on Instagram
  • Tag a friend that you’d want to attend the show with you
  • Tag 3 friends that are sure to be jealous if you win!
  • You MUST do all 3 tasks!


Students, staff, and community members are all encouraged to participate! One entry is permitted per account

To Win

A winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries


Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria on January 20, 2022

Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.


General Overview
The Development Manager is a member of the SANCA’S leadership team and reports to the Executive Director. The position is responsible for implementing the fundraising and development initiatives as set by the Executive Director, Development Committee, and SANCA Board of Directors.

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:

  • Development Planning: Create and implement a development plan to support the organization’s needs
    and meet annual fundraising goals
  • Donor Management: Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential individual donors,
    conduct activities to attract new donors, and handle donor acknowledgment, record keeping, gift
    matching, and database
  • Grant Writing and Management: Manage the full range of activities required to prepare, submit,
    manage, and track grant proposals to and subsequent grant awards from foundation, corporate, and
    government sources
  • Teamwork: Work closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the Executive
    Director to develop strategies to initiate and meet fundraising goals, and work collaboratively with
    SANCA leadership and staff to achieve larger organization-wide objectives
  • Development Reporting: Create Development Reports for internal and external purposes as necessary
  • Event Planning: Collaborate with SANCA leadership to plan and produce fundraising events
  • Communications: Craft content for fundraising communications for SANCA newsletters, the Annual
    Report, website, emails, and social media, and represent SANCA at donor events, receptions, and
  • Other Duties: Handle other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

The ideal candidate will have three or more years’ experience working in development, fund raising, and/or
grant writing for a non-profit organization or similar institution. They will possess exceptional writing skills and
a history of success with grant applications.
The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, experience with public speaking,
and a passion for networking and connecting with people through their passion for the performing arts. They
will bring an enthusiastic approach to collaborative work environments and a team-oriented mindset to the
position. 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.

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 $57,500 – $73,500. 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

We are updating our mask policy

Dear SANCA Family:

We are updating our mask policy as of August 12, 2021, with the following:

All persons who enter SANCA are required to wear masks that cover face and nose.

The only exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  1.   For staff and students, masks may be temporarily removed when drinking water.
  2. For staff, masks may be temporarily removed when eating (students are not permitted to eat inside SANCA’s facility).
  3. For staff when inside an enclosed room and isolated, masks may be temporarily removed.
John ‘JT’ Tannous
Executive Director, SANCA

Hiring – Administrative Assistant

SANCA is hiring

Administrative Assistant
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
Reports to: Director of Student Services
Description: The Administrative Assistant (AA) is a member of the Office Staff and responsible for providing
administrative and office support to the Office Manager. The AA position is currently part-time and hours will
fluctuate depending on specific events occurring within the organization. Hours currently estimated at 15-20 hours per
week with the majority of hours falling on Saturday and Sunday.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Responsible for daily office operations and must be knowledgeable about SANCA’s programs and policies
– Interacts with students, parents, vendors and visitors and show new students/families around the gym
– Responsible for answering phone, voice mail, and email inquiries about SANCA and transfer to appropriate
staff member when necessary
– Responsible for registering students for classes and/or assisting students to register themselves
– Open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email; sign for and distribute UPS/
FedEx or similarly delivered packages.
– Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, data entry, copying, faxing, mailing and filing.
– Create and modify documents using word processing, spreadsheet, database and/or other presentation software
– Help maintain inventory of office equipment and supplies
– May supervise volunteers and other support personnel
– Assist with special events, such as fundraising activities and productions
– Assist with overall maintenance of the organization and its offices
– Maintain student database
– Attendance: Record attendance during check-in, Follow-up with no-shows
– Inform students/families who are ready to advance
– Flying Trapeze Registration: Communicate with FT Director regarding changes/updates, Manage class closures
– Various projects and tasks as assigned
The ideal candidate would have the
– Ability to operate standard office equipment, including but not limited to, computers, telephone systems,
calculators, copiers and facsimile machines.
– Good writing, analytical and problem-solving skills.
– Knowledge of principles & practices of organization, planning, records management & general administration.
– Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
– Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
– Ability to work well alone and as part of a team
-Familiarity with Google Suite
SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Previous administrative experience preferred.
Compensation: $18/hr
To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to

Meet The Sidekick: Mick Holsbeke

Every professor needs a reliable research assistant! Lucky for us Mick Holsbeke has stepped up to assist our dear Dr. Phalenopsis on his latest adventure!

As the Associate Producer of EnJoy Productions, Mick is no stranger to zany exploits. Mick is a world-renown clown with a ravenous appetite for the ridiculous. His unique perspective on clowning, exuberant physical acting, and circus expertise were developed at the prestigious École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal and, later, at the Hangar des Mines (with Michel Dallaire) in France.

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MENU – Blossom, A Circus Odyssey

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


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