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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


 Tickets are on sale now


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