Cirrus Circus presents “Seattle Unfrozen: Seeing Our City Through Circus”

Tickets will be on sale soon!


About the show: Looking to showcase their hometown through the sparkling lens of acrobatics, aerial artistry, and juggling, SANCA’s youth performance troupe Cirrus Circus presents Seattle Unfrozen: Seeing Our City Through Circus. The eleven members of Cirrus Circus, aged 14 to 18, take a family of out-of-towners on a heartfelt drive through the emerald city, inviting the audience to take a fresh look at the streets they know by heart. While flipping, twisting, and contorting through landmarks such as the Fremont Troll and Pike Place Market, after sharing a cup of coffee and complaining about the rain, the Seattle freeze might just melt away, bringing everyone in the theater into a truly spectacular celebration of community, joy, and the city we call home.

Appropriate for all ages. Approximately 60 minutes.

Adult tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
Youth tickets: (17 and under) $15 in advance and $18 at the door

Performers: Cirrus Circus, SANCA’s teen performance troupe. Learn about Cirrus here.

Show dates
Friday, April 21, 7 pm
Saturday, April 22, 7 pm
Sunday, April 23, 3 pm
Friday, April 28, 7 pm
Saturday, April 29, 7 pm
Sunday, April 30, 3 pm

Yaw Theater
6520 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Camp Volunteer opportunity 2023

SANCA offers an extensive day camp program for children aged 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 Generalist Circus Arts camps.
All camps are beginning level, apart from our Menagerie Camp which runs in the Summer.

Full-day camps are from 9 am – 3 pm.  


  • Each camp day begins at 8:30 am, the first half-hour of each day is a time for setup and check-ins with the Camp Management Team, which consists of Keller and Esjay. Keller and Esjay will help you get acquainted with the plan for each day during this time. 
  • The camp day will continue until 3:30 pm, with the last half-hour being a time for end-of-day cleanup, breakdown, and another check-in with the Camp Management Team 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 the 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 Keller or Esjay if additional floor support is needed
  • · Helping supervise during mask breaks and lunchtime, helping ensure that campers are maintaining safe distancing and washing hands before and after lunch
  • · Other duties as outlined by Keller and Esjay



  • 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. 
  • Esjay and Keller 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.





Lead Camp Administrator

Esjay Powell

Summer camps head coach

Keller O’Malley

New Board Member & Treasurer

Hello! My name is Angela, I am SANCA’s newest Board Member. I am very happy to be a part of SANCA and excited to serve as a Board Member and Treasurer. I have over ten years of financial management experience spanning a wide variety of industries and growth phases. My professional career has been heavily focused on implementing finance operations, preparing budgets/forecasts, and constructing executive-level presentations and board slides. I have been studying aerial in my free time for four years and have been a lifelong appreciator of the circus, dance, and theater arts. I have been a member of the SANCA training community taking classes, private lessons, and self-training here for the last two years. I am a single parent of two lovely humans, Adia & Daschiell, who also train and take classes at SANCA. I am excited to combine my personal life experience and understanding of diverse family structures with my ten-plus years of corporate business management knowledge to make SANCA the best circus training environment for all!

New job opening: Camp Coaches

Circus Camp Coach
Reports to: Camp Management Team

The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) is looking for energetic and enthusiastic circus coaches for circus camp. Camps run Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. All hired coaches will be trained to coach to SANCA’s standards of safety and skill progressions.

Description: SANCA’s Camp Program provides a fun, engaging, and safe experience for children between ages 6 and 15, with camps grouped by age. Coaches will instruct campers in trampoline, tumbling, aerial rope and fabric, static trapeze, partner acrobatics, German Wheel, Unicycle, juggling, and other circus skills. Coaches will help to create an exciting and fun experience that includes teamwork, a positive atmosphere, and the joy of circus, helping campers through the challenge of learning new things by breaking difficult or complex skills down into steps, and helping their students feel successful at their own pace.

Camp coaches are part-time, ranging from 18 to 33 hours per week. Camp coach shifts are 5-8 hours long and between 8:30 am and 5 pm on camp days.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Adhere to SANCA’s policies, objectives, and rules
– Support SANCA’s Mission and Vision
– Participate in SANCA Camp staff paid training
– Present a warm and welcoming demeanor towards campers and parents, and engage with campers in a fun and constructive manner
– Maintain a safe environment for the student, physically and emotionally
– Supervise campers in a variety of circus skills and apparatuses, including the Flying Trapeze tent, as assigned by SANCA’s camp management team
– Coach circus classes emphasizing 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
– Communicate with other coaches teaching at the same time as you to maintain good flow throughout the gym and rotation of use of equipment
– Communicate with the camp management team about needs, challenges, and student progress
– Be present and ready to greet campers 30 minutes before camp starts and work with other coaches to clean up camp areas 30 minutes after camp ends (this is paid time)
– Manage social interactions in downtime, including transition moments, snack breaks, and lunches
– Provide motivational support and guidance to campers
– Communicate and enforce SANCA’s COVID protocols

The ideal candidate would:
– Have experience working with and/or instructing culturally diverse youth
– Have good class management skills
– Have a working knowledge of children’s physical and cognitive development
-Working knowledge in movement-based activities, especially circus or gymnastics, and willingness to learn additional movements and skills required
– Have the willingness to learn on the job
– Be able to lift equipment and spot students where appropriate
– Exercise mature judgment and sound decision-making
– Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude and positive demeanor

The minimum requirements are:
– Experience working with youth
– Working towards a basic knowledge of circus skills
– Pass a background check
– Patience and ability to deal with stressful situations

Benefits and Compensation
– $21/hour minimum starting pay, negotiable based on experience
– Free circus classes for staff and free and/or discounted circus classes for the direct family of staff
– Free use of SANCA’s gym space for Independent Training during open hours, upon completion of appropriate orientation
– Reduced tuition for most workshops

To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to
SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Winter 2 classes

SANCA has a large class selection for all ages with classes in all things from juggling to flying trapeze! Check out the list below to view classes that are still available for this session. You can learn more about each class by visiting their respective link or by browsing on your own here.



Preteen Circus

Flying Trapeze for Everyone

Adult Partner Acro 3 Jam (DROP-IN)

Adult Advanced Flying Trapeze


Adult aerial fundamentals (DROP-IN)

Strength & Flex (Online)

Kid Circus

Preteen Aerial 2

Circus for Non-Traditional Athletes

Adult Advanced Trapeze

Flying Trapeze for Everyone  (DROP-IN)

Adult Intermediate Rope


Handbalance 1 (Online)

Kid Circus

Conditioning with Straps & Rings


Teen/Adult Beginner Trapeze & Lyra 1

Teen/Adult Beginner Lyra 2

Adult Aerial Fundamentals

Parkinson’s Circus


Handstand Jam (DROP-IN)

Teen Beginner Aerial 1

Intro to Juggling


10 AM Flying Trapeze for Everyone (DROP-IN)

12 PM Flying Trapeze for Everyone  (DROP-IN)

1 PM Flying Trapeze for Everyone  (DROP-IN)

Adult Aerial Strength & Flex (DROP-IN)

12 PM Adult Handbalancing 1\2 (DROP-IN)

1 PM Adult Handbalancing 1\2 (DROP-IN)

Teen Circus

Adult Beginner Trapeze 1


Intro to Chinese Pole 


Juggle Jam (DROP-IN)

10 AM Flying Trapeze for Everyone  (DROP-IN)

11 AM Flying Trapeze for Everyone (DROP-IN)

12 PM Flying Trapeze for Everyone  (DROP-IN)

Teen classes

Parents: Are you looking for teen activities for after-school or weekend days? SANCA has a large class selection for teens, from juggling to flying trapeze! Check out some of our popular classes below. You can learn more about each class by visiting their respective link or by browsing on your own here.

Circus 101
Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:25 PM w/Coach Echo

Beginner aerial 1
Friday from 5:00 PM to 6:25 PM w/Coach Erika

Beginner Aerial 2
Monday from 5:00 PM to 6:25 PM w/Coach Gabby

Beginner Aerial 2
Sunday, from 12:00 PM to 1:25 PM w/Coach Erika.

Intermediate Aerial
Sunday from 1:30 PM to 2:55 PM w/Coach Jasmine

Trampoline 1
Sunday 11:00 AM to 12:25 PM w/Coach Keller

Trampoline 2/3
Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM w/Coach Keller

Intro to Chinese pole | ages 11 +
Sunday from 3:00 PM to 4:25 PM w/Coach Raymi

Unicycle | ages 11+
Friday from 5:00 PM to 5:55 PM w/Coach John

Unicycle | ages 11+
Sunday from 12:00 PM to 12:55 PM w/Coach John

Intro to Juggling | ages 11+
Friday from 6:00 PM to 6:55 PM w/Coach John

Tightwire | ages 11+
Saturday from 11:30 AM to 12:25 PM w/Coach Christine

Youth All Levels Flying Trapeze | Ages 10-18
Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 6:55 PM

Youth All Levels Flying Trapeze | Ages 10-18
Saturday from 5:00 PM to 6:55 PM

Youth Advanced Flying Trapeze | Ages 10-18
Sunday from 3:00 PM to 4:55 PM

Flying Trapeze for Everyone | 6+

-Saturday from 12:00 PM to 12:55 PM
-Saturday from 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
-Sunday from 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM.
-Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM.
-Sunday from 12:00 PM to 1:55 PM
-Monday from 6:00 PM to 6:55 PM
-Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 8:55 PM

Pay Per Flight | 4+
Friday at 6:00 PM


Administrative Assistant – Front Office

Administrative Assistant
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Reports to: Front Office Manager

Description: The Administrative Assistant (AA) is a member of the Office Staff and is 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 are currently estimated at 15-24 hours per week with the majority of hours falling on weekends and weekday evenings.

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 the 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 in registering 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 are 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 the 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 their class level
– 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: $20/hr

To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to

Hiring: Human Resources Manager

Position description:
The Manager of Human Resources is a key role at SANCA, with responsibility for Human Resources and administrative services. The Manager of Human Resources reports to the Executive Director.

Examples of essential duties
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:

  • Plans and manages the Human Resources functions including:
  • Employee relations, recruitment, selection and onboarding, classification and compensation administration, benefit programs
  • Federal and State laws regarding employment
  • Investigation of personnel complaints, including serving as a primary point of contact for harassment claims, and their proactive investigation, evaluation, and resolution
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop Human Resources policy 
  • Manages SANCA’s risk management program, claims management, accident, incident, and injury reporting, and Workers’ Compensation.
  • Manages the administration of all personnel records, ensuring files are up-to-date and accurate
  • Manages personnel issues, including recruitment, employment, position descriptions, disciplinary actions, grievances, performance problems, and evaluations
  • Ensures that SANCA’s human resources efforts align with approved policies and procedures that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion among staff
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve working relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provides guidance and input on staff restructures, workforce planning, and succession planning.
  • Manages the organization’s general liability, property, and special events insurance programs, and coordinates related issues through insurance carriers.
  • Handles other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. 

Minimum qualifications:
A minimum of two years of experience in non-profit organization operations, human resources, or related work is required. Candidates must have the ability to learn and grow on the job, excel in a fast-paced environment, and work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. 

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, however, lived experience may substitute for a degree. Experience and/or education in Business Administration, Human Resources, and/or Non-Profit Management is desired. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.  

Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn:

  • Principles and practices of human resources administration including classification and compensation; insurance and benefits administration; recruitment and retention; training; employee relations; and management, investigation, and resolution of grievances.
  • Principles, techniques, and methods of occupational health and safety administration; workers’ compensation rules and regulations; OSHA, WISHA, L&I, and national industry safety standards.
  • Record keeping and file maintenance principles and procedures.
  • Contract management including leasing, subleasing, service contracts, and purchase agreements.

Skill in:

  • Reading, interpreting, understanding, and applying employment standards, procedures, applicable Federal and State rules and regulations, and SANCA policies and procedures.
  • Analyzing problems, resolving disputes and grievances, and recommending effective solutions.
  • Developing and administering human resources plans, policies, and procedures.
  • Operating and troubleshooting office computers, servers, and a variety of software applications and systems.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
  • Managing a diverse workforce and serving a diverse population with a broad spectrum of skills and abilities.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

This position is a full-time non-exempt 32-hour-a-week position. The salary range (Manager level) for the position is $22.83 -27.64. Benefits include paid vacation time, sick/safe leave, paid holidays, free circus classes for staff, free and/or discounted circus classes for a 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. 

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. The need to lift, drag and push equipment weighing up to 25 pounds is occasionally required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Please email your cover letter and resume to
The position is open until filled. Questions may be asked by email only to

Meet SANCA’s new Outreach Coordinator

Today we announce that Coach Julia has accepted the role of Outreach and Events Coordinator here at SANCA! Julia was born and raised in Seattle and has called this city home as long as she has known. Starting out in the theater as a kid, they stumbled upon circus arts when doing a one-act play that required “something circus-y.” She has since gone on to specialize in Aerial Fabric and Lyra (Aerial Hoop). Julia has been at SANCA for a year now and is excited to be stepping into this new position! They bring to this role experience working with both public and private schools in the Greater Seattle area, coordination, and production experience while working on volunteer film projects, and a background in theater and circus arts. When not at SANCA, they can most likely be found at home, hibernating with a cup of coffee and cuddling with their roommate’s dog.

SASS is back!

We’re bringing our circus magic back to Broadway Performance Hall.
SASS is returning December 2nd-4th!


Tickets are on sale now!


What is SASS?

SASS is SANCA’S Annual Showcase Spectacular!! Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and community members. This showcase is for one weekend only. We hold four shows, each featuring a different lineup of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers.

At its core, SASS is a community showcase displaying all of the hard work our students and staff put into their art. Which we want to celebrate! Audiences will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, juggling, and much more! Trust us, you DON’T want to miss out!

Adult tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Youth tickets (17 and under) will be $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Doors open 30 mins before showtime. 

Buy tickets!

Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and community members. This showcase is for one weekend only. We hold four shows, each featuring a different lineup of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers. Audience members are asked to remain masked at all times unless actively eating or drinking.

Performers by day:

Friday, December 2nd | 7 pm

  • Cirrus Circus – Group Acro
  • Janience Jenkins – Fabric
  • Alex P & Maggie L (Stratus Circus) – Recess Acrobatics
  • Angela Jewett – Centripetal Motion
  • Nimbus Circus – Jump Rope Party
  • Hollis Hamilton – Flight of Icarus
  • Ryan A & Caroline AB – Picnic on the Hillside
  • Kevin Ruddell – You Don’t Say
  • Kalinda Pride – Wheelflight
  • Christina Pinho – This is Me
  • Cirrus Circus – Contortion
  • Brian Crawford – Wind of Change
  • Celestial Circus – Breakfast
  • Arne Bystrom – Plastic
  • Vertical Axis – Bond Girls Smash the Patriarchy

Saturday, December 3rd | 3 pm

  • Stratus Circus – Ribbons by the Ocean
  • Kyla Helgeland Alexander – Trapeze
  • Liz Young – The Bells of Montserrat
  • The Harden Family Acrobats
  • Devin Helton – Revival
  • Maiya, Miranda, & Amaranta (Nimbus Circus) – Fabric
  • Nina, Rose, Ali, & Ava (Cirrus Circus) – Happiness Does Not Wait
  • Lola Rosenblum – Happy Together
  • Esme King-Bagley – Esme on Silks
  • Dani Burke – Ultraluminary
  • Terry Crane – Drama and Dramamine

Saturday, December 3rd | 7 pm

  • Ryan, Caroline, Morrision, Leah (Cirrus Circus) – Train Stop Juggling
  • Christine Denker – Ouroboros
  • Little Ls – Round 1
  • Julia Schoemig – L’Enfer
  • Adrian Hillyer – Paralyzed
  • Duo Bijoux – Count on Me
  • Mia, Paloma, Dia, and Avery (Nimbus Circus) – First Light
  • Celestial Circus – Before Alice
  • Stratus Circus – Aerial Ladder
  • Laura Sposato Smitten Kitten
  • Morrison Helton – 998 Good Bricks
  • Adrian H & Jessie W – Someone, Something or Somewhere
  • Maya Shahani – A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
  • Emma Cady – Piece of My Heart
  • Drew Drummond – Disco Revival
  • Duo Avocado – State Lines

Sunday, December 4th | 3 pm

  • Alena & Elisha (Nimbus Circus) – Victory
  • Jasmine Meyer – Misty Clouds
  • Valentina Zackrone – Siren’s Dream
  • Cirrus Circus – Club Passing
  • Hannah Lindell-Smith – BomBom
  • Kira Meyer – Water Spirit
  • Kyla & Thomas Alexander – Crashing
  • Nina Lovre – Amanecer
  • Tara Adams – Elysian
  • Caroline, Ryan, Yona, & Elisha – Puddles
  • Windward Duo – Skirmish at Sea