2018 Conference

“The EdCon is one of the very few ways to observe the breadth and diversity of our industry and to learn the multitude of ways circus folk are making their programs work. There is no substitute for talking to other people that are actually doing the things you want to do.” – 2016 participant

Dates: October 4-7, 2018

Location: Decatur, Georgia

Registration is OPEN! Earlybird tickets (available until July 1) – $335. Regular price – $435. ACE/AYCO membership required to register. If you are already an AYCO member, please note we’ve recently switched to a new system (called Memberclicks.) In order to register, you must be logged in.

If you are a current ACE member or would like to renew you membership but have not logged into Memberclicks before, follow the ‘Forgot Password’ link to get an email to reset your password sent to you. If you would like to become a member, simply follow the instructions on the form! If you have any issues with this please email tara@americanyouthcircus.org and we will assist you.

Thurs 10/4, 2018 7pm-10pm – Opening event in Downtown Decatur at

Fri 10/5 – Sun 10/7 9am-10pm – Workshops, keynotes, networking, and social events at the Decatur Recreation Center

Mon 10/8 – optional visits to Atlanta area circus orgs

The Workstudy Program (AYCO bandanas) application is now open! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until August 1st.

Click here to apply!

Workshop Leader Application

We are committed to creating a festival that is inclusive and meets the needs of our growing community. We are focused on accepting the highest quality workshops possible, and ensuring that session descriptions are accurate so that participants have a high level of satisfaction.

Click here to apply!

Applications submitted after May 15, 2018 are accepted on a rolling basis.
Notification Status by June 1, 2018 (or later if application was submitted after May 15). 

Official Conference Hotel: Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

Rate: 159.00 USD  per night

This hotel is right in the middle of Decatur – walking distance to our event site and surrounded by amazing food, shopping, and cultural sites. The hotel has a large modern lobby that will serve as a focal point of our after hours socializing during the event. We highly recommend that you stay here!

To book:

Mention the American Youth Circus room block when making reservations over the phone. Please note the deadline to book with the group is September 13, 2018.

Marriott Central Reservations: 1888-236-2427 Courtyard Decatur Front Desk: 404-371-0204

Online reservations: Book your group rate for American Youth Circus

About the EdCon:

The Biannual Circus Educators Conference festival brings hundreds of circus educators together for 4 days of workshops, keynotes, networking, and community building.

Curious about what previous festivals have been like? Check out the 2016 schedule to get a feel for it.

More event details will be posted here soon – stay tuned.

Pre-Conference Training Offering:

The Recreational Adaptive Circus Arts Teacher Training is appropriate for circus teachers (and facilities) who are working with students with special needs, learning differences, and/or developmental delays. This training will ready ground and aerial teachers to understand what it takes to share the Circus World – the benefits, challenges and fun with the special needs community through lecture and hands-on training on ground equipment (and optional aerial equipment). Training offered by Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT of the Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, GA.

The training is a 3-day ground-only training with a 4-day aerial-add-on option for those circus teachers who are ready to take their special needs students into the air! Click here for pricing, registration and more details. 
Aerial + Ground: Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2018
Ground only: October 2-4, 2018