Conference 2016

2016 American Circus Educators Conference

October 6th-10th 2016

Hosted by Circus Center in collaboration with AcroSports

 San Francisco, California


AYCO/ACE Member Early Bird (July 1- Aug 1) $375.00
Non-member Early Bird (July 1- Aug 1) $475.00
AYCO/ACE Member $425.00
Non Member $525.00

Event registration will open here July 1st!


Due to the cost and geographic location of hotels in San Francisco, there will NOT be one conference hotel this year. By July 1st, we will share info about a group rate at at least one hotel, as well as a system for arranging low cost home stays with local circus community in the Bay Area.

Housing in San Francisco is VERY expensive.  Here are some ways to save in addition to our best efforts to provide you with options:

-Do you know someone in the area? It may seem obvious, but finding someone you know to stay with will be the cheapest option!

-Stay in a Hostel or Couchsurf: Hostel World lists 20 hostels in the SF area that have beds for under $50 per night. will connect you with local folks to stay in their home for a small fee – you can search to see if you can find circus community on their website.

-Use AirBnb. Use our event fb page to find other folks to share a larger house with and save! Look for houses that don’t require an extra fee for additional people so you have the flexibility to add people and decrease cost. You need to act quick with Airbnb… things get scooped up very quickly.

-When searching for a place to stay – type in our exact venue address to see what is around (755 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117).  The Circus Center is on the N Judah line– so when looking at places that would require public transport, consider something close to that line for easy access. Remember that San Francisco has steep hills! Make sure you understand the nature of the commute to and from where you are staying as the walk may be more intense than it looks on a map!  

Work Study:

We are looking for young adults ages 18-26 who are responsible, reliable, and interested in circus arts. Whether you are interested in circus learning, social circus, teaching, entrepreneurship, or creative development, the EdCon is the place to be. You’ll have the opportunity to take workshops and panels on a myriad of topics and network with circus community leaders, coaches, and performers. All levels and experiences are welcome. Enthusiasm and energy are a must. Apply for work study here! 

Thank you to our sponsors:

AcroSportsBorden Perlman Insurance

 Circadium School of Contemporary

Want to join these amazing organizations?

Click here to view our sponsorship levels and brochure.


American Circus Educators Pre-conference Intensive Announced:

Integrating continuous training for coaches and staff into circus program design.  

Application due June 15th. Apply here.



Every two years ACE hosts a circus educators conference, lovingly referred to as the “edcon”, in a different location in North America. This is the place to be when it comes to to finding inspiration, developing as an educator, learning best practices, discussing hot topics, networking, and community building. The conference attracts attendees from all over the world and has earned a reputation is the premiere professional development opportunity for circus educators.


More info about registration and programming will be announced shortly.  In the meantime, view the EdCon 2014 Report and get excited about all that is to come in 2016!

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