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

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

Dates: October 4-7, 2018

Location: Decatur, Georgia

Ticket Price: $435

Register here!

1) ACE/AYCO membership is required to register. If you are already an AYCO member, please note w e’ve recently switched to a new system (called Memberclicks.) In order to register, you must be logged in.

2) If you are a current ACE member, or would like to renew your membership, but you have not logged into Memberclicks, our new system, before: follow the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the login page to get an email to reset your password sent to you.

3) If you are not a member yet and would like to join, simply follow the instructions as you fill out the registration form for the conference! If you have any issues with this please email tara@americanyouthcircus.org and we will assist you.

4) There is only one registration per account. Each person wishing to purchase a ticket to the event must have their own account and be logged in.

Conference Schedule:

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

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

Please note that meals are not included – there are a variety of quick and affordable food options within walking distance from our venue! Complimentary coffee and snacks will be available during breaks.

Workshop Schedule

The projected workshop schedule is open – please click the link above! To sign up, you will need to have your own Sched account (this is separate from your ACE account), and already have registered and paid through the ACE Member Portal. For questions about the workshop schedule, contact the Program Director Alisan Funk at alisan@americanyouthcircus.org.

Workstudy Application

The Workstudy Program (‘The Bandanas’) application is closed.

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. Applications are closed.

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!

Please contact the hotel by Wednesday August 1st to make a reservation. The deadline is not until Sept 13th – however, we need to get a sense of how many participants plan to stay at the hotel as we are in danger of not making our modest hotel block numbers, which would result in drastic fees for ACE that would be difficult for us to manage. We would be very grateful if you could make your reservations so that we can understand our numbers.

Book by phone: Mention the American Youth Circus room block when making reservations over the phone. Please note the final deadline to book with the group is September 13, 2018Marriott Central Reservations: 1888-236-2427. Courtyard Decatur Front Desk: 404-371-0204.

Book online: Book your group rate for American Youth Circus


Pre-Conference Training Offering:

Due to feedback from our AYCO/ACE community, we’ve condensed our Recreational Adaptive Circus Arts Teacher Training to a 4-day training that includes both ground and aerial adaptive instruction. The price has been reduced as well. We hope that these changes will make this training more accessible to even more Circus teachers and directors offering the Circus Arts to the adaptive/special needs population.

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 Circus teachers to understand what it takes to share the Circus World – the benefits, challenges and fun with the Adaptive/special needs community through lecture and hands-on training on ground and aerial equipment.

This is a 4-day teacher training that includes both adaptive aerial and ground instruction.

New Dates: October 1-4, 2018

See website for more pricing, registration, and more details.