ACE April 2022 News


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⚖️ We Got Values, Yes We Do!

In the spring of 2021, the AYCO/ACE Board of Directors embarked on the task of creating a set of values that would align with the mission of the organization, and continue to support and guide the work for the future. Over the course of the last year, the AYCO/ACE  advisory committees were invited to participate by contributing their ideas and perspective on what core values the organization has embodied in the past and should continue to reach for in the future. Along with suggestions from Board members, all input was evaluated and common themes and threads were identified. Finally, the Governance Committee of the Board crafted the statement. The culmination of this process is the Values Statement which the Board has officially adopted. Community feedback is welcomed, as we see this as a living process. (Please email with any input.)

We are delighted to share with our community our newly established Values Statement! The AYCO/ACE community holds these values in making circus education a space where all are welcome and safe:
SAFETY: We affirm that physical, socio-emotional, and psychological safety are rights of everyone in our community.
INCLUSION – We pledge to amplify and cultivate diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and identities in pursuit of equity.
COLLABORATION – We foster cooperation through clear communication, and collective action, to strengthen our interconnected community. 
FUN – We delight in the joy of play, and in the creation of open minds, expressive bodies, and vibrant souls through circus arts.


💸 #TheFutureIsCircus Fundraiser

Over this past weekend, we celebrated World Circus Day by hosting our #TheFutureIsCircus Fundraiser! Together with your help, we were able to raise $1,315 to put torward the future of circus!

We are thankful to everyone that donated and shared this event. We could not have done this without YOU! Still want to donate? You can donate anytime here:


🤑 New Member Discounts

Exciting news! We just added another new discount to your membership perks! Our friends at Hoopologie are hooking you up with savings on hoop goodies! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this email or check the Member Deals and Discount Center for details!



Every two years, ACE/AYCO runs a voluntary survey to collect information about circus education in the USA. This year, we are collaborating with the American Circus Alliance (ACA) to expand the survey to also gather information about the US circus performance sector. The goal of the survey is to get as complete a count as possible of all circus educators, companies, and workers in the United States. AYCO/ACE and ACA will use this information to advocate for the circus industry. We know that circus education and performance have a huge impact on the lives of those who work in the industry, but to make a case for our impact on the economy and vitality of our greater communities, we need hard numbers.
This is your chance to help the US circus community. Please help us learn about all the wonderful circus operations around the United States by taking the survey and sharing it with other circus workers you know. The more organizations and people we hear from, the better information we will have to support the whole sector. This survey will be open from April 1 – May 30, 2022. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes.


👥 Let’s Get Social!

Are you following us on social media? 👀 If not, hit that follow button so we can connect! We want to see more of you in our feed so we can send you social love and share your highlights, training gains, shows and more. You can follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, where we like to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of circus, with our organization and members. Plus we like to share circus inspo, helpful resources and more. What are you waiting for? Click and connect!

Be sure to tag us using #AmericanCircusEducators and use our new hashtags: #WeCircusBetterTogether and #TheFutureIsCircus (You can follow these hashtags too!)


📸 ACE Photo Contest – Enter Now!

Did you know that each month we have an #AYCOPhotoContest and select a youth winner to be the face of our newsletter and receive some circus love and sweet circus swag? Well, we thought it was important to also recognize the amazing educators out there that help circus students achieve their goals – YES YOU!


How To Enter: We want to see you in action! Show us how you coach. Just capture a shot of you teaching, spotting and engaging your student(s), then post it and tag us using #ACEPhotoContest
Each month we’ll select a winner to be featured in our newsletter and on our social media. Oh, and did we mention we’ll be hooking you up with some sweet swag? 


🇺🇦 Support For Ukraine  #WeCircusBetterTogether

The largest collaboration of Circus in history of every genre has come forward to support the Ukrainian Circus Community with jobs, costumes, training spaces, transport, visas, a home, logistics and more! Long live the circus and peace for Ukraine! Looking for ways to get involved, donate and show support? Check out these current and upcoming opportunities:


  • Mark your calendar for Cirque-A-Thon hosted by ACE/AYCO and Le Petit Cirque! This 24-hr circus fundraising marathon is going down Saturday May 1st, 2022 in support of Ukrainian circus youth! More details coming soon.

  • Help Ukrainian Circus Artists from Kyiv by donating to this GoFundMe (organized by Sara Gordon) Sara is personally hosting, helping and funding 4 Ukrainian circus artists. She is a school teacher in Berlin and former circus performer and teacher on circuses and Broadway tours in the U.S. 
  • Help Ukraine’s displaced children of the arts by donating to Gofundme (organized by Jasmine Straga)
  • Ukrainian artists who need work and have left the border, use this following form.
  • Ukrainian Circus Artists trying to get out of Ukraine fill out this following form.

  • Circuses & Circus Artists, Directors, Producers, Agents, etc,. that would like to offer a job or home to a Ukrainian artist, please fill out this form.

  • Are you a Circus School wanting to offer your training space to Ukrainian artists? Please fill out this form.

  • Performing Arts schools who would like to support dancers, singers and producers students in these fields in their school, please fill out this form


  • Catie Brier’s Contortion Strong programs are 20% off when purchasing directly from the “HELP UKRAINE FUNDRAISER” link here.⁣ 100% OF ALL SALES from that link will be donated evenly between Razom Emergency Response and World Central Kitchen.⁣ AND she and her husband are going to MATCH the sales and personally donate to these charities as well (up to €500).⁣
  • Want to help Ukrainians on a more personal level, here are two ways to help (ideas are taken from @quentin.quarantino as shared by @catie.brier.contortion):⁣

    🇺🇦 Book an Airbnb in Ukraine, and message the host letting them know you won’t be staying but are wishing them well and hoping they’re safe!⁣

    🇺🇦 Buy DIGITAL goods from Ukrainian artists on Etsy.⁣

    If you do one of these options, just make sure that it’s an individual who owns the property/is selling goods, rather than a big corporation. That way you ensure the money goes straight to someone in need!⁣

Know of another opportunity to support Ukraine? Hit ‘Reply’ and share it with us!


📅 EdCon 2022: Save the date!!

Mark your calendars, EdCon 2022 is on the way!We are planning for EdCon 2022 to be LIVE and in person at  Sky Candy in Austin, TX October 7-9th 2022!


We anticipate that travel and gathering will feel comfortable and safe by that time, and of course we will have specific COVID policies in place. There will be an online component for those that can’t attend, but we are so very excited to foster an event with physical workshops and face-to-face connections after such a long hiatus! More details to come! Registration opens May 1st! 


🗣️ ACE Discussion Series 2022

Tuesday May 10th, 2022: Supporting Students with Anxiety and Panic

This discussion will start with an expanded excerpt from the longer training “Unafraid – Mental Health Tools for Circus Communities”. We will discuss elements of anxiety and panic as adaptive traits, and what happens when they become overwhelming or disordered in circus students. Participants will leave with concrete tools for supporting their students who experience anxiety and panic, as well as tools they can use to soothe and ground themselves as needed.

About the ACE Discussion Series:

The American Circus Educators Association is excited to present a bimonthly online discussion series for continuing education and professional development for circus educators. Each session is based on a particular topic and facilitated by a community expert in that topic!


Attendance is FREE to current ACE/AYCO members.
Non-members pay a small sliding-scale fee, $5-20.
Space per session is limited.


Sessions are one hour long, every other month on the second Tuesday, at 12pm Eastern Time/11am Central Time/10am Mountain Time/9am Pacific Time. The sessions are not recorded, in order to create a space where attendees are comfortable participating fully in discussion – though some of the facilitator’s introduction may be recorded and made available to registrants after the session. Check out the upcoming events below!


April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month? To acknowledge this month, the Health and Wellness Committee would like to share a new resource sheet for circus education organizations to post publicly.
This resource sheet features a customizable template that each studio can fill out according to their local needs. Educators can add their local reporting resources, hotlines and other support resources, and even information on mandatory reporting. This resource sheet is designed as a comprehensive resource that studios can post publicly in order to better support members of the community who wish to report incidents of sexual violence that they have experienced or witnessed.
Even though April is only one month, the Health and Wellness Committee works year-round to bring important resources to the community. You can find our newest resource sheet along with many other great health and wellness resources here:


Calling All Health and Wellness Experts!

The Health and Wellness Committee is looking for experienced volunteers to join their task forces. Joining a task force is a wonderful way for community members to get involved in creating safer and more welcoming environments in circus. Community members with expertise in health and wellness topics are encouraged to apply.


Led by a committee member or co-chair, each task force focuses on a variety of specialized health and wellness topics in the circus community. Topics range from sexual violence prevention/response and disordered eating, to concussion prevention/response and suicide prevention. Please note that time commitments for each task force may vary.


If you are interested in joining a Health and Wellness task force, please fill out the application here.


Wellness Resources

The AYCO/ACE Health and Wellness Committee recognizes that substance use in our community can be harmful and challenging. As educators, we can create a non-judgmental and safer environment by modeling and helping to create & implement organizational cultures, policies, and responses to support healthy behaviors. We can also learn signs of unhealthy substance use, and practice effective approaches:

• Addiction and substance abuse can happen with both illicit and legal substances like alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana, and medications like opiates and steroids.
• Substance Abuse is a chronic brain disease. Excessive and chronic use cause physical and chemical changes in the brain.
• Signs of drug abuse include: rapid mood changes, having too much or too little energy, eating too much or too little, talking fast or nonsense.

We have compiled educational and crisis resources. You can find a complete list of resources on the ACE website.

ACE Safety Program

The mission of the ACE Safety program is to establish specific guidelines that will help promote, encourage and foster better safety and risk management practices as related to circus arts by creating a system that recognizes circus spaces that demonstrate a continued commitment to better safety practices as based on ACE’s guidelines.


The ACE Safety Program is a low cost consultation process with an industry expert to help your program or school better manage the inherent risks associated with circus arts.


Safety Spotlight: Aerial Physique

Aerial Physique focuses on offering online courses, in-person classes, teacher training programs, and valuable resources for aerialists around the world. Visit to check out their incredible programs
“The ACE Safety Network has helped our program thrive. The invaluable resources that are provided and the high standards held that help keeps our students and staff are well worth it. When it comes to safety it’s vital to be proactive versus reactive. ACE has been excellent at helping us stay on top of our game to provide a teacher training course that is both informative and thorough on the topics of safety, risk assessment and class etiquette.” Jill Franklin (founder)

Aerial Physique Trainings

Aerial Physique focuses on offering online courses, in-person classes, teacher training programs, and valuable resources for aerialists around the world. Visit to check out their incredible programs
Virtual Level One Teacher Training
Applications are open through April 28th – course begins May 1st
Level One Teacher Training in Nashville, TN
June 20th – 24th 
Level One Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA 
July 27th – 31st
Level One Teacher Training in Vienna, Austria 
August 22nd – 26th 
Level One Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA
November 9th – 13th 
For course details & to apply visit:


Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance 2022-2023 Professional Training Program

Application Deadline: May 1st. Fully remote application process. Apply Here.
Program dates: August 22, 2022 – May 26, 2023 in beautiful Boulder, CO. 
Our well-rounded curriculum prepares aerial dance artists for a wide variety of aerial career trajectories, expands creative potential, and provides tools to stay healthy and flying. Frequent Flyers is the first aerial dance school approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. Learn More About the Program.


Aerial Pilates Teacher Training with Air Control Pilates®

Aerial Pilates uses the aerial hammock apparatus to guide you through the perfect fusion of aerial arts and the Pilates method. This teacher training is created and taught by an aerialist and Pilates teacher.

Who is this course for? Aerial Pilates Teacher Training for Aerialists, Pilates Teachers, and/or enthusiasts! Upon completion you’ll have:
• World class knowledge in Aerial, Pilates and safety in rigging
• Air Control Pilates® Aerial Pilates syllabus videos using the aerial hammock and teaching skills
• 100 + page Online and downloadable Stage 1 Teacher Training Manual including syllabus worksheets
• In-depth guided tuition covering the Pilates fundamentals and principles

Training also Includes BONUS modules:
• Introduction to Anatomy
• Circus History and its intertwining with Pilates
• Safe Practice in Aerial Pilates
• Wings Tool Kit:  Living your true potential
•  6 months Pilates matwork subscription
• Exclusive access to ‘In Her Shadows’ Aerial Theatre show (run time 40 mins)


For more information visit: | or email:


Circus Arts Institute Trainings

Circus Arts Institute’s next Beginner Aerial Teacher Training is coming up and is online! Please visit our website to learn more about Circus Arts Institute’s online training program and our current course offerings.

* Advanced and Intermediate Aerial Teacher Trainings are in-person in Atlanta, Georgia.
Registration is NOW OPEN for Circus Arts Institutes’ Upcoming Aerial Teacher Trainings

Beginner: April 29-May 2, 2022 (Silks, Hammock, Trapeze*)
This is the last Aerial Teacher Training until November 2022.  Space is filling up fast. REGISTER TODAY!  *Trapeze also includes Saturday evening April 23rd 6:00-8:30pm
For details and to register, click here. Questions? Email


Paper Doll Militia Upcoming Remote Teacher Trainings

Paper Doll Militia’s 50 hour Remote Teacher Training Course is a comprehensive and fully interactive training that you can do in your local studio or on your approved home rigging. This course includes independent study, group instruction & personalized feedback as well as lifetime access to over 200 recorded reference videos and other course materials. There are 3 weekly zoom classes delivered in multiple time zones over the course of the 4 week program. Please visit the WEBSITE for more information about the course and to register!


Upcoming Trainings:

Level 1 Silks, Rope, Trapeze or Lyra | 50 hours / 4 weeks

• Course dates: June 4th – July 2nd, 2022 (Registration opens April 4th, 2021)


Panama Aerial + Sail Retreat – featuring aerial classes on sailboats!

• Week 1: October 1 – 8, 2022 Sling, Lyra, Acro & Aerial Yoga

• Week 2: October 9 – 16, 2022 Sling, Silks, Acro & Aerial Yoga

Get more details here:


Get NASM Certified with Cirque-It Fitness Academy

For a limited time! Save 10% on top of NASM advertised prices on NASM certification courses through the Cirque-It Fitness Academy!


Save NOW on education that increases your value as a fitness professional. Circus coaches, get your NASM-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) to further your education. Already have your CPT? Add a CES certification and maximize your per session pricing, or become a Nutrition Coach and increase your revenue stream.


Use code ACE to get your 10% savings on the following courses linked below:

NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist


Any other NASM course—contact Cirque-It Fitness!


After your purchase, a member of the Cirque-It Fitness team will contact you to get you set up with your course hosted on the NASM website. This special incentive expires March 18, 2022 or while supplies last. Questions? Call/text Cirque-It Fitness at (833)2-Cirque or email

CircEsteem is Hiring

CircEsteem is hiring a Program Coordinator to oversee the Performance Troupe (PT) program.  PT is made up of CircEsteem’s advanced (Team) and intermediate performers (Club).  
Duties Include:

  • Ensuring PT embodies CircEsteem’s mission and values
  • Mentoring youth ages 10-19, through CircEsteem’s social and emotional learning curriculum
  • Creating acts and developing shows 
  • Provide overall program  structure & support
  • Organize and manage Summer Tour
  • Prepare youth and chaperone various gigs


  • Experience with circus arts 
  • Experience with act development and show creation
  • Team player with the ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Independent, critical thinker who has the ability to problem-solve


  • Salary: $42,000 – $50,000: Commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: Contributions toward a 403b retirement account or Health Insurance Plan
  • Paid Time Off: 15 days paid leave, 5 days paid sick leave
  • Flex Time 

If interested, email resume and cover letter to Visit for a full job description.


Circus Harmony is Hiring!

Circus Harmony is seeking talented circus practitioners who are able to both perform and teach starting in May 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. Performances will be primarily at City Museum and will be both strolling and shows. Teaching will be throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Booking can start at one month with the option to continue. Very interesting opportunity for the right people. Must have a car and be able to work in US. If interested, please e-mail Jessica Hentoff at with your skills and availability.


Circus Smirkus is Hiring!

Circus Smirkus is hiring both seasonal positions including cooks, concessionaires, counselors, crew and more! Please check to apply!


Camp Zeke is Hiring!

Camp Zeke, an overnight camp in Lakewood, PA that celebrates healthy, active living is seeking an enthusiastic and talented Circus director (half leading/half teaching) to work from June 14th to August 9th.
Responsibilities include creating, organizing and facilitating Camp Zeke’s Circus elective and specialty program while supervising the other members of the circus coaching staff.
Camp Zeke is looking for someone with camp experience. You should have experience teaching or working in circus, and it would be a plus if you have taught it to kids before. You should be free to work and move to camp from June 14 to August 9th this summer.
Benefits include room, board, and a salary.
To apply: Please email your resume to: or complete a staff application on their website:


The Children’s Circus of Middletown, CT is Hiring!

The Children’s Circus of Middletown, CT is looking for a few teaching artists for this summer!

The Children’s Circus, in its 34th season, is a social circus program which immerses 165 young people in circus training and performance for 5 weeks, culminating in a giant outdoor performance.

Currently we are still looking for an acrobatics instructor, dance director, technical director and costumer.  The employment dates are June 28 through August 8, pay is competitive, and housing is provided for out-of-town teaching artists.The Children’s Circus is run in a summer camp format – hours for teaching artists are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.

Interested applicants should have a strong base of circus and/or performance

skills, experience working with kids, and a strong interest in building community through collaboration and play. 

For more info go to or email


CSAW Microgrants for US Circus Artists of Color

CSAW – Connection Circus Students Around the World met their fundraising goal for the second year in a row and it means that they can provide another year of Microgrants! To be eligible to apply for a CSAW Microgrant for US Circus Artists of Color you must identify as a person of color who is a citizen, resident alien, or permanent resident of the United States looking to further their education in circus and/or fund their circus related projects and needs. All applicants must be 14 years or older to apply for and receive a Microgrant. Applications are open from the 1st-15th of every month. For more information click here.


In Good Wealth: Grants for Black-Owned Businesses

In Good Wealth nonprofit organization invests in Black-owned wellness and movement focused businesses to ignite generational wealth and equity in health. $1,500 grants are awarded on a rolling basis to early stage businesses. Circus is included as a wellness and movement field. To learn more and apply, click here.

2022 Social Circus Connection Calls!

New format, same great Social Circus Connection Call.


In 2022, the ACE Social Circus Program is changing the registration structure for our Connection calls; participants will need to register for each individual call. Join us for our next call, Tuesday, June 14th 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST.

Calls are *free* to ACE members | $0-10 for non-members


Circus Harmony Presents

Circus Harmony coaches present these shows in the City Museum ring: Elliana Grace’s This Is Why. Briland Schack-Farnell’s, Seaside Silliness. Hula hooping heroine, Maya Z’s self-titled show, Laura Lippert, hangs by and hangs things from her hair, and Sensational Sabrina’s Oh the Places I Will Go!


Game of the Month: Everybody’s a Star!

Materials Needed: Long rope – long jump rope or silk/sling/fabric work, too!

How to Play: Everyone holds onto a long rope. They can move their hands on the rope, but they cannot change places with one another. The goal is to then form a five-sided star with the rope. They have 10 minutes, and there shouldn’t be any rope leftover at either end.

Variations: Start off easier with a triangle, square, then add the ultimate challenge of a star if students are younger or you are working with a newer group. 

Skills: This game works on cooperation and better communication skills.

NECCA Circus Spectacular On Demand

Starring guest artists from circuses around the world, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today’s most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers in an event that raises funds for programming and outreach at the New England Center for Circus Arts.
This evening of incredible, world-class entertainment for the entire family features Ringmaster Troy Wunderle leading a cast that includes Mandy Hackman (aerial sling), Ripley Burns (antipodism), Elsa Hall (straps), Morgan Oldham (chair balancing), Alexis Hedrick (cyr wheel), Rachel Rees (rope), Liam Gundlach (diabolos), Ariana Ferber-Carter (contortion), and Caroline Wright and Rachel Barringer (duo lyra).
Circus Spectacular 2022 was recorded live on March 6, 2022 and now you can enjoy the show on demand from the comfort of your own home.
When: April 16 – April 30, 2022 | Where: Online – streaming on demand
Cost:  $15-50 | Purchase Your Ticket at:
Get a sneak peek at:
For More Info Visit:


Circus Smirkus 2022 Big Top Tour!

After a two year hiatus, the Big Top Tour is back on tour this summer! The 2022 Big Top Tour show is called On the Road Again in celebration of taking our nonprofit youth circus back on tour. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2022. Full details at
★ Greensboro, VT:  July 2
★ Essex Junction, VT:  July 6, 7, 8 & 10
★ Hanover, NH: July 13, 14, 16, 17 
★ Marshfield, MA: July 20-23
★ Waltham, MA: July 26-August 1
★ Newbury, MA: August 4-5
★ Kennebunkport, ME: August 9-10
★ Greensboro, VT: August 13-14


NECCA Queer Circus Arts Fundraiser

Circus with a twist! Entertainment that bends the rules of gravity and more! Co-presented by Frog Meadow Farm and NECCA.
Join NECCA’s delightfully fun and mischievous fundraising event to bolster the Frog Meadow Queer Circus Arts Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ+ students at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Welcoming and open to LGBTQ+ and allies.
Begin with hors d’oeuvres, libations, special entertainment, a silent auction, and quirky fun followed by a special showing of the Capstone Circus Project from the graduating class of NECCA’s ProTrack – pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus theater – then stay for a Meet & Greet with the Artists following the show!
LGBTQ+ students are faced with discrimination that leads to housing, employment, financial and other disparities. This scholarship helps to close the gap and provide a safe and inclusive environment for queer circus students of all ages and backgrounds across all of our programs.
WHEN: May 6, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE: NECCA Trapezium
10 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
TICKETS: $50-250


NECCA La Prairie Des Talons

La Prairie des Talons is the Capstone Circus Project from the graduating class of NECCA’s ProTrack, pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus theater. Working with internationally renowned director Paúl Gomex, the talented acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and movers poised to burst upon the world stage, reflect on the collective quest of a generation in search of meaning and identity. It is an ode to the impermanence of life, and to this turbulent, COVID-challenged, rapidly changing world.
WHEN & WHERE: April 30, Claremont, NH | Claremont Opera House

May 7 & May 8, Brattleboro, VT |New England Center for Circus Arts

May 10, Derry, NH | Stockbridge Theater
TICKETS: $15-$30
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Paúl Gomex is a Venezuelan-American pluri-disciplinary performer and director. He is the founder of Clowns Without Borders Switzerland and 406Cirque, the Circus School of Bozeman, Montana.


CSAW Circus School Application Deadline Mastersheet

Are You, Your Students or Your Kiddos Getting Ready to Audition for Circus Schools This Year? CSAW is Here to Help!
CSAW – Connecting Circus Students Around the World has released their 2022 Circus School Application Deadline Mastersheet! Click here:
This spreadsheet includes: 
• Circus schools
• Links to applications
• Application deadlines
• Audition dates
• The CSAW Ambassador for the school 
• How to contact that ambassador! 
• What is a CSAW Ambassador? 
A CSAW Ambassador is a current student of their international circus school. They are here to support you through applying, auditioning and attending circus school. If you have a question about a school just send the Ambassador an email or a DM and get an honest answer from a student of that school asap!
There are currently 16 CSAW Ambassadors to help future circus generations. You can find all of the current CSAW Ambassadors by clicking here:


Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center: Summer Circus & Dance Creation Lab Auditions

The Summer Circus & Dance Creation Lab is a two-week program that culminates in a performance.  Students will have the opportunity to take technique classes in dance and circus such as contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, juggling, and acrobatics. Students will have the opportunity to choose their technique classes for the two weeks.  Pending on the goals of the students (see Audition Form), we have the capacity to include faculty in other disciplines such as African Dance, Latin Dance, Cyr Wheel, and Aerial Straps.

When: July 18 – 29 (2 weeks) | Performance July 30
For Ages 8+
*Virtual Audition Required
Deadline: April 22 or when all spaces are full ​
Get more details at:


Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance presents the 24th International Aerial Dance Festival

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance presents the 24th international Aerial Dance Festival 2022: July 31-August 12. Boulder, CO.
3-Hour Immersions, 90-Minute Classes, Workshops, Panels, Performances, and more in person in Boulder, CO! Learn more about the festival and this year’s incredible Faculty Artists Here.
First come – first served. This is your opportunity to get your spot in classes first! Register Here.


Nimble Arts Workshops are back!

June 20 – 24: Nimble Arts Introduction to Teaching Aerials hosted by NECCA in Brattleboro, VT for anyone embarking on or expanding your teaching practice.  Learn the foundations including spotting, skill progressions, classroom management, posture analysis, injury prevention etc.


July 2-7: Tree Dancing Workshop in collaboration with certified arborist, in Weare, NH. Learn the ropes of how to ascend into trees and dance with them in this outdoor combination of aerials, harness dancing and creativity.  Great for beginners and experienced movers alike this workshop is excellent for generating environmentally focused creative material within the natural landscape.


For info & registration visit:


Circus Smirkus Camp Registration is OPEN!

At Smirkus Camp, kids develop new ways to challenge themselves, learn skills like teamwork and problem solving, get terrific physical conditioning, and enjoy fun summer camp traditions like singalongs, costume themed dinners, kickball, and more!
This summer, Circus Smirkus is offering the following sessions at Smirkus Camp, including placement-based camps that require a video submission, as marked with ★ below:
Smirkling Camp | 1 day | June 18 | Ages 5-11
All Levels Circus Camp | 1 week | June 19-June 24 | Ages 8-16
All Levels Circus Camp | 2 weeks | June 26-July 8 | Ages 8-16
Intermediate Camp | 2 weeks | July 10-22 | Ages 12-18
★ Intermediate Skills Intensive | 3 weeks | July 24-August 12 | Ages 12-18
★ Advanced Ensemble | 3 weeks | July 24-August 12 | Ages 12-18
★ Advanced Individual Acts | 3 weeks | July 24-August 12 | Ages 12-18
Get more information and sign up at


Flying Gravity Circus Introduces High School Circus Studies Program

WILTON, NH — Flying Gravity Circus (FGC) is partnering with High Mowing School (HMS) to offer the residential Circus Studies Program (CSP). Aspiring circus artists get:

  • A liberal, arts and sciences high-school education, and
  • Training in physical and artistic circus skills and performance.

“This is the only program like it in the United States — and is a culmination of years of planning and a decade of dreaming,” says Jon Roitman, FGC artistic director and CSP program director. 

The CSP includes:

  • Academic Classes: math, science, English, world language
  • Growing Circus Curriculum: sports psychology, nutrition, anatomy, career management
  • On-Site Circus Training: in our fully equipped studio
  • Performance: in FGC’s advanced troupe 

CSP graduates will have the academic credits required by traditional colleges, plus the skills to apply to a circus college or support a performing arts career.  


Learn more at


Discounts for AYCO/ACE Members

Want to get discounts with these awesome Circus vendors? Discounts are just another awesome perk of being an ACE member.  Become a member today!

Like discounts like this? The more our members use them, the more leverage we have as an organization to encourage companies to provide discounts!


ACE News Article Submission

Interested in including your news or events relevant to the national circus community in AYCO/ACE’s newsletters? Send your submissions to by the 2nd Friday of the month to be included in our monthly newsletter. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words, written in the third person, and include appropriate links and contact information if relevant. We cannot include PDFs or images, but we can link to them. Please also indicate if you would like your submission included in the AYCOgram (directed towards youth), ACE News (directed towards organizations and educators), or both.


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