ACE News May 2022


ACE membership keeps you connected, engaged, and in the know! ACE memberships are available for circus educators and organizations. Our most popular member benefits include content management system discounts for organizations, insurance connections, eligibility to attend national events, and discounts on regional events. Click the button below for more information and to join!


Please take a moment to answer our circus survey. This survey is hugely important to help us understand the circus community and how it is growing and changing in the US.

About ACE Circus Survey
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 untill May 30, 2022, and only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. 

🤑 New Member Discounts

Hey ACE Family, more exciting news! We just added another new discount to your membership perks! Our friends at Circus Boss are hooking you up with savings on business workshops! So if you’re looking to become a Confident Circus Entrepreneur then be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this email or check the Member Deals and Discount Center for details!


👥 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? 


📅 Register for EdCon 2022

EdCon registration is LIVE and October will be here before you know it!  This years event will be held at Sky Candy in Austin, TX October 7-9th 2022! We are thrilled with the positive response as the circus community is already buzzing with excitement after such a long hiatus! We can’t wait to see you there!

This 3-day event is just what the circus world needs. Packed with workshops, discussions, private lessons, special learning opportunities and more, this is sure to be an event you don’t want to miss. Be sure to register and schedule your travel and lodging accommodations sooner rather than later to lock in the best rates and secure your spot.

We have made EdCon ticket pricing as accessible as possible – simply choose where you fall on the sliding scale. Please not that you must be an ACE member to attend, as EdCon is by and for the circus education community – and ACE membership is also priced on a sliding scale for accessibility and equity.

In addition to attending EdCon, there are a few other ways for you to get involved. We are looking for presenters and volunteers to help make this an experience to remember – applications for both are open until July 1, 2022.

⚠️ Just a heads up, EdCon is happening the same weekend as ACL (Austin City Limits – a huge music festival) and accommodations will both get booked up fast *and* be pricey if you wait. Check out our website to get our top tips on booking your accommodations. 


🗣️ ACE Discussion Series 2022

🗓 Tuesday July 12th, 2022: Shoulder Health

In this discussion, we’ll be diving into Myofascial release, mobility, and recovery for the shoulder. If you’ve ever experienced training setbacks due to shoulder injuries or immobility then this workshop is for you. We’ll briefly discuss the anatomy of the shoulder and move to the hands-on portion where we’ll practice evidence-based myofascial release, mobility, stability, and strengthening exercises.

It’s important you leave with the confidence and competence to immediately begin integrating this methodology and these techniques. This is why we’ll spend the remaining time discussing how you can transfer these new skills to your own training and self-care programs, as well as those of your students. 

The systems approach we will take stems from our research-based, internationally-known RAD Mobility Continuum, which is also present in our Healthy Shoulders programming available online.

Equipment needed: (use discount code RADCIRCUS15% for 15% off one order)


Upcoming ACE discussions to add to your calendar:

🗓 Tuesday September 13th, 2022: Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse

🗓 Tuesday November 8th, 2022: Opening and Closing Routines for Inclusive Circus Practice


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!


Heads Up!: Concussions and Circus

Did you know only about 10% of concussions include a loss of consciousness? Concussions are a fairly common injury, and can have serious consequences. For this reason, the ACE Safety Protocols  require staff concussion training, and the CDC offers FREE on-line training and information for coaches, parents, and youth athletes.

Training covers how to recognize and respond to possible concussions, and important follow-up steps in assessing readiness for returning to training, to help reduce risk for longer-term, more severe brain injury.   The brief, free, online CDC training is one of many health-related resources highlighted in the ACE / AYCO Health and Wellness Committee’s list. For more information about Circus and Concussions, see also:


COVID: What Now?

ACE/AYCO members came together early in the pandemic to develop a range of COVID-19 Resources for Circus Organizations.
As of April 2022, global research and guidance indicate that vaccines with boosters offer significant protection from serious illness, and that well-fitted KN95/N95 masks further reduce risk, especially for our higher-risk family and community members. The American College of Sports Medicine has issued recommendations for safer return to physical activity for those infected with COVID-19 . For all who have experienced symptomatic COVID, “it is clear that a gradual approach to returning to physical activity mitigates risk.” There are specific guidelines based on risk category, including cardiac assessments for intermediate and high risk patients.  
Research is now emerging on post-acute or “long” COVID, which effects 10-30% of those infected. Circus educators have also been impacted, and like students, need accommodations and support. The MIT Sloan Management Review suggests educating ourselves, creating a safe environment for open communication, flexibility (we are circus, after all!), remote options, and reevaluation of benefits and paid leave policies for employees: “Creating a workplace culture that is supportive for long-haulers means creating a workplace culture that is supportive for workers with disabilities [and] chronic and episodic illnesses.” Circus is for all of us.


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.

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: The Circus Academy of Tucson

The Circus Academy of Tucson provides aerial and circus arts education through recreational programs, performance troupes, camps, and community outreach for participants of all ages. Their goal is to offer circus to ALL in the community who wish to participate regardless of age, body type, socio economic status, race, religion, culture, physical or developmental challenges, gender identity, or any perceived barrier to participation.
They strive to offer a well-rounded education that goes beyond circus arts. The Circus Academy of Tucson is part of their student’s overall educational life working towards becoming prepared adults and responsible community members. This includes offering community service opportunities and lessons on setting and completing goals, working as part of a team and exploring the self to develop awareness and grow as human beings and world citizens.
“Being a part of the safety program really helped me to think deeply about safety and our overall program. It is a great resource to go to as things come up. I feel like it has improved our program in so many ways, not just by helping me to think about safety, but getting me into a practice of analyzing all aspects of the program and always striving to make it better. It helps me as a business that operates in a place where circus is not very well known to be able to point to something and say, yes, not only have we thought about safety and prioritize safety, but there is a whole national organization dedicated to circus education!”

~ Katherine Tesch, Director


Welcome New Safety Members!

We’d like to give a circus sized welcome to Circadium our two newest Safety Network Members!
🎪 Circadium is a full-time, 3-year, professional training program for circus artists. We are the first school in the United States to be state-licensed, granting a Diploma of Circus Arts.  As a non-profit vocational college, we have the mission of cultivating, inspiring, and innovating contemporary circus performance in America.

🎪 Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, “Best of Philly Winner” for kid’s classes, is the region’s center of contemporary circus arts for all ages and abilities (ages 3 – adult). PSCA believes that circus classes are for EVERY body.  Seasoned faculty lead a curriculum featuring aerials (static trapeze, sling, aerial silks and lyra), flying trapeze, juggling, unicycling, tightwire, tumbling, acrobatics, pole, and physical conditioning.  In addition to ongoing classes, PSCA also offers introductory workshops, birthday parties, rental space, summer camp and special guest workshops.

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:


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:


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

Choose your apparatus!

50 hours / 4 weeks

Course dates: June 4 – July 2, 2022
Registration is currently open

Course dates: September 3 – Oct 1, 2022
Registration opens July 4th, 2022

Level 1 Rope Fast Track (add-on module)
For those who have taken the Full Silks Course 
10 hours / 2 weeks
July 11-  25, 2022
Registration is currently open

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:
“PDM’s training has definitely made me a better instructor. I feel so much better equipped to help students who are starting out on Lyra. I have so many things I want to try—to break down foundational skills while bringing in artistry and fun!”  – Arisa Kim 

If you have any questions email Paper Doll Militia at


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

Payomet Performing Arts Center Is Hiring

Non-profit Payomet Performing Arts Center, Truro (Cape Cod), MA seeks diverse professional circus educators AND/OR performers for all OR part of their 10th summer circus season, 7/1/22 – 9/4/22, which includes family style shows and youth circus classes.
Guest performer minimum commitment: 2 days. Instructor minimum commitment: 2 weeks. Applicants also welcome who have experience and enthusiasm for BOTH performing and teaching; full season employment also possible.
Housing and competitive salary provided. Depending on instructor experience and schedule, $750-900/week. Performer salary depends on show/act(s).
Current instructors are also performers, including several aerialists; additional artists needed to perform and/or teach a variety of skills: acrobatics, juggling, diabolo, slack line, handbalancing, teeterboard, plate spinning, and/or clowning. 
Please send the following to consultant Marci Diamond by 6/10/22:
1) teaching and/or performing resume (CV)
2) 3 references
3) dates available for summer 2022
4) salary requirement
5) reel or clips for performers


FoodPlay Productions is Hiring

FoodPlay Productions is a national award-winning nutrition education theater company based in Northampton, MA, that brings shows to schools and community centers in New England and beyond. We are looking for a performer for our one-person show- “ToBe Fit, The Juggling Nutrition Magician Show” which features theater, juggling, music, magic, and audience participation to turn kids on to healthy habits.

Shows are geared to grades K-6th throughout school year and summer. A highly responsible person who loves performing for children, a good role model, and interested in healthy eating and active living. A captivating performer with flexible schedule to present shows locally, regionally, occasionally nationally.  

We work with your schedule, with shows from 1 to 5 days per week and also be available for some overnights and occasional mini tours. Please contact me at:

For more about the show:


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 teaching interns, learn more
at They are also still interviewing itinerant performers who can also teach. If interested, email CV to


Circus Smirkus is Hiring!

We still have seasonal positions for both Smirkus Camp and the Big Top Tour including cooks, concessionaires, crew, backlot managers 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 Shows

Circus Harmony was excited to present their first in a series of shows sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the City of St. Louis’ Downtown Engagement and Public Safety Initiative at the central branch of the St. Louis Public Library. These shows will be presented at various venues and events throughout downtown St. Louis as part of the plan “to activate downtown’s cultural potential while improving public safety.” Follow their social media for announcements of our future DEPSI shows!
Circus Harmony congratulates their alumni, the K.O. Duo, Kyran Walton and Oliver Layher, on their graduation from Ecole Nationale de Cirque and their first professional booking with 7 Fingers!


Game of the Month: Aerial Ro-Sham-Bo (Rock Paper Scissors)

Brought to us by Tara Jacobs and Natalie Keller
Materials Needed: Two aerial fabrics, each with landing mats underneath
How To Play: Players should have already been taught how to invert on the fabrics from standing on the ground and be able to do so without a spot. (‘Tagging’ the fabric with toes to complete the inversion is acceptable). Players may wrap for better grip or put on ‘wrist locks’. Two players stand underneath their own aerial fabric, with a landing mat underneath. They both chant, “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Hup!” On ‘Hup’, both players invert into the position of their choice:

  • tuck (rock)
  • straddle (scissors)
  • straight/hollow body/arrow (paper). 

Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock. If tied with the same position, repeat. Can play for a single round or ‘best of three’.

Tips: Players should have already been taught how to invert on the fabrics from standing on the ground and be able to do so without a spot. Decide if ‘tagging’ the fabric with toes to complete the inversion is acceptable. 

Variations: Don’t have aerial equipment as part of programming? Create your own rock/paper/scissors for juggling, unicycle, or German Wheel! You can have students come up with the movements and what beats what! 

Circus Boss Sales Workshop: Win the Work

Are you feeling overwhelmed on how to manage all your event entertainment inquiries?
Join Circus Boss, Tuesday May 31st, in a live virtual workshop where we’ll walk you through the steps to build an effective sales process for booking more events without feeling like a pushy salesperson!


Circus Harmony Under the Big Top

Circus Harmony is excited to again have their St. Louis Arches youth circus troupe performing with Circus Flora under the big top in St. Louis from June 9 – July 3, 2022. Among the other performers will be Claire Wallenda, a former St. Louis Arch who now walks wire with the Flying Wallendas. Following that, the Arches are thrilled to be heading to Montreal to participate in the Montreal Completement Cirque festival!


Circus Harmony will also be running summer programming for local St. Louis organizations while holding their own summer camps, classes, and daily performances in their City Museum home. Circus Harmony is always looking for circus teaching interns, learn more at They are also still interviewing itinerant performers who can also teach. If interested, email CV to


5th Annual MyKingstonKids Fest

The 5th annual MyKingstonKids Fest is all about the circus! Featuring a parade and performances from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, this event provides an opportunity for children of all ages to enjoy an exciting day of activities and circus arts. Your children will be amazed, excited and engaged. Costumes are encouraged! Free registration is encouraged but not required to attend.
Sat, May 21, 2022
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Barmann Park, Kingston, NY
More info:


Catch ALOFT’s Brave Space at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Aloft is overjoyed to announce that “Brave Space” will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Underbelly Circus Hub! Performing alongside companies like Circa and Cirque Alfonse, this is an incredible opportunity to share the inventiveness and creativity of US circus with an international audience.
After two years thwarted by the pandemic, the dream is finally coming true. However, taking a cast of 8 (plus equipment!) across an ocean is no small task. Aloft is fundraising to offset costs. There are awesome thank you gifts, plus you’ll know you are helping spread the innovations of American circus around the globe! Planning on attending the fringe? Tickets are on sale now through the Underbelly website. Thank you for supporting this endeavor by donating, buying a ticket or just sending good vibes! It really means the world!
Please donate here to help us take this next step in our journey.


Ticket Sales are Now Open for the Circus Smirkus 2022 Big Top Tour!

The 2022 Big Top Tour show is called On the Road Again in celebration of taking our nonprofit youth circus back on tour. Come see the joy of 30 circus youth ages 11-18 perform under our beautiful Big Top on tour across New England. 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


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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