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At 65 years old, Sailor Circus Academy is America’s oldest youth circus with more than 1 million spectators throughout its history attending annual youth productions. Sailor Circus Academy is an after-school training program for students aged 8-18 who develop life management skills, gain self-discipline and bolster confidence and a commitment to achievement, all in a circus atmosphere.
Originating in 1949 as a small high school gymnastics class, Sailor Circus has grown into a spectacular, youth training program serving students 4th to 12th grades. Through extremely rigorous, interdisciplinary performing arts and psychomotor skills programs, students develop life management skills, gain self-discipline and bolster confidence, all in a circus atmosphere.
For over six decades, thousands of students have completed the Sailor Circus program. Each year, students train countless hours per week with dedicated coaches and volunteers to create performances that have become a major tourist attraction in the Southwest Florida region.
Sailor Circus is known worldwide as, The Greatest “Little” Show on Earth with more than 1 million spectators attending performances of America’s oldest youth circus. Sailor Circus Academy students are recognized as future leaders and major contributors to the circus legacy in Sarasota.
Nik Wallenda, star of Circus Sarasota and daredevil high wire walker along with Encho, Trio Moscow, and the Platchov Duo – internationally acclaimed professional circus artists working with the youth. Sailor Circus Academy students had the unique opportunity to work with international circus performing artists who have travelled to Sarasota from around the world to perform with Circus Sarasota. These professionals delivered workshops and hands on training in various circus disciplines to the Sailor Circus Academy youth.