Sailor Circus Academy
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 known worldwide as “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth.” 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. Sailor Circus Academy students are recognized as future leaders and major contributors to the circus legacy in Sarasota.
For more than 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 Sailor Circus Performances that have become a major tourist attraction in the Southwest Florida region. The Sailor Circus Academy also offers Circus Summer Camp for children ages 6-15, which takes place in one- and two-week sessions during June, July and August.
Sailor Circus Academy students have the unique opportunity to work with international circus performing artists who travel to Sarasota from around the world to perform with Circus Sarasota. The professional performers deliver workshops and hands-on training in various circus disciplines to the Sailor Circus Academy youth.
The video below titled “Sailor Circus Academy” shows internationally-acclaimed, professional circus artists working with Sailor Circus youth, including daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda, as well as Encho, Trio Moscow, and the Platchov Duo.