Summer Circus 2023 Video

Beat the heat with the Summer Circus Spectacular

The popular annual collaboration of the Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling brings world-class

circus talent to the beautiful Historic Asolo Theater

SARASOTA, FL – Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices
while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued collaboration of The Circus Arts Academy
(CAC) and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year with some of the circus world’s most
exciting acts signed on for the family-friendly, one-hour, action-packed show.
The 2024 Summer Circus Spectacular – which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors,
families and groups alike – takes place at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd.,
Sarasota) from June 14 through August 17.

“While we are always pleased to bring the very best circus artists from around the world to Sarasota to
perform in our shows, being able to showcase this talent at the beautiful and intimate Historic Asolo Theater
makes it one of the most memorable and unique arts experiences in town,” said CAC Executive Vice
President/COO Jennifer Mitchell. “This show not only offers an affordable entertainment option for all ages but
is also the perfect summertime family-friendly activity. With daytime and evening options available at The
Ringling, there will always be a convenient time to come and enjoy the magic of the circus arts!”
The lineup for the 2024 Summer Circus Spectacular includes:

Jared Walker, Master of Ceremonies: Walker’s first professional engagement with the CAC was as
Ringmaster for the Summer Circus Spectacular in 2018; shortly afterwards, he was hired as the creative director
for the CAC and its Sailor Circus Academy. The Florida native got bitten by the theater bug in third grade and
later expanded to show choir, marching band and drama club. He graduated with a BFA in Music and Theatre
from Shenandoah College & Conservatory and made a career as an Equity actor while moonlighting as a
director, choreographer and costume designer. After 9/11, he moved back to the east coast of Florida to be near
his aging parents, then moving to Sarasota in 2004 to perform at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. He served as
the director and manager for the Players Theatre in Sarasota for 10 years prior to coming to the CAC.

Uranbileg Angarag, Contortion: When she was 5 years old, Angarag went to see a circus show, saw a
contortion act and loved it so much she pictured herself on stage. Afterwards, her parents took her to audition
at the Mongolian National Circus; at age 6, she began training. By 9 years old, she was performing. She has been doing circus for last 23 years, traveling around the world – to places including Russia, Korea, Turkey, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, throughout Europe, at sea on cruise ships, and more – doing performances, working with
many different circuses and entertainment groups such as Cirque du Soleil, MSC Cruises, Ulaanbaatar Circus,
Phantasialand Schmidt-Loffelhardt GmbH & Co. KG, and more. Angarag has previously performed for the CAC
during Cirque des Voix in 2023.

The Bello Sisters, Acrobatic Hand Balancing: Loren, Celine and Joline Bello are an Italian-German
acrobatic trio of sisters who come from a circus family. Their father performed with Cirque du Soleil for 12 years
and their mother was the first woman to walk on a highwire on stilts. Since developing their act, the sisters have
become one the most-requested halftime show performers within sports leagues like the NBA and NCAA
Basketball. In 2020, the Bello Sisters competed on both “America’s Got Talent” – where they made it into the
Top 10 – and “Italy’s Got Talent” and then, in 2023, they returned for another shot at the championship on
“America’s Got Talent: All-Stars.” The trio previously performed for the CAC during Circus Sarasota earlier this

Zorè España, Cyr Wheel: España, a traditional 6th generation circus artist of Bulgarian and Mexican
roots, was born and raised in Englewood, Fla. From a young age, she was immersed in the world of circus
performance, exploring numerous disciplines before discovering her profound passion for the Cyr Wheel at the
age of 15. In her professional career, she has achieved several remarkable milestones, including being the first
Cyr wheel artist to perform at the prestigious Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione in Paris and with Zirkus Nemo in
Denmark. For the past four years, España has performed with Mr. Swindles’ Traveling Peculiarium, her family’s
circus. Her tours have taken her across Denmark and to premier venues in Germany, Spain, France, Bulgaria,
China, Turkey, and The Philippines.

Camille Langlois, Hair Hang: Originally from Quebec, Langlois began her acrobatic journey at the age of
9, when she enrolled in gymnastics. As she was also interested in dance and the performing arts, the opening of
a sport-arts-circus studies program at her high school captured her attention. Her professional training began at
the Circus School of Quebec and concluded six years later at the National Circus School of Montreal. Langlois –
who loves the diversity of movement, the freedom of creation offered by the various disciplines as well as the
union of art, performance, and interpretation – is also skilled at acts including aerial hoops, chains and pole.
Antino Pansa, Slack Wire: Pansa is a Guyanese circus artist of French nationality. He began training in
the circus arts at the age of 14, and this passion – passed on by his father, who also practiced slack wire – would
soon take center stage in his life. He is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal. He specializes in
slack wire but is also a talented trampoline and floor acrobat, as well as a hand-to-hand carrier and Korean plank
acrobat. He was recently featured as a slack wire artist in Cirque du Soleil’s 2023 creation, “ECHO.” He also
wowed the crowd during the CAC’s Royal Gala in February of this year.

Renaldo, Clowning: Al “Renaldo” Calienes began his circus career with the Big Apple Circus at age 26,
eventually becoming a core company member. A gifted clown, he went on to work with Circus Sarasota, theRoyal Hanneford Circus, the Luna Stage Theater Co., at SeaWorld, Canada’s Garden Bros. Circus and England’s Zippo’s Circus. Recently, he toured with UniverSoul Circus. He is also author/illustrator of the children’s book
“Renaldo Joins the Circus!”
“It is always thrilling for us to bring a live, professional circus show to the beautiful Historic Asolo
Theater at The Ringling, which works to preserve the history and legacy of the circus,” said CAC founder and
President/CEO Pedro Reis. “Our missions are so closely aligned – we both strive to inspire, educate and
entertain – and our collaboration has provided immeasurable joy for thousands of circus fans over the years.”

The show runs Friday, June 14 – Saturday, August 17, 2024. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays
through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $20/adults, $15 children (15 and under); tickets
for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 14 – which includes a gala reception
with the artists after the show and refreshments – are $75.
To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus
Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s
entertainment. Visit or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399.

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Circus Arts Conservatory’s WONDERBALL to feature world-famous DJ and producer Alan Walker

Arts organization plans to ‘electrify the night’ to ‘amplify the impact’ for CAC Youth Education with second installment of EDM concert and fundraiser

SARASOTA, FL – The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) is thrilled for the return of WONDERBALL, a high-energy event that will feature a world-famous electronic dance music (EDM) star; the proceeds will benefit its youth education programs. WONDERBALL promises to be an epic dance concert experience, headlined by renowned Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker. The event takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 7 p.m., in the Sailor Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota).

            Event organizers promise that WONDERBALL will “Electrify the Night” to “Amplify the Impact” for CAC Youth Education. This year’s event features a larger stage for a more immersive experience with enhanced LED lasers, lights and video screens, in keeping with Walker’s recent multiple-stop sold-out arena tour. The vibe for WONDERBALL 2024 is neon and guests are encouraged to dress in dance-ready festival/clubwear.

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Cirque des Voix®: Circus of the Voices showcases dynamic arts collaboration

Partnership of Circus Arts Conservatory and Key Chorale continues with three electrifying shows at the Sailor Circus Arena

SARASOTA, FL – The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) and Key Chorale are thrilled to come together again for an all-new production of Cirque des Voix®: Circus of the Voices, a one-of-a-kind performing arts experience. There will be three performances, with shows taking place March 22-23, 2024.

Fourteen years ago, CAC co-founder, President & CEO Pedro Reis and Key Chorale’s Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins joined forces to create a unique and special arts presentation, as they combined the more-than 100 voices of Key Chorale and the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra with live circus artists. This season’s three performances will feature acts choreographed to exciting and unforgettable compositions. Circus artists of national and international acclaim, as well as youth performers from the CAC’s Sailor Circus Academy, will dazzle audiences with acts performed to exquisite musical accompaniment.

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Circus Arts Conservatory presents free Community Outreach Performance

Patrons who might not otherwise be able to experience the joy of a live circus enjoyed a free performance of Circus Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL – Since the very first year of the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Circus Sarasota show 26 years ago (except for the interruption due to COVID-19), the CAC has offered free Community Outreach Performances for residents who might not otherwise be able to experience the joy of the circus. This year, on March 7, was no exception: more than 350 community members gathered together under the Big Top, including residents of nursing homes and assisted living communities, and clients from organizations for neurologically and developmentally challenged individuals as well as social service agencies, to see an abridged version of Circus Sarasota.

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Circus Sarasota presents star-spangled lineup for 2024 show

Circus Arts Conservatory gathers an international cast of world-class circus artists for 26th year of professional, one-ring circus extravaganza

SARASOTA, FL – Each year, the Circus Arts Conservatory’s professional arm, Circus Sarasota, offers a showcase of top global circus artists performing in a one-ring traditional circus setting. Featuring new and innovative acts, Circus Sarasota’s 2024 production will offer high-flying action, heart-stopping thrills, laugh-out-loud comedic antics, and acts that defy both expectations and the boundaries of physical limitations.

  “While this may be Circus Sarasota’s 26th year, we work very hard to make sure that no two productions are ever alike,” said CAC Founder/President & CEO Pedro Reis. “Our goal is to recruit the perfect balance of talent and variety to ensure patrons of all ages will be thrilled, inspired and entertained each and every year. We are confident this year’s show will take things to an entirely new level for our guests, whether they are a circus regular or brand new to the circus arts!”

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Circus Arts Conservatory raises over $400,000 during Royal Gala

SARASOTA, FL (February 10, 2024) – In early February, 350 supporters of the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) gathered at the CAC’s brand-new Big Top on Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park for the organization’s Royal Gala. Guests enjoyed thrilling performances by Sailor Circus Academy students and world-class professional circus artists, plentiful photo opportunities, heartfelt grateful remarks by CAC founders Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs and executive vice president/COO Jennifer Mitchell, a lively paddle raise, a delicious catered dinner by Michael’s On East, and dancing in the Center Ring. The event raised over $400,000 in support of the CAC’s signature youth training, education and outreach programs.

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Nik Wallenda and Circus Arts Conservatory partner to bring performing arts to UTC

SARASOTA, FL [September 21, 2023] – While the University Town Center/Nathan Benderson Park area is already home to sports, shopping and dining, there is currently no ongoing arts presence in the area. But that’s about to change: a new collaboration between hometown hero and international superstar Nik Wallenda and the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) will create a world class holiday experience that will undoubtedly become a Southwest Florida family holiday tradition for generations to come.

Wallenda and the CAC are already working on the first offering, an extraordinary immersive holiday spectacle titled “A Brave New Wonderland.” The Big Top will be located behind (east of) the Mall at UTC; the production promises to enchant audiences of all ages with a magical holiday experience like never before. The show will run from November 18 through December 31, 2023.

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