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Circus Sarasota offers an ‘Ovation’ for the modern circus

By: Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

The annual show from Circus Sarasota under the big top is one of the most highly anticipated circus events of the year, even in an area that’s overflowing with great circus events. More

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Zerbini’s horses to run free at Circus Sarasota’s Ovation

By: Vicki Dean, Herald-Tribune

At Circus Sarasota, Sylvia Zerbini will present about 11 horses in her Grand Liberté show. More

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One year after Wallenda accident, the show must go on for Circus Sarasota

By: Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

A year ago, five performers in Nik Wallenda’s high-wire act were seriously injured in an accident during Circus Sarasota rehearsals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, but Wallenda still called it the worst day of his life. Wallenda was not injured, but members of his family were. Circus Sarasota for 2018 opens Friday, almost a year to the day after the incident.Circus officials are taking a “show-must-go-on” attitude. More

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Circus Sarasota “Ovation!” Balances in our Studio!

Clip from Suncoast View – ABC7 Sarasota

The Big Top has risen next to Nathan Benderson Park, and today we get a preview of what’s going on in there with Circus Sarasota! Check out this preview of “Ovation!” with Kirill Rebkovets.  More

The Arena Renovation Project


The need is great, the time is now!

We need your help! Be part of our future, the future of our students and the expansion of our Circus Arts programs.

We have raised $2.5 million of the $4 million needed to complete necessary repairs and updates to The Arena. But time is running out – we must raise the remaining $1.5 million by June 1, 2018 or forfeit a $1 million grant from the State of Florida.


There is great news! If you give now, your gift can have TWICE the impact! Thanks to the generosity of a very special CAC donor, the first $100,000 in donations made by December 31, 2017 will be matched!

The CAC currently adds over $6 million dollars to Southwest Florida’s economy each year. The 70 year old Sailor Circus Academy serves over 45,000 people annually through athletic, education and summer camp programs.