Tales from the First of May: The Circus Goes to Washington!

Greetings, circus fans! It’s been a while since my last “First of May” post – so long, in fact, that I am no longer the “First of May” around here – but I wanted to share a few exciting happenings The CAC is currently experiencing…

First, welcome to our new website! We have relaunched CircusArts.org with a new design, new features and new media to showcase the best of the circus arts as we know it to be! Feel free to take a look around the new site, learn more about our Outreach Programs, explore ways to Get Involved with the organization and more! Read more


Good Deeds at The CAC

The Sailor Circus Academy
hosts more than 120 students each day in a rigorous after-school circus arts training program. Jeff Barg of IT leader CISCO and Nathan Bogan of World Wide Technology nominated Circus Arts Conservatory for a Meraki Gift of wireless networking equipment for the arena and dressing rooms. CISO and WWT’s generous system donation allows world class international circus instructors to…   MORE

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Volunteers Keep Circus Costumes Alive

Behind the scenes at the Sarasota Sailor Circus lies a locked, 900-square-foot room piled up to the ceiling with treasures. In a kaleidoscope of bright colors, sequins and glitter, more than 5,000 donated circus costumes hang on crowded racks. Feather boas float among sequin-encrusted suits, set before giant cabinets of carefully labeled materials…  MORE


The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Outreach

The Circus Arts Conservatory is home
to expansive outreach programs that have a significant impact on the Sarasota-Manatee community. The Education Outreach program serves hundreds of students through the combination of academic school subjects including science, physics, language arts and theater and circus arts. Each year, children of grade levels K–8 participate in programs tailored to a specific curriculum. This one-of-a-kind program from teaching artists Karen Bell and Robin Eurich uses lessons that are developed to comply with the new Florida State Standards.  MORE

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Women of Influence – Dolly Jacobs

Dolly Jacobs was born into the circus. 
Her mother was a top New York model and later performed with the circus. Her father was Lou Jacobs, one of the most recognized clowns of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She was a part of Sailor Circus in Sarasota, a program uniquely reflective of the community’s circus heritage, until the age of 14 when she started performing with Ringling Bros.

She couldn’t help but love the circus—it was in her DNA…   MORE

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Traditions Grow at 10th Summer Circus

The Circus Arts Conservatory is marking the 10th anniversary of its Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater by sticking to a formula that works. The show is a wonderful and brief introduction for young and old to circus traditions with a mix of comedy, thrills and the ethereal beauty of aerialist Dolly Jacobs, all within steps of the Sarasota home of circus king John Ringling.  MORE

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Voice of Summer: Ringmistress Bailey Sloan

It’s not quite 10 a.m., but already the Historic Asolo Theater is bustling with activity. The Circus Arts Conservatory opens its 10th annual Summer Circus Spectacular in just more than a week, and the ornate performance space is alive with excitement as performers begin rehearsals…one voice cuts through the commotion. “Ladies and gentlemen,” it booms. “Prepare to be amazed!” The voice — a commanding, articulate presence — belongs to Bailey Sloan, the show’s 18-year-old ringmistress.    MORE




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Circus Arts Conservatory Celebrates

The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that preserves and enriches circus performance, history and culture through training, outreach and legacy both locally in “circus city” Sarasota, Florida and nationally. The CAC presents annual performances under its Red and White Big Top, including Circus Sarasota’s annual Winter Productions and Cirque des Voix®, a collaboration with the Key Chorale. The CAC also oversees the notable Sailor Circus Academy… MORE

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Summer Circus Spectacular Marks 10th Anniversary

Some shows make an appearance once or twice and then disappear into history. Others have become fondly adopted by the community, such as the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Since its first performance in 2007, the Summer Circus Spectacular has drawn nearly 130,000 attendees for the family-oriented performances. This year, well-loved acts from prior seasons will be joined by several Sarasota debuts.   MORE






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The Summer Circus Spectacular Returns To Sarasota

It’s the 10th anniversary of the ‘Summer Circus Spectacular’!
Adam Kuchler is so good at what he does that he works steadily all over the world. He’s spending half of the summer in the sweltering heat of west-central Florida. That, he admits, is kind of a crazy choice for a Milwaukee native who now lives in Brooklyn.

Still, he’s thrilled to have the opportunity. “I didn’t even think about it,” Kuchler said. “As soon as they said ‘Circus Sarasota’ I said ‘I’ll be there.’ ”

Kuchler is one of the stars of this year’s “Summer Circus Spectacular,” which opens June 18 at the Historic Asolo Theater.   MORE