, ,

Ringling’s Impact Beyond the Circus

BY SCOTT DENNIS — ABC 7 WWSB: After 146 years, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus will end performances on Sunday for good. But here on the Suncoast, those involved with the circus arts say the “circus” is not closing, just the one named Ringling. Let’s not forget, Sarasota would not be what it is today without a man named Ringling.  MORE

,

Regional Review, Synergy Circus Sarasota

BY WILLIAM S. OSER — TALKIN’ BROADWAY: Celebrating 20 years, Circus Sarasota presents this year’s edition, Synergy… I look forward to each year’s edition of Circus Sarasota and this year’s show, Synergy, is equal to their best. Don’t miss the all too brief opportunity to see this year’s edition. MORE

,

Circus Review – Thrilling Wallenda Act

BY JAY HANDELMAN — HERALD-TRIBUNE: A sense of awe washes over you watching Nik Wallenda and the Fabulous Wallendas take to the high wire at the conclusion of “Synergy,” the 20th anniversary production of Circus Sarasota under the big top at University Town Center mall… MORE

,

Nik Wallenda Headlines Circus Sarasota

BY DAHLIA GHABOUR — HERALD TRIBUNE: Circus Sarasota is billing its newest show, “Synergy,” as “greater than the sum of its parts.” The show will be headlined by high-wire wizard Nik Wallenda, who is planning a new historic performance… MORE

,

Circus Sarasota Raises the Big Tent

BY ROBIN DRAPER — VISIT SARASOTA: For the 20th year, the Big Top will be raised by the locally inspired Circus Sarasota. Visitors can experience the professional artistry and entertainment of a European-style live show with top-level local and international performers.  MORE

, ,

Volunteers Keep Circus Costumes Alive

BY DAHLIA GHABOUR — HERALD-TRIBUNE:
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

, ,

Women of Influence – Dolly Jacobs

BY STAFF — 941CEO:
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

, ,

Traditions Grow at 10th Summer Circus

BY JAY HANDELMAN — HERALD-TRIBUNE:
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

, ,

Voice of Summer: Ringmistress Bailey Sloan

BY NICK FRIEDMAN – THE OBSERVER:
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

 

 

 

, ,

Circus Arts Conservatory Celebrates

SRQ STORY PROJECT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT  —
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