The Circus Proves the Show Must Go On

BY KAY KIPLING — SARASOTA MAGAZINE: Considering the horrible accident that befell members of the Wallenda family troupe last week, you might have figured that this 20th anniversary edition of Circus Sarasota, titled “Synergy,” would not take place as planned…But then you wouldn’t understand very much about the mindset of circus folk… 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


ODA Students Wired To Serve

BY BERKLEY MASON — YOUROBSERVER.COM: For Quinn Birmingham, a senior at the Out-of-Door Academy, achieving the required 25 hours of community service can get boring. Then she found Circus Sarasota. This year, not only will Birmingham be a volunteer at the circus, she will be taking on the role of volunteer leader among her fellow Out-of-Door Academy students. “Everything about the circus interests me,” Birmingham said. “I like feeling in charge, moving all of the time, and I also like that you can volunteer and watch the show at the same time. Every day that Circus Sarasota has a show they have a volunteer sign up. I sign up every single day.” 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


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