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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








2016 Summer Circus Spectacular 10th Anniversary Event

Join The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling on Saturday, June 18th in a special celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Summer Circus Spectacular partnership. Experience the one-hour show in the Historic Asolo Theater at 5pm and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks in the Visitors Pavilion of The Ringling afterward from 6-8PM. Tickets are only $50, but are limited. MORE

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Sarasota’s Got It All


Dolly Jacobs soars like a ballerina, three stories up without a net. For years, she starred in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — flying high, dangling from rings, defying death with every somersault. At 50-something, she still performs. And when her toes touch ground, she’s happy to be home: Sarasota, where she was born and raised and where the spirit of the circus lives. It’s the spirit of Dolly’s father, Lou Jacobs — a clown so famous his face was on a postage stamp…    MORE



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Summer Circus Season Keeps Going!

Summer Circus Season Keeps Going!

The action never stops at The Circus Arts Conservatory! We are in the midst of creating, planning, practicing and perfecting a slew of performances, events, summer camps and more! Here’s just a taste of what we have in store for the summer:

Circus Summer Camp 2016

Circus Summer Camp June 6 - August 9, 2016

Circus Summer Camp June 6 – August 9, 2016

Boys and girls ages 6-15 are invited to join us for an exciting summer camp experience full of circus fun! Sessions are available in one- or two-week sessions with before and after care provided for an additional fee. Click here for more information about Circus Summer Camp 2016.

Thank you to our 2016 Circus Summer Camp Sponsor:

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Summer Circus Spectacular

Summer Circus Spectacular June 21 - July 30, 2016

June 21 – July 30, 2016 at The Historic Asolo Theater on the grounds of The Ringling

Presented with The Ringling Museum of Art and housed in the Historic Asolo Theater, the special 10th Anniversary of the Summer Circus Spectacular is sure to entertain fans of all ages! This family-friendly show is one hour long, and tickets are just $15 for Adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Visit The Ringling website for more information.

The CAC’s 2016-2017 Season

The CAC 2016-2017 Season

“Queen of the Air” Dolly Jacobs will be performing in the 2016 – 2017 season

We are currently planning for an incredible 2016-2017 season. In addition to our Sailor Circus Holiday and Spring shows, The Circus Sarasota Winter production and Cirque des Voix, 2017 finds us taking the Big Top to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. We couldn’t be more thrilled to share this exciting time in our organization with all of you! If you aren’t already on it, join our email list for updates on our upcoming season. You can read more about the Folklife Festival and The CAC’s involvement here.

Annual Golf Tournament

The CAC Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, October 24, 2016

Attention golfers: Add Monday, October 24th to your calendars for our Annual Golf Tournament, held this year at the Laurel Oak County Club. For registration and sponsorship information, contact Michelle Brault at 941.355.9335 x 325 or email Michelle at: Michelle@CircusArts.org.



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Photo Gallery – La Cirque Appetit 2016

Photo Gallery – La Cirque Appetit 2016

Chucko with Betty Schoenbaum at La Cirque Appetit 2016

Chucko with Betty Schoenbaum at La Cirque Appetit 2016 – HERALD-TRIBUNE PHOTO

We had a fabulous time hosting our annual La Cirque Appetit fundraising luncheon on April 26, 2016. Over 250 people joined us in the Sailor Circus Arena for presentations from our outreach programs and special guests, performances from some of our Sailor Circus students, and a delicious 3-course meal catered by Michael’s on East. Thank you to all who attended and supported us at La Cirque Appetit 2016 – we look forward to seeing you next season!     (Click for MORE PHOTOS courtesy of Herald-Tribune.)

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Circus Arts Conservatory To Participate in Smithsonian Festival

BY BOBETH YATES – MY SUNCOAST: From wowing audiences on the Suncoast to impressing on a national scale, the Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory will showcase its talent and expertise at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage Festival.

“The Circus Arts Conservatory is being recognized as one of the partners and that of course sets us apart from the other circuses and other schools,” said Pedro Reis, one of the founders of the Circus Arts Conservatory… MORE

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Circus Arts Conservatory Goes National

Circus Sarasota gets invited to the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. When the Smithsonian Institution set the theme, “Circus Arts,” for its 50th anniversary Folklife Festival in 2017, it turned to Sarasota’s own Circus Arts Conservatory to bring the sizzle. The Circus Sarasota Big Top will be erected on the National Mall, adjacent to the iconic Smithsonian Castle… MORE