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Bello is a-Nockin’

By Liz Sandburg – VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY:  Bello Nock and Circus Sarasota do not disappoint to entertain children of all ages in “Red, White, and BELLO!” “How in the world can he do that?!” The man sitting behind me is incredulous. The rest of us are speechless as he blurts out these words, though we are all thinking the same thing. How? How can one man accomplish such unfathomable feats, such creative accomplishments, such death-defying maneuvers, such hilarity? Simple answer – because he’s Bello Nock. It’s just what he does … and this is only halfway through his opening act of “Red, White, and BELLO!” at Circus Sarasota.   MORE

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Circus Sarasota Presents ‘Red, White & Bello’


Bello Nock has performed with elite circuses all over the world. He ranks Circus Sarasota as one of the best big-top circuses around, along with Cirque du Soleil and New York Big Apple Circus. So the man that Time magazine called “America’s best clown” said he’ll be among his peers performing with Circus Sarasota. “It is a wonderful show,” Nock said… MORE

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Black Tie & Tales

By Molly Schechter – THE OBSERVER: Sarasota attracts interesting people with interesting stories as demonstrated by the “Best Man’s Hat” winner at this years Circus Arts Conservatory gala on January 29.  The man is Preston T. Scott, a University of Virginia educated attorney whose original career was working for the U.S. government in environmental law…. The hat came to Sarasota as a gift to Scott after he organized the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival featuring Bhutan in 2008. The exhibit, one of an annual series started in 1967, included the first American performance of the “Black-Hat Dance,” which dates from the early 17th century. MORE


Red, White & Bello

By Brian Ries – HERALD-TRIBUNE : This year’s Circus Sarasota series of performances features seventh generation circus performer, hometown favorite clown and “The World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” Bello Nock, who promises to take his act to new heights. (Did he mean “act” or “hair”?) There will also be acts from around the world, including Bello’s daughter Annaliese Nock on the Wheel of Destiny; foot juggler Deborah Maloku; The Dominguez Poodle Review; the U.S. debut of Marc Giely’s Acrobatic Mountain Bike Act; Mario Berousek – “Thw World’s Fastest Speed Juggler”; hand-balancing quartet The Pellegrini Brothers; Shannon Monni’s Aerial Bubble; Sylvia Zerbini and her Liberty Horse; and, of course, “Queen of the Air” Dolly Jacobs. Through Feb. 28, 2016; Behind The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota; $15-$55; 941-355-9805;


A Good Year For Arts and Entertainment

By Marty Clear – Bradenton Herald

If you said 2015 has been a great year for arts and entertainment in the Bradenton area, it’s unlikely anyone would put up much of an argument. Just in case, here are just a handful of the year’s highlights.

Locals Honored

This year, two Sarasota artists received prestigious and high-profile national awards. Both happen to be named Jacobs, but that’s just a coincidence.

The National Endowment for the Arts named Dolly Jacobs a National Heritage Fellow. The NEA has been giving the award to a handful of people, usually about a dozen or so, each year since 1982. Jacobs — a world-famous circus aerialist and a co-founder…MORE


Cool Today Supports The CAC

‘Cool Today Supports The CAC’

Two supporting videos, produced by Jaime DiDomenico of Cool Today, demonstrate the many ways that The Circus Arts Conservatory is “…the epitome of an organization that takes care of people.”

‘Another Cool Today Spot Featuring The CAC’


Perfect Pitch Award

‘Circus Aerialist Honored With First-ever Perfect Pitch Award’ by Susan Rife, Herald Tribune – Sarasota, FL – On Nov. 4, [circus aerialist Dolly Jacobs] will receive the inaugural “Perfect Pitch” award from Key Chorale, Sarasota’s professional vocal ensemble. The award “honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to our cultural community through educational, financial, and/or artistic efforts,” said Catherine Vernon, Key Chorale’s executive director, in announcing the award.

“It’s very humbling. It’s just amazing to be awarded for something you love to do,” said Jacobs, the co-founder of Circus Sarasota and the Circus Arts Conservatory but perhaps better known as “Queen of the Air” for her elegant aerial routines in the circus ring. MORE


Jacobs Honored with National Heritage Fellowship

By Jacob Ogles | SRQ Magazine – The National Heritage Fellowship award since 1982 has been given to folk musicians, potters, tailors, welders and more. But never had the award gone to a circus performer until Friday night. Dolly Jacobs, legendary aerialist and co-founder of The Circus Arts Conservatory, now bears the distinction of being the first circus artist to earn this recognition… MORE


Dolly Jacobs To Perform Live For NEA

By Nick Reichert | Dolly Jacobs, co-founder of Circus Arts Conservatory and lifelong circus performer and aerialist, is bringing the magic of the Sarasota big top to the nation’s capital. As a recipient of this year’s NEA National Heritage Fellowship, Dolly Jacobs along with 10 other artists will perform live and streamed nationwide at 8 p.m. October 2 from Washington, D.C. MORE