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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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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

Anastasini Brothers flip out for circus crowd

Anastasini Brothers in performance

Staff photo: Herald-Tribune

By Jay Handelman – Herald-Tribune

Giuliano Anastasini might be the envy of every guy with a younger brother.

Giuliano Anastasini uses his feet to support and juggle his younger brother, Fabio, in their Risley act at the Summer Circus Spectacular 2015 Thursday, June 25 at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.

“I like to joke that I get to kick my brother’s butt for a living,” he says. And he means it literally, as audiences can see… MORE

Video: A Morning Inside Summer Circus

FOX 13 Tampa Bay Video:
Reporter Charley Belcher visits with Summer Circus 2015 juggling sensation Sebastian St. Jules in the Historic Asolo Theater on the grounds of The Ringling.

A New Circus Chapter

A New Circus Chapter:
The Ringling is known for its images of world-class art, gardens and architecture. But in the lobby this Friday afternoon, living circus performers greet overjoyed children and parents. The smiling faces of children light up the lobby while getting their pictures taken with the cast of the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Summer Circus Spectacular.

Two of those performers are Bailey Sloan and Dolly Jacobs… Read More

Review: Summer Circus Spectacular

Sarasota Magazine Review: Summer Circus Spectacular 2015
What a simple and yet brilliant idea it is for the Circus Arts Conservatory (Circus Sarasota) and The Ringling to collaborate on presenting short summer shows in the Historic Asolo Theater, as they have been doing for nine years now. Families and other museum visitors get the chance to take a break, sit down and be entertained in a cozy space; locals can just while away part of a summer afternoon, away from the heat and sun. Read More

The 2015 Summer Circus Spectacular Comes Alive on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Sarasota, FL – The Summer Circus Spectacular is back and ready to impress with its ninth consecutive year of crowd pleasing performances! Once again, two legendary greats – The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Circus Sarasota and The Ringling – are teaming up to bring the most exciting and affordable family entertainment to Sarasota’s Historic Asolo Theater from Tuesday, June 16 to Saturday, August 1, 2015. This one-of-a-kind production has become a celebrated summertime event on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Back by popular demand as this summer’s ringmistress is the highly-regarded and locally recognized, 17 year-old, recent Sailor Circus Academy alumna, Bailey Yelding-Sloan. This leading lady is a 2015 Sarasota High School graduate and a 10th generation circus performer, with eight years of circus arts experience – including trapeze, high wire, cradle, Spanish web and ringmistress – under her belt. Her quick wit and natural charisma in the spotlight are guaranteed to keep you engaged!

Adding additional excitement to the performance line-up is the totally amazing juggling of 13-year-old, circus sensation, Sebastian St. Jules and the fun doesn’t stop there. Nationally acclaimed circus-arts superstar, Martin Alvarez, along with his flipping and flying family, will have audiences awestruck with astonishing teeterboard thrills. The entertaining style and encouraged audience participation of circus funny-man Kirk Marsh will keep the crowds in stitches. Other performance greats like the Anastasini Brothers, with their incredible Icarian human foot-juggling act, will keep the cheers coming too! And, no Circus Sarasota show is complete without world-famous aerialist and “Queen of the Air”, Dolly Jacobs soaring overhead with her unprecedented grace and poise. Daughter to the world-renowned clown, Lou Jacobs, Dolly followed his famed footsteps and rose to the top with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. There she earned the solo spot above the center ring of The Greatest Show on Earth. In 1997 Jacobs and her husband, Pedro Reis, founded The Circus Arts Conservatory, an organization dedicated to continuing Sarasota’s rich circus heritage through teaching the circus arts and providing high-quality circus performances.

“The Summer Circus Spectacular is a very affordable way for the entire family to enjoy an exciting, world-class circus performance and the air-conditioned comfort of the intimate Historic Asolo Theater provides the perfect arena too,” said Pedro Reis, Founder and CEO of Circus Sarasota. “The opportunity to enjoy an authentic circus performance on the grounds of the historic Ringling estate is something quite special and unique to Sarasota!”

Summer Circus Spectacular shows will be held Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. from June 16 to August 1, 2015. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office at 941-360-7399 or visit