Gold Troupe

Registration for Fall 2022 Coming in August!

It is a PREPARATORY Circus Arts Training program for students ages 8 – 15. Our preparatory program is an eight (8) week program that will be offered in the Fall and Spring seasons. The Academy Gold Troupe is designed to construct a solid base and provide an avenue from which circus students can advance and prepare for our Sailor Circus Academy Red Troupe Performance Program. 

Our Academy Gold Troupe will build the student’s natural abilities, improve their strength & confidence and emphasize training safety, performance technique and performance etiquette. These skills are very important to develop well-rounded circus skills and to become a refined athletic circus arts performer.

The eight (8) week Academy Gold Troupe program consists of core classes three (3) days per week for seventy-five (75) minutes.  Students will get the rare opportunity to experience quality instruction by Elite Professional Circus Arts Coaches. 

As part of the Academy Gold Troupe, students will participate in a costumed, ticketed showcase, at the completion of each Fall and Spring season. Performances will be held at CAC’s beautiful air conditioned arena. Families and friends of students will have the wonderful opportunity to attend these live performances. Prior to the showcase, students will have a two weeks of rehearsals that will enable the student to be comfortable performing in front of a live audience. During the showcase students will experience the excitement of performing under bright lights, with colorful costumes, while learning about staging, performer etiquette and camaraderie. 

At the Circus Arts Conservatory, we believe there is “something for everyone” in the Circus Arts. Students of all levels are welcomed to register. After registration is completed, students and parents will be required to attend a one hour orientation. Therefore, due to the intensity of the Academy Gold Troupe, it will require both student and parental commitment to ensure a successful experience. Our Academy Gold Troupe’s focus is to give our students the opportunity to experience and learn the many facets of the Circus Arts to include; Aerial Skills, Rebound & Balance Skills, Acrobatic Arts, Clowning, Specialty Acts and Performance Techniques. These are ALL essential to being a well rounded performer. 

If you are interested in quality, progressive Circus Arts training, The Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troupe is the golden opportunity for you!

Registration for the Fall 2022 session coming in August. 

In order to join the Gold Troupe this fall you will need to register by the deadline. Once registration closes, no new students can be admitted for the season due to evaluations and act placements that take place prior to the start of the session.

Mandatory evaluations will be held before the season starts. Students will be evaluated by our coaching staff and placed into acts. Evaluations will be held Monday, January 17 & Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Registered students will be emailed the date and time of their evaluation once registration closes.

Mandatory orientation – all students are required to attend the mandatory orientation with a parent or guardian on Monday, January 24 at 6:00 pm.

Spring  2022 Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troupe Season

Monday, January 31 – Saturday, April 2, 2022

Gold Troupe Showcase

Saturday, April 2, times to be determined.

Due to Covid 19, only students currently in training are allowed in the Sailor Circus Arena and and on CAC Campus.  These areas are CLOSED to parents, guardians and visitors.  Parents are not permitted to escort their children into the Arena. A CAC staff member will be available to walk students in.  To continue meeting CDC guidelines, students will be required to wear a mask until proper social distancing in the arena has been achieved.

*Please note our Arena / Campus policy is firm: No parents, guardians, or visitors allowed on campus or in the arena for any reason, no exceptions. You can reach our staff using the remind app.  

Session Tuition
$700 (per student)
Includes a $600 training fee & a $100 performance and costume fee. Does not include required training apparel or performance needs. For more information on tuition payment options please click here.

Applications are due by Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:00PM
Click here for the Need Based Scholarship application and information.

Required Training Apparel and Performance Needs:
Not included in tuition. Please see this link for necessary items to purchase. 

Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troup students will learn:

Foundation & Fundamentals
Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troup students embark on their circus journey by beginning their training focusing on obtaining a solid circus arts foundation. By learning the circus fundamentals, exploring and having fun in the four main circus categories – Balance, Acrobatics, Aerials and Specialties – they will  safely learn proper warm-up, flexibility & strength training, which will help them in their progression.

The fun in the journey of finding your act
With the opportunity for students to explore and try a variety of acts within the four categories, students can enjoy the fun process of finding their act(s) and help their coaches guide them through that journey.                          

How to showcase what they’ve learned
At the end of their session, Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troup students will showcase what they’ve learned in two ticketed performances with state of the art lights and sound in front of an audience, giving them the amazing experience of being a young artist and the feeling of being a star that only circus can bring.

Training opportunities may include:

Clowning, Juggling & Ringmaster
Balance: Rola Bola, Low Wire, Rolling Globe, Bike and Unicycle
Rebounding: Tumble Track, Mini Tramp, Trampoline
Acrobatic Arts: Floor Tumbling, Hand Balancing, Contortion & Adagio
Aerial Bars: Single Trapeze, Lyra, Ladders
Aerial Fabrics: Hammock, Silks, Web

Training Schedule
The Gold Troupe trains Monday – Thursday, from 4:30-5:45 and/or 5:30-6:45 depending on act(s) chosen. Most acts train 3 days a week. All training schedules will be distributed at the mandatory orientation. Student schedules will be determined by the acts they participate in.


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  • You will receive an emailed receipt and an additional enrollment confirmation email for each child enrolled. Open your receipt email to access the remainder of your registration documents.

Registration is complete when you have 

  • Paid tuition
  • Received your receipt
  • Received your Enrollment confirmation (one per child enrolled)
  • Filled out all of your required forms from your email receipt

Once you have purchased your class you will receive an emailed receipt and an additional enrollment confirmation email for each child enrolled. In the enrollment confirmation there will many links, including a Google Registration Form. Fill out the forms to complete registration.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sailor Circus Academy?

This is an after-school, circus-arts training program in the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota. Students train in a variety of circus arts disciplines learning teamwork, building self confidence and learning life-lessons.

What is the purpose of the Sailor Circus Academy?

Sailor Circus has been serving area families since 1949, and is known as America’s Longest Running Youth Circus.  Our experienced and caring staff and coaching team come from a variety of backgrounds such as retired or working professional circus artists, teachers, early childhood professionals, Sailor Circus alumni, gymnasts and more. One thing that they all have in common is a desire to pass on their love of the Circus Arts to the students engaged at The CAC!

We strive to provide a fun, safe and educational experience through the circus arts.  We know that giving your child the opportunity to learn circus skills is one of the best decisions a parent can make for their child.  Circus Arts teach important life skills such as determination, courage, strength development, flexibility, coordination, self-confidence, team work, discipline – and the list could go on and on….

What is the difference between the RED and GOLD Troupes?

The RED troupe is the original program started by the Sarasota High School back in 1949.  The RED troupe performs in the Holiday and Spring shows to a live ticketed audience.  The program beings in September and ends with the last Spring show performance.  The commitment is for the duration of the school year with students training from two (2) to five (5) nights a week after school.  How the long student trains each night depends on how many acts they are in. Auditions are required for the RED Troupe.

The GOLD Troupe was started in 2019 to help students develop circus skills and to possibly move up to RED Troupe, if they so desired. The Gold Troupe offers a Fall and Spring session, each session running for eight (8) weeks with a costumed showcase at the end of each session.  Students are not required to join both Fall and Spring sessions.  Students will typically train for three (3) nights a week in one (1) act for 1.25 hours.   Auditions are NOT required for the GOLD troupe. Anyone ages 8-15 may join.

What is the after-school schedule for the GOLD Troupe?

Student training times vary according to the acts they are learning.  Students typically train for three (3) nights a week after school for seventy-five (75) minutes.  Schedules are provided once registration is completed. The schedule changes from season to season depending on the acts training. 

Is the student required to attend both the Fall and Spring sessions?


Is it dangerous?

No. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a professional organization with expertly trained artists, and our coaches are experienced in working with students at all levels. Though the training is rigorous, we evaluate each student’s individual potential and push them only to their limit and ability. Students start on the ground and slowly, one step at a time – and only when they are ready – do they advance. Students are never in an unsafe environment, as they are harnessed or over nets when above ground. We use top of the line gymnastics mats and safety equipment. This is a hands-on training program in a safe environment.

Who are the coaches?

We have professional coaches from around the world. Click here to see a line up of our coaches.

What is the process for my child to participate in GOLD Troupe, do they have to audition for the program?

Anyone from ages 8-15 may join the Gold Troupe. Registration information will be available on this page once it becomes available.

Will there be a scheduled performance? If so, how can I buy tickets?

Each session ends with a costumed, ticketed performance. Exact show dates and times are posted when registration information becomes available.  Tickets can be purchased through our box office or on our website. 

I would like to volunteer - where can I find more information?

Contact Aaron Watkins at

Conditions of Registration


  • Student’s are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis as per the date of receipt of the registration form and fees
  • Confirmation of enrollment and receipt will be sent via email through MindBody


  • Please see our Policies and Procedures Tab

Medical Refund Policy

  • Please see our Policies and Procedures Tab


  • Parents/Guardians are required to sign a “General Release” and a “Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement” prior to a Junior Sailor Circus Student being admitted
  • Proof of insurance is required for all participants
Policies and Procedures

Is secure once payment in full is collected and all forms are completed and returned to the Circus Arts Conservatory.  Students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis as per the date of receipt of the registration application in Mindbody and the Google Registration Form. Confirmation of enrollment and receipt will be sent via email through MindBody.

No Registration Fees


Tuition already paid can not be refunded after the training period begins. There are no refunds for cancellation, or schedule changes, or early elective withdrawal. There are no refunds for students dismissed from the Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troupe due to disciplinary reasons or found with evidence of lice. If a student leaves due to an injury incurred while training which prevents completion of the season, a pro-rated refund will be considered. Credits for recreational classes are non transferable and can NOT be applied to Sailor Circus Academy. The CAC reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule without setting precedent.


If a student leaves due to an injury incurred at Sailor Circus Academy, a prorated portion of the tuition may be refunded. If a student is injured prior to attending a scheduled session and it prohibits them from participating, we will consider a refund upon review of the doctor’s note.  A doctor’s note must be received prior to the start of the Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troupe session in order to be considered for a refund.  Any tuition refunded will incur a $50 admin fee. The CAC reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule without setting precedent.


Parents/Guardians are required to sign a general release and waiver of liability and indemnity agreement prior to the student being placed in a session. In addition to a release proof of insurance is required for all campers.

All drop off and pick up for students is located at the midway gate adjacent to Sarasota High School parking lot. Look for ourCircus Entrance” banner on the fence to direct you. Students should never be dropped off/ picked up in the staff parking lot/ticket sales lot by our main office. Parents/Guardian may NOT escort students inside the building. Wait outside the main doors or the student may enter on their own. 

Sailor Circus Academy Gold Troupe training is a closed space and we do not allow parents or guests to spectate during the training times.  Parents/Guardians/Visitors are not permitted to stay during session time.  


  • All students will adhere to the full values contract below. Full Values Contract is a verbal agreement within a group to try, support, and encourage everyone to achieve their personal best.
  • The F.V.C. is used to secure the bonds of teamwork, perseverance, and dedication in a learning environment.
  • We will ask the participants to abide by the following philosophy: “I will try everything and be respectful to my instructors; I will try everything and support and encourage myself and my friends; I will model this behavior all the time because I am a leader by example”.
  • The consequence for not adhering to this policy is removal from the program.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
COVID-19 Policies

Drop Off/Pick Up: All drop off and pick up for students is located at the midway gate adjacent to Sarasota High School parking lot. Look for our “Circus Entrance” banner on the fence to direct you. Students should never be dropped off/ picked up in the staff parking lot/ticket sales lot by our main office. Parents/guardians walk your child to the main doors and wait for  CAC staff to greet you and check in your child.  After class a CAC staff member will escort students outside for pick up.

  • Masks are optional
  • BEFORE entering the Arena, students will wash their hands at the outdoor hand washing station, located in front of the outdoor concessions stand.
  • Enter through the MAIN DOORS in the midway.
  • If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 do not send them to practice. Notify the SCA manager immediately.

The Circus Arts Conservatory 

Tonia Bichler at 941-355-9335 ext. 326 or


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