August 8th is National Clown Day!
Have you dreamed of running away to the circus? Are you looking for a career change? There’s no better way than attending a circus school in Florida! You can learn to fly with the greatest of ease on a trapeze, different forms of aerial work, and, of course, clowning!
Clowns may be all about funny business, but becoming a clown is serious business! Not only do most clowns go through formal training, but they even have The Eight Clown Commandments! You can check them out here! There is also a clown prayer, which includes “help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair”. You can read the rest of the prayer here!
If you think that sounds like a pretty good gig, look no further than these five circus schools in Florida! You can learn not only the art of clowning, but numerous circus acts!
In 1927, John and Charles Ringling moved their Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Sarasota! A move of this magnitude brought with it hundreds of circus performers, staff, and a new spotlight on Sarasota! In 1997 the Circus Arts Conservatory was born, under a different name – The National Circus School of Performing Arts. Not only do they have numerous performances throughout the year, but they also have classes and camps where you can learn different circus abilities at all skill levels!
The Circus Arts Conservatory also places high importance on community outreach. Approximately 80% of their ticket revenue supports these outreach programs serving children through the Education Program, the elderly, and those in care facilities through the Humor Therapy Program and the Sailor Circus Academy.
The director of the Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay, Beth, was one of the first students at the newly formed Pennsylvania Ballet School in the ’60s. In 2000, Beth and her husband Marcello opened BB’s Dance Factory, located in the old Clearwater Mall. At first, they only taught dance until Beth’s only daughter Catie decided that she didn’t want to be a dancer. She instead wanted to be a contortionist with the circus! Catie’s dream came true and she became a respected dancer, acrobat, and contortionist in the entertainment industry. Beth decided that she would take a few lessons and learn the trapeze in order to incorporate the circus into her dance shows. From there, the Circus Arts program was conceived and the studio’s name changed to “Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay”.
Not only do they offer Circus classes where you can learn basic skills, but you can also check out the troupe at their performances! In February every year they have their Regional Circus Festival, twice a year they perform at Casa Tina’s Mexican Restaurant in Dunedin. In addition, every third Friday you can check them out in downtown Safety Harbor.
To run away to this circus, you’re going to have to be a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee! The FSU Flying High Circus was created in 1947 by Jack Haskin and is considered an extracurricular activity that you must audition for. The FSU Flying High Circus performs 70-80 shows throughout the year on campus and at Callaway Gardens, a resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia. This show, which is 100% student-run, rivals that of a professional circus production!
Do you or your child want to get involved but aren’t a student of FSU? They offer Summer Camp programs at both FSU and Callaway Gardens in Georgia!
The Orlando Circus School was opened in 2008 by Andrei and Irina Roublev and is now owned by Victor Bryndine and Pavel Roublev, who have 20+ years of experience in the circus, including working with Cirque du Soleil! With their extensive experience, they teach a variety of circus disciplines as well as basics and core skills of physical development for children and adults alike!
They invite everyone to participate in one of their many classes or their Circus summer camps!
Volusia Circus Academy in DeLand is a Florida Circus School located 2 miles away from downtown DeLand. They offer classes for all ages and skill levels with no experience necessary! You can also book custom workshops, private classes, and group classes.
It’s a great place to learn aerial skills, aerial hoop, duo trapeze, teeterboard, and more!
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