Study Shows Circus Arts Improve Student Learning Skills

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Study Shows Circus Arts Improve Student Learning Skills

The results of a year-long education study are in, and show that integrating the circus arts into K-12 education can improve student performance. Nationwide, circus programs improved social and emotional learning skills in all areas measured. Conducted by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, the study observed children in school residency programs offered by Circus Smirkus and seven other circus arts providers across America. The study asked a simple question: Do the circus arts improve Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in schools? “Circus arts delivered results measurably better than the comparison group composed of a wide range of school arts and sports activities.” The answer is…

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The 2017 Big Top Tour Finale

Watch a video below of the final bows of the 2017 Big Top Tour Finale, including remarks from founder Rob Mermin and longtime executive director Ed LeClair. Circus Smirkus has had the privilege of having Ed LeClair as the Executive Director for the last 14 years. At the end of the year, Ed will retire, leaving large clown shoes to fill! If you’ve never met Ed, his passion and dedication to the organization is palpable. As Ed says,”the function of circus is to astound and amaze.” What’s also amazing is that Ed put the “function” in Circus Smirkus — creating…

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Troy and Sara Wunderle Discover Circus Smirkus

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of Circus Smirkus, and also 20th Anniversary of Troy and Sara Wunderle’s marriage and their start at Circus Smirkus.   You might know him today as the Artistic Director of the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, but Troy joined Smirkus after a season of touring with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1997, helping Rob Mermin with residencies in schools during the off-season and serving as an all-around assistant in the summer at camp and tour.  Sara started her Smirkus journey as head counselor at camp and then eventually found herself as head concessionaire…

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2017 Big Top Tour DVD Available

2017 Big Top Tour: Midnight at the Museum DVD

Watch the trailer below and purchase your DVD copy today! Enjoy the 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour with the 2017 Midnight at the Museum DVD—a wild and wonderful adventure through the hallowed halls of a magical museum! Embark on an enchanted journey with astonishing aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily wirewalkers as they explore a museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight. Whether you missed the Big Top Tour this summer or want to relive the magic, it’s time to purchase your copy of Midnight at the Museum on DVD, filmed in Waltham, MA at Gore Place, by…

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My Experience at Adult Camp

Watch a short video about Adult Camp, and then read a post below by adult camper Kathryn Sarken By Kathryn Sarken, Adult Camper We arrived at Big Kid Camp with pillows and sleeping bags and circus dreams. Some of us had never tried circus, others were looking forward to their first time (ever!) at overnight camp. As a returning camper, I was eager to get back into the tents, to see friends from last summer, to meet new people, and to experience again the magic of Smirkus Camp. We got our circus activities rolling… with forward and backward rolls! From…

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How Circus Smirkus Helps Schools Fundraise

Have you ever thought of being a presenter for Circus Smirkus? Our diverse family of presenters include many non-profit organizations and schools, who raise significant funds to supplement their annual budgets. We have presenters who consistently raise over $20K each year by bringing the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour to their communities. Watch this video by WCSH6 of Portland, Maine to see how students in Kennebunkport helped raise money for their school with Circus Smirkus. Editors note: This article is by Robert Nesbitt of WCSH6 of Portland, Maine and was originally published there on September 6, 2017 Kennebunkport Students Compete For…

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Audition Opportunities at Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus Is Now Accepting Audition Applications for two programs: the 2018 Big Top Tour and 2018 Advanced Camp Sessions. ★ BIG TOP TOUR APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2017 Who Can Apply: Youth ages 10-18 trained in circus or other physical disciplines, with strong teamwork skills, excellent stage presence, and interest in traditional circus arts, are encouraged to apply! Video audition required – click here for more information. What Is the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour? Each year since 1987, the award-winning Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour has featured 30 young performers in a traditional traveling circus. These young performers hail…

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Camp’s Session V

This blog post is written by Head Counselor, Nathan Eckstein It is so hard to believe that we are saying goodbye to Session V on Friday! We have had an absolutely amazing time this session. With three programs running all at once its been a whirlwind of activity and circus fun. This session’s 10 member Road Show, under the direction of Suzanne Santos, brought their Greek God’s and Goddess themed show all over Vermont, including stops in Derby Line, Burlington, and Montpellier. They visited senior living centers, childcare centers, and had a few public performances out doors as well including…

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Trouper Close-Ups: Chase Levy, Jeannette Oubre, and Cheya Potter

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Touper Close-Ups: Chase Levy, Jeannette Oubre, and Cheya Potter Chase Levy is a 16 year old Trouper from Newton, MA.  Chase got his start with circus by being a homestay family at the age of 8, where the Troupers opened his eyes to the world of circus.  “From there, I went to Circus Smirkus Camp for 6 years.”  Chase did not learn all of his skills overnight, and he never let the word “No” defeat him.  “Two years ago I auditioned and didn’t get in.  So, I auditioned again last year and made it, and this year as well.”  All…

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Trouper Close-Ups: William Borges, Maedya Kojis, and Laska Léonard

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Trouper Close-Ups: William Borges, Maedya Kojis, and Laska Léonard William Borges is a 16 year old from Baiting Hollow, NY and this is his first year as a Trouper.  He got his start with circus by training gymnastics when he was young, and his mom introduced him to flying trapeze.  He started training more regularly and says, “flying trapeze opened the doors to aerial and juggling.”  Will performs in the hat juggling and the rope/cube act.  Although Will is not in a flying trapeze act this year, he says that is his specialty and favorite thing to train.  His favorite…

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