Meet Brin Schoellkopf

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Meet Brin Schoellkopf

It’s an exciting time for 4th year graduating ENC student and Smirkus Alumni Brin Schoellkopf. This month, he’ll have just performed his wire act at TOHU, a unique performance space located in Montreal created especially for circus arts. Brin, along with another graduating ENC student, had the honor of representing the École Nationale de Cirque in the 3rd annual Coup de Coeur, translating roughly to ‘a special place in your heart’ or ‘falling in love’, a circus variety show featuring circus artists from around the world. This was Brin’s opportunity to try out the new act he’s been developing for final evaluations in…

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Happy Campers

We can’t wait to see you at Smirkus Camp this summer! Take a walk through the dorms with the kids of Smirkus Camp in this video that will have you dancing in your seat!

Winooski Middle School

Winooski Middle School Circus Smirkus Residency, funded by the Vermont Flexible Pathways program

In the fall of 2017 Circus Smirkus received a grant from the Vermont Agency of Education via its Flexible Pathways program to conduct a 7-week circus residency with the 6th graders at Winooski Middle School in Winooski, VT. The grant allowed us the unique opportunity to create an extended learning provider model that aligns circus arts education with social and emotional learning outcomes. Watch this video to learn more:

Meet Ruby Frank

Editor’s note: This post was written by Ruby Frank, 1st year trouper & former Smirkus Camper. She is the ten year old daughter of Daniel Frank (former Smirkus Camp Coach & former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown) and Deena Marcum Selko (former Smirkus Camp Coach and Founder, Artistic Director & Head Coach of the Moth Poetic Circus in Denver, Colorado. Watch the video for an interview with Ruby and then read her post below: I guess you could say that I am a “Smirkus baby”. My Mom is an aerialist and she runs her own circus school and my Dad was…

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VIDEO: Smirkus and The Impact of Stories

Vermont Story Lab is a network of nonprofits and individuals with a common goal: to weave storytelling through the fabric of nonprofit organizations to expand our reach and impact. Watch this video of Circus Smirkus development specialist Scott Robbins as he talks about the impact of stories at Smirkus.

Hello From A Counselor

Meet Sebastian Ferlo, 3rd year Camp Counselor.  He can’t wait to see you again at Smirkus Camp this summer, and he’s ready to live the circus life with you! Camp is filling quickly, so reserve your spot today! Watch this video to find out more, and read below about our new program structure, and how to apply for scholarships. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER? Even if you’re familiar with how our programs are structured, take a close look at the list below, as we have made some changes. June 8-10 Adult Camp: Age 21+ June 23 Intro To Smirkus: Age 5-11…

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What Are Live Auditions?

Editor’s note: Watch the video above by Smirkus volunteer Andy Bell and read the post below to learn more about what the live auditions weekend is like, which occurs each year in January. Troupers who apply, submit videos for preliminary review, and are then chosen to attend the audition weekend participate in a series of evaluations, workshops, and open performances that judges review to choose the final Smirkus Troupe each year. HOW SMIRKUS AUDITIONS WORK Since 1987, The Big Top Tour has brought together 30 highly motivated young performers in a traditional traveling circus environment. These young performers (called Troupers)…

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Letter From A Trouper: Auditions

Circus Smirkus

Letter From A Trouper: Inside Circus Smirkus Live Auditions by Eva Lou Rhinelander My name is Eva Lou and I am a second year Circus Smirkus trouper and a third-year auditionee for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. On January 13th weekend, I drove with my family to audition for another chance to have amazing summer experience under the big top. Many of the forty-one kids and families that are invited to show their skill sets have come from all around the country, with just thirty spots open in the troupe. The audition process takes a total of three days,…

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Meet the 2018 Troupers

This summer come see Vaudeville: The 2018 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour featuring 30 young circus artists from all over the United States and Canada. This year’s troupe includes 16 returning troupers and 14 new troupers whose ages range from age 10-18. The troupers reside from the following states (CA, CO, IL, MA, ME, MO, NH, NY, RI, TX, VA, VT, and WA) and Internationally (Canada). Video by Andy Bell with footage from Andrew Levy.  

Welcome Jennifer Carlo

Editor’s Note: Below is a letter from new Executive Director Jennifer Carlo, followed by the original press release announcing her arrival to Circus Smirkus. Greetings to all the family and friends of Circus Smirkus! I’m writing this on my eight week anniversary here on Circus Road in Greensboro, and from the minute I stepped into the ring, it has been a whirlwind!  I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend our Big Top Tour auditions earlier in January and to meet all the sublimely talented young people who will amaze you in the upcoming summer 2018 Big Top Tour! We are…

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