When the Unfamiliar Becomes Everyday Life

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When the Unfamiliar Becomes Everyday Life

Editor’s Note: This post was written by 2nd year trouper Grant Bishop, from Los Angeles, CA In my head, New England and Smirkus are one and the same. My first time stepping onto East Coast soil was my trip to participate in the Circus Smirkus live auditions in 2020, and ever since then New England has been a home for me in many ways. Growing up in Los Angeles, I had little to no knowledge of a Northeastern lifestyle and was pretty content with my day to day surrounded by palm trees, ocean breezes, and the excitement of the city. However,…

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It’s All Fun & Games

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Activities Coordinator Mariah Fraker Hello, grownups! I bet you’re wondering what your campers have been up to during this past week with Smirkus. Well, they’ve definitely been doing lots of circus: juggling, acrobatics, aerials, unicycling, clowning, and all sorts of other things! I’m sure they’ve been learning a ton of cool tricks in all of their circus classes, but as the Activities Coordinator, I’m in charge of the games we play here at camp, and so today I’m going to tell you about some of the fun that we’ve been having so far this session. On Tuesday, we…

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Every Trouper in Every Act?

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Intern Teagan Allen This past Friday the coaches had a surprise in store for our troupers. When they walked into the tent during the time they would usually warm up for the day, they were handed a note. The note instructed them to create a show for their coaches with no guidance.  This was to be done in an hour and a half. If that doesn’t sound difficult enough, they couldn’t use any circus equipment, perform any tricks, and every trouper had to be in every act. The troupers instantly circled…

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Big Top Tour Show Prep

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Intern Teagan Allen Piece by piece, the show at the Big Top Tour inTENTsive is coming together! Through the collaborative efforts of the troupers, our artistic director, and the coaches, this Smirk-o-Vision Season Finale will not be something you want to miss. Staying in Vermont this year gives our troupers more time to experiment with many disciplines and find ways to fit these disciplines in the show. For example, a new to Smirkus prop – the meteor – is a form of juggling where you swing and throw the prop in intricate patterns. Troupers…

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A Whirlwind of Circus

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Head Coach Doug Stewart Greetings from Greensboro! This week has been a whirlwind of circus, filming, dinner dress-ups, capture the flag and of course, Halloween.  The week began with our “No Beach – Beach Day” on Saturday. After sleeping in until 8:30am we started the day by watching cartoons and lounging in our PJs. (Some people stayed in their PJ’s all day!) After a day filled with phone calls home and resting, we gathered in the Big Tops for Movie Night. Not only did we watch the Smirkus Classic, “The Majestic Yak,” but we…

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Letter from a Trouper: Alexa Wang

Editor’s Note: This post was written by 5th year trouper Alexa Wang I’ve had to remind myself that this isn’t “my last year with Smirkus”. Of course, it is my last year as a trouper and the last time I step into the ring as a “Smirko”, but one never leaves Smirkus and Smirkus never really leaves you. Every time I look into my future, I envision Smirkus being a part of it— whether it be my commitment to see the Big Top Tour every summer or my dream of one day coming back to be an employee, Smirkus is not…

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2021 inTENTsive Trouper Arrival

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Intern Teagan Allen The staff and coaches had been working hard for this day. The tents were up, cabins cleaned, equipment prepped, pie cart stocked, all that was left was the arrival of the troupers. While we had planned arrivals in 15-minute increments, the first group of troupers arrived in a big line, holding hands, waltzing, and skipping up the long dirt driveway. This sight instantly brought a smile to the staff and coaches’ faces due to the contagious smirko energy. As more troupers arrived, more happy screams were coming from…

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Kyran Walton

Kyran Walton Coach Intermediate & Advanced Camp Kyran was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a very energetic child since he could walk. He played a few sports before the age 8 but none of them were engaging enough for him. Circus Harmony performed at his school around the time that he was 8 and he immediately begged his mom to sign him up for classes. Since then Kyran has been in the circus for 12 years now along with dancing for 6 of those years. Around age 11, Kyran was made a member of the circus Harmony’s…

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Nick Ng

Nick Ng Aerial Coach Session: Intermediate/Advanced Camp Nick is a pirate captain, space tiger, and aerialist that prides himself on gravity-defying technique that some would call “falling with style”. He loves balancing dynamic sequences with still moments, combining awe-inspiring movement with physical storytelling. Starting his career in Austin, TX, Nick has won awards and hearts while traveling across the U.S. in the before times. He has spent years working with internationally renowned instructors and performers, Dolly Parton, Acrobatic Conundrum, Cirque du Soleil artists and choreographers, and now brings his experience to Circus Smirkus Camp! As a mover and teacher, Nick specializes in beats and momentum,…

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Justin Durham

Justin Durham Acro Coach Sessions: All Around Circus Camp, both sessions Justin Durham began circus when he was three years old in Chicago where he currently resides. After graduating the National Centre for Circus Arts studying handbalancing and hand to hand, Justin has traveled with a variety of different companies from Midnight Circus and the Cirque Us in the United States to Circus Aotearoa in New Zealand and Aida Cruises in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Justin has kept up his handbalance training in the pandemic and has also delved into making free little libraries and raised garden beds supporting the community around him.

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