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Smirkus Features Local Rising Star

Asom bases a pyramid of troupers.

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury, VT on June 30, 2019 and was written by Staff Writer Amy Ash Nixon ST. JOHNSBURY — The circus is coming to town! Circus Smirkus is making a two-day stop in St. Johnsbury, presented by Catamount Arts – July 2 and 3. Two shows are planned each day, at 1 and 6 p.m., and the stage is the grounds of the Green Mountain Mall, on Route 5. One of the troupe members is local student Asom Hayman-Jones, 17, of Glover, who is a rising senior at St. Johnsbury Academy. This is…

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We Are Off to a Wonderful Start

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Summer Camp Director William Forchion Summer 2019 has begun. We have welcomed one session of adult campers and two mini sessions of Smirklings. Most recently we welcomed our beginning circus campers. It is an honor to step into the role of Camp Director and Chief Miracle Conjurer. Arriving in early June, it was a pleasure to see the tent crew do their magic setting up the tents. First Mama Mia went up followed quickly by the raising of Natalie then Ruby and Flo. And just like that Greensboro, VT once again becomes a circus oasis. Seeing…

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Coach’s Corner: Jessica Jay

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tour Communications & PR Intern Emma Burke In addition to myself and a handful of first-year troupers, the 2019 Circus Smirkus Tour welcomed a number of new staff members as well. One of this summer’s most welcomed additions is Jessica Jay, one of our aerial coaches whose warm smile and positive attitude I look forward to greeting every day. Jessica is the owner of the aerial training facility, Sora Aerial Arts, and artistic director of the professional entertainment & aerial theatre company Sora Contemporary Circus located in Lexington, KY. Jessica works as an aerial teacher trainer with the…

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Get Ready Here They Come!

Watch this Sneak Peek of the troupers training for the 2019 Big Top Tour: CarnivalTickets available online or by phone. Buy yours today!

Ivan James

Ivan James, Senior Acro Coach Sessions: Intermediate Camp, Advanced Camp Ivan grew up in Montpelier Vermont, where he was exposed to circus and theater. He toured with the Smirkus Big top Tour for three years and is excited to come back and inspire the next generation of performers. He has previously coached acrobatics, breakdancing, clowning, and parkour. Ivan has performed with Cirque Us, at the Smithsonian Folklife festival, and with Junk Theater co. He is a BFA Physical Theater major.

Smirkling Camp Kick-Off

Circus Smirkus

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camp Communications Intern Magdalene McCaffrey Smirkus Camp welcomed in our youngest campers to Smirkling Camp 2019, bright and early Friday, June 15! 70 campers, accompanied by their grownups, arrived and started off the day with registration and hula-hooping before the grownups said goodbye for the weekend. Campers gathered in the Balance Barn for introductory games and fun before the first sessions began at 10am. Assigned to color groups called Purple, Red, Blue and Green, the campers rotated between juggling, acrobatics, aerials, and clowning until noon. Each group had a chance to try out each skill before…

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