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Get Ready Here They Come!

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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

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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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Ivy Blake

Ivy Blake, Multi-tent Coach Sessions: Intermediate Camp, Advanced Camp Ivy Blake is human person from New England. Ivy hails from the greater Boston area and started attending Smirkus Camp at age 11. She was immediately drawn to the community she found there: fiercely joyful, accepting of everyone’s weird, tough as nails, and committed to making magic. The next six summers were the same. Ivy kept dance, circus, and theatre in her life through the end of high school. After giving college the good ol’ college try, she was accepted to the Professional Preparatory Program at SANCA in Seattle, and the…

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Arrivals at The Circus Barn

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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tour Communications & PR Intern Emma Burke 1 Circus Road. The soothing voice of my GPS tells me to bear left as I approach a street sign that I have never had the pleasure of seeing before. As my Hyundai Sonata fights against the knobby dirt road, I start to have cold feet. What am I doing? What did I get myself into? It was only a number of months ago that I gingerly applied for the position of Tour Communications and PR Intern at Circus Smirkus, a traveling youth circus that I had only heard of…

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Summer Starts with Smirkus

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camp Communications Intern Magdalene McCaffrey Smirkus Camp sessions have officially begun! This season was kicked off by Adult Camp, a session open to those from age 21 and beyond for a weekend full of workshops, activities, and campfires. After a week of cleaning, tent raising, and loading in, the campus went from a quiet oasis to a circus paradise. Thursday, Summer Camp Director William Forchion and Assistant Camp Director Amira Silverman welcomed in campers with this session’s coaches to start off the weekend in the Balance Barn. Campers went to dinner and then had time to settle in….

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Delaney Bayles

Delaney Bayles, Lead Juggling Coach Sessions: All Levels Camp, Intermediate Camp, Advanced Camp Delaney Bayles is a juggler from Salt Lake City, Utah. She was on tour with Circus Smirkus in 2016 and is a three-time medalist at the International Juggling Association’s stage competition. Delaney is very excited to return for her third summer coaching at Smirkus Camp.          

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