Camp Placement Videos

Camp Placement videos


Have you been learning circus all year long and are ready to level-up your circus skills? If you’ve been to Smirkus Camp in the past or would call yourself an intermediate or advanced level circus artist, you should consider sending in a placement video to Smirkus Intermediate & Advanced Camps.

Watch the video above to see an example of a great placement video – as you can see,
home videos are fine and professional quality is not required.

What are Smirkus Intermediate & Advanced Camps?
These are camps for kids in middle school and high school, where campers want to increase their skill set or go deeper into their circus discipline. These camps also have increased performance opportunities, either solo or as part of a troupe. A placement video is require for the following placement-based camps:
★ Intermediate Skills Intensive
 Advanced Ensemble
 Advanced Individual Acts

If you have already submitted an application for the Big Top Tour, we strongly recommend that you also apply for placement-based Smirkus Camp.  If you are selected to become a Trouper on the Big Top Tour, we’ll transfer your Camp deposit to your Tour tuition.  

Who should apply:

Youth ages 12-18 trained in movement or circus arts who have the desire to improve upon their existing skills and learn from performance opportunities in a variety of programs.

Video Information:

You only need to make 1 video to apply for 1 or more of the placement-based camps for any session. Selection to each program is determined based on recommendations from our coach-led review committee. Everyone who submits a video will be placed in a session.

The Directors and Coaches are seeking candidates who can demonstrate fluency and dedicated practice in their chosen discipline(s), a strong work ethic, a positive and generous spirit, and a boundless passion for circus. Be proud, be brave and most of all, be YOURSELF!

Your video should include a personal introduction that incorporates the following points:
1. What is your name, pronouns, age, and background as a circus performer?
2. Why do you want to attend Intermediate Skills Intensive or Advanced Camp?
3. Please provide up to 5 minutes showcasing your skills, ideally including 2-3 minutes of performance.

1. Our decision will NOT be based upon the professional quality of your video but rather on the talent you display, the personality you show, and the potential we see.
2. If you wish to be considered as an aerialist – please show us a minimum of 5 pull ups and 5 pull-overs plus any other strength exercises that you would like us to see.
3. If in your video you are performing with another person or as part of a group act make sure you identify yourself in the video. As a example you could add a voice over “I am the juggler with the orange striped pants” or “I am the one on the left.”

If you have technical issues with uploading your video to YouTube or Vimeo please feel free to reach out to and let us know.

Your application video needs to be submitted using an online source such as YouTube or Vimeo. YouTube will give you the option to mark it as a private, public or unlisted video. Please make it UNLISTED. Most campers upload their video to their YouTube page, and then copy the link for submission during the registration process. Based on your placement video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance. You will be notified via email of your placement on a rolling basis.