Camp Placement videos
Watch the video above to see an example of a great placement video – as you can see,
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 part of the application process. The reason we help place you into one of these camps is in order to make sure that campers and coaches are working with kids who are all at a similar level of skill.
Here’s the breakdown of the camps in which you can be placed:
★ Ensemble Track: 56 Campers
★ Jr. Roadshow: 12 Campers
★ Skills Intensive: 16 Campers
★ Individual Acts: 15 Campers
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 public performance opportunities in a variety of programs.
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.
Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:
- What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
- In which program(s) are you most interested in participating? Please state your preferred camp.
- Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?
- Make sure to let your personality shine through!
Your video needs to be submitted using a link. 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 first-come, first-serve basis.
* Note: We charge a $50 fee for applications in order to pay our review committee of coaches for their time and expertise.