SARASOTA, FL – Supporters of the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) will gather, once again, to support the youth and education programs of the CAC on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy thrilling performances by Sailor Circus Academy students and professional artists as well as a delicious catered dinner by Michael’s On East and dancing in the Center Ring.
The event program will feature hand balancers the Alexis Brothers, who wowed audiences in Sarasota during the Circus Sarasota 2022 show, and a duo straps act from Ukraine – the CAC has joined other members of the Global Alliance of Circus Schools in offering support and professional opportunities for Ukrainian artists in the wake of the country’s war with Russia. Sailor Circus Academy students will present acts including hammock, slack rope, and a special Cyr wheel performance – on the ground and in the air – by longtime Sailor Circus Academy student Emma Clark and her coach, Aleksandr Deevs, a renowned circus artist who specializes in Cyr wheel and spinning cube. This act will showcase the incredible synergy of a professional working coach-student relationship.
Also performing will be students from the Booker Middle School magnet program, which has provided a pipeline of new talent to the CAC’s Sailor Circus Academy.
The internationally-renowned CAC is home to Circus Sarasota and the Sailor Circus Academy, the longest-running youth circus and after school training program in the U.S. Each year, CAC presents thrilling world-class performances for tens of thousands of circus lovers under the Big Top, in additional to providing after-school circus arts integrated training, STEAM arts, science education, and healthcare outreach programs to thousands of students and beneficiaries each year.
“Gala support provides significant and critical funding for the CAC’s arts education, emphasizing collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem-solving,” said Jennifer Mitchell, executive vice president and COO for the CAC. “In our 25th anniversary year, we are especially proud of our growth from a fledgling circus school into an internationally recognized, multi-million-dollar organization known for unique world-class performance, excellence in circus arts youth training, magnet education programs and community-based outreach initiatives. We are looking forward to celebrating our successes as well as looking toward a bright future for our hometown circus!”
Gala chairs are Julie Harris and Lauren Walsh. Lead sponsors include Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Julie Harris, JP Morgan Chase & Co., STAR Financial Solutions, Sun Outdoors, Lauren and Bernie Walsh/Justice Pays. In-kind and media sponsors include Palm Printing, the Observer Media Group, Sarasota Magazine and WWSB ABC7.
Takes place under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park’s Regatta Island (5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota). Valet parking is available on-site. Tickets start at $350; visit circusarts.org or call 941-355-9335, ext. 311.
About The Circus Arts Conservatory
The Circus Arts Conservatory, located in Sarasota, Fla., is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community-based outreach programs. The organization was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus artistry and education. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Go to CircusArts.org for more information.