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The Circus Barn, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Camps, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Schools, Sports

Mission: The mission of Circus Smirkus is to promote the skills, culture, and traditions of the traveling circus and to inspire youth to engage in life enhancing adventures in the circus arts. Smirkus’s vision for the future includes national and international recognition as an organization that offers the highest quality performance and education programs in the traditional circus arts, with an emphasis on providing the opportunity for young people to live up to their potential and transform their lives through participation in circus.

Geographic areas served: Northeastern United States

Programs: In-School Residencies, Smirkus Summer Camp, The Big Top Tour

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Rating: 5

Circus Smirkus provides an environment for young people to become better at both team work and leadership, responsibility -for both oneself and others- creativity and self expression. It fosters empathy, passion, commitment and self discipline. This is done through the circus arts- from juggling to acrobatics, clowning to trapeze, aerials to tightrope walking. It is not difficult to understand how the lessons learned by working in a tight-knit group towards a common goal over a period of ten weeks stand the participants in good stead as they evolve through their teenage years and become young adults. As a parent I feel immensely proud of my child's achievements-both physical and developmental- thanks to Circus Smirkus, as well as grateful that he found this gem of an experience. Don't be deceived by the title 'youth' circus. It is incredibly professional and of an exceptionally high standard. Guests from all over the World have echoed this as well as numerous newspaper articles and television reports. Although running away to the circus is an affordable affair, running the circus is not. That the kids sleep in ancient, but clean trailers is part of the charm. That families can afford the ticket price is paramount. However transportation and putting on shows with the safety of both participants and the audience IS expensive.