Download the Winter 2018 schedule

You can download the latest version of the schedule here.

SESSION ENROLLMENT OPENS AT 10AM ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16.

Session enrollment must be processed by our administrators - call (415) 759-8123, email or come in person at 10AM or later. 


DROP IN ENROLLMENT OPENS AT 10AM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Winter Session Registration

Mark your calendars!

Session enrollment opens at 10am on Thursday, November 16.

Session enrollment must be processed by our administrators -
call (415) 759-8123, email or come in person at 10AM or later.

Subscribe to the newsletter for the most up to date info regarding class schedules: circuscenter.org/newsletter

DROP IN ENROLLMENT OPENS AT 10AM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27


2017 Winter Showcase Auditions on October 14

Circus Center wants YOU to audition for our annual all-school Winter Showcase, December 9 & 10! More info coming about theme and such (it'll be something holiday-related and family-friendly, as always), but for now mark your calendar and start preparing:

AUDITIONS
Saturday, October 14
Late afternoon - early evening (exact times TBA)

IMPORTANT SHOW DATES
Saturday, November 4, - rehearsal (late afternoon-evening)
Saturday, November 18 - rehearsal (late afternoon-evening)
Sunday, November 26 - rehearsal (afternoon-evening)
Sunday, December 3 - Tech rehearsal (afternoon-evening)
Friday, December 8 - Dress rehearsal (evening)
Saturday, December 9 - Call 1p, Dress rehearsal, Dinner break, Call 5p, show 7:30p
Sunday, December 10 - Call noon, show 2p, all-hands strike after show

HOW TO SIGN UP 
Email auditions@circuscenter.org with information about your act (acro, aerial, etc.) and any technical or rigging needs for the audition.

WHO CAN AUDITION
Auditions are open to everyone, and everyone is encouraged to give it a shot! 

HOW TO AUDITION
Just sign up for a slot and show us what you've got! If you have an act, bring that; if you don't yet, bring as much as you have to show us. If you already have music, we want to hear it. If you have your costume or pieces of it, we'd love to see you perform in it! If you need equipment or rigging, let us know, we can usually provide it. If you can't make it to audition in person, you are invited to submit a video of your act (or act-in-development). Send it to auditions@circuscenter.org.

For questions, more information, or to sign up, email auditions@circuscenter.org.

Fall Session Enrollment Coming August 1 – Important Announcements

Full Session Enrollment is back as a registration option this fall! The Priority Registration Period for Fall 2017 will begin on Tuesday, August 1 at 10am. Session enrollment must be processed via the Front Desk Team, either by calling 415-759-8123, emailing info@circuscenter.org, or by in-person request.

Fall session begins on Tuesday, September 5 and ends on December 22.  Drop-in enrollment will begin on August 12. Most classes will meet 15 or 16 times in the session, and sessions are priced based on number of times class meets. Please see below for additional information:
  1. The fall class schedule will be available soon. Keep an eye on our homepage and make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for the latest information. The information about the price for each class will be available on or before Monday, July 31.
  2. If you are planning to session enroll, please make sure you have any necessary prerequisites and that you have a valid form of payment on file.
  3. Please note that, with the exception of All Levels Trampoline, all Tier B classes will have a maximum enrollment of 5 students. Department Heads Elena Panova and Xiaohong Weng and your instructors will ensure that your training experience at Circus Center will maintain the same high quality standard that we have always offered. 
  4. If you are interested in taking advantage of our offer to exchange any remaining 5 or 10 pack credits that you purchased after May 5, 2017 for pro-rated account credit to use toward fall 2017 session enrollment, please see the additional information below. We are only able to offer this credit exchange exactly as described, so please review the process and contact us in advance with any questions.
How to get pro-rated account credit to use toward fall session enrollment:
  • Credits eligible for exchange must be part of a 5- or 10- pack purchased on or after May 5, 2017.
  • Pro-rated account credit can ONLY be used toward fall 2017 session enrollment for the same student. Fall session enrollment is available for purchase from August 1 through September 11.
  • Process for requesting credit: please send an email to SSTManager@circuscenter.org with the number of credits you would like refunded and the purchase date and size of the pack (e.g., "Please refund 4 credits from my 10-pack purchased on June 5, 2017").
The credit refund will happen at the same time the session is purchased, so if you use or schedule the credits you want refunded prior to purchasing your session, we will NOT be able to refund them.  If you need us to juggle how credits are applied to classes on your account, please contact us as soon as possible.

We cannot retroactively process this – you must request your credit exchange before or at the same time that you request your fall 2017 session enrollment.

BUILDING UP Beats Goal - Thank You!

Great news - BUILDING UP made our goal! Final tally: you and your fellow circus lovers helped us raise $25,800!

THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for all your support.

Over the past few years, we've been able to make major enhancements in every space in our building. For example - a bigger stage, an aerial truss, and new mats in the Theater. An expansion and new flooring in both the Green Room and Trapeze Room. A new flying trapeze net and even more needed equipment across all our departments. All of this has made training and performing at Circus Center even better, and it was all thanks to support from you, our community.

And now, because of BUILDING UP, just look at what you've made possible:
  • New floor mats for the Main Gym
  • Permanent performance lighting to make gym shows easier and cheaper
  • Restuffed and repaired crash pads
  • Vital roof repairs to protect our building this winter
  • New flooring for the Lobby
But that's not all. By supporting BUILDING UP and these vital improvements, you helped us take the last big step we needed to create a regular community event, $5 Friday, where anyone can come and experience the unique joys of circus arts in this special place. Thank you for being a part of BUILDING UP, and helping us take care of our home and build our community.

A special thanks to all our $5 Friday Founders:

A Dad, A Dancer, A Community Member, Adam Broidy, Alicia, Ambar, Andres Lin Fan, Anh Ho, Audrey Chaing, Audrey Penven, Aurora Soria, Barbara Shapiro, Barry Kendall & Mirit Cohen, Benjamin Lee, Bijal Shah & Doug Shipman, Cameron Hempstead, Chris Sporl, Christine Lee, Colleen Richey, David Reiley, Derek Bosch, Eli Bishop, Erin Cooney, Hilary Heuer, J Midori Kobayashi, J. Nanjo, Jacob Markman, Jeff Sensabaugh, Jeffrey Rissman, Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker, Joan Pinder & Robert Hempstead, Jonas Sicking, Karin Sinavsky, Katherine Lang, Kathy Boussina, Katia Fuchs, Kim Minnick, Kimber Lockhart & Ben Trombley, Kristin Urquiza, Kristine Cannon, Laura Catena, Lemuel Haham, Leonardo Harris, Lindsay Tyson, Marina Vaserman, Marty Combs, Melissa Graviss, Mia Roy, Michael King, Mike & Betsy Dallape, Mikey G, Morgan Livingston, Natalie Quan, The Orzen Family, Robert Hart, Robin Berry, Selma Greenberg, Steve Smith, The Stull Family, Tricia Bruhns, Yun-Yun Wong, ZivWang Family, Zan Armstrong, and all our Anonymous donors - thank you!

Thank you for supporting Circus Center, in all the ways you do. We are so excited to make these vital improvements and launch $5 Fridays this October.

Keep an eye on our blog and newsletter for updates on the results on the campaign, and see you at the first $5 Friday!

By the way, it's never too late to support Circus Center - just visit www.circuscenter.org/donate. 

And if you want to see how we celebrated BUILDING UP with some pie...just click here.

Clown Conservatory Awarded NEA Grant

We are so proud to announce that Clown Conservatory, Circus Center's unique multidisciplinary training program for aspiring professional clowns, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

This grant represents recognition at the very highest level of this program that is setting the standard for New American Clowning. Under Director Sara Moore's brilliant leadership, Clown Conservatory is maintaining its 17-year tradition of rigorous, comprehensive instruction and preparation for the aspiring professional clown. At the same time, Sara and her top-notch faculty are constantly innovating, pushing the art of clowning forward into new media and a new era.

I could not be prouder of Sara and her team. Frankly, I think she’s a genius.

The future of funny is right here. Want to be part of it? It's not too late to apply to join the class of 2017-18. Click here for all the details.

Don't Miss the $5 Friday Beta Community Event Friday 6/16!

This Friday, June 16, try something new and get a peek at what $5 Fridays will look like in the fall! All are invited - friends and family welcome.

Experience all kinds of circus activities at a fun family-friendly event: a $5 swing on San Francisco's only permanent flying trapeze, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning, and more, and a flying trapeze show by the Circus Center Flyers!

$5 Friday Beta Community Event
June 16, 2017
6:30-9:30PM
Circus Center
Admission $5: All proceeds will benefit BUILDING UP
More info and RSVP on Facebook here


All proceeds from this event will support BUILDING UP and our vital second goal: making roof repairs to keep you, our students, equipment, and future $5 Friday attendees safe and dry during the next rainy season. Read more about our progress and goals for BUILDING UP and $5 Friday here.

BUILDING UP is currently at $20,797 - that's beaten our first goal, and over 58% of the way to our roof repairs! If you can, please consider helping us raise the remaining $4,202 we need by making a gift to BUILDING UP today. Thank you, and see you this Friday!

Goal SMASHED! Next: Fix Leaks!

YOU'VE HELPED US RAISE $17,904 FOR BUILDING UP
Well on Our Way to Phase 2: Fixing That Leaky Roof


Great BUILDING UP news: Last Saturday, your donations helped us meet the full $7,500 matching challenge, and then some!

We've raised a total of $17,904 together so far - that's 51% of our overall goal of $35,000!

THANK YOU to all the $5 Friday Founders so far. You've helped us meet our match and pass our first goal of $15,000. Thank you for making it possible for Circus Center to improve our students' everyday training and performing experience with new mats and crash pads, and take our ability to produce circus shows in the gym to the next level with permanent show lights.

Moreover, your generosity means we have an almost $3,000 head start on our next goal: $10,000 for ROOF REPAIRS.

Two years ago, we got a grant from the City that funded a first round of vital roof fixes, but the heavy rain last winter showed us that more repairs are needed. Our building is almost 90 years old, and we need to address significant leaks in the men's bathroom, near the trampoline, in the bleachers, and by the theater door into the alley.

It's hard to imagine now with summer on the way, but come winter, the storms are going to come back, and we need to make those repairs while the sun is still out. There's no way around it: being able to make targeted roof repairs now is key to keeping our building safe this winter.

We can't have people in a building that leaks. Not students training, not performers, $5 Friday attendees, or our show audiences. It's bad for you, our equipment, and your Circus Center experience. We need to take care of our building. It takes care of us every day.

Let's stay safe and dry this winter. Thanks to your generosity over the weekend, we're already almost 30% to our $10,000 goal for these roof repairs. Help us raise the $7,098 we need to fix those leaks now with a gift today.

Keep an eye on our blog for updates on the campaign, including when we're installing the gym's new mats and lights. And don't forget your gifts come with fun donor swag - including memberships for the first year of $5 Friday!

Thank you, and let's stay dry!

BUILDING UP to Something Great This Spring

TAKE CARE OF OUR HOME & BUILD OUR COMMUNITY
Be a Founder of a New Friday Night Circus Series

Last Saturday, we launched BUILDING UP, a campaign to raise $35,000 to start $5 Friday, a new, regular open house-style community circus event series. This campaign will help us take care of our building, improve our students' everyday training and performing experience, and create fun, low-cost opportunities for our broader community to discover the joys of circus arts. Please join our campaign - and when you give now through 5/20, your donation will be matched 1:1 up to $7,500!

What's this campaign about?

The full details about $5 Friday and our campaign goals are detailed here, but suffice to say: we're going to make needed building fixes and equipment purchases to create a regular series of fun, low-barrier events where our greater community can try a variety of circus arts easily - and see our students perform (especially on San Francisco's only flying trapeze)!

We have three major funding goals, including roof repairs and revamping the lobby, but we're very excited about the first one:

  • $15,000 to invest in the Main Gym as a training and performance space by replacing the floor mats, re-stuffing the crash pads, and installing permanent show lighting.
These upgrades will improve everyday training and make our $5 Friday performances (and other shows) both easier to produce and higher quality for YOU.

Even more exciting, this week only (now through May 20th), a squad of donors has pledged to match your contributions 1:1 up to $7,500. That means we are almost halfway to this first goal already - and every gift today will get us closer!

So please, give to support BUILDING UP: together we can take care of our home, build a stronger circus arts community, and create opportunities for a new generation to experience the joys of circus arts. Plus, there's some fun donor swag.

Please join our campaign today. Thank you!

Curious about how the New Net & Equipment campaign and SHOW LOVE impacted Circus Center? Short answer: tremendously!

Here are our blog updates: 
Net Campaign Part 1, Part 2
SHOW LOVE Part 1

Remember, our dollar-for-dollar challenge is active NOW through May 20! Help us claim the full $7,500 matching gift by making your contribution right now!

PACK SALE! Plus, Important Policy Adjustments for Summer

As part of our plan to suspend the full session enrollment option for this summer, we are running a sale on Class Packs!

  Tier A Tier B Tier C
5-Pack $115 $105 $200 $185 $210 $195
10-Pack $220 $200 $350 $320 $350 $320

Offer good now through Sunday, May 14. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Also, we are making two temporary adjustments to our policies to make sure that you are able to get the value you expect from training at Circus Center.
  1. Expiration Dates: You want to be able to book your spot in your favorite class all the way through the summer, right? But single drop-ins ordinarily expire after one month, and 5-Packs after three months, which wouldn’t get you all the way to September 3. So starting today, all single drop-ins and 5-Packs expire either on September 4 or their original expiration date, whichever is longer.
  2. Unused Packs Credited Toward Fall Session Enrollment: Let’s say you buy a couple of 10-Packs, use most of them over the summer, but come fall, you want to go back to full session enrollment. You don’t want those leftover drop-in credits to go to waste. So one time only, in advance of the fall session enrollment period, you can request the value of any unused credits be applied toward the cost of fall session enrollment.
Finally, here is the Summer 2017 Schedule! You can use this to help you figure out your purchases. Open registration will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 9. No need to call or email us to register – you can manage everything online through Circus Center’s MindBody platform.

Happy training!

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