Circus Sarasota

The mission of Circus Sarasota is to celebrate and preserve the extraordinary heritage of the circus arts through performances, innovative education and training programs, and programs that improve the quality of life for individuals. Sailor Circus Sailor Circus now in its sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest "Little" Show on Earth.

Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Sarasota and surrounding counties have an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a circus atmosphere. Learn more... Big Top Education Circus, being unique, visual and exciting, offers a solid foundation for learning.

Big Top Education:

  • Provides all students with a safe learning environment that encourages creativity
  • Introduces students of all learning levels and learning styles to the circus arts and sciences through Big Top Education
  • Helps students recognize the importance of science, technology and mathematics through the circus arts
  • Provides all students with a kinesthetic interdisciplinary learning experience
  • Teaches elementary students that there are alternative creative combinations that can be used to meet various goals and challenges
  • Engages students that have difficulty responding to other traditional forms of instruction.

Laughter Unlimited Laughter Unlimited is the cherished, humor therapy program that powerfully impacts the lives of those in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care centers with the talents of professional clowns, entertainers, musicians and trained volunteers.

History of Circus Sarasota Founded in 1997, Circus Sarasota is a non-profit, 501(c)3 performing arts educational organization. Known as the "Circus Capital of the World," Sarasota, Florida claims its own resident hometown circus. Our annual professional performances, showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style big top, have been acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Committed to raising the perception of the circus as the valuable art form it represents, Circus Sarasota is much more than a circus. Circus Sarasota directs approximately 80% of ticket revenue to help support its community outreach programs that serve children, the elderly and those in care facilities. The year-round outreach programs Laughter Unlimited, Big Top Education and Sailor Circus contribute important outcomes in our community. It remains equally important to Circus Sarasota to preserve Sarasota's unique circus legacy through education, human service and the performing arts. 

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