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Each year, hundreds of people beg Cirque du Soleil to teach them how to do what they do—only to be told to get off the stage and return to their seat. Orlando Circus School gives you an "in" that doesn't interrupt any shows. The school's founders, Andrei Roublev and Irina Roubleva, both worked in the famous troupe during their nearly 20 years in the circus industry, and a number of their instructors are still active Cirque du Soleil members today.

Orlando Circus School’s studio is equipped with all the accoutrements needed for building one's crowd-wowing skills—plus moveable, colored lights for staging full performances. There, students of all ages can hurt gravity's feelings on the flying trapeze and catch one another in mid-air. Hanging silks and Spanish webs treat you to the sensation of pirouetting perpendicular to the floor. Even if students prefer to remain earthbound, they can hone their juggling, cartwheel across the floor inside a German wheel, or practice tightrope-walking at a height that would hardly terrify an ant.

1420 Gemini Blvd
Orlando,
FL
US

The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.

1601 S.W. 60th Av.
Ocala,
Florida
US

The acrobatic Zoppe-Zamperla family draws on 166 years of showmanship and much older Cossack, Roman, and gypsy traditions as they and Cavallo Equestrian Arts' other performers tour the globe, standing, flipping, and hanging upside down on galloping horses. During Ma'Ceo, flamboyantly attired artists and acrobats along with their steeds execute amazing maneuvers amid acrobatics, music, and dancing beneath an enormous yellow big top rolled in from Italy. Spectators time-travel back to the age of gypsies, mystics, and spaceships made of wood, performers weave their equine synergy with spectacles such as juggling and stunts. The Zoppe-Zamperla brothers have also wowed national audiences with featured performances in movies including The First of May and The Fisher King, and at The Cheval Theater and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circuses.

2232 Northeast Jacksonville Road
Ocala,
FL
US