Summer camps can enrich a child's mental, physical, and social development, keeping kids engaged during their months off from school. However, the cost of camps makes them unavailable to many children whose families cannot afford the extra expense. The San Francisco Circus Center provides children in need with opportunities to learn and participate in circus performances in weeklong summer day camps.
San Francisco Circus Center's one-week Summer Circus Day Camp instructs children in circus arts such as acrobatics, juggling, wire-walking, and trapeze. The camps aim to build strength, physical awareness, confidence, and friendships among kids ages 7–14. Experienced teachers from international circus companies provide safe, comprehensive instruction and support. Students enrolled during show weeks perform in one-hour exhibitions of newly acquired circus skills on the final day of camp. Tuition for camp at the circus center can cost up to $350, which is prohibitively expensive for many prospective campers and their families. The center sponsors children from families who exhibit need for a week of summer camp during the session of their choice.
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Your gym might have a trampoline and climbing ropes, but what about Chinese poles and a flying trapeze rig? Circus Center has all of the above, plus other equipment necessary for doing "anything in the air, upside down, backwards, and seemingly impossible."
The nonprofit center welcomes students to defy gravity with a diverse class curriculum and seasoned instructors from circuses in several countries. Though some offerings, such as Aerial Doubles, require a certain level of experience, many are geared toward total beginners. Circus newbies can experiment with juggling and tightrope walking or practice Mongolian-based contortion techniques and learn how to fit inside a stubborn pickle jar and open it from there. Trapeze classes even allow students to attempt a catch during their first-ever class.
Circus Center is also home to a Clown Conservatory, where workshops focus on slapstick humor, comedic timing, and show creation. Additionally, on Wednesdays and Fridays, the gym opens up for a free two-hour Circus Skills Jam—a practice session for students of all ages.