When children dream of running away to join the circus, they might be thinking of playing with the animals all day, or dressing up like a clown, or sleeping on a bed of cotton candy. But there is one benefit of circus life that even parents can get behind: physical fitness.
Born out of a love two people bore not only for each other, but also for acrobatics, dance, and music, Matica Arts invites students of all ages to explore the wonders of the three-ring. Whether teaching juggling, ball-walking, and stilt work in the Circus 4 All program or fusing martial arts, dance, and acrobatics together in capoeira classes, Joel Melendez and Heidi Kirchofer cannot help but introduce their joy into the lives of others.
Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.