School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts Programs
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you will always find your place here.”
– Naomi, Every Body’s Circus Student
SANCA offers year-round circus arts classes and summer camps. Many of the youth who need SANCA the most cannot afford to pay.
SANCA's Youth Scholarship Program supports students with financial challenges, and no student is denied enrollment due to lack of funds. Since 2004 2,376 students have received tuition assistance totaling $661,155.
SANCA’s Every Body's Circus Program serves youth with disabilities.
Circus arts enable learning across a diverse range of abilities and offer opportunities for students to challenge themselves and develop their own skills at their own rate. SANCA works with youth whose disabilities range from Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism, to cerebral palsy, hemiparesis, spina bifida, blindness, and deafness.
In the Circus Outreach Program,
SANCA partners with other schools and community organizations
on a pro bono/sliding-scale basis to empower youth and reach populations that are at risk or underserved. Circus arts promote a fit and healthy lifestyle, help build self-confidence, and foster positive social relationships. Students and teachers report:
- Increased confidence, health, and physical ability.
- Improved academics and interpersonal relationships.
SANCA’s Youth Performance Program
is a year-round, after-school program for youth, ages 5 to 18, which provides performance training in traditional and modern circus arts.
The students produce their own show annually, and perform throughout the year at events across the region such as Moisture Festival and Seattle Center’s Winterfest.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
SANCA is recognized nationally
as a model of of circus arts education. 2014 was SANCA’s tenth anniversary year. Successes include:
- Providing $156,761 in scholarship aid to 518 students.
- Partnering with 27 Seattle-area schools to serve 902 youth with circus arts classes – including homeless, low-income, and at-risk youth.
- Sending the Cirrus Circus youth performance troupe to perform at the London International Youth Circus Festival in England, at NoFit State in Cardiff, Wales, and at Island Circus in Sylt, Germany.
- Hosting Circus Artist Residencies for The Acrobatic Conundrum and IMPulse Circus. Both groups created new works that led to new opportunities for the troupes, including appearances at festivals in the U.S. and Canada, and a West Coast tour for Conundrum.
- A 13% increase in earned income and 27% increase in contributed income.
SANCA’s principal challenge is to ensure that we have the financial resources
to keep our programs affordable for families and to offer and grow our programs for disadvantaged children who have fewer options to participate in healthy, creative arts activities.
SANCA focuses on providing access
to classes and national caliber coaching in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for students. SANCA’s low student-to-instructor ratio ensures that all students receive the time and individual instruction necessary to succeed in building skill and confidence.
SANCA is also committed to providing professional circus artists with the time, space, and support they need create new work.
During 2015 we plan to:
- Provide at least $160,000 in scholarship support to youth.
- Expand Every Body's Circus for youth with disabilities to reach more students.
- Expand nontraditional class hours (daytime and weekend hours) to provide more access.
- Increase partnership opportunities with local schools and community organizations.
- Support more aspiring professional artists.