CIRCUS Summer CAMP 2018!

Spend the summer flying, climbing, and creating at Circus Culture. Each morning we begin with open practice followed by game, warm up, and group stretch before launching into a day of circus learning. We set aside time for lunch, snacks, invention, and circus inspiration each day.  Camp hours are 9am-3pm. After camp care is available from 3-5pm. All campers receive a Circus Culture t-shirt! Financial aid is available for all camps. Email to inquire.

Circus skills you will learn at camp:

Aerial (static trapeze, fabric, lyra)
Juggling (scarves, balls, rings, clubs, contact)
Props (diabolo, flower sticks, plates, hoola hoop)
Acrobatics (handstands, group pyramids, tumbling)
Tightwire (low and high!)
Equilibristics (unicycle, feathers, rolling globe)
Clowning and more!

2018 Camp Options:

All Things Circus Camp (7-12yrs)  

Session 1: June 25-29     Session 2: July 2-6     Session 3: July 9-13     Session 4: July 16-20     Session 5: July 30 - August 3     Session 6: August 6-10     Session 7: August 13-17                   Session 8: August 20-24     Session 9: August 27-31  

Spend five days playing games and learning circus techniques such as static trapeze, juggling, group acrobatics, rolling globe, aerial fabric, tight wire, hooping, flower sticks, diabolo, and more. Bring it all together with a casual show for friends and family on the last day. All levels welcome and students are invited to sign up for multiple weeks if they are interested in a truly circusy summer. Those with circus experience will have the opportunity to develop their skills. $300 per camper. SIGN UP


Unicycle Intensive Camp (10-18yrs), July 2-6

Join expert guest unicycle coach Jesse AlFord and Ithaca’s very own Kevin Flanagan for a week full of unicycling. Jesse is the most sought after unicycle coach in the USA and we are so thrilled to be welcoming him - don’t miss this opportunity! This camp is designed for all levels and the teachers will cater to the diverse levels in the group. Beginners wishing to start their unicycle journey for the first time are welcome alongside seasoned unicyclers wishing to work on tricks, jumps, freestyle moves, doubles moves and group patterns. Bring your own unicycle or borrow one of ours.  $300 per camper. SIGN UP

This camp is geared towards students who are excited to dive deeply into circus skills in a focused way. If you are looking for more of a play based camp, try our All Things Circus camp!


Acro and Aerial Camp (10-18yrs), July 23-27

This camp is modeled after our most popular after school class - acro and aerial. Get ready for a week of handstands, tumbling, group pyramids, partner acrobatics aerial fabric, lyra, static trapeze, hammock and more plus games and lots of time to connect with other circusers. This camp is perfect for kids and teens who love to be upside down. $300 per camper. SIGN UP

(This camp is geared towards students who are excited to dive deeply into circus skills in a focused way. If you are looking for more of a play based camp, try our All Things Circus camp!)


Teen Performers Intensive Camp (13-18yrs), July 30 - August 3

This camp is for teens who are serious about performing and developing skills. Amy Cohen, Joey Steinhagen, Emily Healy, and Holly Adams are joining forces after their successful collaboration on Pippin this past spring to bring you a concentrated week of skill building that is specifically catered towards those with performing aspirations. $300 per camper. SIGN UP


Two Week on the Road Performance Camp (10-18yrs), August 6-17

During performance camp we spend the first week practicing circus skills, creating our ensemble, and putting a show together suitable for touring in our community, complete with our aerial rig, full acts and costumes. The second week, we take the show on the road, performing for local community organizations and busking on the commons. With two weeks to learn, create, and perform you will be developing your skills and creativity to the next level. This camp is designed for students who have already learned circus in some form - either at Circus Culture or elsewhere.

This camp requires that campers have the maturity to help with all aspects of putting on a show - from navigating casting to packing up the van to performing. All campers will be asked to sign a performers agreement. $600 per camper (for both weeks).

We ask that anyone wishing to sign up for performance camp first read and discuss the performer contract  with your child.  If you have any questions about the expectations for troupers or if this is the right fit for your child, email We will go through the contract with troupers the first day of camp and sign them together as a group.

In some cases, younger students can participate in this camp - contact us so we can decide if it is the right fit. SIGN UP


All Things Circus Apprentice Program (13-15yrs)

Our apprentice program is for 13-15 year olds who want to begin sharing their love of circus with others during our All Things Circus Camp.  Students will serve as apprentices to our teachers, gaining a deeper understanding of new skills, as well as learning how to lead games, demonstrate skills, and share activities with the other campers.  Previous experience at Circus Culture is required. Contact if you are interested in this opportunity. $150 per week.


Sample Camp Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Open practice (campers arrive anytime within this timeframe)
9:30- 9:45 Morning check in
9:45-10:45 Cardio warm up, stretch, emsemble building
10:45 - 11:00 Snack
11:00-12:00 Circus Skills
12:00-1:00 Lunch and free time
1:00-2:30 Circus skills
2:30 - 2:45 Cool down and open practice
2:45- 3:00 Closing Circle

Questions? Email us at 

Cancellation policy: Unfortunately we can not accept cancellations after July 1. In the case that we have a wait list, we may be able to help you find someone to transfer your sign up to - contact us if you would like us to explore this option.