SPRING AND SUMMER SHOW MEETINGS
We have a couple important meetings coming up: the spring show parent meeting and the summer show artistic reveal meeting. Please be sure to mark these dates on your calendars if you have either a spring- or summer-show performer!
SPRING SHOW PARENT MEETING: Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. (meet-and-greet with the coaches from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ) This meeting is a must for new families with first-time performers. Attend the meeting and here’s what you’ll get:
- A packet of valuable information regarding show procedures and call times.
- First dibs on volunteer spots!
- Hear about performer expectations for the spring shows and have the chance to ask questions to our staff.
- Many classes have extra practices scheduled. Find out if your student is scheduled for any extra practices.
- And, of course, you’ll find out which SHOW TEAM your student is assigned!
Be sure to check out the Spring Show Announcements page in the Family Portal for more information about the spring shows, including a glimpse at last year’s parent packet.
SUMMER SHOW MEETING:
The summer show meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. (Most students enrolled in classes with codes of 1000 are performing in the summer show, with the exception of Acrobatics 1000-02.) This is a mandatory meeting for both summer show performers and parents to attend.
UPCOMING VISITING ARTISTS
This February, we have THREE visiting artists coming to the big top. During the week of February 4, hip hop dancer and choreographer Bosco will be returning for the second year to choreograph the Teeterboard 0200 spring show performance along with a fun scene for this summer’s upcoming production. Also arriving that week will be flying trapeze expert Rob Dawson, who will attend all flying trapeze classes along with holding workshops the following week. Finally, during our session break in February, ESAC Brussels instructor Roman Fedin will be here running Hoops, Mexican Cloud Swing, Silks, Static, Swinging Trapeze, Triple Trapeze, and Spanish Web workshops for our intermediate-advanced level students. Read more about these visiting artists below:
Bosco is an internationally renowned hip hop dancer, instructor, and choreographer with over fifteen years of experience in the performance industry. His credits include P!nk, Missy Elliott, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, American Idol, Shake It Up, and the MTV Movie Awards.
Through Bosco Dance Tour, he’s had the privilege of teaching at over 170 wonderful schools & studios. In addition to dance, he is constantly creating new items for BDT Clothing, and he loves honing his photo & video skills through Look Fly Productions.
Bosco choreographed scenes in STEAM and is returning for his 2nd year choreographing spring and summer show scenes!
As an aerial choreographer, acrobatic equipment designer, and renowned rigger, Rob Dawson has worked with entertainment companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
Rob performed, coached, and rigged for Cirque du Soleil’s shows “La Nouba” and “Mystere” from 1998-2006. Then, in 2012, he opened Orlando Flying Trapeze to provide flying opportunities to beginners as well as professionals. Rob is one the very few elite flying trapeze catchers to have caught a quadruple somersault. In 2015, Rob became the first Acrobatic Master of “Creactive by Cirque du Soleil,” a partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Club Med. Since 2018, Dawson has been a show coach for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA” and “Mystere.” As a graduate of Florida State University, Rob shares an alma matter with CJ founders Dan and Betty Butler, along with CJ riggers Joe Mason and Dustin Brown.
Roman Fedin has been practicing circus arts since the age of 10. Fedin graduated from the Moscow circus school Karandash as a circus artist, before completing multiple tours around Europe and returning to Karandash as a coach.
Currently, Fedin is a coach at the professional circus school École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ÉSAC). He specializes in silks, Mexican cloud swing, Spanish web, hoops, and static trapeze among many others.
HEATHER ZEHR BACK UNDER THE BIG TOP
This spring, our Monday 8:15 Dance 1000 class will start working with FIRE in preparation for this summer’s fairy tale fantasy. Fire dancer extraordinaire, Heather Zehr, will be joining our esteemed Dance coach, Risa Cohen, to put together something fabulous for our summer show. Heather is no stranger to Circus Juventas—she’s choreographed numbers for a few of our summer productions. Most recently, she worked with our Hoops 1000 students when they incorporated fire into their routine for our 2017 production of Nordrsaga. Read below to find more about Heather!
Heather has been a full-time artist and performer for the past 12 years specializing in fire and clowning. Her passion for all aspects of theater, design, costume, and performance art led her to the position of Artistic Director and Creative sales manager for Enticing Entertainment. In this time she has gained experience in fire performance, special effects makeup, dance, stage/costume design, circus arts, and artistic management.
GERMAN WHEEL CHANGES FOR SPRING SESSION
The times of our performing 0100, 0200, and 0300 German Wheel classes are shifting slightly for spring session. (All non-performing German Wheel classes’ schedules will remain the same.)
PERFORMING-LEVEL GERMAN WHEEL CLASS SCHEDULE FOR SPRING SESSION:
German Wheel 0100-01: 4:15 p.m. on Saturdays
German Wheel 0200-01: 3:15 p.m. on Saturdays
German Wheel 0300-01: 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays
Coach Dustin will lead all German Wheel classes in spring session, and workshops will be scheduled with Coach Wolfgang to choreograph the spring show routines. These workshops will be offered at no cost to families. Also, the fixed-fee price of performing-level German Wheel classes will drop to $210 from $250 for spring session.
Additionally, 0100, 0200, and 0300 German Wheel classes will NOT meet the last day of the session, April 20 due to that day’s building turnover. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 will serve as the make-up day for this missed class.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 GERMAN WHEEL MAKE-UP SCHEDULE:
German Wheel 0100-01: 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16
German Wheel 0200-01: 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16
German Wheel 0300-01: 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16
CORE CONDITIONING CHANGES
Students are going to start seeing a new face coaching their Core Conditioning classes. Coach Chuck, owner of Movement Lab, is teaching his associate, Caitlin Schad, the art of training circus students. Chuck will continue to oversee the Core Conditioning program at Circus Juventas and will be popping into classes as his schedule allows. Please give Caitlin a big CJ welcome, and read more about her below!
Caitlin is a senior at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities working toward her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in gender equity in sport. Caitlin is a Performance Coach for the Power House MN, a strength and conditioning facility in Highland Park, and she has received a Functional Movement Screen and Crossfit Level 1 certification. When Caitlin isn’t studying or coaching, she is training for Olympic weightlifting, drinking coffee, or spending time outdoors.
SEEKING VOLUNTEER STITCHERS
Our Artistic Department is in need of parent volunteers capable of hand sewing or sewing with a machine to help with spring show costume alterations. If this sounds like something up your alley, please contact
Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SET PRODUCTION HELP NEEDED
Get your magic wands and brush up on your fabled enchantments: We need help constructing, painting, and embellishing the set elements for our upcoming summer production. Anyone with skills in the areas of construction, painting, or crafting is welcome to help!
Email email@example.com with questions or interest!
COMING SUMMER 2019
Something is amiss in the Black Forest…
The fairy tale world is thrown for a loop when Russian sorceress Baba Yaga and her sisters brew up a devilish plan to tangle the traditional tales and sow the seeds of epic chaos, forcing beloved fairy tale characters to band together and strive to set their stories straight. This summer at Circus Juventas, comedy, magic, and romance abound as we return to the world of international fairy tales for the first time since the 2011 blockbuster hit Grimm. Will Jack conquer his beanstalk? Will the Little Mermaid finally make it to shore? Will Pinocchio achieve real-boy status? Will Sleeping Beauty EVER wake up? And what about that wicked little fellow with the strangest name? Find out next August in this magical mix-up for the millennia that’s not to be missed.
2019'S SPRING CELEBRATION PERFORMANCES THEME ANNOUNCEMENT
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!
Coming in 2019, Circus Juventas will be serving up a delectable buffet of artistic delights honoring all things culinary in our Spring Celebration Performances, Bon Appétit! Pull up a seat and tuck in with our world-class students as they whip up a five-star feast fit for a king. With high-flying confections and tasty treats, this spring at CJ you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it too.
SPRING AND SUMMER SHOW PICTURES
Circus Juventas is lucky to work with two exceptionally talented photographers who both work very hard taking splendid photos of our shows. Each photographer posts galleries of their work for parents and families to purchase and download pictures. Each gallery needs a password to be accessed; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for that password.
Spring Celebration Performances 2018
— Dan Norman: https://danorm.zenfolio.com/cj_may2018
— Bill Raab, Exposed to Light: https://store.exposedtolight.com/Event-Photography/Circus-Juventas-Spring-2018-Performances
STEAM Performances 2018
— Dan Norman: https://danorm.zenfolio.com/cj_steam18
— Bill Raab, Exposed to Light: https://store.exposedtolight.com/Event-Photography/Circus-Juventas-Steam-2018
Throughout the past year, Circus Juventas has released a series of “Insider Guides” to provide background information on Circus Juventas’ various programs. Browse the complete series below. The Insider Guide to Registration is the most recent addition and provides insight on registration myths, How-To’s, and Tips and Tricks to navigating the online system.
To learn more about our Annual Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year, click here >> http://circusjuventas.org/annual-gala/
You can mark your calendars for all important dates happening under the Big Top here >> http://circusjuventas.org/family-portal/
You can peruse our past show pages to watch highlight reels, read show summaries, reviews and full articles about each performance. Check out our Media Library here>> http://circusjuventas.org/media-library/
It can sometimes be a bit difficult to navigate through a program as complex as ours. If you have questions, check out our progressions here>> http://circusjuventas.org/level-progression/
To read more about our class and to see our schedule please visit our class finder here>> http://circusjuventas.org/classes/