WELCOME TO FALL SESSION!
Welcome to fall session!
Fall is an exciting time at Circus Juventas, as we look forward to the new academic year with new classes, new students, and THREE productions. We eagerly anticipate the growth, joy, and community that await our students in the coming year.
As always, our registration process carefully considers the placement of each student to find the best class for their interests, skills, and schedule. Our session guide helps focus your choices. Start narrowing down by genre (i.e. experience, acrobatics, aerial, etc.) and use the table of contents or the index of classes on pages 4-6 of the guide to find a specific class. We highly recommend you take the time to read the entire guide, especially the pages about important dates (page 13) and how the guide works (page 17). We are also happy to answer questions at 651-699-8229 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall registration opens Friday, August 27 @ 12:00 p.m.
Fall registration closes Monday, September 6 @ 12:00 p.m.
COVID-19 POLICIES FOR FALL
As we enter our fall session, we have given thoughtful consideration to the current COVID conditions to determine our policies for the beginning of the academic year. We appreciate that until our students under 12 have the option of vaccination, it is important to consider their well-being as classes begin. In light of the current situation, we will return to our summer session policies and begin fall session with the following protocols in place:
- Masks will be required for all students, staff, and visitors to the big top.
- Advanced students may remove masks while engaging in high-intensity activities or activities wherein a mask couldbecome a physical hazard (choking, blinding, becoming entangled with an apparatus or partner, etc.)
- Masks are not required for students or visitors with a medical exemption that prohibits them from wearing a mask.
- Masks are not required for staff and visitors when classes are not in session or when in an area separated from students and visitors.
- Parents/guardians are allowed in the lobby during building hours, but our parent-viewing area remains CLOSED. Please plan accordingly as our lobby space is limited – we request parents and families limit their time in the building as much as possible (unless accompanying students under the age of 10).
- Regular classes will be 50 minutes in order to allow for 10 minutes of cleaning between each class. Please note, not all equipment can be cleaned this way – only applicable non-porous shared surfaces will be sanitized between each class.
- In case of illness, we use the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs to determine next steps.
We will be closely monitoring COVID conditions in the community as well as vaccination availability for students under 12. We will inform families in advance should we make changes to any of our policies. We appreciate the support of our families and ask for continued grace and understanding as we move through the pandemic. The well-being of our students is always our top priority, and we appreciate all voices and viewpoints on the subject. It is our sincere goal to continue as a united community and remain CJ strong until this crisis has passed.
A FOND FAREWELL
CJ is bidding a fond farewell to Coach Lauren this fall. Lauren has been a part of the CJ family since she started as a student in 2002. While at CJ, Lauren performed in Swash, Atlanticus, Pazanni, Dyrnwych, Raven’s Manor, Yulong, Sawdust, Grimm, Showdown, Oz, and Neverland. After graduating high school, Lauren went on to study circus arts at Codarts in the Netherlands. Lauren was a versatile member of our coaching staff with expertise in aerial acts, acrobatics, and unicycle.
While she will be greatly missed, we are thrilled that she is moving to Las Vegas to pursue her professional circus performing career. We wish her the best in all of her endeavors and hope she’ll come back and visit!
MEET OUR NEW COACHES
Kristina Ivanova-Dawson– Acrobatics
Kristina began her acrobatic career at the age of 5, training with her father who was a World Champion in Power Tumbling and her mother who was a “Master of Sport” in Acro Pairs. She started performing onstage at the age of 8 with her family, in a Circus that traveled throughout Central America.
In 1996, at 11 years old, Kristina signed her first contract to perform with Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria. She toured the world with the show for seven years before joining the cast of Cirque’s show “La Nouba” as a power tumbler and character. In 2017, Kristina signed with “Mystere” performing as a tumbler, teeterboard flyer, chinese poles acrobat, and bungee artist. After 25 years with Cirque, Kristina and Rob are excited to share their experiences and start a new chapter with Circus Juventas.
Ruby Josephine Smith – Dance
Ruby Josephine Smith is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer, born and raised in Minneapolis. She pursued her love of theater throughout her childhood and began exploring contemporary dance as a mode of expression and connection at the age of 10. Eventually, her curiosity and passion launched her into a life of travel, continuing her self-driven training at studios, workshops and intensives across Europe. She finally landed in Tangier, Morocco, where she was based for the past 7 years until recently relocating back to the Twin Cities.
Her expressive, theatrical and fluid work has been showcased in festivals around Morocco and Southern Europe, and she has had the opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned dance artists. She has been a teaching artist for the past 8 years, offering regular contemporary technique classes, residencies and workshops around the world to students of all ages and levels. Ruby believes strongly in the power of dance to tell stories, explore personal expression, and form connections.
Sophie Uri– Aerial
Sophie started taking classes at Circus Juventas in 2014, training and performing in disciplines such as contortion and other aerial acts. She has been very fortunate to perform with Circus Juventas at events and compete with them at Viva Fest in Las Vegas. Sophie is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota where she majored in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She also works at Entic- ing Entertainment doing event performance and hopes to continue her training.
Jason Hilton– Stunt Parkour
Jason started his career as a gymnast and pow- er tumbler, competing for the US National Tumbling Team in 1997. Jason began coaching around the same time, teaching gymnastics, acrobatics, and stunt work to students of all ages. Jason has worked the last 20 years as a stunt performer and stunt coordinator in the film and television business.
Circus Juventas PRESENTS...
We are excited to announce a spectacular 2021-2022 season with THREE amazing productions! Not only will we be presenting our traditional Spring Celebration Performances and advanced summer production, we will be adding in an advanced holiday production in December.
What feels like an ending is only the beginning…
As confetti falls on the final performance of Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a group of young circus performers find themselves adrift in an uncertain future, cast away from the only life they’ve known. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious fortune-telling machine sends them on a journey swirling through time to the most magnificent moments in circus history.
Join a band of traveling juggling minstrels, wily commedia servants, and a runaway bride on a tumble through the esteemed courts of Renaissance Italy. Fly above the Eiffel Tower with Jules Leotard. Dance a can-can in old Paris and become entangled in an art heist through the bohemian streets of Montmartre. Swan dive from the rooftops of turn-of-the-century New York with P.T. Barnum’s Circus Emporium as the high-stakes meeting with the Ringling Bros is threatened by a gaggle of misfit gangsters. Fall into the surreal, evocative world of Cirque Du Soliel and defy gravity on aerial umbrellas as the enigmatic fortune teller spins the travelers through the timeless reinventions of circus past and present on this mystical whirling vision quest that seeks to discover the future of circus itself.
Spring Celebration Performances 2022
Lights, camera, action! This spring, our Spring Celebration Performances will celebrate the soundtrack of our lives. From the bright lights of Broadway to the glitz and glam of Hollywood, we’ll take a look back at the songs that delighted us, transported us, and defined us.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Mark your calendars for CIRCUS JUVENTAS’ ANNUAL GALA: Saturday, November 6, 2021!
Join us for our most important fundraising event of the year. Enjoy a fabulous dinner while our talented students entertain tableside with an encore presentation of GALAXIUM. Bid on a variety of delightful items in our live and silent auctions. Stay tuned for more details!
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 email@example.com for that password.
Spring Celebration Performances 2021
–Jayme Halbritter Photography: https://jaymehalbritterphotography.pixieset.com
TWISTED Performances 2019
–Dan Norman: https://danorm.zenfolio.com/circusjuventas_twisted
–Bill Raab, Exposed to Light: https://store.exposedtolight.com/Event-Photography/CJ-Twister-2019
Spring Celebration Performances 2019
— Dan Norman: https://danorm.zenfolio.com/cj_may_2019
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
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
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/