WELCOME, VERONICA - OUR NEW ARTISTIC DEPARTMENT PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE!
Veronica is joining the CJ team as our new artistic department production associate! Raised in the Chicagoland area, Veronica studied at Illinois State University where she completed her masters in Theater Studies.
Veronica has spent her professional career on the road performing and teaching equestrian stunt riding. She specializes in Cossack riding and has performed at various events such as Circus Flora, Circus Sarasota, and Silver Dollar City. Veronica recently finished up her tour as troupe leader of the all female Zingara Riders.
When Veronica is not trick riding, she enjoys participating in the chivalrous sport of jousting and training her mini mule, Professor Pickles. She is excited to call the Midwest her home once again and looks forward to her first season at CJ!
WELCOME, KATE SANDVIK - OUR NEW DANCE COACH!
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a Dance Minor from Concordia University-St. Paul. Since graduating in 2017, she has continued to work in the Theatre and Dance Department at Concordia as their Production Coordinator. She has also directed and taught numerous theater and dance classes for students ages 3-14, with programs such as Mayer Arts, St. Paul Public Schools, and Our Lady of Peace Catholic School. In addition to teaching, Kate is a freelance theater and dance artist, working at such theaters as the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, and History Theatre in Stage Management, Dramaturgy, and a variety of other roles in theatrical production. She is excited to be joining the CJ team as a dance coach this year!
We are saddened to announce that our front desk aficionado, Madie, has moved on from her role as Office Administrator at CJ. Starting in the new year, she joined the executive team at Textile Center MN as their Membership and Administrative Assistant – be sure to stop by and say hello to Madie during the World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale later this spring! The thing that Madie will miss the most about CJ is chatting with parents and students during evening classes. Fear not, we might see her face around the arena helping out during future performances. Best wishes to Madie at her new job, we miss her already!
SPRING SHOW NEED-TO-KNOW INFO
- The spring show parent meeting on February 22 will detail all you need to know about performing in the spring shows!
- Wondering which show team your student will be on? Our administrative team will be working hard throughout winter session juggling students into their show teams. If your student is in multiple classes, they may be assigned to multiple show teams. Show teams will be announced at the spring show parent meeting on February 22.
- Throughout March and April in spring session, we hold extra practices for spring show performers. Extra practices typically take place on Saturday afternoons, and the schedule will be announced at the parent meeting on February 22.
- Spring show tickets go on sale Monday, March 16!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH VISITING ARTIST WES HATFIELD IN FEBRUARY
While living in Germany, Wes got his start in gymnastics, and at the age of 10, he joined T&T (Trampoline and Tumbling) based out of Colorado. His resume includes several state and national championship titles in trampoline! At 19, he quit competing to travel the world as a professional circus performer — wowing audiences with his technical prowess on trampoline, Chinese poles, Cyr wheel, and acrobatics! Wes was hired by Cirque Mechanics out of Las Vegas and has been performing with them for 15 years. He has appeared in their productions of Birdhouse Factory, Boom Town, Pedal Punk, and their current show on tour, 42ft. Wes has been hired by various event planners and production companies across the nation, including Cirque du Soleil! Wes first came to CJ in 2008 for the summer production, Ravensmanor, and continued to be a guest artist for the following eight years. Wes is excited to return to CJ to work with the Wall Trampoline 1000 students for the 2020 summer production!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH VISITING ARTIST COURTNEY GIANNONE IN MARCH
Courtney Giannone earned her BFA in dance from Fordham University and Alvin Ailey. She has worked professionally with Queen of the Night, Neil Patrick Harris, Company XIV, Quixotic Fusion, Diavolo, STREB, Buglisi Dance Theater, and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater. Courtney is a Cyr wheel performer and a world champion in wheel gymnastics for Team USA. She is a certified instructor of Cyr wheel, dance, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM and the Lester Horton technique. Courtney’s choreographic and video productions have been internationally recognized by Jacobs Pillow, San Diego Circus Center, the Rolex Mentor Protege Arts Initiative, the STREB Emerging Artist Commission, BEAT Festival, Dance Magazine, Burgundy Dance Festival, Napoli Danza, Frameworks, Cornish College, Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place, and the Bindlestiff Family Circus. Courtney will be coming to CJ in March to work with all levels of our Cyr Wheel students!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH VISITING ARTIST SAM TRIBBLE IN MARCH
Sam Tribble is a former collegiate, all American gymnast. He has been inducted into Sacramento’s Hall Of Fame for outstanding athletes. Sam currently trains Junior Olympic athletes and participates in the Professional Development Program for USA Gymnastics. Sam is the US Worlds team coach for the sport of Cyr wheel and has created the Progressive Axis Training (PAT)tm technique for teaching skill progression for the art of Roue Cyr. He is certified through the IRV as a technical judge and is on the board of USA Wheel Gymnastics as a technical advisor. Sam coaches athletes of all ages for bodyweight training, alternative fitness and several art forms. Athletes have come as far as Russia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, France, and all across the US to seek his hands on training and personal advice. Sam is a firm believer in Sports Mental Training and is a certified hypnotherapist. Sam continues to travel internationally to perform acro (adagio) and the art of Roue Cyr, in addition to hosting workshops and intensive around the country.
ANNOUNCING OUR SUMMER 2020 SHOW THEME!
2050. On an alien planet at the edge of the known universe, a beacon blinks in glittering darkness. A crew of maverick space explorers spin out of Earth’s orbit into the vast unknown on a rescue mission clouded in the mystery surrounding their leader—a controversial, brilliant entrepreneur with limitless resources and murky intentions. Alien conspiracy theories, adventure, and comedy abound in this high-flying, sci-fi fantasy spanning from Area 51 across the galaxy to a world of unimaginable beauty and ancient civilizations. Explore lush rainforests, fly with primordial beasts, and uncover the cataclysmic secret at the heart of a distant planet. Circus Juventas. August 2020. We are not alone.
OUR SPRING 2020 SHOW THEME WILL BE...CIRCUS REWIND!
Coming in 2020, Circus Juventas will be wrapping up our 25th anniversary year with a glorious celebration of…Circus Juventas! Join us for our Spring Celebration Performances as we walk, leap, flip, spin, and fly down memory lane to revisit our greatest hits, favorite music, most memorable moments, and magnificent milestones. This spring at CJ, it will be a high-flying history tour you’ll never forget!
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.
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/