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Winter 2017 Session Enrollment Starts Nov 1

We are excited to announce the opening of Winter 2017 Session Enrollment! Classes will open for Full Session Enrollment on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am.

Here's the Session Schedule (also available here):

Weekly Schedule - Acro_copy
Weekly Schedule - Aerial_copy1

Winter Session runs from Tuesday, January 3 through Sunday, March 26, 2017. Monday classes meet 11 times and classes on all other days of the week meet 12 times. Full Session pricing is as follows:

  General Advanced Premium
11 Weeks (Mon) $198 $308 $330
12 Weeks (Tu-Sun) $216 $336 $360

Class space is limited! To ensure that students receive only the best instruction, we keep classes small and intimate. Session enrollment guarantees your place in class for all weeks. For each enrollment you purchase, you are eligible for one make-up class that you can use for any reason at any point during the term.

Drop-in enrollment for Winter Session opens November 28, 2016, and can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

A few notes for you:
  • If you need a prerequisite, make sure to get this ON YOUR ACCOUNT prior to Thursday! If you don't have a prereq, we can't hold a spot for you.
  • If you call/email/come in prior to 10:00 am on Thursday, we will not be able to take your request. If you email prior to 10:00 am, that email will go to the bottom of our list after we address the people who register after 10:00 am. It's only fair!
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date payment method on your account. If the payment doesn't go through, we will notify you, but we may not be able to hold the spot for you.
  • Session enrollment is FINAL SALE. No changing classes, no sharing with another person, and there is ONE MAKE-UP per session. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and ONLY with a documented medical issue.
  • The Student Services Team will be very busy with session enrollments on Thursday, so they will be unable to handle most other requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
On Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am,
Call 415-759-8123 or send an e-mail to info@circuscenter.org to enroll!

2016 Winter Showcase Auditions

Circus Center wants YOU to audition for our annual all-school Winter Showcase, December 10 & 11! Directed by local director, playwright, Clown Conservatory instructor Colin Johnson, this year's theme tackles the agony and the ecstasy of holiday travel. Think "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," done up circus style!

AUDITIONS
Saturday, October 15
3:00-5:00 pm

Sunday, October 16
5:30-8:30 pm

IMPORTANT SHOW DATES
  • Sunday, November 6 -- rehearsal (late afternoon/evening)
  • Saturday, November 19 -- rehearsal (evening)
  • Saturday, November 26 -- rehearsal (late afternoon/evening)
  • Saturday, December 3 -- Tech rehearsal (evening)
  • Saturday, December 10 -- Call 1p, Dress rehearsal 3p, Dinner break, call 5p, show 7:30p
  • Sunday, December 11 -- Call 1p, show 3p, all-hands strike after show
HOW TO SIGN UP 
Email auditions@circuscenter.org with information about your act (acro, aerial, etc.) and any technical or rigging needs for the audition.

WHO CAN AUDITION
Auditions are open to everyone, and everyone is encouraged to give it a shot! 

HOW TO AUDITION
Just sign up for a slot and show us what you've got! If you have an act, bring that; if you don't yet, bring as much as you have to show us. If you already have music, we want to hear it. If you have your costume or pieces of it, we'd love to see you perform in it! If you need equipment or rigging, let us know, we can usually provide it. If you can't make it to audition in person, you are invited to submit a video of your act (or act-in-development). Send it to auditions@circuscenter.org.

For questions, more information, or to sign up, you can reach the director by emailing auditions@circuscenter.org.

New Flying Trapeze Net Party: Sept 24!

This is amazing! It’s real! You made it happen! Thank you for making the new net a reality with your donation to the New Net & Equipment Campaign.

We are thrilled to invite you to:

Circus Center’s New Net Welcoming Reception and Silent Auction
September 24, 2016
6:30pm-9:30pm

Join us in giving the new flying trapeze net a warm Circus Center family welcome.

Free swings and a special demo by the Circus Center Flyers

Take a swing. Or a swig - there will be refreshments.

If you were a Memento-level donor or above, this is your chance to pick up your souvenir pieces of the old net!

Silent Auction proceeds support ongoing maintenance of the net and flying rig.

Plus, we’re also celebrating the Circus Center Cabaret’s Second Season! FULL SWING, our September Cabaret, goes on at 8pm! Purchase a ticket or enjoy special season perks by joining The Producers Circle here: www.circuscenter.org/cabaret

(The New Net Welcome Reception is family friendly; the Circus Center Cabaret is 21+)

See you there!



Avoid the Scramble – Go For Full Session Enrollment This Fall

Full Session Enrollment has exploded in popularity for Fall 2016 classes! As of this writing, over 60% of the spots in our Advanced classes have been claimed by full session students, and many classes are full or almost full. Several of our General classes are filling up fast, too.

The reasons why Full Session Enrollment is so popular are clear:
  • Best prices
  • Guaranteed spot in class
  • Priority registration period (ends Friday morning)
If you want to take advantage of these benefits and lock down your spot in your favorite classes, today and tomorrow are the days to do it. (Full Session Enrollment will still be available after Friday, but drop-in registration will greatly reduce availability.) Avoid the rush - sign up today and save!

To purchase a Full Session Enrollment, call the Student Services Team at (415)-759-8123, email info@circuscenter.org, or just stop by the Front Desk.

Drop-in registration for fall session opens Friday, August 12 at 10:00 AM. These can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

To check out our schedule of Fall Classes, visit our Schedule Page to download a PDF version.

Fall 2016 Session Enrollment Starts August 1

We are excited to announce the opening of Fall 2016 Session Enrollment on Monday! Classes will open for Full Session Enrollment on Monday, August 1 at 10:00 am.

Fall Session runs from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, December 23, 2016. Our per-class session rates still offer students the greatest savings:
  • General Session: $18/class
  • Advanced Session: $28/class
  • Premium Session: $30/class
Class space is limited! To ensure that students receive only the best instruction, we keep classes small and intimate. Session enrollment guarantees your place in class for all weeks. For each enrollment you purchase, you are eligible for one make-up class that you can use for any reason at any point during the term.

Drop-in enrollment for Fall Session opens August 12, 2016, and can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

Fall Schedule is coming soon! We are currently hard at work finalizing everything, so check your inbox or our website - we'll have the complete list of classes available no later than Friday.

A few notes for you:
  • If you need a prerequisite, make sure to get this ON YOUR ACCOUNT prior to Monday! If you don't have a prereq, we can't hold a spot for you.
  • If you call/email/come in prior to 10:00 am on Monday, we will not be able to take your request. If you email prior to 10:00 am, that email will go to the bottom of our list after we address the people who register after 10:00 am. It's only fair!
  • Make sure the payment method on your account is updated. If the payment doesn't go through, we will notify you, but we may not be able to hold the spot for you.
  • Session enrollment is FINAL SALE. No changing classes, no sharing with another person, and there is ONE MAKE-UP per session. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and ONLY with a documented medical issue.
  • You can sign up for summer classes using Class Packs starting Friday, August 12.
  • The Student Services Team will be very busy with session enrollments on Monday, so they will be unable to handle most other requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
On Monday, August 1 at 10:00 am,
Call 415-759-8123 or send an e-mail to info@circuscenter.org to enroll!

New Net & Equipment Campaign Success!

What an incredible journey.

When we started this campaign, we set out to raise $10,000 for a new flying trapeze net. Two months later, our amazing community - YOU - helped raise $25,123 for not only a new net, but other vital equipment and building upgrades too.

Because of your generosity, we can install and maintain a new flying trapeze net, the only permanent one in San Francisco. We can purchase other important training equipment like hoops, trapezes, and mats. We can make needed building repairs.

But it's not just about the stuff. It's about what the stuff makes possible - incredible circus training from our world-renowned teachers; low-cost, professional-quality performances for our community; unique private events; and a vibrant training ground for the next generation of circus artists. And you help make it happen.


A special thanks to the following Rigger and Catcher-level supporters
of the New Net & Equipment Campaign:

Brad Post, Cameron Hempstead, Cameron Smith, Donald Robertson, Eric & Sue Johnston, Erin Cooney, Gabriel Wasserman, Jonas Sicking & Zan Armstrong, Kim Probst, Leonardo Harris, Robert Belmont, Robert Zivnuska, Shale Lewis, and our Anonymous Donors


Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us fulfill our mission, and for being a part of the Circus Center family.

Keep an eye on our newsletter for updates on when we get our new flying trapeze net, equipment, and more so you can see your generosity in action!



Pay-What-You-Can Seats available at BIZARRE!

Wow. This morning, YOU, our very generous community, helped us beat our $20,000 stretch goal for our New Net and Equipment Campaign.

Not only that, you helped us beat it by a lot: our current number is $22,083 and still going! THANK YOU!

Our special screening of "BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY" is tomorrow night - and in celebration of your incredible support, all remaining seats at the screening are now Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested donation is $25, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring your friends and join us at this great community celebration. All proceeds will still support our New Net & Equipment Campaign. And now we're wondering...can we beat $25,000...?

PWYC seats are first-come, first-serve at the box office.

Circus Center's special screening of
BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY

June 16, 2016
Box office opens 7:00pm, show at 7:30 pm

Clay Theater
2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115


Of course, online donations are still open and still support the campaign if you want to reserve a seat in advance.

Thank you and see you at the show!


Flying Trapeze Net Campaign Update: SURPRISE BONUS PERK!

Your support for the New Flying Trapeze Net campaign has been incredible. Thanks to your generous online and offline donations, you’ve helped us raise over $13,000 for our new net in record time! You made it possible for Circus Center to keep offering the magic of flying trapeze to our community: thank you.


Now we’re sharing our next goal and an exciting announcement:


Inspired by your support, we’ve set a new goal of $15,000 to help replace and maintain our other vital circus equipment.


Donations towards this new goal will help us re-stuff crash pads, purchase new aerial hoops, make needed upgrades, and more to keep our training spaces as clean and safe as possible for our beloved students.


And we’re excited to announce a NEW SUPER SURPRISE BONUS PERK to anyone who donates at least $25*: a reserved seat at a special screening of BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY at the Clay Theater on June 16.


BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY is a unique documentary that follows the fascinating life story of Master Lu Yi, Circus Center’s Artistic Director Emeritus, and features lovely performances by Eve Feldman, Haley Viloria, Ron and Or Oppenheimer, Mikayla Dinsdale, and many more of our friends and colleagues at Circus Center.


*If you donated $25 or more before the perk was announced, thank you! We’ve already reserved your seat. Since seating is limited, please RSVP by emailing Sarah here.


If you haven’t yet given, here’s your chance to support Circus Center AND see a unique documentary, featuring many of your circus friends and colleagues!


Click here to reserve your seat with a donation.


We are thrilled to offer this screening as a celebration of Master Lu Yi and our generous community. You have made it possible for us to replace and maintain our unique flying trapeze net and other essential equipment for our programs. Thank you to our amazing Circus Center family!


Here are the event details:
 
Circus Center’s special screening of
BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY

June 16, 2016
Priority Entry at 7:00pm, General Entry at 7:15, show at 7:30 pm
 
Clay Theater
2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Event Co-Chairs
Leo Harris  |  Ayla Agarwal  |  Ben Lee

Reserve your seat by donating here: www.circuscenter.org/donate


Wondering what your perks are? Here they are, updated:

$25
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, and one general entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$50
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, a personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, and one general entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$100
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, your own piece of the old Flying Net, and one priority entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$250
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, your own piece of the old Flying Net! and FOUR priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$500
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, a Circus Center travel mug, your own piece of the old Flying Net, and EIGHT priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$1000
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, a Circus Center travel mug, your own piece of the old Flying Net, two Flying Trapeze class credits, and TEN priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

*

Did you donate before the perk was announced? Thank you! We’ve already reserved your seat. Please RSVP by emailing Sarah here.

Haven’t reserved your seat yet, or want to reserve more? Donate here to do so: circuscenter.org/donate.

Any questions? Contact Sarah Bruhns, Grants & Development Associate

Please help us replace and maintain more circus equipment - and fill the Clay Theater! Share our campaign: www.circuscenter.org/donate. Thank you for your support!

Please note that while The Clay is a good-sized theater, we are hoping to fill every seat. We will do our best to accommodate all our amazing community donors, but we appreciate your understanding and prompt RSVPs to make sure as many of you as possible will be able to attend. Thank you!

Help Us Get a New Flying Trapeze Net!


On May 7th, we launched a $10,000 fundraising campaign for a new flying trapeze net!

Why now?
Thousands of people of all ages have flown on our trapeze, the only permanent one in San Francisco. This rig has been with us since the beginning and has shown a generation of people the joys of a quintessential circus art. You can even see the BATKID, Miles Scott, learning to fly on our trapeze in the recently released documentary Batkid Begins!

But like all equipment, nets need to be replaced eventually. Now the time has come for the current net to retire in glory, and a new net to be installed for the next cohort of adventurous flyers. And we need your support!

Why $10,000?
$10,000 will replace our flying trapeze net (a very specialized piece of equipment), cover the cost of installation, and pay for its maintenance and repair for two years. Any amount raised past that goal goes to further years of maintenance.

Why give?
A new net is essential for Circus Center's future. We can't have flying classes, parties, or shows without an up-to-date net. Without it, we'd be missing a vital part of our identity as a historic American circus hub.

With your donation today, you become a tangible part of Circus Center's future. Not only that, you can take a piece of the past home with you!

When you make a donation of $100 or more, you can take home a piece of the old net: your own symbol of the wonder our net has made possible.

Our aim is to have the new net installed by this August, ready to wow our community for the Fall Session and the American Circus Educators Conference, which we are hosting in October.

By supporting our new net and guaranteed maintenance for the next few years, you're helping Circus Center continue to share the magic of circus with thousands of children, youth and adults for years to come.

Please join our campaign today. Thank you!

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