Teaching circus skills to young people as a way of preparing them for many aspects of life is the goal of the five-day American Youth Circus Festival to be held in Seattle later this month.
The event, Aug. 14 to 18, is organized by the nonproft, Brooklyn-based American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and is being hosted by a Seattle nonprofit, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA).
The wide-ranging curriculum offers instruction on trapeze, tightrope-walking, tumbling, contortion, juggling, acrobatics and more.
“The benefits of the festival go far beyond learning how to juggle,” said Amy Cohen, AYCO executive director, “… it also promotes social skills, self-discipline, and commitment. It promotes self-esteem, provides a creative outlet, and helps kids stay fit and succeed in school.”
The event is open to the public at SANCA’s facility at 674 S. Orcas St. in the Georgetown area.
Fees range from $150 for a one-day pass to $425 to enrollment for the full festival. Details are on AYCO’s website.