To keep these programs going, we need your support! Thank you for considering a donation, large or small. Thank you for your generosity during these times and for being a part of our Circus Up community. Oh, and we are so grateful to receive weekly delicious groceries from Foodlink for those members of our community who could use the extra support.

Here’s how you can help:

$20 – Juggles two balls

$50 – Juggles five balls

$100 – Flips a kid on the silks

$250 – Gets the whole Circus Up Troupe walking on their hands

$500 - Gets the whole Circus Up Troupe working on their next performance!

We are truly grateful for whatever you can give!

We’re a Boston-based nonprofit that provides school, after-school, and community circus programs for youth.


Inclusive, Accessible, and Joyful for All!

We host classes for over 850 students across Boston schools and neighborhoods.


What People Say

Circus Up is like an instruction to a new direction. It is a better way to express myself, face my fears, and tell my story. The circus training is like something that takes me towards the same destination, but with a different direction.

- Latoya, teen student


Circus Up in Masks!

What's new at Circus Up? After months of training (following all necessary precautions) in 2020, we officially formed Kirkos, our new Community Troupe over the summer of 2020! 


From these photos, you can see that our youth circus artists' skills are growing every day! When we went remote in April 2020, we made it work! Students did an excellent job maintaining focus and commitment while training online. And when we were able to reunite in August and train in person again for a while at Commonwealth Circus Center (C3). Then, we went back online for some months again in November. Finally, now in the spring of 2021 we are starting to cautiously meet again in person once a week, and online once a week. The weather is getting warmer! 

We were reminded of how much our students benefit physically and emotionally from working together.  Our students want to MOVE, PLAY, and LEARN together! That is JOY, that is COMMUNITY.

Photo's by Tess Scheflan and Sophia Herscu

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Community Classes

We are currently offering online classes for youth ages 8-18.

Community Troupe

We are a a team of youth circus artists who perform bold and uplifting shows for the purpose of celebrating what it looks like to courageously learn, play, and create together.

Festivals/ Workshops

Come see us perform at local events and try out some circus!