Festivals & Workshops

Come see us perform and try out some circus!

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Community Classes

Programs for Schools and Community Centers:

Learn about our current programming with each of our community partners:

​We offer circus classes in collaboration with the following partners:

  • Brookview House is a nonprofit led by Black and Latinx women, located in Dorchester, that works for justice, equity, and systemic change for families and their children who have recently experienced housing instability.

  • Friends of the Children Boston is a mentorship program that intentionally serves youth facing the greatest obstacles by nurturing long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice, committing to empowerment, celebrating achievement, and demanding equity.

  • Rafael Hernández School is a two-way bilingual K-8 school that is committed to working with parents/guardians and the community within a diverse and nurturing environment. 

  • Walden Street School is a trauma-informed, residential school for young women who are struggling with significant past trauma or organic mental illness utilizing an individual treatment approach. 

  • Boston Latin Academy is public exam school serving economically and culturally diverse students in grades 7-12. It strives to create an environment where students learn to listen, question, read, empathize, and make choices based on sound, and ethical principals. 

  • Our Sisters' School is an independent, tuition-free, non-sectartian middle school that educates and inspires economically disadvantaged girls from the new Bedford area.

  • Scholarships: We also offer scholarships to youth classes at the Commonwealth Circus Center to students who would like even more circus in their life! 

  • Two-high time! This exciting class will be comprised of about 12 students (half of which will be Kirkos or Circus Up students and half of which will be C3 students)! The class will allow time to focus on individual interests and strengths but will also be focused on group work like partner acro and act building.

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Community Troupe
 

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Please email info@circusup.com after submitting an application!

The Circus Up Community Troupe, Kirkos, founded in 2020, is a team of youth circus artists who perform bold and uplifting shows in the greater Boston area. In the tradition of "social circus," the Troupe practices and performs together for the purpose of celebrating what it looks like to courageously learn, play, and create together. Troupe members (ages 8-18) are always learning new skills through Circus Up classes and demonstrate what's possible when we work hard, stay curious about each other's differences, and leverage each other's unique strengths. The Troupe works hard to increase access to circus arts and address social issues while crafting collaborative circus acts that surprise, baffle, and delight. You can find them performing for local organizations and at a wide variety of community events. 

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Starting in 2021, Movement Arts Creation Studio (MACS) is underwriting studio rental for Kirkos to train and rehearse at the Commonwealth Circus Center. Thank you MACS!!!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

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