Author Archives Women and Circus

  • Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion share the spotlight for our third feature in the Women & Circus series ‘Entrepreneurs of Circus’. School: New England Centre for Circus Arts (NECCA) Location: Brattleboro, VT Director: Serenity Smith Forchion (Executive Director) and Elsie Smith (Artistic Director) Status: Not for Profit Students: Over 5000 in 2013 Women & Circus: How have […]

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  • Shayna Swanson is our second feature in the Women & Circus series ‘Entrepreneurs of Circus’. Name: Shayna Swanson School: Aloft Loft Type of business: S-corp Number of students: 250 Location: Chicago, IL Women & Circus: How have you managed to succeed at running a successful circus businesses? What do you feel has contributed to your […]

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  •   School: Cirque School LA Location: Los Angeles, CA Director: Aloysia Gavre Status: For-Profit Students: Approximately 600 per month   Women & Circus: What do you think has contributed to the success of your circus school? Aloysia Gavre: I think what contributed to the success of Cirque School LA was staying true to our mission […]

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  • The Circus According to Cecil is a new documentary which follows ringmaster and clown Cecil MacKinnon as she directs a performance with Circus Flora and the St.Louis Symphony Orchestra. Through Cecil’s experienced eyes, much is revealed about the roots of American circus, the collaborative process, and the extended family of Circus Flora. Since 1986, Cecil MacKinnon has performed […]

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  • Dr. Janet Davis, circus society expert and associate professor in the Department of American Studies at University of Texas Austin, chronicles the historical significance of the female big top performer as a durable champion of women’s rights by bringing to life the posters featured in the ‘Ladies of the Ring’ exhibit, running through Feb. 2nd […]

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