A Summer Camp unlike any other in Evanston.

Young circus stars learn acting, improv, and dance – all while flying in the air!

An Unforgettable Experience

Every year, almost 200 kids run away with the circus at our summer and winter camps.

Of the dozens of programs we offer to kids each year, our camps stand out as the most immersive and popular of them all. They’re perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch and flex their creative muscles.

The experience, kids tell us, is nothing short of transformational.

Action-Packed Days

Each day begins with a warm-up, followed by training and workshops in circus, drama, and movement. Students learn circus and aerial skills: juggling, tumbling, trapeze, tightwire, stilts, and more, and there’s no experience necessary to join!

Additionally, kids get to participate in field trips on Fridays to the beach, a water park, and more!

Perform in a show!

The four-week experience culminates in a fully produced, original show featuring all the skills campers have learned during the session. We bring in professional designers to help the kids bring their creativity to life through a show they will never forget!

World-CLass Instruction

Summer camp is directed by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, our Artistic Director and second generation circus performer who grew up touring with various circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. 

In 2019, she and her family, The Hernandez Troupe, were inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame for their monumental contributions to the world of circus.

Click here to learn more about our award-winning faculty!

“Kids who started the summer with no confidence or experience [were] transformed by the time of the camp show into beaming performers.”
– Peggy N.
“As veteran campers they always look forward to new shows, new friends and new memories.”
– Scott H.

Summer Camp 2019

Session 1

June 10 – July 5*

Session 2

July 8 – August 2
(Sold out!)

9 AM – 4 PM , Monday through Friday. For incoming 4th graders and older.

Tuition is $1400 for the full, four week session.

Campers can enroll in the first one or two weeks and receive a pro-rated tuition rate, or register for all four. Families have a choice of paying in full at the time of registration or purchasing a 5 month payment plan.

* Please note that due to July 4th, Session 1 camp performances will be on July 2 and 3.

Before and Aftercare

Parents have the option of signing up their child for an extended camp day. Before care and aftercare will be held either in the studio or outside in the park in front of the Noyes Center, depending on the weather and activity.

Registration for these options will be available later this week!

Before Care

8:30 – 9 AM
Supervised, but unguided time during the half hour before each camp day. Campers may juggle, practice ground skills, dance, or relax as they wait for their day to begin.

$50/week, unlimited space available.

Aftercare

4 – 5 PM
An extra hour of physical theatre and circus arts. Though the curriculum will vary, activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Theatre games
  • Circus apparatus practice (silks, trapeze, rolling globe, tightwire, unicycle)
  • Juggling
  • Diabolo
  • Jumprope
  • Dance
  • Stage Combat

$100/week, only 15 total spots available.

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FAQs

Nope! We welcome beginners and experienced circus artists alike.

Yes! There’s an option to identify a friend in camp when filling out the emergency info form.

Parents can coordinate carpooling and other needs through this Facebook group.

Families planning summer travels are asked to plan trips with the understanding that their camper may be in an evening performance on either the Thursday or Friday of the last week of camp. Missing a performance is allowed but not encouraged, since performing is a big part of the camp experience.

We unfortunately are unable to offer refunds.

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