My Start in Circus
I got my start in circus in high school, right before my senior year. I'd been involved in various performing arts and acrobatics since I was young, from musicals to gymnastics, chorus to ballet. It was only at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts that I discovered the magic of circus, and realized it was the perfect hybrid of everything I'd done.
Fast forward through college, where I tried to get as involved in circus as I could but was limited by the opportunities around me. After graduating with a degree in Food Science, I accepted a job in Ithaca, New York, and quickly enrolled in the local circus school, Circus Culture. My once-a-week class and twice-a-week open practice soon turned into 5-6 days at the studio. Six months later, I was the only student to be invited to perform in the year-end show at the studio alongside coaches and professionals from the community. I finally knew this is where I belonged.
With the support of my family and girlfriend (turned fiancée a little while later), I decided to apply to go to circus school time. Months of training and preparing, followed by lots of traveling for auditions, and finally I was accepted into Circadium, a brand-new three year professional circus school program.
And that's where I am now. Starting my new career in contemporary circus. Follow my journey transitioning from my corporate science 9-5 to my circus education, and see what the life of a full-time circus student is like!
Sincerely, Circus Girl