CircEsteem programs give students a chance to shine as center-ring stars in their very own circus, enhancing self-esteem as they overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and proudly exclaim, “Look what I can do!” Fostering confidence and cooperation, our professional circus staff teaches a variety of skills such as clowning, juggling, stilt-walking, ball-walking, unicycling, gym wheel and acrobatics. Students progress at their own pace while working hands-on with instructors in a safe and supportive environment.

Summer Camp

Enrollment is open!  Register here.   Monday-Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Weekly Sessions: June 22-August 14, 2015 Full Week: $300 Before & After Care are available. Before starts at 8:00am and is $10, aftercare goes until 5pm and is $20 per day.  Ages: 6 & up. Levels: Beginner students who are trying circus for the first time; AND, [...]

After School Program

Circus Fun With CircEsteem! CircEsteem is a non-profit youth outreach program that is dedicated to helping students build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts. GRADES: K – 5. Can be broken into K-2 and 3-5 if enrollment is high. NO. OF STUDENTS: 8 student minimum. 20 student maximum, with option to [...]

In-School Residency

Bring CircEsteem to your school! CircEsteem’s Outreach Program travels to schools and community centers all over the Chicagoland area bringing the joy of circus to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Each session varies in format and introduces new skills, allowing returning students to advance and beginners to model their peers. This cooperative interaction enables [...]

HomeWork & CircusWork

HomeWork & CircusWork is a free after-school tutoring program, which addresses the need CircEsteem participants have to keep up on their schoolwork while still being able to spend time learning circus skills. Students spend an hour developing their circus skills with our highly- trained circus instructors and an hour working on their homework or other academic enrichment activities with our tutors.

CircusTeens Job Program

Moneky Roll Teaching

The CircusTeens job program was developed in 2004  to give our older more responsible students the opportunity to make money doing something they enjoy all the while teaching valuable life and finance skills. CircusTeens learn how to enter the workforce with a positive attitude, be responsible, and proactive. They also learn about budgeting, credit cards, [...]

CircEsteem Scholarship Fund

CE Grads

CircEsteem makes an incredible investment of time, energy, and financial support in its youth participants. For many, they will be the first in their families to go to college.  CircEsteem invests in participants’ futures,  providing instruction in performance and teaching skills, supporting personal development, and cultivating success. In 2004, CircEsteem started a college savings program encouraging them to [...]

Corporate CircEsteem

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Corporate Training with a Social Conscience We offer half and full-day intensive, experiential workshops by our circus instructors. Participants learn a variety of circus skills, build team dynamics, and challenge their assumed limitations and abilities. Learning circus skills and producing a show develops team creativity, challenges pre-conceived notions and build cohesiveness in a unique and [...]