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Saturday Circus, Feb 2014

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Photographs of our Saturday morning circus classes at CircEsteem.

2013 Circus Soiree

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Thank you to everyone who has supported CircEsteem over the years. We wouldn't be here without your support.

2013 Summer Camp Week 7

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the last and final show off of the summer!

2013 Summer Camp Week 6

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Another great week at CircEsteem's Summer Camp.

2013 Summer Camp Week 5

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2013 Summer Camp Week 3

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2013 Summer Camp Week 2

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HomeWork & CircusWork

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CircEsteem Roller Derby

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4th of July Parade

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Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade featuring CircEsteem!

CircEsteem Summer Camp Week 1

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Our first week of Summer Camp was a smashing success!

Interview at 93XRT

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CircEsteem was interviewed on Terri Hemmert's "Let's See Action" radio program on 93XRT. Read the blog and listen to the recording: wxrt.cbslocal.com/2013/06/20/circesteem-building-self-est...

CircEAU-A high Seas Circus Adventure!

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CircEsteem's 12th Annual Spring Circus. Photos from the Atlantis Show.

Winter Circus 2012

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CircEsteem's 12th Annual Winter Circus at Alternatives!

CircEsteem with the Chicago Sinfonietta

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CircEsteem performs with the Chicago Sinfonietta!

Circus Symphony

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Circus Soiree

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What an amazing night of food, drink, performance and fun! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Miri Likes Art Supports CircEsteem

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Big love and thanks to Miri Likes Art for supporting CircEsteem. We had an amazing time sharing the joy of circus with everyone!

2012 Summer Camp Week 6

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Over 55 kids joined CircEsteem this week for Summer Camp.

2012 Summer Camp Week 5

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Another jam packed week of fun at CircEsteem's Summer Camp.

2012 Summer Camp Week 4

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Another fantastic week of CircEsteem's Summer Camp.

2012 Summer Camp Week 3

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Another Great Week at CircEsteem's Summer Camp. Over 300 kids signed up to have the best circus summer ever!

2012 Summer Camp Week 2

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Over 50 kids performed at The Big Showoff! What an awesome week at CircEsteem's Summer Camp.

2012 Summer Camp Week 1

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CircEsteem kicked its first week of camp off with a bang. Over 45 kids joined in on the circus fun!

CircEsteem Celebrates the 4th circus style!

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CircEsteem spent the 4th of July parading in Lake Bluff and teaching hundreds of kids in Lyons, IL before the fireworks. What a hot and fun day we had!

CircEsteem learns from Cirque du Soleil!

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Performers from Cirque du Soleil's Dralion cast gave a workshop for CircEsteem's youth! What an amazing experience to learn from the best. Thank you Cirque du Soleil for all the support you have shown CircEsteem for the last 9 years.

CircEsteem's First Open Stage

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CircEsteem youth and staff showcase their talents at the first of many open stage events.

HomeWork & CircusWork Celebrates!

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CircEsteem celebrates a tremendously successful year with its free after school HomeWork & CircusWork program.

11th Annual Spring Circus

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CircEsteem's 11th Annual Spring Circus brought together over 110 youth from all over Chicago!

2011 Summer Camp Week 6 Show

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The last and final show of CircEsteem's Summer Camp.

CircEsteem at Cirque du Soleil

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CircEsteem youth were given the chance to perform at Cirque du Soleil's VIP tent.

2011 Summer Camp Show Week 4

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An all time high for CircEsteem, over 50 kids in this week's camp.

2011 Summer Camp Week 2 Show!!!

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What an amazing week of camp and an incredible show. We are so proud of all the campers and teachers for doing such a great job.

CircEsteem Goes Flying

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2011 Summer Camp Week 1

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CircEsteem's first week of Summer Camp was a big hit!

Street Shows in Germany

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CircEsteem and Circus Pimparello travel to Schwabisch Hall and Ulm to perform the new acts they have been working on.

CircEsteem in a Tree Garden!

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At Circus Pimparello, CircEsteemers paired up and learned how to traverse the canopy of trees in the forests of Rappenhof, Germany.

Circus Pimparello

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CircEsteem arrives at Circus Pimparello in Gschwend, Germany. The first week of the European Youth Camp CircEsteem kids take advanced circus classes from European Circus instructors. The second and third weeks, CircEsteem kids take part in the responsibilities of leading camp with the Germans and taking part in the workshops!

Frankfurt, Germany

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CircEsteem enjoys a day off before the trek to Circus Pimparello.

Deutsche Boerse Show in Frankfurt

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CircEsteem offered a 2 hour workshop and show for over 50 kids from ARCHE, an organization that helps low income at risk youth in Frankfurt. Thanks to the Deutsche Boerse and Clearing Corporation this event was possible.

CircEsteem prepares for Germany

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CircEsteem youth perform the show they will take to Germany as part of a 3 week cross cultural exchange with Circus Pimparello.

Cicero Community Show

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CircEsteem teachers take to the stage and entertain the Cicero Community.

Summer Camp Shows

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Over 70 kids participated in the first two Summer Camp shows, an all time high for CircEsteem.

July Parades

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CircEsteem marched, rolled, unicycled and stilt walked the Lyons and Lake Bluff 4th of July Parades!

CircEsteem at The Circus World Museum

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CircEsteem teams up with the Wild Rumpus Circus at The Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

A Springtide Circus

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CircEsteem brought over 85 young performers together to celebrate its 9th Annual Spring Circus. Photos by Karen Ettelson.

CircEsteem Reopens Buckingham Fountain

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Mayor Daley and CircEsteem celebrate the reopening of Buckingham Fountain.

Gym Wheel Competition

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CircEsteem hosted its first CircEsteem Cup at the Broadway Armory, and its third U.S. National Gym Wheel Competition on March 13, 2010.

Navy Pier

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CircEsteem performs at the Family Pavillion stage and clowns around in the Crystal Gardens.

Brave New Circus

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The CircusTeens of CircEsteem present their first ever youth created, directed, produced circus show.

CircusYoga Chicago

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CircusYoga at Lake Michigan.

CircusYoga Workshop

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CircusYoga Founders, Erin and Kevin Maile O'Keefe spent two days teaching the art of CircusYoga with CircEsteem students and staff.

Spring Circus 2009

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CircEsteem's 8th Annual Spring Circus at Pegasus Players Theatre.

Winter Circus 2008

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CircEsteem's 8th Annual Winter Circus at Alternatives.

Spring Circus 2008

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CircEsteem's 7th Annual Spring Circus at Alternatives.

Teaching

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CircEsteem provides interactive circus workshops where all participants have the chance to "run away with the circus".

Performing

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CircEsteem students perform hundreds of shows a year throughout Chicago and the world.

AYCO Festivals

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CircEsteem traveled to Normal, IL for the 2007 American Youth Circus Organization festival and Island Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Gym Wheel Competitions

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In 2009, five CircEsteem students competed in the first U.S. Gym Wheel competition. Winners traveled to Baar, Switzerland to compete in the Gym Wheel World Championship.

CircEsteem Tour 2009

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CircEsteem performs at Celebrate Erie, in Zelienople, at the American Youth Circus Festival, and at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum in Pennsylvania.

St. Louis

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CircEsteem collaborated with Circus Harmony's St. Louis Arches. Together youth from both circuses created brand new circus acts and shared the ring at the City Museum.

Adult Gym Wheel

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CircEsteem is not just for kids. Adults get to have fun too with our adult gym wheel classes.

Chicago Sky Half time Act

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CircEsteem entertained thousands of spectators during the 2009 season both on the court and on the concourse.

Chicago Bulls

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CircEsteem youth were invited to provide pre game entertainment for the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Germany

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Over 30 youth have traveled to Germany with CircEsteem as part of an exchange with German youth circus Circus Pimparellio.

CircEsteem Appreciation Day

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Each year, CircEsteem likes to appreciate its families and supporters.

Windy City Rollers

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CircEsteem performed as pre bout entertainment on April 4th for the Windy City Rollers Roller Derby.

Brookfield Zoo

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CircEsteem entertains children of all ages at the Brookfield Zoo.

Halloween at Daley Plaza

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CircEsteem performed for hundreds at Daley Plaza as part of Mayor Daley's Halloween celebration.

Zoppe Family Circus

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CircEsteem students were given the ring to perform their club juggling act with the Zoppe Family Circus.