Ahoy, Hearties! CircEAU will take you on an undersea adventure including shimmering mermaids on the flying trapeze and salty pirate clowns juggling. Performers for the show are ages 3-18 years old from beginner students through our advanced performing troupe. Purchase two adult general admission tickets and receive 1 child’s ticket FREE! General Admission (bleacher seating) [...]
CircEsteem presents Winter Circus, a Celebration of Wintertide – December 15th & 16th General admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. CircEsteem, Chicago’s largest youth circus, is thrilled to announce CircEsteem’s 12th Annual Winter Circus – a performance by the youth of CircEsteem. The Winter Circus will evoke warm hearts on chilly nights gathered around the [...]
CircEsteem Job Description Program Director CircEsteem unites and empowers youth from diverse backgrounds by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in life. Specifically, CircEsteem promotes the development of self esteem, personal success and empowerment by (i) promoting the practice of circus arts; (ii) uniting youth from diverse backgrounds; (iii) providing skills training; and (iv) [...]
As CircEsteem’s students prepare for the 10th Annual Spring Circus on May 13 and 14, the Board of Directors pondered what it could give CircEsteem for its 10th anniversary. The gift had to celebrate the accomplishment of an entire decade of spring circuses. It had to use the number ten in a really big way. We decided to [...]
CircEsteem and Cirque du Soleil have partnered in raising money to benefit CircEsteem since 2005. Through this partnership CircEsteem has raised over $75,000 through the sale of tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows here in Chicago. This year, Cirque du Soleil has generously donated 450 tickets for OVO, their latest touring show. Through the [...]
CircEsteem Job Openings CircEsteem’s programs have grown so much this past year that we are in search of high skilled experienced circus instructors for a variety of positions starting in 2011. Some positions can be combined for the right instructor. CircEsteem will pay a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience and, in addition, all instructors [...]
CircEsteem is proud to host the USA Gym Wheel Federation’s Fall 2010 Gym Wheel Weekend on October 8 – 10. Gym Wheel Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for beginner to advanced gym wheel students and teachers to come together and celebrate the sport. This year marks the first time we will be offering One Rim/Cyr [...]
Teresa Clement joined CircEsteem in 2002. Originally from Sudan, born in Egypt, her family came to Chicago in 2001. Teresa joined CircEsteem with her sisters Maria and Viviane and they became known for their amazing acrobatic and juggling routines. Teresa joined the CircusTeens program in 2006 and became one of CircEsteem’s most valuable performers and teachers. [...]
Watch CircEsteem on WGN’s Midday Fix. Shakespeare is going to the circus! On May 21 and 22, CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus will present A Springtide Circus, a theatrical production that combines the Bard and the Big Top! The audience will be wowed by elaborate juggling choreography, hilarious clown performances, daring tightrope and trapeze [...]
The Chicago Flyhouse is pleased to contribute to CircEsteem’s valuable efforts by applying the ‘Strings Attached’ grant towards a track and drapery rig to be installed in CircEsteem’s shared Uptown location. The flexible drapery system will address many of CircEsteem’s needs, including dividing the space to aid organization and safety during class days, as well [...]
The CircusTeens of CircEsteem invite you to come see a Brave New Circus. Inspired by Aldous Huxley, this first ever youth created, directed, and produced circus show addresses ideas of individuality and subverting the dominant paradigm. These lessons are taught by a clown who stumbles through a perfectly ordered world and creates chaos.
We are very excited to announce the promotion of Maribeth Joy to Executive Director of CircEsteem effective January 1, 2010. As many of you know, Maribeth has been with CircEsteem since its infancy and has been integral to our growth. She started working for CircEsteem as a volunteer juggling instructor over 6 years ago. She quickly [...]
CircEsteem, located in Uptown, provides a fun, safe and healthy environment for children and teens. Payment is on a sliding scale basis, making it affordable for every child in Chicago to learn circus skills. Click here to listen to Erica Demarest’s audio report from the Medill School of Journalism.
In November 2009, CircEsteem traveled to St. Louis to share the ring with Circus Harmony. This historic trip brought two social circus power houses together for the first time. CircEsteem’s Executive Director Maribeth Joy traveled with 13 youth participants to St. Louis. Circus Harmony shared their performance ring at the City Museum and allowed CircEsteem [...]