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School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts

The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) is home to people of every age and skill level looking for holistic ways to express themselves physically through circus arts.

SANCA was founded in 2004 by Jo Montgomery and Chuck Johnson “to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.” SANCA’s educational, recreational, therapeutic, and performance-based circus programs offer experiences that are physically challenging, socially enriching, and encourage creative participation in the arts—from beginners just learning to work with their bodies to professionals launching careers in the circus arts.

SANCA’s Youth Scholarship and Social Circus programs provide free access to more than 700 youth annually from many vulnerable communities. Its adaptive-circus classes make circus arts available to people with physical and emotional challenges, and empower youth and adults alike by promoting trust and cooperation, increasing confidence, and promoting play. SANCA’s philosophy is to meet each student where they are, taking into account their life experiences, goals, and dreams.

Student Naomi sums it up nicely, saying, “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you will always find your place here.”


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