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Thursday, August 17


Director's Roundtable
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A discussion with Shayna Kennedy and other directors in the American circus arts community about best practices, successful strategies, and more.


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Saturday, August 19


Working in schools with curriculum infused art programs
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We will look jump into the world of curriculum infused arts education. We will look at National Educational standards and see how they can creatively be applied to arts disciplines to creative sought-after effective and fun arts programs


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Sunday, August 20


How to develop curriculum for Tots and Special Needs classes
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How to develop curriculum for toddlers and special needs classes

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Erin Lovett Sherman

Director of Youth Programming and Outreach, New England Center For Circus Arts
Director of Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator at NECCA, Erin Lovett Sherman is a dancer, aerialist, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and director. She holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, and has danced and choreographed for many companies includ... Read More →

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am


Moving Students from Recreational to Pre-Professional Training and Performance: A Conversation with SANCA's Youth Company Directors
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The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) has a robust, audition-based Youth Performance Company, comprised of three troupes, divided by age, that perform year-round. Over the years we have increased the intensity of all three arms of the youth companies and we have, therefore, seen the skill level of the individual performers, and the troupes as a whole, skyrocket. In this way, our performance program has moved farther away from the rest of the youth programs at SANCA, which are recreational in nature. How do young students manage this leap from recreational circus classes to performance-based, intensive, pre-professional circus training? What are the strengths of running a program in this way? What are some of the challenges that come along with this structure? How does a program like this fit within the rest of a school that values a come-as-you-are, recreational approach to learning? SANCA Youth Companies Manager Audrey Spinazola and Alyssa Hellrung, Co-director and Administrative Lead of the Amazing Circus 1-ders and the Magnificent 7, two of the youth companies at SANCA, will answer some of those questions based on their own work and experiences at SANCA and will invite workshop participants, be they parents, coaches, or program directors, to share their experiences as part of youth performance companies (or their hopes for starting or expanding companies) in their home organizations.

Sunday August 20, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am