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Jessica Hentoff

Circus Harmony
Artistic/Executive Director
Florissant, Missouri
Jessica Hentoff is the Artistic/Executive Director and Founder of the social circus school Circus Harmony. She has been teaching and performing circus arts for 47 years. Jessica is a founding member of both the Big Apple Circus in NYC and Circus Flora in St. Louis. Jessica has been using circus arts to motivate social change since she started the St. Louis Arches youth circus troupe in 1989. In 2009, she received the double honor of being named St. Louis Arts Innovator of the Year by the Arts & Education Council and receiving the Grand Center Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Educator. She serves on the advisory board of the World Circus Federation and on Circus Fans of America’s Youth Circus Committee. Jessica is the only social circus person to ever serve as a judge at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. In 2014, she received the first-ever Excellence in Education Award from the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators. In 2020, she helped found the Global Alliance of Circus Schools. At Circus Harmony, Jessica uses her remarkable vision and knowledge of circus arts to build character and community and help children “defy gravity, soar with confidence and leap over social barriers.”

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, August 18

9:30am PDT