• Build strength and balance
    with family and friends
  • Classes are fun and challenging
    for all ages and skill levels
  • Guest instructors
    add to class variety
  • Opportunities for performance
  • Fly and be free

A circus class can offer a multitude of benefits for individuals in a rehab program. The combination of physical activity, creativity, and a supportive environment can contribute significantly to rehabilitation and overall well-being. Here are some key benefits:


1. **Physical Rehabilitation:** Circus activities involve a range of movements that can aid in physical rehabilitation. Strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and regaining coordination can be achieved through activities like aerial arts, acrobatics, and juggling.


2. **Engagement and Motivation:** Circus classes provide an engaging and unique way to participate in rehabilitation. The excitement and challenge of learning new skills can increase motivation to actively participate in therapy.


3. **Pain Management:** Engaging in circus activities can release endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. The focus on movement and creativity can also help individuals manage chronic pain.


4. **Enhanced Motor Skills:** Circus activities require precise movements, helping individuals improve fine and gross motor skills. This is especially beneficial for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries.


5. **Balance and Coordination:** Many circus acts require balance and coordination, which can be particularly helpful for individuals relearning these skills after surgeries or accidents.


6. **Increased Self-Confidence:** As participants master new skills, their self-confidence grows. Overcoming challenges in a circus class can translate to increased self-assurance in other areas of life.


7. **Social Interaction:** Circus classes are often conducted in group settings, fostering social interaction and a sense of belonging. This is important for individuals in rehab who may feel isolated.


8. **Cognitive Stimulation:** Learning and practicing circus skills require cognitive engagement. This can help with memory, problem-solving, and overall cognitive function.


9. **Emotional Outlet:** Circus classes can serve as a positive outlet for emotional expression. Engaging in physical activities and creative expression can alleviate stress and improve mental well-being.


10. **Body Awareness:** Circus training emphasizes body awareness and mindfulness, which can be particularly helpful for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries.


11. **Goal Setting:** Setting and achieving goals within a circus class can instill a sense of achievement and progress, mirroring the goals of the rehabilitation process.


12. **Adaptability:** Circus classes often involve adapting to new challenges and learning to work with your body's abilities. This can foster a resilient attitude that translates to coping with the challenges of rehabilitation.


13. **Mind-Body Connection:** Circus training encourages participants to be in tune with their bodies, promoting a stronger mind-body connection that aids recovery.


14. **Positive Distraction:** Engaging in circus activities provides a positive distraction from pain or discomfort, allowing participants to focus on something enjoyable and fulfilling.


Overall, a circus class within a rehab program offers a holistic approach to rehabilitation by addressing physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of recovery. It's an opportunity for individuals to regain their physical abilities, boost their confidence, and find joy in the process of healing.

For individuals in a drug rehab program, a circus class can offer unique and transformative benefits that complement the recovery journey. Here are some specific advantages:


1. **Healthy Coping Mechanism:** Engaging in circus activities provides a healthy outlet for stress, anxiety, and cravings that often accompany drug withdrawal and recovery.


2. **Positive Focus:** Circus classes offer a positive and engaging focus, helping individuals redirect their energy and attention away from drug-related thoughts and behaviors.


3. **Rebuilding Self-Esteem:** Learning new circus skills and achieving progress fosters a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-esteem, which may have been diminished by addiction.


4. **Physical Well-Being:** Physical activity in circus classes releases endorphins, which can aid in managing withdrawal symptoms and improving overall well-being.


5. **Community and Support:** Circus classes foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants, providing a supportive community that is crucial in the recovery process.


6. **Mindfulness and Focus:** Circus training demands present-moment focus and mindfulness, skills that can help individuals manage cravings and stay grounded.


7. **Building Resilience:** Circus activities challenge individuals to overcome obstacles and setbacks, cultivating resilience that is essential for overcoming addiction.


8. **Artistic Expression:** Engaging in creative movement and self-expression through circus arts allows participants to explore emotions and experiences in a non-verbal way.


9. **Goal Achievement:** Setting and achieving goals within a circus class mirrors the goal-setting process in recovery, reinforcing the importance of perseverance.


10. **Motivation for Positive Change:** Success in the circus class can motivate individuals to embrace positive changes in their lives and continue working towards sobriety.


11. **Structure and Routine:** Circus classes provide a structured and routine activity that can help individuals establish a healthier daily schedule, reducing the risk of relapse.


12. **Improved Mental Health:** Engaging in physical activity and creative expression can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety often associated with addiction recovery.


13. **Fun and Joy:** Circus activities offer a sense of joy and fun, reminding participants of the rewards of a drug-free life.


14. **Learning Patience:** Mastering circus skills requires patience and consistent effort, qualities that can help individuals navigate the challenges of recovery.


15. **Distracting from Triggers:** Circus classes offer a positive and engaging way to distract from triggers or situations that may lead to relapse.


Overall, a circus class can serve as a powerful and transformative tool within a drug rehab program. It helps individuals build a strong foundation for recovery by addressing physical, emotional, and psychological aspects while promoting positive changes and personal growth.

Step right up and join us for a thrilling series of workshops on wire walking! Whether you're an experienced performer or a curious beginner, you'll have the opportunity to learn this incredible art form from some of the best wire walkers in the business.

Our workshops are designed to teach you all the skills you need to become a master of the wire. You'll start with the basics, learning how to balance and walk across a low wire. As you progress, you'll move on to more advanced techniques, such as high wire walking, backward walking, and even tricks like jumping and pirouetting on the wire!

But it's not just about the physical skills - we'll also cover the mental and emotional aspects of wire walking, such as concentration, focus, and overcoming fear. You'll learn how to quiet your mind, stay present in the moment, and trust your body as you navigate the wire.

And throughout it all, you'll be surrounded by a supportive community of fellow wire walkers, who will cheer you on and help you push past your limits. You'll have the chance to collaborate with others on group performances and show off your skills in front of an audience.

But be warned - wire walking is not for the faint of heart. It requires courage, discipline, and a willingness to take risks. But if you're up for the challenge, the rewards are truly incredible. Imagine the rush of adrenaline as you step out onto the wire, the thrill of defying gravity, and the sense of accomplishment when you make it to the other side.

So come on and join us for this unforgettable series of workshops on wire walking. You'll gain new skills, make lifelong friends, and experience the magic of the circus in a whole new way. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to soar above the crowd!

The student handbook is the manual for the policies of Sunshine Circus Arts. The pdfs can be downloaded here:


Thank you for registering. 

Click on the link to enter the class:


Meeting ID: 992-579-697

Password: 589682

As of May 18, 2020 we will be open using the following procedures:

  • Clean Studio
    • All surfaces, doorknobs, and faucets are cleaned and disinfected before classes.
    • Mats are normally vacuumed regularly but will be steamed cleaned and disinfected also. 
    • All aerial fabrics/hammocks will be disinfected between uses. They will be taken out of service until disinfection is performed.
    • Other equipment will be disinfected after every use.
    • Grip aids will no longer be available for sharing.
    • Disinfectant used:
      • We are choosing to use HOCL as our spray disinfectant, this is shown to kill the virus, approved by the EPA and safe for people and the equipment.
      • The wet wipes are only supposed to be used on hard surfaces and not suitable for hands or body parts.
      • There's also a steam cleaner which will be a supplemental disinfection device.
  • Clean Students
    • All students are required to disinfect hands and feet before classes.
    • Students and instructors involved in partnering work and spotting are required to disinfect hands regularly during practice.
  • Stay home when you feel sick
    • Students who are exhibiting any signs of illness are not permitted to enter the studio. Temperature will be taken for camp attendees.
  • Social Distancing
    • We are limiting class size to the number of apparatus so that there will be no sharing. This generally means that there will be no more than 4 people per class. Please let us know in advance what classes you or your child will be attending.  Equipment will be assigned, no swapping will be allowed for the class period unless it is one that is easily disinfected(bare metal apparatus).
    • Sorry, no extra people waiting in our space.
    • Class times will change so that people can leave and arrive with no overlap. Please leave promptly. We will miss hanging out the most.
    • Masks - as these are athletic activities and masks can increase the possibly of hypoxia, masks are not recommended while on the equipment.
  • Asymptomatic Carriers
    • While we make every effort to keep the space and equipment hygienic, we must acknowledge that there is the possibility that anybody entering could be an asymptomatic carrier and thus there's always a risk of infection. A waiver covering this will need to be signed before attending classes.

Each family is encouraged to make their own decision about coming to the studio, please do what you feel comfortable with and what makes the most sense for you and your family.

The well being of our students and families is a top priority! Please know that we are here to address any concerns or issues, and are happy to hear from you on additional ways we can keep our community healthy!

This show is billed as a reimagining of one of their most popular shows. The original show premiered in 1994, I think I saw it in Atlanta, probably as part of a group of FSU circus students. Anyways, it's got a very rich baroque costume style. The story is really tenuous, but the acts are first rate. I've very fond of swinging acts and net acts, and there were both in this show. One act had two swinging trapeze artists with twists to standing. Aerial Bars - they took the bars act and raised it 30 ft. There were some catches and it's visually impressive since it's all so high, but I guess I was left wanting more challenging skills. Also, because it's over a net, there are some seats that are under the net.

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