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Circus Midway

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

October 4 at 11:00am

2020 Fringe Festival

60 minutes



Join the circus from the comfort of your home with free live classes and workshops hosted by teachers and performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Learn the art of juggling, clowning, dance, acrobatics, hula hoop, and circus games via Zoom using everyday items found around the house. Accessible for all ages and abilities, these virtual classes provide rich circus arts engagement and new social connections from the safety of home. Reimagine your living spaces and reconnect with family and new virtual friends through the inspiration of circus! 

At 3pm, tune in for a free circus performance streamed online, showcasing the school’s Youth & Teen Troupe and Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. 

Recommended for ages 3+.

Classes will utilize suggested household materials including:
Couch cushion/large pillow
Hula hoop
Colorful tape
Small cardboard box (empty tissue or shoe box works great!)
3 old clean socks; the wackier the better
Dried rice

Circus Midway was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year during Hand to Hand, our annual circus festival. Adapting to health and safety guidelines, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts began offering virtual classes this summer to engage with students and community members. We’re pleased to be able to offer some of these classes and performances for free!


Sunday, Oct 4 at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm


11am: Juggling
12pm: Circus Game/Acro/Dance
1pm: Hula Hooping
2pm: Clowning
3pm: PSCA performances live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live


Free with RSVP

Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this episode, FringeArts Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Artistic Producer Katy Dammers chat with Kitsie O’Neill, Executive Director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.  The three discuss how PSCA is continuing to teach classes amid the pandemic, why being connected during this time is so important, and tightrope walking with chalk!

About the Artists

Since 2001, PSCA has been offering recreational circus classes to adults and children in Northwest Philadelphia. Trapeze, silks, tightwire, acrobatics, juggling—there is something for everyone at their spacious Mt. Airy facility, where they teach over 600 students per week, aged 3-75. Birthday parties, corporate team-building, summer camp and flying trapeze are just a few of the programs on offer. Visit for more information. 


Circus Midway is part of the SPARK: Fringe for Young Audiences series of family-friendly programming. The SPARK Series is made possible by a leadership gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. Originally slated to be included in the Hand to Hand Circus Festival, presented by PECO.

Festival Co-Producers: Mark & Beth Shorstein



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