Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Circus Performers

South Windsor, CT  2015

Circus Smirkus was founded in 1987 by Rob Mermin in Greensboro, VT.  It is an award winning, international youth circus which serves as a training ground for young men and women wishing to pursue a career in the circus.  The organization runs a circus residency program and a summer circus camp program.  On top of all that, they go on tour every year throughout New England in what is known as their "Big Top Tour".  This year, the traveling troupe of performers will perform 66 times over a 7 week period.  All the performers,  except one, are between the ages of 10 and 18.  Many have done many tours with Smirkus.  Some go on the professional circuses like Ringling Bros and Cirque du Soleil.  Before each show, all the performers are out mingling with the audience giving everyone a chance to get into the act.  


  1. Wow - I had no idea there was a training place for circus performers!

  2. In today's world, I wonder what leads a young person to decide on a career in the circus.