School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
SANCA's mission is to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts. Our innovative circus arts programs offer rewarding experiences that are physically challenging, socially enriching, and encourage creativity in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.
674 S. Orcas Street
Seattle, WA 98108
SANCA is home to people of any age or skill level looking for a fun, holistic way to physically express themselves: from toddlers just learning how to move to professional circus artists. We want to share the importance of arts, movement, and fitness, and make that experience possible for everyone.
Over 1,000 students pass through SANCA's doors every week. SANCA's programs broaden community engagement, reach diverse audiences, and encourage participation in the arts. Our circus classes and camps provide youth with a safe, social, constructive environment for physical literacy and arts education. No child is denied enrollment due to lack of funds. 4,623 youth have received $1,269,238 in financial aid since 2004..
SANCA's Social Circus Programs make circus available to those who have the least access and opportunity to participate in healthy, creative, physical arts. Every Body's Circus makes circus arts available to people with learning differences, trauma-related or mood disorders, or physical disabilities. Personal and social development is supported by nurturing self-esteem and helping to build trust in others, acquire social skills, express creativity, and realize one's own potential.
The Youth Performance Program provides training for youth ages 5 to 18. The Professional Preparatory Program provides training for adults seeking professional careers in circus arts. The Artist-In-Residence Program fosters new work by circus artists.
SANCA would also like to express gratitude for the continued support of annual funders including 4Culture, ChenSteinO'MalleySven Foundation, Cirque du Soleil, Growing Tree Foundation, D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, Edward A. Taft Trust, Newground Social Investment, The Norcliffe Foundation, Norman Archibald Charitable Trust, Orcas Business Park, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Seattle Foundation.