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Wednesday, June 4, 2014



Sarasota Heats Up With Excitement
For The Summer Circus Spectacular 2014

SARASOTA, FL - It's a season for excitement as The Circus Arts Conservatory proudly teams up with The Ringling, for their eighth consecutive year, to present the fabulous and affordable Summer Circus Spectacular 2014. The world-class performances take place, every Tuesday through Saturday - from June 17th to August 2nd- inside Sarasota's Historic Asolo Theater. This one-of-a-kind production has become a celebrated summertime event on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Audiences will be delighted with hilarious clowning from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey veteran and audience favorite, Chris "Bucky" Allison, and the masterful cube juggling of 3rd generation circus extraordinaire, Vladimir Kim. There will also be astonishing displays of physical-strength and stamina from hand-balancing expert, Christian Stoinev and his special four-legged partner, Scooby the Chihuahua. The entertainment continues as the dynamic couple, Vladimir and Olga Smirnov, perform unbelievable, split-second, quick change feats. Of course, no Summer Circus Spectacular would be complete without the graceful flight of Sarasota's very own, world-famous aerialist and "Queen of the Air," Dolly Jacobs, soaring high overhead.


Making her professional debut as this summer's ringmistress is the highly-regarded and locally recognized, 16 year-old, Sailor Circus Academy student, Bailey Sloan. This leading lady is a soon-to-be Sarasota High School senior, and a 10th generation circus performer, with 7 years of circus arts experience - including trapeze, high wire, cradle, Spanish web and ringmistress - under her belt. Her natural charisma in the spotlight is guaranteed to keep you engaged!


Summer Circus Spectacular 2014

"The Summer Circus Spectacular has fast become synonymous with Sarasota in the summertime and it adds a distinctive historic element to the legacy of a community founded on the circus arts. This one-of-a-kind, intimate production is an affordable opportunity for everyone to enjoy a first-class circus performance inside the beautiful Historic Asolo Theater," said Pedro Reis, Founder and CEO of The Circus Arts Conservatory. "It's also an excellent way to entertain the entire family and take a break from the summer heat!"

Shows will be held Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. from June 17th to August 2nd. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office at 941-360-7399 or visit www.ringling.org

* The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community based education and humor therapy outreach programs. The organization was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus artistry and athleticism. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts educational organization, whose extraordinary mission underscores its commitment to sharing the entertainment, education and enrichment of the circus arts.

* The Ringling Museum is one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation. It preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine art; Cà d'Zan, the Ringling's historic mansion; the Circus Museum; the Tibbals Learning Center, the Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

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