Archive for June, 2012

CircusWest goes to Surrey

Posted on 06/28/2012 at 1:56pm

Some Surrey workshop participants try their hand at juggling!


CircusWest has long been established in the Vancouver community. Starting out in a South Vancouver gym, and now working out of the PNE Gardens, CircusWest is truly a Vancouver institution. This idea is furthered by camps being offered at Vancouver locations such as Bayview Community School.

At CircusWest we love Vancouver roots, but we’re ready to expand!

Since January, CircusWest has partnered with the Surrey School District to offer circus arts workshops for kids of all ages and skill levels.

Now having worked and played with over 500 kids, CircusWest has spread the fun of circus to many Surrey schools through lessons in juggling, acrobalance, acrobatics, clowning, and more.

This partnership is just the beginning of CircusWest’s presence in Surrey.

As Surrey continues to grow and become a more and more vibrant city, CircusWest wants to join this growth and build on the cultural successes Surrey has already demonstrated through events like their Canada Day Celebration in Holland Park.

The long-term goal? Having a CircusWest satellite centre in Surrey.

We always have big ideas, but we’d love to have our circus arts seen all around the Lower Mainland. Where would you like to see CircusWest next?

Stay tuned for more updates!

Name that blog! The CircusWest blog naming contest

Posted on 06/20/2012 at 8:14pm

Oh the suspense! What will it be named? Can't wait to hear your suggestions!


We’re looking for a CircusWest inspired name for our new blog! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re experiencing it now! Look to your left and you’ll see archived posts from May and the beginning of this month.

We’ve just started posting about all of the great things that happen around here, so we thought, what better time to get some input on an awesome, circusy name! That’s where you come in. We’re asking for submissions for blog names from June 20-27.  We’ll go through all the entries and pick the top names, then it will go to a vote! Log into Facebook or Twitter to cast your vote and on July 4, we’ll announce our winner! The winner will win all the glory and a random submitter will win a CircusWest Prize Pack!

To submit a suggestion:

  • Post on our Facebook wall saying “My suggestion for CircusWest’s blog is ______”.
  • Tweet with “My suggestion for @CircusWest’s blog is ________”.
  • Sugesstions not submitted this way may get lost in the social media shuffle, so make sure you follow these guidelines as well as the ones listed below!

Here are the guidelines for blog name suggestions:

  1. Circus related
  2. CircusWest inspired
  3. Appropriate for all ages
  4. Nothing too long – we’re thinking a maximum of 4 words
  5. Something fun!

Contest rules:

  1. 3 submissions per person.
  2. All submissions must be submitted by June 27 at 11:59pm.
  3. You must ‘like’ our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to be eligible.
  4. All submissions must be posted on CircusWest’s official Twitter or Facebook pages, other entries not on these channels, will not be considered.
  5. Winner of the prize pack is required to pick the pack up from CircusWest at the PNE Gardens in Vancouver.

Once the final names are chosen, you are able to place one vote (commenting on the status update on Facebook or a tweet including @CircusWest) on each social media site. Additional votes will not be counted.

So don’t be shy, suggest your ideas, share with your friends and visit our social media and blog to follow the excitement!

CircusWest loves Teddy Bears too!

Posted on 06/14/2012 at 12:12pm

Great performances at the Teddy Bear Picnic. Thanks Amy Salvador for the photos!

CircusWest was in Coquitlam at the Teddy Bear Picnic this past weekend and brought delight to many children and bears! Performing two shows as well as an interactive juggling session for festival go-ers.

Ashara, Kaitlynn, Kaja, Travis, Quinn and Anthony put on a great show for an audience packed with youngsters, teddy bears in hand. To get in the spirit, Quinn and Travis dressed like teddy bears, which the kids loved.

Keep your eyes peeled for CircusWest at various events around the Lower Mainland this summer. For the most up to date information, check out our Facebook page, Twitter and sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Stay tuned for photos taken by one of our talented CirKids!

For kids of all ages! CircusWest does VICF

Posted on 06/06/2012 at 5:16pm


CirKids performers show onlookers what CircusWest is all about.


From May 29-June 3, Granville Island was full of energy thanks to the 2012 Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Not only did this festival host many great plays, shows and more, it also hosted, yours truly, CircusWest.

A group of CirKids dazzled for three days this past weekend at the World Youth Stage. The performers, when not performing, taught thousands of children and their parents the basics of scarf and ball juggling, diabolo, flower sticks and ring juggling. Needless to say, our circus tent was quite the popular one! Kids were even coming back for more! There were a few repeat customers that couldn’t get enough of circus skills or our friendly and helpful CirKids.

A special thanks to our team of Tami, Ian, Quinn, Anthony, James, Nick, Travis, Ashara and members of Ensemble troupe for their efforts and sharing of their knowledge. This team brought much joy to festival go-ers, apparent through their beaming smiles and gazes of awe.

Hopefully we’ll see some of the keen festival kids in our gym soon (maybe their parents too!) – we love new faces. We can’t wait until next year.