Circus Summer Camps & Intensives


Keeping it Unique: Circus Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

Whether your child is looking for an exciting new way to spend their summer, or push their skills to the next level, our camps offer immersion in a wide array of circus arts for both recreational and pre-professional students. 

*prior circus experience or similar movement background required.

Disciplines include:

  • Tumbling
  • Physical Theater
  • Trapeze
  • Partner Acrobatics
 
  • Juggling
  • Silks
  • Chinese Pole
  • Dance
 

The Circus Project’s low student/teacher ratio provides personalized attention and support for every child in our naturally lit, air-conditioned NW District facility. Expert coaches create a fun, collaborative environment where students of all backgrounds can succeed and feel empowered.


Little Circus Camp

Ages: 5-6 yrs
Levels: All levels welcome!
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Our Little Circus camp offers a fun, guided way to discover circus arts. Each day children explore new circus skills in a safe and non-competitive environment. Our trained staff introduce students to basic circus skills while developing motor skills, strength, balance, and flexibility. We also explore musicality, creativity, and joy in movement, while developing social skills such as taking turns and following directions.

Our supportive coaches will be there every step of the way to help each student work toward individual goals in a fun and friendly team atmosphere. Each week of camp will conclude in an end­-of-­week showcase for friends and family!  

The Circus Project’s low student/teacher ratio provides personalized attention and support for every child in our beautiful Pearl District facility.  Expert coaches create a fun, collaborative environment where students of all backgrounds can succeed and feel empowered.

  • July 9 – 13th
  • July 30 – August 3rd
Monday-Friday 9 am - 11:30 am
Cost: $180

Kids Circus Camp

Ages: 7-11 years
Levels: All levels welcome!
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Each day starts with a vigorous dance based warm-up to prepare students for the bending, jumping, twisting, and flying we’ll do throughout the day.

Students are then placed into groups based on age, skill, and experience for the core classes in aerial, acrobatics, tumbling, and juggling. Students also hone their performance skills and get goofy with a theater and performance workshop.

Our supportive coaches will be there every step of the way to help each student work toward individual goals in a fun and friendly team atmosphere.

The Kids One-Week Circus Camp is a great fit for students newer to circus or currently in Kid Circus 1. We will do our best to challenge all students that attend. Each week of camp will conclude in an end-of-week showcase for friends and family!

Aftercare option provided in collaboration with Playdate PDX!  Please contact academy@thecircusproject.org to arrange.

  • June 18th – June 22nd
  • June 25 – 29th
  • July 9 – 13th
  • July 23 - 27
  • August 6 - 10
  • August 13 - 17
  • August 20 - 24
Days & Times: Monday-Friday 9 am - 3 pm
Price: $375 
Multi-week Discount: 10% off on your second week! Contact academy@thecircusproject.org or call (503) 764-9174 to receive your multi-week discount.

Teen Circus Camp

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Ages: 11-14 yrs
Levels: All levels welcome!

Our general circus camp for pre-teens and teens; students will work on all disciplines with a greater focus on developing artistry and a higher attention to detail.

Each day starts with a vigorous dance warm-up to prepare students for the bending, jumping, twisting, and flying we’ll do throughout the day.  Students are then placed into groups based on age, skill, and experience for the core classes in aerial, acrobatics, tumbling, and juggling. Students will hone their performance skills with a theater and performance workshop. 

The week of camp will conclude in an end­-of-week showcase for friends and family!  

  • August 6-10
Monday-Friday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Price: $375

Create-A-Circus Performance Camp

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Ages: 9-13 years
Levels: Must have at least 1 year of ongoing circus class experience or similar experience in gymnastics, dance etc. 

Our Create-A-Circus camp offers an opportunity for your tween or teen to immerse themselves in the creative process! Students focus on both individual skill building as well as ensemble performance to create an original show that will be presented to a public audience (as well as friends & family!) on July 22nd.

  • July 16-20 (& July 22)
Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm, Sunday TBD
Performance: Portland Sunday Parkways, July 22
Price: $395

Aerial Creation Camp

Ages: 10 - 14 years  
Level: Must have 6 months of ongoing aerial class experience or have experience in gymnastics, dance, etc.  (please contact us for questions)
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A week of skill building for experienced beginning to intermediate aerialists. This camp may include static trapeze, dance trapeze, aerial fabric, aerial rope, and aerial hoop. While building on a foundation in aerial technique, students will be challenged to integrate artistry and creative expression into their aerial movement to create choreography and bring their skills to the next level. 

  • July 30 – August 3rd
Time: 12pm-3pm
Price: $215 

Summer Performance Intensive

Ages:  11-21 by audition
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Interested in taking your performance and circus repertoire to the next level? Summer Performance Intensive (SPI) is designed for Portland area youth and young adults with previous experience in aerial, acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, or other performing/movement arts who want to spend the summer developing skills in circus technique, stage presence, act creation and artistic collaboration.

The summer starts with jumping into the first act creation period while building a show for friends and family. Next, students take to the parks, performing at Sunday Parkways in July and the Galaxy Festival in August. In mid-August, students have the special opportunity of performing under a real circus tent with Flynn Creek Circus! SPI students then celebrate their summer accomplishments with a trip of workshops, collaboration with other circus youth, and performance. Finally, this year’s SPI students have the special opportunity to be featured performers in the Circus Project's 10th anniversary gala in mid October. Spend your Summer and Fall on stage, taking your circus skills to the next level, and collaborating with a tight knit community of young circus artists by joining the Circus Project's Summer Performance Intensive!

Click here for a peek at a past Summer Performance Intensive.

Ages:  11-21
June 25 - August 26 + Gala Rehearsals and Performances
          Summer Schedule: Monday - Friday 2:30-5:30pm + performances
          Fall Schedule: Gala rehearsals & performances - exact dates TBD

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Customized Group & Family Camps

Don’t see a camp that fits your busy summer schedule? Looking for something that spans more age groups? We’re able to pair our professional coaches with families and friend groups to create customized camps and workshops.