Arts, Culture, and Humanities

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts

  • Seattle, WA
  • www.sancaseattle.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) is to improve the mental and physical health of children of all ages and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts. SANCA offers experiences that are physically challenging, socially enriching, encourage participation in the arts, and reach youth of all ages and abilities who have the least access and opportunity to participate in healthy, creative, physical arts activities. SANCA gives youth a safe, social, constructive environment to be physically active, to learn physical literacy, and to learn physical creativity and performing arts. Our programs create opportunities for young people to explore their interests and build positive relationships with peers and adults.

Main Programs

  1. Every Body's Circus
  2. Circus Outreach Program
  3. Youth Performance Program
  4. Professional Preperatory Program
  5. Resident Circus Artists
  6. Circus Arts Classes and Camps
  7. SANCA School of Flight - Flying Trapeze
Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

SANCA is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, an area with limited access to arts and cultural opportunities, especially for children. The school serves a diverse community of people of all ages and abilities, and reaches youth and families throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound region -- including Bellevue, Redmond, KIrkland, Edmonds, Tacoma, and other suburban areas of Puget Sound.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. Dwight E. Hutton

Keywords

Self-reported

circus, acrobatics, performance, gymnastics, arts education, aerials, disabilities, at-risk youth, trampoline, trapeze, juggling

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Also Known As

SANCA

EIN

20-0300045

 Number

4614881251

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Every Body's Circus

Every Body's Circus offers classes and specialized instruction for youth with disabilities ranging from Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism, to cerebral palsy, hemiparesis, spina bifida, blindness, and deafness. SANCA also runs summer camps and ongoing classes for youth with hemiparesis.

Youth with disabilities are integrated into classes, or enabled to participate with specialized instruction through Every Body's Circus. Students have the opportunity to try every kind of circus skill, from trampoline and tightrope to juggling, handstands, and aerial arts. Many students attend classes to gain greater physical mobility, or as a compliment to physical therapy. The creativity and playfulness of circus sparks their imaginations, giving them the impetus to succeed that has sometimes been lacking in other areas of their lives.

Category

People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Circus Outreach Program

SANCA's Circus Outreach Program brings all the transformative potential of circus arts to youth who are underserved. This program served youth through partnerships with other schools and community organizations. By creating an atmosphere for trust and cooperation, the challenges that youth face in a safe environment enable them to gain confidence in their own abilities. They learn to work together successfully, cultivate social skills, and improve their concentration. These experiences have a positive effect on their academic development and other areas of their lives.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 3

Youth Performance Program

SANCA’s youth performance program is an immersive, multiyear program that gives youth ages 5 to 18 a unique arts experience and a progressive track to develop performance skills based on traditional and modern circus arts. They create and perform original acts at major festivals in Seattle, and they produce their own show each year.

Category

Theater Arts Instruction

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 4

Professional Preperatory Program

SANCA's performance programs include a Professional Preparatory Program for adults seeking professional careers in circus arts. This program gives circus artists a range of basic circus skills, a specialty focus, and provides the performance training that enables them to successfully apply to international 3-year circus diploma programs. The 35-week program provides 30 hours per week of coursework in acrobatics, aerial arts, dance, movement, theatre, and character.

Category

Theater Arts Instruction

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Adults

None

Budget

Program 5

Resident Circus Artists

SANCA supports professional circus artists and hosts two resident companies: The Acrobatic Conundrum, and IMPulse. SANCA's crucial support to these companies provides these professional artists the time, space, and opportunity to generate exciting new work on the cutting edge of circus and performing arts. This leads to touring opportunities, increases their visibility nationally, and enables the artists to open a dialog with audiences and other artists. Acrobatic Conundrum presented new works at the International Contemporary Circus Festivals in New York and Chicago. IMPulse presented new works at Moisture Festival in 2014 and 2015.

Category

Artists-in-Residence

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

Program 6

Circus Arts Classes and Camps

SANCA runs general and specialty circus classes for all ages, year-round in a quarter-session format. SANCA also holds summer and holiday camps ranging from one-day camps to one-week (half-day and full-day) summer camps for youth.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 7

SANCA School of Flight - Flying Trapeze

SANCA runs an ongoing Flying Trapeze Program for youth and adults, which offers opportunities to face and overcome fears, and provides a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience for the casual flyer or expert training for the dedicated. Three flying performing troupes (youth, teen, and adult) hold free performances in June and October.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

SANCA is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, an area with limited access to arts and cultural opportunities, especially for children. The school serves a diverse community of people of all ages and abilities, and reaches youth and families throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound region -- including Bellevue, Redmond, KIrkland, Edmonds, Tacoma, and other suburban areas of Puget Sound.

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School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Executive Director

Mr. Dwight E. Hutton

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Carl Bystrom

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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