2013 American Youth Circus Festival

  • 14 Aug 2013
  • 18 Aug 2013
  • School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Seattle WA

Registration

(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Includes access to the hang out lounge at SANCA, evening activities, shuttles to and from the suggested lodging at Seattle U, evening activities, and meals from dinner 8/14 to lunch 8/18. Breakfast is not included. Please note that dinners and social events will be held at Seattle University. We welcome chaperone participation in discussion based workshops workshops that do not have capacity limits.
  • Financial aid recipients applied for aid and have been notified by the Executive Director.
  • Choose one day- Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Includes 4 workshops and lunch only.
  • SANCA students require a chaperone at the event. Each chaperone may look after up to 8 youth.
  • SANCA Students who are not AYCO members
  • For SANCA students who are AYCO members only
  • Work study participants receive a full festival pass in exchange for 25 hours of work at the festival. You must apply and be accepted for this position to receive the code for this registration. contact jess@americanyouthcircus.org with questions.
  • Workshop leaders are selected by application and have been notified by the programming director.
  • Workshop leaders are selected by application and have been notified by the programming director

We'll be in touch soon with online waivers, workshop registration updates, and housing forms!

To view the tentative workshop schedule, visit http://2013aycoyouthfestival.sched.org/
Registration is closed
       

We are thrilled to invite you to register for the 
2013 American Youth Circus Festival

Wondering what an AYCO festival is like? 

*New*
Housing is now closed. 

Check out our festival brochure. It includes a map of SANCA (with a place to write down your schedule and the locations), and the addresses of SANCA, Seattle U, the showcase venue, and more. If you would like to print it out and bring it with you please do so.

Online Workshop Sign Up Opens July 12th- all info here.

We ask that you read the below information thoroughly, including the attached FAQ document, so that you fully understand the offerings, procedures, and details relating to the 2013 festival.   

Members- log in or enter your email address when you register to see the member price.
 
We can't wait to see you there!

The 2013 American Youth Circus Festival will be hosted by the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle, WA from August 14-18th 2013. 

The 2013 American Youth Circus Festival is a 5 day event where youth gather from around the country to participate in workshops, perform in showcases, and meet and socialize with their peers. It’s also an incredible networking and social opportunity for circus educators, young adults, young professionals, and enthusiasts.  This year, adults who are coming with youth are welcome to purchase a full festival pass and participate in workshops.

AYCO and SANCA will also be offering several pre-festival intensive courses Tuesday the 13th through Wednesday the 14th. For more information about intensives programmed by AYCO view the intensives document below.  SANCA will also be hosting a series of intensives which will be released in April.

Important Documents and Links
We suggest that everyone read the Frequently Asked Questions document in full before registering for the event, even if you have been to an AYCO event before. 

Online Workshop Sign Up Information

Workshop sign up begins at 7pm est/4pm pst on July 12th.  You will not be able to create an account until that time.  You must be registered for the festival and paid in order to sign up. To sign up you will visit Sched.org at the following link:

http://2013aycoyouthfestival.sched.org/

Please note that sign ups will be going on up until the festival - this is not a one day only opportunity- feel free to continually update and explore the schedule- things are likely to change, spots will open, etc.

We have created a navigation guide to help you easily understand our scheduling website sched.org. 
View the Navigation guide here. Please read through this document thoroughly. 

We suggest you go through the schedule and make a list with your first, second, and third choices for each workshops slot.  Feel free to use our sign up worksheet which can be found here.

Remember to look at the prerequisites for each workshop. Make sure you can do each skill before signing up. If you are not up to the workshop level you will kindly be asked to leave and someone will help you find a more appropriate workshop. 

Our programming director Jess will be available all signup weekend to answer questions, so feel free to email her at jess@americanyouthcircus.org. Due to a possible large amount of email traffic, please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

Pricing

Full Festival Pass:
Earlybird- AYCO Members-$275, Non-Members $350
Regular- AYCO Members-$350, Non-Members $425

Includes 14 workshops, evening activities, shuttles to and from the suggested lodging at Seattle University, T-shirt, social events, and meals - dinner 8/14 to lunch 8/18. Breakfast is not included. Please note that dinner, social events, and the showcase will be held at or walking distance from Seattle Univeristy.

Please note earlybird discount ends May 31st at midnight. 

Chaperone:
Earlybird $200
Regular: $250

Includes access to the hang out lounge at SANCA, evening activities, shuttles to and from the suggested lodging at Seattle University, evening activities, and meals dinner 8/14 to lunch 8/18. Breakfast is not included.  Please note that dinner, social events, and the showcase will be held at or walking distance from Seattle University. We welcome chaperone participation in discussion based workshops and workshops that do not have capacity limits.

Workshop Leaders will be informed of their registration procedure by the programming director. 

Programming

We are committed to creating a festival that provides something for everyone, regardless of age and skill level. We encourage creative workshop concepts that incorporate circus in any way, from stage makeup to choreography, from yoga to arts and crafts in addition to traditional circus skills. 

Intensives

AYCO and SANCA will also be offering several 9 and  12 hour pre-festival intensive courses Tuesday the 13th through Wednesday the 14th.

AYCO will be offering four different intensives: Contortion and Handbalancing, Collaborative Performance, and two mini Aerial Intensive for Aerialists: Bar work and Vertical Apparatus.

SANCA will be presenting two 12 hour intensives: Tumbling and Trampoline and Partner Acrobatics. 

For more detailed descriptions and prerequisites for AYCO intensives look here.

Registration for intensives is connected to festival registration. If you are interested in signing up for only an intensive, email amy@americanyouthcircus.org.

Showcase

The evening showcases have always been a favorite component of the AYCO festival. We are happy to invite all youth attending this year's festival to perform. If you are 21 years of age or under planning to attend the festival you are invited to perform in our showcase. We encourage people of all different skill levels, types, and abilities to perform as long as you are able to follow our safety and submission guidelines.  

Visit the application here for all of the details. The deadline is June 16th.  Even if you are not ready to apply yet, we encourage you to check out the application so you can become familiar with the requirements.

Festival Schedule

Check in for the festival will be from 2:30pm-4:30pm on Wednesday the 14th at Seattle University. We will be holding the check in at Seattle University to give everyone a chance for some cool down time after travel. The festival will open with an opening celebration at Seattle University from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  

If you will be arriving after the 4:30pm check in time, please email our Site Director Crystal at festivalsitedirector@americanyouthcircus.org to let her know so we can arrange to check you in. 

Sunday the 18th will be a half day consisting of two workshops followed by a pack lunch at 12:30pm. This is the official end of the festival. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

We are using an online workshop registration system called sched.org this year, and all workshop registration will happen in advance of the festival.   

We invite you to explore the workshop offerings. Please note: you will not be able to create a log in and register for workshops until July 12th. We will be in touch regarding the details of how sign up will work at a later date.  For now, we encourage you to check out the amazing workshops, descriptions, and workshop leaders.

Please understand this is a living document that is subject to change- it is very likely that things will shift around, and we hope that workshop leaders will continue to add their biographies and photos so you can learn more about them. 

Here is the schedule!
Release Forms
This year we will be using an electronic waiver process through smartwaiver.com. We will send the electronic waiver to all registrants closer to the event. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and the youth leadership scholarship have already been awarded.

Accommodation and Transportation
The suggested accommodation for the 2013 festival is at Seattle University.  All details can be found on the FAQ.

Directions to SANCA

The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington 10 minutes South of Downtown.  The recommended airport to fly into is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) which is located about 20 minutes from the event sight.

Public transportation is availble throughout the city. Check out onebusaway.org

Driving directions can be found on Gmail: SANCA 674 S. Orcas St. Seattle WA 98108

Room and Ride Share Forum
Want to cut down costs and share a hotel room? Looking to share a ride to the event? Look out for our room and ride share forum to connect with others in the community.  We have decided to use facebook this year to facilitate the room/ride share forum.  Join our event here, and then post on the wall of the event to connect.

Special cases
If you are registering a big group, you are welcome to pay with one check.  Please attach all of the registrations that the check covers when you mail it in.  

If you are the admin for an AYCO member bundle and want to register multiple people at once, email amy@americanyouthcircus.org to arrange an appointment to do this over the phone. 

If you need to modify your registration, financial aid, or scholarship nomination in any way once you have submitted it, contact amy@americanyouthcircus.org

Chaperones
There must be at least one chaperone for every eight youth in a group.

Refunds etc
Festival tickets are transferrable and can be put in someone else's name at any point, however AYCO is not able to deal with any monetary transactions involving the switch.  

Refunds are only available until July 1, 2013

Questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Conference programming and intensives:

SANCA, logistics, and Seattle area:

Showcase:

Not sure who to ask? Email the AYCO Executive Director: 

 
Our Pyramid Partners:

Circus Smirkus

Circus Center San Francisco SANCA
Circus Conservatory of America
 
Our Partners:
Cirque du Soleil

The Circus Project

École nationale de cirque Montreal Circus Harmony The Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota

Le Studio

Amazing Grace Circus Circus Place Circus Arts Institute
Aircraft Aerial Arts
 
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