DFC online programs

Thank you to all the helpers out there, from heroic grocery store & health care workers, to all who are staying home, practicing physical distancing, & wearing masks, to protect the most vulnerable among us. And thank you to our online partners, who are making it possible for us to offer a range of fun, live, online programs to help you enjoy circus arts and keep moving at home:

FREE! 3/25, 9:30-10am EST, “Living Room Circus with Diamond Family Circus” for K-Gr.2 (but all welcome), at https://www.cilc.org/community . Available for later viewing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvfO-LFAenqMt7n72AXvoCw

FREE! 3/26 and 4/8, noon-12:40pm EST, “Living Room Circus with Diamond Family Circus” for Gr1-8 (but all welcome), available live and archived for later viewing at http://www.connectednorth.org/athome 

FREE! 5/1, 2pm EST for youth and families, and 5/2, 3pm EST for college students & young adults: Brandeis Living Room Festival, Diamond Family Circus live online workshops  https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/6080394320

EVERY Saturday, noon EST “Living Room Circus with Diamond Family Circus: Couch Potatoes” 10:45-11:45am EST: live, interactive conditioning, flex, object manipulation, and clowning, for advanced & intermediate circus youth 8-16. For all level adults (and youth 12 and up): Saturdays, noon – 1 pm EST “Quarantine Special: Intensive Partnered – or Not – Conditioning & Flexibility for Roommates & Family,” AND Mondays at noon EST: ACTIVE Flexibility, for adults and youth 12 & up.

Please register at least a day in advance for Saturday & Monday classes at: https://gravityalternativemovement.com/online (and check out all the online classes for adults and youth there).

We are also available for highly interactive online private classes, coaching, and even to entertain your kids with juggling and circus play for virtual birthday parties. Please feel free to contact us about customized programs for your students, family, or organization.

For more online circus resources and classes, please follow Diamond Family Circus on Instagram and Facebook, and also check out the pages for American Youth Circus Organizations and DIY Circus Lab for Kids.

Donations to help support Diamond Family Circus during this challenging time are welcome and appreciated via Venmo @Marci-diamond.

Like many of you, we are grappling with the sudden loss of virtually all family income, and more importantly, we are now grieving the loss of friends. We send all our love and support to those of you experiencing losses. Here are some resources for supporting wellness during these times:

Wishing you safety and wellness, and with you. Please reach out with any questions, and we will see you down the road.

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What do you do?

We are available to perform, teach, and consult on circus & creative movement in the Boston area, as well as nationally and internationally.

DFC’s Co-founders Marci & Marisa, along with Ringmaster J.T., were featured performers with Granite State Circus, the first woman-founded and run tented circus in the U.S.  We are now back to booking our popular professional performers’ acts & shows, offering visiting artist workshops and consultations, and supporting our youth performance troupe. Diamond Family Circus is approved for fee support through the MassHousing TAP Resident Programs  & New England States Touring (NEST) artist grants, increasing accessibility to high quality programming for public housing & non-profit organizations.

Sampling of what’s available from Diamond Family Circus for a range of indoor and outdoor settings, along with our popular, community-building circus learning workshops:

lyra bridge

Marci on lyra

  • Cabaret-style comedic-romantic partner acrobatics; family-focused partner acrobatics; comedic contortion; and a range of beautiful professional aerial acts from tango lyra and lyrical trapeze to rock, broadway and techno…as well as varied ambient and roving circus entertainment.

Marisa Trevor and Doug

Diamond Family Circus Youth Troupe supports Brandeis-ACS Relay for Life 2011

  • Youth performance troupe: roving performers, balloon twisting, juggling of all types, aerial acts, acrobatics and more!

The Diamonds are available for work in films under SAG agreements (including student films). They can also provide workshops in conjunction with performances. Visit our contact page to inquire!

Hector and Lola

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How can I learn to do that?

Marci Contortion

Film set photo of Marci by Rob Eckle and Kyle Daly

Currently, we offer group classes, special workshops, or private lessons for a range of ages and abilities in Massachusetts at Gravity Alternative Movement in Waltham, MA, and provide instruction and consultation in other geographic areas and settings such as theaters, film, universities, schools, dance & gymnastic studios, camps, etc.  Details and references are available upon request.

DFC Director Marci Diamond, M.P.A., AEA, SAG-AFTRA, is an experienced instructor-coach in: functional flexibility, core strength, and conditioning; basic contortion; solo and duo acrobatics; lyra (aerial hoop); solo and duo trapeze; performance development and improvement; and other circus arts. She works with each individual’s strengths, goals, and needs, nurturing a safe learning environment for serious fun, discovery, and progress.

Marci’s teacher training includes completion of the Advanced Trapeze Teacher Training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, Circus Arts Therapy Training at Carrie Heller’s Circus Arts Institute, Circus Yoga- Ring One, and prior certification as a high school teacher. She is an active participant in the American Youth Circus Organization, including the AYCO Educators’ Conferences and national and regional festivals. She often teaches with her daughter Marisa Diamond, B.F.A., www.marisadiamond.com, also a professional performer and coach, who co-founded DFC.

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Reagle Music Theater presents DFC’s EPIC! on 12/29/19 at 2pm

Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston presents Diamond Family Circus’ premiere of EPIC! on 12/29/19 at 2pm. Tickets to make GREAT holiday gifts for all ages, and are available now at: https://www.reaglemusictheatre.org/epic

Looking for high quality family entertainment in the Waltham / Boston area between Christmas and New Year’s Eve this holiday season? Our aerialists , acrobats , jugglers , clowns , and more will delight all ages at this Greek mythology inspired circus arts show , featuring our extended professional performance family from across North America. We are proud to partner with the 1000+ seat professional non-profit Reagle Music Theater to share the circus joy with you this winter. Hope to see you there!

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DFC provides movement consultation for theater and film

Did you know we also provide movement coaching, aerial consultation, and intimacy choreography for theater companies, films, and other arts programs? For example, Marci was recently the Movement Director for Moonbox Production’s “Lost at Sea” rep production of Twelfth Night and Shipwrecked! at the Boston Center for the Arts,  and Movement and Intimacy Director at Tufts University (Much Ado About Nothing, Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, We’re Here) and Merrimack College (The Moors). Marisa www.marisadiamond.com served as choreographer for the recent circus-themed “Queens and Clowns” production in Michigan, and our Ringmaster J.T. Turner www.jtturner.org is also a professional fight choreographer for theater and film. Please contact us to discuss services and rates.

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Classes & lessons for all ages at Gravity Alternative Movement

Marci and Marisa are pleased to now offer classes, workshops, and private lessons at Gravity Alternative Movement, a new, growing circus school in the Metrowest/Boston area – founded by DFC alum Trevor Kafka! –  that provides a welcoming, supportive learning community for all ages and abilities. You can learn more and sign up for classes and workshops here: https://www.gravityalternativemovement.com/

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DFC expands access via NEST grants and MassHousing TAP Resident Programs!

Diamond Family Circus LOVES providing circus arts performances and workshops with public housing residents of all ages, all over Massachusetts, though MassHousing’s TAP Resident Programs. Now, we can also offer expanded access to our programs to a wide range of non-profit organizations throughout New England, as an approved NEST program! Fee support for Diamond Family Circus may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Please visit www.nefa.org for more information and contact us directly to discuss…and we hope to see you down the road!

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Yoga pizza party with Kate McKinnon shows circus is alive and well!

Circus is alive and well in the U.S., and one sign is that more DFC alums than ever have been performing circus arts in the ring and on stage in the past year (e.g., CirqueUs, Pippin national tour, Circus Harmony, Circus Smirkus, among others), and another is that circus arts are being featured more and more in major motion picture productions and commercials. In case you missed it, here is the hilariously generous Kate McKinnon trying to share her pizza with a contorting Marci Diamond : https://www.ispot.tv/ad/A7yr/mastercard-masterpass-yoga

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