2014 Diamond Family Circus highlights (to everything, there is a season…):
Opened the year with Marci performing aerials for the Opening Ceremonies of the 100th U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the TD Garden arena, sending off our Olympians in style! Thanks to Aircraft Aerial Arts, the Boston Skating Club and all involved. We also kicked off fantastic new sessions of aerial and flexibility classes at both Aircraft and Overhead Arts!
Diamond Family Youth Troupe continued our annual traditions with encore performances at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center walk and Waltham Riverfest. Troupe member Doug Stewart co-coordinated the 1st Boston Regional American Youth Circus Organization festival at Aircraft, where Marisa and Marci offered multiple workshops, from aerial improv, lyra, and contortion, to pie throwing and water spitting, and Marci’s advanced teen students wowed the crowd with a rousing aerial airplane-themed finale to the festival showcase!
We loved collaborating with Overhead Arts, Payomet Performing Arts Center, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, and Ringmaster J.T. Turner to present Circuscape on Cape Cod!
By night, we performed to sold-out crowds and by day we taught a multiweek circus arts program for youth…and sea creatures. We also traveled to teach master classes, including contortion and acro with the dance team of Dance Innovations in NH. And we were so proud to see 2 of our youth troupe members on tour with Circus Smirkus this summer, and another to complete her year-long internship with Circus Harmony in St. Louis!
Fall: School days!
DFC Youth Troupe maintained its annual performance committment in support of the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Festival.
Marci partnered with a new social circus initiative, Circus Up!, to bring circus arts to youth in underserved communities. Former youth troupe members were accepted to and began their professional circus training programs at SANCA and NECCA, another returned to ECQ, while others are now introducing circus to the hallowed halls of Yale and University of Michigan!
The greatest light of our winter was having the honor to collaborate with Granite State Circus to plan, promote and perform in 2 sold-out fundraising shows benefitting our beloved circus colleague and friend, Rick Davis and his family, as they face Rick’s serious injury and illness with such grace. Please join us in sending them light and love and contribute if you can.
Looking ahead to 2015: Marci will be introducing new lyra classes to the dance program at Boston University and expanding Circus Up! afterschool classes, & continues to teach adult and youth classes at Aircraft Aerial Arts. We look forward to new adventures and collaborations with you in 2015 – please continue to share and follow your dreams…nothing is impossible when you work for the circus!