2014 Diamond Family Circus highlights (to everything, there is a season…):
Opened the year with Marci performing aerialsÂ 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 ofÂ aerial and flexibility classes atÂ bothÂ 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 withÂ a rousing aerial airplane-themed finale to the festival showcase!
By night, we performed toÂ sold-out crowdsÂ 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 youthÂ 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 REACHÂ 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 beganÂ their professional circus training programs at SANCA and NECCA, another returned to ECQ, while others are now introducing circusÂ to the hallowed halls of Yale and University of Michigan!
The greatest lightÂ of our winter was having the honor to collaborate with Granite State Circus to plan, promote and performÂ inÂ 2 sold-out fundraising shows benefittingÂ 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: MarciÂ will be introducing new lyra classes to the dance program at Boston University and expandingÂ Circus Up! afterschool classes, &Â 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!