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Originally published Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:31 AM

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Explore circus arts at festival

The 2013 American Youth Circus Festival, a five-day event, comes to Seattle beginning Wednesday, Aug. 14, hosted by Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and featuring more than 150 workshops.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The 2013 American Youth Circus Festival is coming to town. It’s a five-day event that draws participants from more than 30 states, three countries and 50 circus organizations.

It begins Wednesday and will be hosted by Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA). Participants can choose from more than 150 workshops and participate in social events and showcases.

Find details and registration at

Seattle has a strong circus arts community with a series of year-round programs.

For instance, the Cabiri performance troupe will soon begin two classes — beginning trapeze (Tuesdays) and aerial silks (Thursday) — at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Find details at

“Students will learn exercises to strengthen their upper body and core muscles and techniques for gaining flexibility safely through active stretching,” says managing director Charly McCreary.

And the Cabiri’s newest production, “Ailuran: The Bardo To Tewaz,” debuts tonight and runs for three nights at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

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