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Sailor Circus
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Sailor Circus in Sarasota, Florida is known worldwide as "The Greatest 'Little' Show on Earth." Sailor Circus Academy is one of the top circus schools in the USA. More than a hundred students from Sailor Circus Academy perform for the public in full-length circus shows. You'll see circus acts on the high wire, hand balancing, flying trapeze, juggling, clowning and much more. Great family entertainment! Circus classes and lessons are available year-round for children and adults who want to get into the act!
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We were thoroughly entertained by these young people. They put their hearts into their performance, and they showed their passion. The only negative was the heat inside the arena but for us that was only a minor distraction. We took several grandchildren who said the night was awesome. We will be back.

Thank Jeffrey B
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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Sailor Circus, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your wonderful words. You are correct - the students are passionate and it shows in how hard they work at their craft. We are so glad you enjoyed the show and that you'll be back!!

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

To be honest, this was my fist visit to a circus. While in Sarasota visiting family we had an opportunity to go to the Kids Sailor Circus. We were there for the opening night. The performances by the 8 to 18 year old kids was simply outstanding, especially considering that they train for only 9 weeks after school hours and on weekends to prepare for the show. Some are quite skilled and all gave 100 percent effort. We were quite impressed.
My only negative comment was not about the performances nor the kids, but rather the facilities. The restroom facilities are quite limited and were basically about 8 porta-johns. During intermission the lines to the restrooms were extremely long and disorganized which cause the line to intermingle with the crowd buying food and souvenirs. No one could tell where the line was part of the time. The seating was crowded and shoulder to shoulder and if someone in the middle of the row needed to get up and leave, almost everyone in the row had to get up and leave the row as well. Also not being air conditioned, the building became pretty warm at times.

Once again, the performances by the kids, the volunteers and coaches was simply outstanding.

Thank RonH43026
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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Sailor Circus, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your experience at Sailor Circus. We agree that the kids are amazing. They actually train about 20 hours a week but can go higher depending on the acts they are participating in and they start training with the beginning of the school year. Regarding our facilities we know the arena needs updating - air conditioning, seating, restrooms and floors are all needs we are trying to raise money for. We are in the midst of a fundraising effort and hope to have the funds to get the arena updated soon. Stay tuned!!

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

First I have to say I went to read the posts by people who rated this even as Terrible or Poor. Obviously, they have no idea what is going on here. This is not promoted as a Professional Circus. This is a bunch of very hard working Middle and High School students who are studying the circus arts and working their butts off. If you are not smart enough to know what the program is that you are purchasing a ticket for, do some homework. As for relatives and family viewing the show, out of the more than a dozen people we talked with, none were related in any way to the performers. Relatives and family are the vollenteers at the performance. How dare these ignorant people take the time to criticize this event or say nasty things about the kids preforming. I'd like to see them get their butts up on the High Wire after 9 weeks of practice!!

That being said, hell yes there were some mistakes, good thing they fly over a net which catches them when the catcher missed for some reason. But I have seen a catcher miss at a Professional Circus. This was a great performance this evening by a group of students numbering over 150. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a circus. It is what it is, students learning and preforming. It's entertainment and it's fun, a great family event.

Criticism.....it is not an air conditioned venu. Seats are shoulder to shoulder and it gets hot inside the building. I will still be back again next season!

Thank Captain648
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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Sailor Circus, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your input regarding our performers and shows. Our kids work incredibly hard to produce the best circus show they can. As the country's longest running youth circus, the Sailor Circus staff, coaches and volunteers also work very hard to continue the circus traditions that were started here almost 70 years ago and we're proud of our annual productions.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Go here instead of the "regular " circus and you can save some money and have an amazing experience. The kids are really talented and produce very impressive and professional acts. They use nets so you don't have to hold your breath which makes the experience even more enjoyable. There's a great vibe in the audience -- highly recommend if you're in town for one of the shows.

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Sailor Circus, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank your for your support of the Sailor Circus. We are really glad you enjoy our shows and recommend us!! We are very conscientious regarding safety in our training and the student performers learn to be safe not only while performing but also while setting their equipment and getting ready to perform.

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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We are never disappointed at the Sailor Circus. Something we really appreciate is that they are inclusive of kids of all abilities. This is a worth a yearly trip- the show is always terrific.

1  Thank Stephanie E
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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Sailor Circus, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your kind words! We love that you enjoyed the performance and we hope to see you again in the future!

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