Circus Harmony teaches the art of life through circus education. We work to build character and expand community for youth of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds. Through teaching and performing of circus arts, we help people defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers, all at the same time.
Circus Harmony is a non-profit social circus organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change. By inspiring individuals and connecting communities with our circus education and entertainment programs, we have a positive impact on the St. Louis area and beyond.
Our programs teach valuable life skills like perseverance, focus, and teamwork. Learning circus with others teaches trust, responsibility and cooperation. Perhaps the most important experience we give our participants is the opportunity to meet and interact with children from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds than their own.
We believe the path to peace is a path of cooperation and communication. Teaching children from different neighborhoods how to stand on each other’s shoulders may seem like a strange way to take this path. But it’s the technique we use! Circus Harmony promotes peace through pyramids, joy through juggling and harmony through handsprings.
Since 2001, when we brought together Jewish and Muslim children in St. Louis to launch Circus Salaam Shalom, Circus Harmony has used circus arts to inspire individuals and connect communities. In the last ten years, we have developed youth circus troupes which consist of Jewish, Christian, Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American and Asian children from inner city and suburban areas throughout St. Louis. Our pre-professional troupe, the St. Louis Arches is comprised of children of diverse backgrounds. They practice and perform every week in our circus school space at City Museum, in downtown St. Louis. Since 2007, we have partnered with the Galilee Circus— a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel!
Since our inception, Circus Harmony has gone from ten students to over 1300 students and from presenting 40 shows a year to over 500 shows a year. We run a year-round circus school at the incredible City Museum. We also offer numerous outreach classes throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Over 70% of the population we serve are from low-income families. Through the circus school inside of City Museum and our numerous outreach programs, we build character and expand community for more youth of all ages, cultures, abilities and economic backgrounds.
The life skills we learn as children are the tools we take with us into adulthood. If we teach children when they are young to overlook differences and focus on similarities, to focus on working together to fix something rather than abdicating responsibility and blaming others, those skills will result in a more peaceful future.
We are crossing cultural boundaries artistically and socially while improving children’s physical, mental and emotional well-being as we fulfill our mission to “help people defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers, all at the same time.”
In addition our on-site classes for all ages at City Museum, our Flying Trapeze Center at Chesterfield Athletic Club and off-site classes in schools, clubs and community centers around St. Louis, Circus Harmony is currently running and always seeking support for these programs:
Circus Harmony Showcase and Teacher Training Program: Our core Funding covers our annual show, youth circus showcases, and student teacher training.
Circus Teaches the Art of Life: Our Life Skills program for our intermediate and advanced students to learn financial literacy, injury prevention, nutrition, conflict resolution, goal setting, job/college/circus school readiness and preparation.
Wheels to Wings: A program that provides transportation and classes for deserving students whose teachers and counselors think would benefit from circus classes with us.
Peace Through Pyramids Project: This started in 2007 with our first Peace Through Pyramids partnership with the Jewish/Arab Galilee Circus from Israel and now includes our new local programs that bring together children from different backgrounds and neighborhoods! Learn more: HERE!
Circus Harmony Flying Children Scholarship Fund and Reggie Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund: To provide scholarships for talented and deserving students who cannot afford classes.
Defy Gravity 101: Basic circus classes for organizations at their location. Students learn and improve upon basic skills in acrobatics, pyramids, juggling, balancing, and clowning. They also work towards growing their strength, flexibility, coordination, and stage presence. Alongside all of the psychomotor skills associated with specific circus skills students will learn, this class aims to foster growth and awareness in affective behaviors in line with our mission of social circus including empathy, social emotional learning, resilience, trust, teamwork, and self-confidence.
We hope you will join us in some way. This is where you can run away and join the circus but still be home in time for dinner! Please support our social circus work: