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SUCCESS! Social Circus to Cirque Du Soleil

SUCCESS! Social Circus to Cirque Du Soleil

Manager September 29, 2017 0 comments



Circus Harmony is thrilled to congratulate our talented St. Louis Arches alumni, Sidney ‘Iking’ Bateman and Melvin Diggs on their next circus accomplishment! They will be joining the Cirque du Soleil show, Luzia,starting in December! Look for them as hoop-diving hummingbirds in this joyful celebration of Mexico!

You can still catch them weekends through October 15 in Chicago with Midnight Circus‘ delightful Circus in the Parks series. Read about Sidney ‘Iking’ Bateman’s sensational story HERE and Melvin Digg’s acrobatic adventure HERE .     

 Between Chicago weekends and before Sidney leaves for Los Angeles to join Cirque du Soleil, he is helping our current generation prepare for our upcoming annual show, Legato, that we will be presenting in mid-January. Look for his choreographic innovation in the new diabolo and partner acrobatic acts!


Landmark study funded by Cirque du Soleil shows efficacy of social circus!

For the first time in American history, social circus was put to the test…

Circus Harmony was one of 8 social circuses participating in this landmark study, and much to our delight, it confirmed many of the things we already “knew” about circus— kids in these programs grow better. Carried out by the Weikart Center, a nationally-recognized youth program research organization, and funded by Cirque du Soleil and the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators, the study analyzed Social-Emotional Learning in the quality of our program as a whole, as well as the actual change in attitude and behavior exhibited by the youth in our classes.

The bottom line? Compared to hundreds of other youth programs in the US, social circus has an exceptionally strong impact in social-emotional learning, putting it in the top tier of youth programs.  Not only does our program measurably improve youth’s emotion management, empathy, teamwork, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving in a year, but we do it better than most.  And now,we’ve even got the data to show it.

In particular, Circus Harmony’s youth demonstrated high levels of teamwork and responsibility, even when compared to the 7 other social circuses. Over the course of the year’s classes, the youth improved substantially in emotion management, initiative, and problem solving. These beautiful effects are based in our (now-measured) exceptionally high quality program, which fosters supportive and positive environments, and where youth are actively engaged, interacting, and collaborating. They feel they belong here, and consequently, have the freedom to excel here.

More details on the study will be coming soon. If you have any questions, or just want to say “hooray!”, please call Charlotte in the office at 314-436-7676 who will be glad for the excuse to talk about it more.





HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR  JUGGLING BALL!  Support your local flying children!  
Click Here for Tickets to the 2017 Juggling Ball 


What: An eccentric evening of dining, dancing, drinking, and daring with an awesome auction, marvelous music, and exceptional entertainment.
When: November 18, 2017 , 7-10 PM
Where: City Museum, 750 N. 16th, St. Louis, MO 63103 
Why: All proceeds go to support our Flying Children Scholarship Fund

If you would like to donate an item to our auction, please email



There are many schools that would love to have our Defy Gravity 101 basic circus arts and character development program come to them but they lack the funds. Just $3,760.00 will bring our program into a school for one class for one semester. If you or your business would like to sponsor us to work in a particular school, we have a list of schools or you can send us into the school of your choice. Just contact us at  Help a whole class learn to defy gravity and soar with confidence!




You can also book our youth circus performers for your next special event. We have done everything from company picnics to weddings. We are the best circus performers in St. Louis and always and only offer family friendly entertainment. Book now!



Check out this article from the St. Louis American’s special diversity section on our Peace Through Pyramids partnerships! To see it on their website go to first page and then second page.

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