Seattle Circus Town

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in Places | Comments Off

When one thinks of circus, a few cities come to mind: Monte Carlo, Sarasota, Las Vegas. Although there are many cities around the world that offer circus attractions, like say Las Vegas & Monte Carlo, we can now add Seattle to the mix. Seattle, Washington is one of the most beautiful cities the United States has to offer and it is also steadily growing in the circus arts. Located on Mercer Street in downtown Seattle, Teatro ZinZanni was created by Pacific Northwest non-profit arts and events producer One Reel  back in 1998. Teatro ZinZanni is a non-profit organization that breaks new artistic territory with this intoxicating blend of interactive theater, spectacle, fine arts and fine dining all put together under the artistic direction of One Reel’s Norman Langill. Teatro ZinZanni always features world-class practitioners of some of the oldest and most time honored traditions in entertainment with fine cuisine and lively music, it’s circus meets dinner theater and a must-see when visiting Seattle.


Another great place to check out is the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (or SANCA) known for being one of the best circus schools in the country and definitely the perfect place to go if you’re in need of some super fun circus training.

Founder Jo Montgomery & co-founder Chuck Johnson can be seen regularly at the school training and teaching circus arts

Operated by founder Jo Montgomery and co-founder Chuck Johnson, this circus school offers a wide variety of circus arts including Juggling, Chiffon (or “Silks”), Low Wire, Trampoline and much more! Adding to their list of circus arts is the Flying Trapeze in their custom made tent specially designed for their full size Flying Trapeze rig. This non-profit organization inspires people to chase their dreams and find their inner child by delving into the glorious world of circus surrounded by unique circus arts trainers which include the very founders of its institution, Jo & Chuck. They welcome anyone from 2 to 102 to try out any circus skill that tickles your fancy while delivering a comfortable atmosphere that is sure to please even the most timid of persons.


Magic Mouse Toys is quite possibly the most unique toy store in the world and definitely a sight worth seeing in Seattle. Located on 1st Avenue in the beautiful downtown district of Pioneer Square, this toy shop not only carries some of the most unique and obscure toys & gifts but they also carry a few circus trinkets that any true circus enthusiast can appreciate. Though they don’t specialize in circus, they do sell a few circus things like Juggling clubs by Dubé, Diabolos, Scarves and beginner’s Juggling Balls as well as a few how-to Magic kits. You may also be able to find circus themed children’s books & toys as well as some fun memorabilia of Seattle’s own J.P. Patches. Don’t miss this extraordinary 2-story toy store that gives FAO Schwarz® a run for their money.


Last but not least is the latest installment to Seattle’s circus repertoire: Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Owned and operated by founder Gary Kirkland, E.C. is a training center that offers an array of aerial apparatuses with its main focus on Flying Trapeze led by Chief Instructor Brian Flint (once the catcher for The Flying Caceres and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba & Mystère).

The training facility itself, called the “Aerialdrome”, is sure to tantalize the senses. Set inside of an old foundry, E.C. has a rustic look that makes for an extremely unique experience that is sure to be unforgettable.  ■