February 18, 2016

Kids These Days: Talented Youth Acts

There are multiple organizations across the country that are encouraging kids get into the circus arts, teaching them physical skills as well as coordination and self-confidence in a non-competitive atmosphere. Seattle kids are lucky to have SANCA (School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts) with a whole host of children's classes available, and there are more across the country like Circus Smirkus in Vermont. While all of our performers are young at heart, this year we also have some performers that have had fewer trips around the sun. Come and see what these prodigious prodigies have in store for you at the 2016 Moisture Festival!

photo by Michelle Bates

If you attended our Treasure Trove auction in December, you may have seen the fantastic circus skills of Maxim Voronin. His skills include magic, juggling, devil sticks, contortion, and acrobatics. He and Moisture Festival are both 13 years old! Maxim performed at Teatro ZinZanni for their kid-friendly afternoon show "Big Top Rock: Dream On", a great spectacle of performance and music. Maxim has previously shared the stage with another 2016 Moisture Festival act, Aga-Boom, and has also appeared in Evan's Family Variety Show. We are so glad he is getting to display his talents at many venues, and are excited to welcome him to the festival stage in 2016! You can find his show dates and times listed here later this month.

photo by Michelle Bates
Saffi Watson's first appearance on the Moisture Festival stage was at the age of six with SANCA's Amazing Circus 1-ders. She has been on the Teatro ZinZanni stage (for three different shows!) and has toured internationally with SANCA's Cirrus Circus. Saffi has been referred to as the "pint-sized human crazy straw" for her mind-boggling bend-abilities. You won't want to miss the amazing acrobatics she has in store for us this year! Once we've completed the great jigsaw puzzle of act scheduling, you can see her show dates and times here.

TRIcycle is a unicycle trio comprised of Lyla Goldman, Anna Zuckerman, and Leah Zuckerman. These three have been working together for over seven years as members of SANCA's Cirrus Circus, performing both locally and internationally. Last summer, they were on tour with Circus Smirkus, an international youth circus based in Vermont, using their aerial, acrobatic, and unicycle skills to delight audiences up and down the East Coast. They will get to tour again with Circus Smirkus this summer, so come see them on our stage before they are whisked away with the circus! Show dates will be posted here as soon as we get them nailed down.