Opportunities for young women from historically disadvantaged backgrounds in the magical world of circus
The world of circus suggests fantasy and escape, but the South African Circus Arts Academy is a brand-new non-profit focused squarely on jobs in a growing area of employment.
By focusing on holistic skills development, long-term training and immersion in the world of circus, talented young people will be introduced to this fascinating and challenging area of work.
Circus arts were formerly jealously guarded and passed down within circus families, but now these age-old secrets will be shared with young women who have what it takes to pursue this challenging career.
Newly formed NPC, the South African Circus Arts Academy. SACAA is the non-profit section of The Silk Workshop (PTY) LTD. The SACAA is run by professional and experienced Circus Artists.
Meet the visionaries of the South African Circus Arts Academy
Nichola Slaverse, a former professional ice skater turned Circus Artist. She has been in the circus for 30 years and started her career touring and performing in Europe. A former member of SAN Circus and founder and director of The Silk Workshop. She has years of performances, teaching experience and fundraising under her belt. Nichola has many fond memories of her circus endeavours, one to remember was performing for the king of Swaziland.
Roxanne Andrews, with over 20 years of Circus Experience was born into the circus and has performed many different acts. She was a former circus coach at SAN Circus and is a director of The Silk Workshop. Roxanne brings her amazing patience as an instructor and grace and beauty as a performer. Roxanne is embracing her many silk performances and loving passing on her knowledge.
Francois Roos has been in the circus business for 25 years. Born to a German circus artist, circus flows through his veins. Francois is an accomplished acrobat and juggler and has toured overseas. He was an instructor and performer at SAN Circus and Actionarte. Francois’s ethics and attention to detail make him a valuable addition to SACAA. Francois really enjoyed his Circus travels in Denmark and Spain.
Professional artist course for young black women
We are currently starting to fundraise for a minimum of 5 bursaries for young black women who have matriculated. They must be from previously disadvantaged areas and be physically inclined. We will find these 5 females through a fair and open process. We will advertise in local communities and hold auditions of which the 5 females who will most be suited to succeed will be picked. To secure a successful and stress-free scholarship in the circus arts for 2 years, these young ladies be paid a decent monthly allowance to secure safe travel to and from the training venue and to cover basic living costs and needs. All the young ladies will be trained initially in the basics of different circus skills where they will then be able to pick which 2 circus acts they will specialise in. This will turn them into elite circus athletes. At the end of their 2-year training program, we will then take the role of their agents and secure them contracts in different circuses and theatres and other performing opportunities such as cruise ships.
We hope to start this program at the beginning of the new year. We will only start this program once the full budget has been raised. This is to ensure sustainability and the success of the program, so it can run without any interruptions and lower the risk of drop out possibilities.
We appeal to the public and corporate sector to help with this wonderful circus arts creation project. Any donation will be appreciated and put in the SACAA bank account until the full project amount has been raised. The project will be an open book both with the training and finances. If you feel you would be able to assist and would like a copy of the budget requirements, please contact us so we can send a copy.
We look forward to creating future female role models for their communities.