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Mission & Diversity

True creativity requires diverse ideas and perspectives. We celebrate these at The Academy.


       At the very root of circus arts lies an acceptance of all things unique and different. Additionally, we recognise that within the history of circus lies a darker period which exploited physical disabilities in displays such as “side shows".


       Systemic barriers to people from the disability community remain in today’s performing arts scene. We are actively contributing to positive change by improving accessibility, welcoming all people and keeping our space free from hate, racism, ageism, and discrimination.

       The modern circus is a place for all to feel welcome; a safe zone where people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds can grow and create together. Regardless of race, religion, gender identity or physical capacity, we all share the same love of performing arts. True creativity requires diverse ideas and perspectives.

       At The Academy, our mission is to empower students to be their best on and off stage, dream big and believe that anything is possible. We ignite passion in a supportive and creative environment and provide opportunities for students to explore their artistic and athletic potential.

       As a member of a global circus community, we at The Academy are committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion. 

Erin + Terrance working with Meaghan Wegg.
Photo at Power Cheer Gym (previous home of The Academy)

@terrancelittletent @erinballcircus [A photo with posters, trophies and various different colours and textures in the background. In the centre of the photo, a metal hoop is suspended from the ceiling. Terrance Littletent, a Cree, sits inside the circle and wears a mask. He holds two smaller traditional hoop dance hoops in each hand so that five hoops line up on his arms, making the traditional eagle shape. From the bottom of the metal hoop, Erin, white and two prosthetic lower legs with pegs attached instead of feet, hangs from one arm. One of her knees is hooked on one of Terrance’s feet and her other leg is also bent.]

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