Join the circus—without leaving town

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District

THE PLACE: The Circus Project began as a training company to help youth experiencing homelessness, but it now offers classes to both beginners and future pros. Plus, it’s a proud partner of Cirque Du Soleil. 

Located inside a converted warehouse in the Pearl, the Circus Project also spearheads “The Voice Project,“a year-long program that allows local youth to design a circus arts performance centered around issues of social justice and civil rights.

The gym takes donations for healthy lunches, reusable water bottles, athletic wear and bicycle helmets so participants can fully focus on preparing for the show.

FUN FACT: The Circus Project performances are all-human, but they do love getting visits from some of their staff and student’s cats and dogs. 

* Aerial Conditioning
* Aerial Fabric
* Aerial Fundamentals
* Juggling 1 (Wednesdays, 4:45 pm)
* Lyra
* Partner Acrobatics
* Sling 1
* Straps
* Trapeze
* Youth Contortion
* Youth Handbalancing
* Youth Sling
* Youth Trapeze

QUOTABLE: “People have this image of the traditional Ringling Bros. mentality — freaks and oddities and scary clowns— that’s not what we’re about.” — Kirsten Collins, executive director, the Circus Project

The Circus Project
: [email protected]
Phone: (503)764-9174

Indoor Studio
1420 NW 17th Avenue, Suite 388
(between NW Pettygrove and NW Quimby Streets)
free parking lot (located in back of the building accessed from NW 16th Avenue) or street parking.

Outdoor Domes
3201 S Moody St.
(directly on bicycle and streetcar routes)
paid street parking, or in parking lots near OHSU