Circo de los Niños Returns to San Pancho
Published Jan 31, 2014, 6:28pm -
Since their inaugural sold out show in 2011, everyone in the Riviera Nayarit has been waiting for the return of Circo de Los Niños. Now, after two years of workshops and training 50 kids will once again bring the circus to San Pancho in a 2 day event, March 21 and 22 in San Francisco, Riviera Nayarit.
The Circo de los Niños is the result of a generous contribution of creative energy and support by Gilles Ste-Croix, one of the founders and the current Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil. The project initiated in 2011 when Gilles flew in a team of professionals to work and train with the children of San Pancho. For the past few years he has continued to support workshops and trainings at the Entreamigos Community Center and this year Gilles Ste-Croix is expected to contribute heavily to the creative design of the March show.
The children selected to participate in the show all live in San Pancho and Sayulita, many of whom have been part of the program since its inception. The children participate five days a week from 1 - 3 hours a day depending on their age, interest and skill level. Children practice diverse circus techniques including trapeze, aerial silks, tightrope, acrobatics and others but the real purpose of the project is to instill skills in communication, teamwork, discipline and self esteem… all while having fun! The Circo de los Niños program is under the direction of Leonardo Rinaldi Figueroa (Condor), with the current active mentorship of Andre Simard. Andre Simard is an icon in the world of gymnastics, and responsible for designing most of the aerial acrobatic acts of Cirque du Soleil. The convergence of such spectacular talent is an opportunity even bigger than most dreams and San Pancho kids are getting ready to share it all in their show in March.
Entreamigos is a 501(c)3 non-profit community education center that operates out of an impressive sustainably designed 16,000sq foot facility in San Pancho, less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. The organization works to build bridges between cultures and community by creating educational opportunities for children and families. The center operates a library and computer center, supports 60 children in a scholarship program and works to create diverse and interesting educational opportunities for everyone. All Circo de los Niños classes happen in the center’s sports facility and this show is a fundraiser benefit for the organization.
Ticket sales will begin February 15. The Circo show will be held on March 21 with the follow up Children’s art benefit scheduled at entreamigos on March 22. The show and benefit are expected to sell out. For more information contact Entreamigos at firstname.lastname@example.org.