This Week in the Circus District

First, a last-minute announcement about the Cirque Dreams Holidaze show, happening tonight and tomorrow at the MGM National Harbor, with tickets under $30 available at this link. You’ll see Baltimore-based bounce juggler Salih Mahammed along with an enormous cast of characters performing circus acts to classic holiday tunes. The show is tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m.


Also tonight, catch the University of Maryland gymnastics team hosting their intrasquad scrimmage (say that three times fast) at 7 p.m. in the Xfinity Center Pavilion in College Park. Admission is free, but make sure to bring your belongings in a clear bag (or leave your stuff in the car) to get through security.


Tomorrow (12/9), return to an era of powdered wigs, satin shoes and caroling at two performances of Let Them Eat Yule Log at Baltimore’s Mobtown Ballroom (861 Washington Blvd.). The show includes comedy, aerial acrobatics, cyr wheel, bungee and hand balancing. Get tickets at this link.


Next Tuesday (12/12) at Richmond’s Host of Sparrows and next Thursday (12/14) at Falls Church’s Monarca in Flight, take a workshop with expert aerialist Caitlyn Larsson to broaden your skills on silks and lyra. Find registration info and more details at this link.


On Wednesday (12/13), hustle over to the Kennedy Center for Holiday Vaudeville, featuring juggler Jacob D’Eustachio performing with the Alexandria Kleztet, a local klezmer band blending traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with modern influences. This is a free Millennium Stage performance — no tickets required!

On Friday (12/15) support Santa’s Cause DC, a charity for local children, by attending the Bah Humbug Burlesque and Variety Fundraiser Show at The Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW). See an awesome show and meet Krampus — the mythical beast who scares naughty children — at this cathartically anti-festive holiday event.


On Saturday and Sunday (12/16 and 12/17), watch aerialists rise above the chaos as the students and staff of W.T. Dickens High School prepare for their extravagant holiday pageant in A Circus Carol by Sweet Spot Aerial Productions. There will be three shows throughout the weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE) and you can buy tickets at this link.


Also that weekend (12/16 and 12/17), the Richmond Juggling Convention comes to the Richmond Waldorf School (1301 Robin Hood Rd.). Expect two days full of workshops, open juggling and a Saturday evening show. Make it a weekend trip and stay in Richmond’s hip new hostel while juggling to your heart’s content.


Juggling class at TSNY-DC continues this Sunday (12/10) from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (note the earlier time, special to this week) and you can sign up at this link.


Juggling meet-ups this week include:

  • The University of Maryland Jugglers will meet tonight (12/8), Wednesday (12/13) and Friday (12/15) from 4-6 p.m. inside the Art Sociology Building (behind McKeldin Library) in the downstairs atrium.
  • Ye Ashburn Juggling Society will meet Tuesday (12/12) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Ashburn Library.
  • The Fairfax Jugglers meet Thursday (12/14) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School Cafeteria.

Check the DC Jugglers Facebook Group for updated information about club meetings.


Local aerialist Elise Sipos will be offering a fabric workshop focused on roll-ups and transitions and a lyra workshop to re-imagine your aerial routines on December 30th at 10 a.m. (lyra) and 12:15 p.m. (fabric) at Baltimore’s Mobtown Ballroom (861 Washington Blvd.). Buy tickets to the fabric workshop at this link and the lyra workshop at this link.


Make your entrance to the ring a grand and much-anticipated production by submitting your event today to the Circus District blog and FB page.