SARASOTA COUNTY - It’s the first of its kind school choice magnet program in the nation, and it’s right here in Sarasota. Circus Arts Conservatory joins forces with Sarasota High School to offer a four curriculum focused on circus arts.

Sarasota High School leaders say they are elated to refocus on the areas rich circus culture.

“It’s not the three-ring circus of yesteryear, but it’s always evolving. We really want to foster that creativity with opportunity to expand and see what they can become," says S.H.S. Principal David Jones.

The Sailor Circus Arts magnet program progresses over a traditional 4-year high school diploma course. Circus students will be given ample opportunities to showcase their talents.

“The hope is that we will be able to watch the students who might be entering in their first year do their fundamental acts in their first year, but by the time they graduate have an outstanding professional circus worthy performance ready to go," says S.H.S. Vice Principal Michelle Anderson.

Andres Leon with Circus Arts Conservatory leads the pilot class in basics of circus performance arts techniques, including freshman Abigail Loeffler.

 “I’ve always wanted to do circus. I really like flying and trampoline as well as unicycle," says Abigail. She admits the amount of difficulty it takes in learning circus arts skills was surprising. “I guess how much control you have to have on your body, because I’m very clumsy," says Abigail.

With disciplines such as balance, acrobatics, aerials and performance presentation, both Jones and Anderson says they hope their students are able to combine their passion for circus arts with professional preparation for unlimited potential for their futures.