Circus Juventas Celebrates 25 years of Circus Excellence

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Circus Juventas Celebrates 25 years of Circus Excellence

25 long years ago, Dan and Betty Butler had a dream to create the world’s premier youth circus performing arts organization. They hoped to be recognized for providing innovative programming, world-class training, and professional-level performances in a state-of-the-art circus center. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, over 1,500 students thrive under the big top they built. 
Dan and Betty Butler- co-founders of Circus Juventas. In 1994, the Butlers started an after-school program, then known as Circus of the Star, in a neighborhood recreation center. The initial offerings of this space were limited, only accommodating 30 students who were training on hand-made equipment. From the start, classes were filled to capacity. After enthralling audiences at their first performance during St. Paul’s Highland Fest in 1995, interest in the program only increased. Before long, the waiting list was over 300 names long! Recognizing the widespread appeal and the local needs for a youth circus arts program, the organization began a capital campaign in 1997 to build a permanent home. By that time, ...
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Shannon Hartle

Shannon Hartle is the Development Assistant at Circus Juventas. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance, minor in communication studies, and a certificate in entrepreneurship in performing arts. Shannon’s dream is to help the performing arts thrive and she is proudly doing that as part of the Circus Juventas team. Shannon is also a dance teacher and is a freelance performer in the Twin Cities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, fiancé, and dancing in her kitchen.