When it comes to the world of circus, the annual Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival is a HUGE deal. And this year, St. Louis’ own Jessica Hentoff has been invited by Princess Stephanie to be the only American judge.
Jessica Hentoff is an inspiration in the realm of social circus. Circus Harmony, St. Louis’ circus school housed at City Museum, is also home of the phenomenal St. Louis Arches. With a full slate of classes, Circus Harmony teaches circus arts to people aged 18 months to 85 years old.
While in Monte Carlo, Hentoff will also address Princess Stephanie’s Circus Director’s Luncheon on the subject of social circus. It’s a growing movement of using circus arts to motivate social change.
At Circus Harmony, a number of at-risk youth have been able to discover and develop amazing talent and several have gone on the presitgious circus schools in Canada.
My daughter began taking circus classes at Circus Harmony in January 2010 and it has been an incredible experience for both of us. I have seen her blossom from a painfully shy girl to a performer who can enter a ring and do her act in front of hundreds of people. She’s found mentors and something she truly enjoys.
The St. Louis Arches perform all over the area, including every June at Circus Flora, and every Saturday at City Museum. Check out a show, take a class. You’ll be hooked.
Congratulations to Jessica Hentoff. For giving us the St. Louis Arches. For all she does to keep Circus Harmony running. For inspiring young people. And for this incredible recognition/invitation by Princess Stephanie of Monaco!!