Classes and Camps

We are offering in-person circus classes this fall. We have three in-person Circus Ensemble classes beginning on Saturday, September 12-December 5, 2020. Circus Ensemble will include unicycle, clown, and object manipulation. This is an intermediate/advanced class.

We are offering a new in-person Beginning Circus Class beginning on Sunday, September 13- December 6, 2020. Parents are encouraged to join their children to help spot unicycling, wire-walking, and rolling globe. Our coach will help train parents to safely spot their child on the equipment. The beginning circus class will include games, clown-theatre, and object manipulation. The 12-week class, 1:30-2:30 PM is open to everyone, no experience required.

New to our Sunday schedule is Open Gym, 3-5 PM. While there are many things we cannot do during the pandemic, we can offer the gym to students who want the opportunity to stretch and condition, as well as time to practice unicycling, hooping, or diabolo indoors. Mats are available for use. There will be a coach available at all times.

Boost your child’s self-confidence and creativity in a safe, non-competitive, supportive environment. Camps offered every Spring Break and Summer.

Have you been sitting watching the screen all day? Well, get ready to move! From 4-5 pm, circus coach Natalie Roenker will lead you through a circus warm-up, balance, games, and circus skills. Each class comes with a Circus Kit that includes a diabolo (Chinese yo-yo), a spinning plate, three hula hoops, and juggling balls, scarves, and triads. You will leave the class refreshed and ready to go! Parents and friends will be impressed with your new physical literacy skills, focus, balance, hand-eye coordination, and body awareness. The class is offered Tuesdays and Fridays!

My Nose Turns Red conducts weekly after-school circus classes in the Greater Cincinnati Area both in-person and online. After-school classes are led by director Steve Roenker and circus teen apprentices.

Free after-school circus classes (in-person) are offered for Roberts Paidea Academy and Woodford Paideia Academy (online) through funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, ArtsWave, and SC Ministries. Please contact us for a scholarship for any of our classes if they are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch. My Nose Turns Red believes everyone should have the opportunity to take circus classes.

Contact My Nose Turns Red to discuss having an after-school circus program at your schoo

Circus Youth In Action

Circus Youth in Action (CYA) is My Nose Turns Red’s creative youth arts development program. Members must be part of MNTR’s Circus Ensemble class and 13 years old by October 1, 2020. They will receive instruction on safety, how to coach, creating circus lesson plans, run circus games as well as creating solo and group acts. By joining CYA, students can train to be assistant instructors at camps and after-school programs. This free class is online on Thursdays, 7-8 PM starting September 10, 2020.

Performances and Events

Performances are excellent for libraries, festivals, neighborhood gatherings and community engagement events for all ages. Hire us today for your event!

Youth Circus Performances

Members of My Nose Turns Red’s Advanced Circus Ensemble perform amazing feats and physical skills such as gym (German) wheel, unicycle, acrobatics, hoop dancing, and clowning.

Shootang and Friends

Theatrical Clown Shootang performs classic comic routines, balance, and mime. Shootang and members of My Nose Turns Red’s Advanced Circus Ensemble, perform amazing feats such as gym wheel, unicycle, acrobatics, hoop dancing and more.
Both performances can be followed up with a workshop where participants can balance on the rolling globe, hoop, learn to juggle and rock in the gym wheel.

Advanced members of My Nose Turns Red participate in a two-week intensive summer camp where they learn from visiting coaches from around the country. A master class for advanced students, the camp exposes them to skills, and techniques they won’t learn anywhere else. At the end of these two-weeks, they perform their newly learned skills on the gym (German) wheel, aerial silks, unicycle, and more for their famiy and friends. available for use. There will be a coach available at all times.

Students perform for over 150 family and friends as they challenge themselves to perform self-determined goals and advance their skill set.

Students from all My Nose Turns Red programs across the region come together to take the stage to demonstrate their circus skills in the annual Youth Circus Extravaganza. The Youth Circus Extravaganza is the highlight of My Nose Turns Red’s circus season, bringing all students ages 7-18 together to perform on stage for audiences of over 700. The Extravaganza will feature the youth walking the tightwire, and balancing on rolling globes, rola bolas, and stilts. Expect to see some amazing diabolists (Chinese yo-yos) and hoopers.

In-school performances, residencies, or workshops are tailored for grades K-12.

Circus in the Schools

Bring director Steve Roenker and several of our amazing youth circus coaches/performers to your schools for a demonstration of circus skills such as gym wheel, unicycle, tightwire, acrobatics, hoop dancing and more. Performers will share their creative process, skill development and take questions from the students.

Contact My Nose Turns Red to discuss having an after-school circus program at your school.

Run or walk a 5k while being cheered on by students demonstrating circus skills like juggling or hooping around the track.


My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus offers a variety of workshops in physical comedy for theatre companies, youth circus performers, schools, and educators. Workshops can be arranged following a My Nose Turns Red performance or as a standalone training in circus skills, clown character development, physical comedy or juggling.

Circus Residencies

Let your students run away and join the circus – without leaving school!

Residencies provide an in-depth experience for participants. All circus residencies begin with a performance by My Nose Turns Red, followed by workshops and conclude with a circus performance by participants for their school and community. Performances, workshops and residencies follow the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts and Physical Education.

Students will learn balance, stilt walking, juggling, wire walking, hooping, rolling globe and more. Increase your student’s physical literacy skills while immersing them in a theatrical experience.

For high school and college students with a strong interest in theatre and physical comedy, begin with a Commedia lecture-demonstration covering the masked Commedia dell’Arte characters and their lazzi (comic turns). This highly engaging residency explores how the stock characters moved and interacted with each other and can be used as a developmental workshop for your project or a culminating scenario.

"The actors, interns and staff at Lexington Children’s Theatre thoroughly enjoyed our clowning workshop with My Nose Turns Red. Steve did a great job working with our actors on physical comedy skills and clowning techniques. The results of the workshop were obvious to all involved in the final production of TALES OF THE SHIMMERING SKY. The feelings of innocence, play, and pure joy clowning brought to the final production made it a wonderful learning experience for all of us here at LCT."
Larry Snipes
Producing Director