Several schools, boot camps and classes across the United States will train you to become a high-flying acrobat, juggler, clown, unicyclist, tightrope walker or whatever your heart desires.
Afterwards, you’re not limited to putting your skills to practice with, say, Ringling Bros. or Cirque du Soleil. The circus arts are needed in a variety of careers — with jobs that range from stunt doubles in Hollywood to acrobatic feats in Broadway shows to teaching aerial silk fitness classes. (And, just like the safety net below a flying trapeze, there is a circus job board).
So, are you ready for your next act in life — or just looking for a way to infuse some fun and playfulness into a heavy year? Here are five awesome places where you can find training in the circus arts.