Emily Hovan, Circus Star 2016

Emily Hovan

Circus Star USA 2016 performer: Aerial straps

Current city: Andover, Minnesota

Hometown: Andover, Minnesota

Age: 15

Skills: Spanish web, rope, wall trampoline, straps, Russian swing, Russian bar, cloud swing, static/swinging/flying/bungee/double trapeze, tumbling/acro, handstands, aerial chairs, theater, hoops, hand balance, silks, contortion, dance

Style: powerful, emotional, strength-based

Training: Circus Juventas



Gene & Pat Hetland, sponsoring Emily Hovan

Emily’s story

At 15, Emily Hovan is one of our youngest Circus Star 2016 performers.


Emily started training in gymnastics at the age of 5. She was dancing in addition to gymnastics when she first learned about the circus arts. Her training in the circus world led her to discover Cirque du Soleil, which became her ultimate goal.


Emily has dedicated herself to her circus training. She does handstands everywhere she goes and is proud to say she overcame her anxieties and being on the autism spectrum and has turned it into the strong drive and passion that has helped her get where she is today.


Follow Emily Hovan on Instagram to see more amazing tricks and lots of handstands!

Watch Emily perform on aerial straps at Circus Star USA 2016

Emily Hovan, aerial straps, Circus Star USA 2016

Watch Emily’s audition video

Emily Hovan, aerial straps, Circus Star 2016
  • Amy Hetland
    Posted at 21:18h, 01 August Reply

    I am so proud of you. You are truly a star, inside and out.

  • Gene and Pat
    Posted at 17:09h, 03 August Reply

    Love you, Emily. We are all so proud of you and what you have accomplished.

  • Tracie
    Posted at 04:07h, 16 August Reply

    It is so exciting to watch Emily in her journey. She is so dedicated and talented!

  • Susan Dudek
    Posted at 13:12h, 15 December Reply

    You are amazing Emily. Wish we could see you perform.
    Maybe one day you will perform in the UK.,
    Best Wishes in the future.
    Love from Sue Dudek and family

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