Prizes

$16,000 in prizes! Thank you, sponsors!

These prizes will be distributed among the top three winners:

Circus Star USA prize, X-Pole and The Aerial Classroom
X-Pert 45mm pole from X-Pole plus silkii, mount, and silks from The Aerial Classroom (value $700)

X-Pole USA is generously donating a 45mm chrome X-Pert pole to one of the winners of Circus Star USA! To turn your new pole into an aerial pole, The Aerial Classroom is donating a Silkii attachment, permanent mount, and set of silks!

 

X-Pole, the worldwide leader in pole and aerial fitness, is the #1 manufacturer of professional dance poles, the #1 in customer service, and the official pole of pole fitness. The Aerial Classroom is one of the oldest and most reputable circus arts training facilities in Los Angeles with many students going on to performance careers.

Circus Star USA prize, halfmoon lyra, TrapezeRigging.com
Halfmoon lyra from TrapezeRigging.com (value $450)

Enjoy your new halfmoon lyra, which comes with ropes and hardware! TrapezeRigging.com was started in 2003 by Trevor Boswell. Trevor has traveled across the globe during his 30-year career as a catcher on the flying trapeze. He won the “Silver Clown” in Monte Carlo and was one of a handful of catchers in the world to catch the almost impossible quadruple summersault, and all the tricks in between. He retired from catching in 2003 and turned to his other love: mechanical engineering. In the circus world he had become known for his original designs of indoor riggings and lighting systems and creating the world’s first indoor fireworks simulator. In addition, Trevor fabricates a wide range of circus equipment, including custom pieces.

Circus By Us, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Aerial net, aerial straps, and aerial straps loops from Circus By Us (value $560)

Circus By Us is generously donating a black aerial net, 9′ dark green aerial straps, and 8′ aerial straps loops.

 

Circus By Us, Inc. is a Las Vegas-based aerialist and rigging supply company founded in 2009 by Dmitry Bersenev and Ilya Mingazov. Dima and Ilya are Moscow State Circus School trained performers who are also certified riggers. They supply and fabricate the best quality aerial silks, aerial straps, hoops, ropes, custom built aerial props, rigging stands, rigging equipment, installation, destructive tests and rigging consultations.

Circus Star USA prize, Fight or Flight Entertainment
Lyra from Fight or Flight Entertainment (value $250)

Get a lyra from rigger and fabricator extraordinaire, Brett Copes of Fight or Flight Entertainment! Brett is closing his circus equipment fabrication shop at the end of April 2017, so this hoop also marks the end of an era.

 

Fight or Flight Entertainment, led by Brett Copes, provides acrobatic, stunt and flying FX rigging. A stuntman, ropes course administrator and theatre technician before acrobatic rigging and safety systems became his focus, Brett has rigged for stunts, circus and aerial productions for individual performers and troupes of all sizes in the US and internationally.

VER Sales, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
BAG OF RIGGING GEAR FROM VER SALES (VALUE $300+)

Every circus artist needs great gear! VER Sales has donated rigging gear, including a pulley, two swivels, two carabiners, two 4′ span sets, two 6′ span sets, two figure 8s, and a black canvas bag to carry it all in.

 

VER Sales is your complete source for rigging, chain, nicopress tools and sleeves, fall protection, turnkey engineered systems, custom cable assemblies, bungee cord, bungee assemblies, safety supplies, and much more. VER Sales works with many aerialists and circus riggers and carries a large line of aerial rigging, including carabiners, swivels, rigging plates and spreaders, span sets, slings, webbing, hand loops, pro performance pulleys, and much more.

Aerial Animals, Circus Star USA sponsor, conditioning trapeze
Portable conditioning trapeze from Aerial Animals (value $240)

Aerial Animals‘ portable conditioning trapeze is the same quality bar as their standard trapeze. It includes two lengths of looped webbing (safer than daisy chains), two Maillon Rapide Quicklinks to connect webbing to the bar, and two travel training straps.

 

Aerial Animals is a family-owned business in Golden, Colorado. We build each piece of equipment as if our own daughter was going to use it. We design and manufacture a full range of aerial apparati including: aerial straps, trapezes, aerial rope, lyra and lyra bridles and ropes, themed aerial apparati, and pulley systems and other hardware.

Spin City Aerial Fitness, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Pole silks instructor training and pole singles and doubles bible from Spin City (value $250)

The Circus Star USA 2017 performer who wins the pole, silkii attachment, and silks from X-Pole and The Aerial Classroom will also receive a spot in the Spin City Pole Fabric Instructor Course (online) plus a Spin City Pole Bible and a Spin City Pole Doubles Bible. The online course teaches basic rules of working with a pole fabric clamp, fabric terminology and safe grip variations, how to adapt existing pole moves onto fabric, different methods of class planning and fabric-specific health and safety plus over 100 different techniques, combinations, sequences, and choreography. The pole bibles have over 1,300 photographs of pole moves and combinations from beginner to advanced level. The books also include useful hints and tips and strength and conditioning exercises.

 

Spin City is one of the largest specialist aerial fitness schools in the UK. With five studios and instructors all across the country, we aim to provide a fun and challenging approach to aerial fitness in a welcoming and professional environment.

 

Director of Spin City Kate Edwards now specialises in training other instructors how to teach Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Sling and Pole Fabric applying her extensive fitness background to help educate instructors worldwide. Spin City’s pioneering approach to Instructor Training unites cutting-edge fitness techniques with an array of aerial equipment. Kate has written ten certified aerial fitness courses which are accredited internationally with ACE, AFAA, REPs, SkillsActive and the PDC.

 

Alongside her training courses, Kate also writes and produces the ‘Pole Bible’ and the ‘Aerial Hoop Bible’ two of the leading education resources available for aerial dancers worldwide. The bibles series was extended in 2016 with the addition of the ‘Doubles Pole Bible’ and the ‘Doubles Hoop Bible’ with the ‘Aerial Sling Bible’ due this year.

Circus Star USA prize, 42muses
Custom website plus one year free hosting from 42muses (value $2,500)

Get a professional portfolio website plus one year of free hosting. 42muses, the same agency that designed the CircusStarUSA.com site, will design, develop, and launch a custom WordPress site (up to 10 pages) for you using professional photography from the Circus Star USA event, your photo session with Karl Klingebiel, edited video footage of your routine from the live event, and any other footage and photos you provide. Also included is a one-hour training session on how to update your website. (Maintenance not included.)

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The top three winners will *each* receive:

Personal photoshoot with Karl Klingebiel (value $150)

Get an artistic photo session with photographer Karl Klingebiel on one or more apparatuses. The photoshoot will take place on October 1, the day after the Circus Star USA event, at The Aerial Classroom studio.

 

Karl Klingebiel is known for his creative use of lighting and signature series of black and white aerialist photos. In addition to circus shots, Karl photographs landscapes and cityscapes.

Cirque du Soleil, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Two tickets to a show in Las Vegas from Cirque du Soleil (value $150+)

Enjoy the magic of Cirque du Soleil with a pair of tickets to a show in Las Vegas! Ticket voucher is valid for one year (until September 30, 2018).

 

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has evolved from a world leading organization that reinvented circus arts to become a global live entertainment provider. From its international headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in over 450 cities in 60 countries on six continents. In 2017 alone, 18 shows are being simultaneously presented around the world. Cirque du Soleil also brings the same energy and spirit that characterize each of its shows to other spheres of activity, while maintaining stringent standards of artistic quality and originality. The company now has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

Circus Star USA prize, Aerial Athletica
3-day unlimited vacation pass to train at Aerial Athletica Las Vegas (value $175)

Train with Cirque du Soleil and Le Reve performers! Aerial Athletica is donating a 3-day unlimited vacation pass (value $175) to train at their facilities in Las Vegas for each of the top three winners of Circus Star USA.

At Aerial Athletica, a warm welcoming atmosphere awaits anyone who wants aerial, pole, or cross-training fitness classes, those who wish to hone their skills, or professionals who just want a fun and friendly place to practice and train. Aerial Athletica’s staff is made of some of the best instructors in their field. All of the instructors are Cirque du Soleil and Le Reve performers, international champions, or seasoned professionals with years of experience and education.

Dragonfly Brand USA, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
$100 gift certificate from Dragonfly Brand USA

Get $100 to spend on cool workout clothing from Dragonfly Brand USA! Dragonfly Brand is a stylish line of premium quality aerial, Bikram hot yoga, pole dance and fitness clothing for a reasonable price. Dragonfly clothing is not just fashionable – it’s also perfect in design and function to give you ultimate freedom in movement, taking your practice and performance to the next level. Our designs are continuously tested in classes during the development. The construction of the cut is highly developed; the clothing doesn’t have any unnecessary seams, and it is created to correspond with the sweatiest workouts. We chose high-quality materials that can satisfy extreme requirements considering to intensive sweating and frequent washing. Even under these conditions, our clothes will retain the original flexibility, shape and color for a long time.

Circus Star USA prize, Sam Tribble of Spinnovation
Private Cyr Wheel lesson with Sam Tribble (value $100)

Learn the art of Cyr Wheel from Sam Tribble of Spinnovation! This lesson will take place on October 1, the day after the Circus Star USA event, at The Aerial Classroom studio.

 

Sam is a former collegiate All American gymnast. He was the first US Worlds team coach for the sport of Cyr Wheel and has created the Progressive Axis training technique for teaching skill progression for the art of Cyr. He is certified through the IRV as a technical judge and served on the board of USA Wheel Gymnastics as a technical adviser. Athletes have come as far as Russia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland and all across the US to seek his hands-on training and advice.

Tite-Grip, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Tite-Grip 2 grip aid and magic pole/aerial gloves from Tite-Grip

Tite-Grip is donating a tube of its most popular Tite-Grip grip aid to each of the performers plus magic aerial gloves to the top three winners of Circus Star USA 2017.

 

As every professional and amateur athlete knows, one of the keys to success in almost every competitive or amateur sport is maintaining your grip. Now you can keep your hands dry and sweat free in ANY situation with Tite-Grip, a topical hand cream that was formulated to prevent your hands from perspiring. It is non-sticky, works for hours and acts as a liquid powder for hands AND feet! Tite-Grip was developed by Joe Ginger, a golf professional with over forty years of playing experience, using a proprietary formula marketed under a trademark and licensed from Active Solutions, LLC. The product has received great reviews from athletes of all venues and is distributed worldwide. TITE-GRIP is the original!

*All performers* will receive:

Professional photos from the live performance (value $150)

Our professional event photographers, Karl Klingebiel and Artemis Clover, capture both closeups and full-stage shots of every act during the Circus Star USA live event. Following the show, we will provide high-resolution photos you can use in your portfolio without restriction.

Professionally edited video from your act (value $250)

Our professional videography team led by Joe Vargas will film every act during the Circus Star USA live event using five different camera angles. Following the show, we will provide a professionally edited video clip of your entire act that you can use in your portfolio without restriction.

One Two Cosmetics, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Set of One Two Lash magnet lashes (value $69)

One Two Cosmetics is donating a set of One Two Lash magnet eyelashes to each of the performers of Circus Star USA 2017.

 

One Two Cosmetics is the creator and inventor of the world’s first magnet eyelash, One Two Lash. One Two Lash uses micro-magnet technology to give you luxurious length and volume, without that “false lash” effect. No damaging glues, no mess, and no appointment required. With One Two Lash, you can have beautiful, glamorous lashes in seconds — anytime you want.

Tite-Grip, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
Tite-Grip 2 grip aid from Tite-Grip

Tite-Grip is donating a tube of its most popular Tite-Grip grip aid to each of the performers of Circus Star USA 2017.

 

As every professional and amateur athlete knows, one of the keys to success in almost every competitive or amateur sport is maintaining your grip. Now you can keep your hands dry and sweat free in ANY situation with Tite-Grip, a topical hand cream that was formulated to prevent your hands from perspiring. It is non-sticky, works for hours and acts as a liquid powder for hands AND feet! Tite-Grip was developed by Joe Ginger, a golf professional with over forty years of playing experience, using a proprietary formula marketed under a trademark and licensed from Active Solutions, LLC. The product has received great reviews from athletes of all venues and is distributed worldwide. TITE-GRIP is the original!

S-Connection Aerial Arts, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
A circus-themed t-shirt and soap from S-Connection Aerial Arts (value $32)

Every Circus Star USA 2017 performer will get a circus-themed t-shirt and soap courtesy of S-Connection Aerial Arts (SCAA)!

 

SCAA is a training facility located in Gainesville, Florida that offers static and flying trapeze, silks, lyra, Chinese pole, aerial yoga, equestrian vaulting and a variety of dance and cirque fitness classes for kids and adults, for both recreational practitioners and emerging professionals. With an elite team of seasoned instructors, SCAA provides its students with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and has given rise to AscenDance, the professional ensemble that performs regularly in both local and national events.

FITAID by LIFEAID, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
FITAID Recovery Blend drink and $20 gift card from LIFEAID

LIFEAID is donating cans of FITAID Recovery Blend drink, which provides high quality, clean nutrients to help your body recover after intense activity or exercise, and $20 gift cards to every Circus Star USA 2017 performer.

 

At LIFEAID, we fuel your passion with our clean and refreshing nutritional blends. Can you say the same about those other one-dimensional products whose “blend” is a bunch of additives, sugar, and added caffeine? Our products are tailored for your active lifestyle – without all the junk. Join us as we show the world there is a better way.

Spin City Aerial Fitness, Circus Star USA 2017 sponsor
An aerial hoop reference book from Spin City (value $25)

Every Circus Star USA 2017 performer will get either a Spin City Aerial Hoop Bible OR a Spin City Aerial Hoop Doubles Bible, both of which are great reference books for aerial hoop enthusiasts worldwide. The Spin City Aerial Hoop Bible has over 800 photographs of hoop moves, and the Spin City Aerial Hoop Doubles Bible has over 300 photographs of doubles hoop moves and combinations from beginner to advanced level. The books also include useful hints and tips and strength and conditioning exercises.

 

Spin City is one of the largest specialist aerial fitness schools in the UK. With five studios and instructors all across the country, we aim to provide a fun and challenging approach to aerial fitness in a welcoming and professional environment.

 

Director of Spin City Kate Edwards now specialises in training other instructors how to teach Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Sling and Pole Fabric applying her extensive fitness background to help educate instructors worldwide. Spin City’s pioneering approach to Instructor Training unites cutting-edge fitness techniques with an array of aerial equipment. Kate has written ten certified aerial fitness courses which are accredited internationally with ACE, AFAA, REPs, SkillsActive and the PDC.

 

Alongside her training courses, Kate also writes and produces the ‘Pole Bible’ and the ‘Aerial Hoop Bible’ two of the leading education resources available for aerial dancers worldwide. The bibles series was extended in 2016 with the addition of the ‘Doubles Pole Bible’ and the ‘Doubles Hoop Bible’ with the ‘Aerial Sling Bible’ due this year.