Cynthia's Story

In 1976 Cynthia's kindergarten class performed a pantomime circus in an elder care community and she was the juggler. Little did she know then that circus would become her life's work or that older adults would be among her favorite people to work with!


Twenty-five years later Cynthia actually learned to juggle and became part of New York City juggling community. Soon after dropped everything else to join the circus. She began coaching and performing professionally in 2003 and moved to San Francisco in 2007 to complete both a Bachelor of Arts in experimental performance from New College of California and a certificate program from the San Francisco School of Circus Arts Clown Conservatory program.


In 2008, then residing in Oakland, CA, Cynthia founded what is now Circus Moves (formerly known as Skilly Circus). She spent nearly a decade practicing and researching circus arts and building a strong professional community of educators, academics, and professionals dedicated to promoting circus arts as a vehicle for positive change in multiple contexts.

Back on the east coast for family reasons, in 2021 she completed a Master of Science degree in recreational therapy at Southern Connecticut State University, where she has been invited to develop and teach a course based on using circus programming as evidence-based practice in recreational and therapeutic settings. She is an active, contributing member of the American Youth Circus Organization and the American Circus Educators Association and is recognized as a pioneer among her peers for her work with aging adults. She is also a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Teaching Artists Guild.


As a staunch advocate for the transformational power of circus arts on individuals and communities, Cynthia has brought coaching, performing, and public speaking programs everywhere from birthday parties to board rooms in eighteen states, five countries, three continents, and on one great big ship.


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