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Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: AB
Languages: English

Sandra 'Safire' Sommerville is a world-renowned circus performer and motivational speaker who has performed in 14 different countries around the world. Over 3 million people have seen her hooping, dance, and circus arts videos. She holds a BFA and BEd from the University of Lethbridge and uses her experience as an educator to engage students in her workshops and presentations so that they don't even realize they are learning while they are having fun.


"We found the connections Safire made in her Science in the Circus show very effective, the student participation assisting her was great, and we enjoyed all of her amazing illusions and circus tricks! Safire did a perfect job explaining the science behind her props and the tricks - she did an excellent job ensuring all students could understand the concepts, especially the younger students. It was a fabulous presentation and our staff and students couldn't stop talking about it. One of the best I've seen!" Teresa Cusano, Assistant Principal, Holy Family Elementary, Calgary
"Safire wowed our student body with her hooping and flexibility stunts in her Motivational Circus Show. However it was her from-the-heart shared experiences about self-esteem that really resonated with all - a wonderful performance that mixed comedy with a serious issue. Staff and students would rate this presentation as one of the best we have had at our school, even our"cool" older students were laughing and clapping at the end of the performance!" Meta McDonald - Warburg K-12 School, Warburg, AB
"Safire was brilliant, the staff and students were raving about her. She made a great connection between science and her circus arts, especially with the hula hoops. She was very good at engaging with students. Overall it was excellent!" David Fettes, Assistant Principal, Mount Royal Junior High, Calgary

Performances & Workshops

Only Availible until June 30th

Motivational Circus Show

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 800
Tech Requirements: 20' x 15' performance area
Fee Range: $870 - $940 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

One of the hardest things that youth deal with today is understanding their place in the world, knowing who they are, and having the confidence to stand up for the themselves. Safire's comedy-variety-circus show features an amazing display of circus arts including hooping, juggling, and flexibility stunts to grab students' attention and allow her to share her message about treating each other kindly in-person and online, and the importance of believing in oneself.

Science in the Circus

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 800
Tech Requirements: 20' x 15' performance area
Fee Range: $870 - $940 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Did you know that science impacts everything about the world we live in? In this presentation students will learn about how subjects like science, technology, and design have affected the acts performed in contemporary circus. A fun filled variety circus show that ends with an LED dance show will get kids thinking differently about what math, science, and engineering mean. This presentation contains different circus skills, tricks, and audience participation than her Motivational Circus Show.

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