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Circus Star USA 2017 – Vote for your favorite performer

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Circus Star USA is an annual circus arts competition produced by The Aerial Classroom circus school in Los Angeles in which talented acrobats compete for prizes. The competition is judged by leading circus and entertainment industry professionals; the audience also gets to participate by voting for their favorite acts.

Circus Star USA 2017 will be held at the beautiful and historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA on September 30, 2017.

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Vote for your favorite performer

Circus Star USA invited emerging circus artists from all over the world to put together their best circus acts and strut their stuff as they compete for $15,000 in prizes and bragging rights. The panel of celebrity judges from the circus and entertainment industries weigh in on every act, and the audience votes for their favorites. Who will you vote for? Every vote counts!

See highlights from previous shows

Meet our judges

We have three incredible judges from the circus and entertainment industries to give invaluable feedback on each competing act!

Cindy Whiteman
Talent scout, Cirque du Soleil

Cindy Whiteman began performing with Cirque du Soleil at the age of 11, visiting over 40 cities across the globe during her tenure before working as an artistic coach at the international headquarters. Cindy is currently Acrobatic Advisor – Resident Shows for the Las Vegas casting team at Cirque du Soleil.

Darren Charles
Artistic & creative director / choreographer, Cavalia’s Odysseo

Darren Charles has been the choreographer and creative director for Cavalia’s Odysseo for the last six years. Darren draws from his vast experience in ballet, contemporary dance, ethnic movement and acrobatics, and incorporates an imaginative fusion of styles into his choreography

Louanne Madorma-Williams
Director of casting, Le Rêve – The Dream

Louanne Madorma-Williams is an accredited and accomplished choreographer / director, casting director, and creative consultant. Louanne is currently the Director of Artistic Implementation and Casting for Wynn Las Vegas where she is responsible for the evolution of the show, Le Rêve – The Dream.

Meet our performers

Andrew and Rei, lyra duo (Los Angeles, CA)

AscenDance, triple trapeze quartet (Gainesville, FL)

Camille Osborne, dance trapeze (Ventura, CA)

Chayton Davenport, lyra contortion (Honolulu, HI)

Duo Stephanie & Sydney, contortion (Portland, OR)

Ilse Bryan, hand balancing / lyra (Providence, RI)

Jesse De La Cruz, aerial heart (San Diego, CA)

Maedya Kojis, corde lisse (Minneapolis, MN)

Mykelle Walton, lyra (Boise, ID)

Omri and Paulina, aerial straps duo (Portland, OR)

Rebecca Chen, lyra (Los Angeles, CA)

Teresa Shogren, lyra contortion (San Diego, CA)

To learn more about the performers and show, visit

Note: Audience members may submit votes via text message. The Aerial Classroom does not charge for voting. Your phone carrier’s message and data rates may apply. Check charges for your text plan with your carrier.

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