Today we finally got to visit the Toronto School of Circus Arts. Due to traffic problems, we ended up with very little time there... but we still got a glimpse, and got to speak with the school's owner, Decker LaDouceur.
This morning, the facility was being rented out for a special event; you can see the group in the picture. And you can also get a glimpse of the beautiful space... one side of it, with the flying trapeze rig, has 39' ceilings, and 14 aerial fabrics hanging. This winter they're expanding, knocking through a wall to add an additional 5000 square feet of space. The light that comes through the windows is particularly wonderful.
TSCA is the first privately-owned circus school that Greg and I have come across in our travels, so we were especially interested to talk with Decker about the history of the place and its current operations. He and his wife do the lion's share of the work, from admin to teaching to cleaning! They have 18 total on staff, and more than 400 weekly students. It is a labor of love, and heartwarming to see. The school has been in operation for 13 years, 3 years in its current space.
I wish we'd had more time, but very glad that we got to see the school, in any case.