Under the big top: A chat with Circus Juventas Founder Dan Butler

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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:17 pm

What follows is an excerpt from the article, "Under the big top: A chat with Circus Juventas Founder Dan Butler," but first a little background. Dan's sister-in-law, Kathy Butler, lives right here in Sarasota. He and his wife, Betty, met at Sailor Circus in the mid-70s, fell in love, married, and five children later, are still the happiest married couple! To read the full article, please visit: http://www.bringmethenews.com

In this busy, self-congratulatory world, it is rare to meet such a humble person and think, “Wow, I wish I were this guy!” That thought immediately crossed my mind when I met Dan Butler, the Founder and Executive Director of Circus Juventas.

Dan and his equally talented wife Betty are co-founders of Circus Juventas, the performing arts youth circus school in St. Paul. In the large white dome, just southeast of the Highland Golf Course, they offer youth circus arts training and performance opportunities for children and youth ages 3 to 21 in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Since their founding in 1994, they have emulated the style of Cirque du Soleil, by offering uniquely compelling and whimsically-themed shows in multiple venues, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, Target Center, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Mall of America, Children’s Theatre, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as the St. Paul Winter Carnival and festivals in Italy, Sweden, Chattanooga, and Sioux Falls.

Talk with the students, staff, or numerous parent volunteers involved in each of their breathtaking productions and you will learn that this is a very unusual nonprofit organization that genuinely puts the youth they serve at the very center and spotlight of all that they do.

To read the rest of the article, please visit: http://www.bringmethenews.com

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