World Acrobatic Society honors Aaron Johnson

Val Johnson and Travis Johnson at the World Acrobatic Society awards

Val Johnson and Travis Johnson at the World Acrobatic Society awards

Lower Mainland resident inducted into the World Acrobatics Society

In September this year, New Westminster resident Aaron Johnson received a posthumous induction into the “Gallery of Legends”, the World Acrobatics Society highest honor.

Johnson, who passed away in 2012, was well-known to the international gymnastics and trampoline community for his contribution towards the creation of the Trampoline Technical Manual, used nationally as part of the National Coaching Certification program.  Johnson, a long-time resident of New Westminster, was beloved by his community; as a coach he led 18 athletes to medals at the Trampoline World Championships. Johnson was well-known to the Vancouver community, spending over 20 years working with family services of greater Vancouver,  In the late 90s, Johnson took on a unique challenge as Artistic Coach for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Mystere” in Vegas. This experience lead him to be a pioneer in the Vancouver Circus community, where he served as an original co-founder of Cirkids, and later formed the Vancouver Circus School with his son, Travis Johnson.

Johnson’s family was on-hand to receive this prestigious honor, travelling to Florida in September.  His son, Travis Johnson, honored his father with a speech and video presentation.  When asked about the experience, Johnson reflects,

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Orlando Florida to accept my late father’s acceptance into the World Acrobatic Societies “Gallery of Legends”.  I was deeply honored to accept this award on my father’s behalf. Joining me was my mother Valerie Johnson and sister Sarah Johnson, both from the New Westminster Queens Park Arenex and Shasta Trampoline Team. It was quite an emotional experience, and accepting on his behalf was a difficult task, but I take great pride in who my father was, and will continue to build his legacy at the Vancouver Circus School.”

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Vancouver Circus School, where two programs continue in Aaron Johnson’s honor; The Ring Masters and Circa 51.




October 28, 2014

VCS Photo Sessions

Get ready for your close-up!

Vancouver Circus School, in partnership with UpsideDown Photography (Adam Menzies), is pleased to offer a special circus-themed photo shoot for the VCS community.  Each session lasts 30 mins, and participants will be provided with a minimum of 5 digital, professionally-edited images.  This opportunity is ideal for those wishing to build their professional circus portfolio, capture a special moment at the Circus, or perhaps create a Holiday Card no one will ever forget!

The photo shoots will take place on November 1 AND December 20th; timeslots available from 6:30-9:30pm. Cost is $100, plus tax for the 30 minute photo shoot and a minimum of 5 edited images.

Space is limited; advance registration required through the Vancouver Circus School, tel: 604-544-5024 or email

VCS Photoshoot


October 23, 2014

Win a circus prize pack!

We know we have some of the most creative students around- now is your chance to show it!

From now until November 1st, tag your Hallowe’en photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #SpookyCircus and you will automatically be entered to win a Vancouver Circus School prize pack, valued at over $100!

Bonus entry if your photo incorporates anything “circus” (and our judges are pretty lenient with this one).  Show off your pumpkin carving skills; dust off your circus cape, but don’t forget- #SpookyCircus is the tag to enter!



October 19, 2014

Job Opportunity: Front Desk

Job Opportunity- Front-Of-House (Front Desk)

Vancouver Circus School is looking for a new addition to our wonderful circus team! We are opening up a new location in North Vancouver and will need to expand our office team in order to handle the two locations (New Westminster and North Vancouver).

We are looking for someone who is fun, passionate, and has an excellent work ethic. Front-of-house is our most important position as you will be representing our school by being the first person clientele interact with, whether it’s on the phone or in person at the front desk.  Therefore we are looking for someone who is outgoing and enthusiastic, someone who has office experience, and is extremely detail oriented.

12-20/weekly hours (possibility for additional hours in the future)

Office Hours 2:00pm-8:15pm (Tuesdays &  Thursdays; other days TBD)

Location: New Westminster (additional locations opening soon in North Vancouver and Surrey/White Rock)

General Administrative Duties

  • Opening and Closing Procedure
  • Customer Relations
  • Monitor/respond Phone and Emails
  • General Administrative Tasks
  • Assist with registration and programming
  • Supply and manage office equipment, supplies, machines and property of VCS
  • Schedule meetings, as required
  • Provide clerical support for all meetings including taking minutes and data entry
  • Maintain office efficiency / Flow of communication
  • Ensure rules and procedures are followed
  • Provide Weekly Reports
  • Prepare Daily Closeout
  • Assist VCS Administrator as required
  • Ticket Sales/Event Support
  • Scheduling Duties / Support to Staff and Directors

Student and Parent Relations

  • Support Instructors with administrative-related tasks
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with all parents, students, clients, and VCS staff
  • Welcome/Receive visitors to the space
  • Monitor children, as required
  • Administer First Aid, as Required
  • General Office and Gym Maintenance

Advertising and Promotional Support

  • Social Media/ Internal Marketing

Prerequisites for Position

  • Min. 1yr office administration related experience
  • Be flexible and eager to learn new things
  • Possess good team spirit
  • Current First Aid Certification  (or willing to acquire)
  • Positive communication skills
  • Good command of PC skills incl. Word, Excel, and Outlook

Compensation:  $13.50 per hour


Please send a resume with cover letter to  Deadline for applications: October 23, 2014


October 14, 2014

September Strike Camps


Strike Camps

With the BC teacher’s job action anticipated to continue through September, the Vancouver Circus School is pleased to offer Circus Day Camps on weekdays. Pick the days that work for you or register for the whole week! Students will experience the thrill of trampoline, silks, juggling, and much more!

Open to ages 6-16 at the VCS New Westminster Location (River Market at New Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive.)
Half day option: 8:30am-12pm OR 1-3pm
Daily $35.00
Full day option: 8:30am-3:00pm (includes lunch hour supervision)
Daily $50.00
*Taxes applicable to all prices

*Please note that this offer is only valid during the BCTF strike. If the strike ends before these dates, the camp will not run and participants will be refunded the full amount.

To register, please phone (604)544-5024, or email  Limited space; advance registration required.

September 10, 2014

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