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The Starseed Circus

A gender-affirming youth empowerment program for LGBTQ+ youth and their chosen allies ages 12-18. We use circus skills to build life skills in a series of youth circus classes which culminate in youth-led workshops and performances. Participants are never required to perform.


We're back in 2024 with a unique opportunity for youth to rise above everyday life! This year participants will have the option to focus on stilts/balance or juggling & object manipulation (or both!).


  • Stilts: learn to walk, dance, run and play games on stilts. Each class begins and ends with safety and falling techniques.

  • Juggling: scarves, balls, rings, clubs, diabolo and more! Learn solo, partner, and group techniques.

  • Middletown Pride Parade: (optional) we will partner with a fashion designer to create a collection for our stilt-artists to show off at the Middletown Pride Parade.

Registration is closed. Sign up here to be notified for next session.
Can be completed by youth or adult as long as a waiver completed and signed by legal guardian is provided on the first day of participation. 

When & Where:

Saturdays 11am-1pm

Alternating between Greater Hartford & Greater New Haven 

This is a drop-in program, optional participation on all dates.

Participants are invited to attend classes in one or both locations. Exact locations will be provided to registered participants.

Participation Agreements:
Participants are not required to walk in the June 1 parade, but anyone who wants to walk on stilts in the parade must commit to the following: 

  • Attend at least two dates each month or six dates total before May 18. (Some exceptions will apply.)

  • Walk independently by May 18 (no exceptions)

  • To wear a custom costume, you must be able to walk independently by April 27

REGISTER HERE - Registration can be completed by youth or adult as long as a waiver completed and signed by legal guardian is provided on the first day of participation. ​​



Circus Moves: Walking Tall



Learning circus is more than fooling around. It is a non-competitive physical activity that helps youth develop a positive relationship with their bodies through balance, physical strength, and healthy risk-taking. In circus class, youth gain self-confidence and leadership skills, practice teamwork and mutual respect, develop trust in themselves and others, and explore their unique self-expression and creative voice in a safe and supportive space.


We take the safety and privacy of all of our youth very seriously.


- No photos/videos are posted without express permission from both the parent/guardian AND the youth participant.

- Program location is disclosed only to registered participants.

- Participants are not required to perform or participate in events or activities outside of weekly classes. 


A key element in this program is creating a cohesive group with strong sense of trust, connection, and support. Consistent participation is key to achieving this goal. 

Each week is curated with different outcomes in mind, some for individual empowerment and self-confidence, others for team-building and social connection. It is a scaffolded approach to community building! 


We are committed to keeping this a free program. Your tax deductible donation is appreciated.

The 2024 Season made possible in part by:

Forever grateful to all of our partners

and sponsors over the years:

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