The Great Y Circus®️

You don’t have to run away to join our circus.

This is the place to be for children, ages 3 and up, to learn basic skills such as tumbling, unicycling, diabolo, aerial, and so much more. A tradition of the Redlands Y since 1929, The Great Y Circus® practices from September – April for the annual Circus held at the YMCA every May. View this year’s 2020-2021 class schedule and find an act that is right for you!

Please read the letter from Emilie our Circus Director about the 2021 performing season.

Circus Updates

January 2021

Dear Circus Friends & Family,

In October 2020, we held circus evaluations with the hope that we could start practice for our performing season in January 2021. It is now late-January and we are still not able to hold classes inside due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We have run out of time to prepare for a performance season this year. With less than 90 days until show-time we regrettably have to cancel the 2021 performing season for the safety of our performers and trainers.
We will still be offering outdoor circus classes though! As we move forward, we recommend enrolling in our outdoor classes to stay active and keep your strength up for our next performing season! I have included the February-March outdoor circus classes with this letter. Also, keep your eyes peeled for what we’ll be offering in April-May!

If you registered and paid to hold your spot for the 2021 performing season, we will be system crediting your deposit back to your account. It can be used for any Y program or service at the YMCA of the East Valley (outdoor circus classes, membership, other youth programs, etc.). If you would prefer a refund please let us know.

Because you registered and committed to the 2021 season you will be the first to be notified and have the opportunity to register for the 2022 season.
Thank you, always, for your continued patience and support during this time!


Emilie Gleisberg

October Update

October 23, 2020

Registration for circus 2021 was tentatively planned for October 30th, and classes to begin November 3rd. Unfortunately, the county restrictions still do not allow us to move indoors at this time. We continue to monitor approved activities and restrictions and will keep you up to date. Below are links to the two data dashboards we watch. We feel circus fits best as a youth sports activity.

San Bernardino County Covid Dashboard – https://sbcph.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/44bb35c804c44c8281da6d82ee602dff

State of CA Dashboard by County – https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Youth Sports Guidance – https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-youth-sports–en.pdf

Our new tentative registration date will be Friday, November 13th at 7:00 am.
Classes will begin when county and state guidelines make it clear we can operate youth sports indoors.

Anyone that participated in evaluations for circus acts between October 6-22 will receive their results via email next week! These results are what you will use to register for acts on November 13. Registration on November 13th will require a $50 deposit to hold your spot until we are able to start the circus program.  This deposit will be applied to your registration fees for the first month of classes.

We are also going to provide a separate outdoor program in November with limited access to rigs and equipment. The program has been designed to keep up your circus strength and coordination, as we wait for permission to move indoors! The schedule is being finalized and I will have specifics to everyone by next week.

It was wonderful to see so many of you during evaluations and your continued passion for circus. I also want to let you know that the Y is committed to doing everything we possibly can to have a successful circus session this year.

Please stay tuned,

The New 2020 - 2021 Circus Season is Here!

Sign up for the Great Y Circus® today!


Our new tentative registration date will be Friday, November 13th at 7:00 am


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The Great Y Circus® is partially funded through donations and ticket sales. Please consider making a donation the YMCA to give every child the opportunity to participate in this life-changing program. For more information on giving options, please visit us here. 

The Great Y Circus® was founded in 1929 by Director, Roy Coble, a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown. The Y Circus has grown tremendously throughout the years and now has close to three hundred performers. Each year, performers practice from September through April to prepare for our annual shows held in May. During the month of May, we hold nine performances right here at the Redlands Family YMCA. Many people wish to run away and join the circus but don’t know how. Performers start in our circus by joining our Summer Circus session which starts every June and runs for 7 weeks. After that, performers know what interests them the most which helps during our registration in August. We also hold an annual Circus Camp at our Camp Edwards in Angeles Oaks in late July. Here participants are not only able to try out a variety of circus skills but also traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, hiking to the lake, archery, team building and so much more.