Circus Juventas (formerly Circus of the Star) is a youth performing arts circus school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota
and serving youth throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization was founded in 1994 by Dan and Betty Butler, and offers circus arts training to children ages 3-21.
Emulating the style of Cirque du Soleil, Circus Juventas has enjoyed popularity in the Twin Cities. Launched at St. Paul's Highland Fest in 1995, Circus Juventas has since performed in venues including the Science Museum Of Minnesota
, Target Center
, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Mall of America
, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
, and the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts.
Dan and Betty Butler met as teenagers at the Sailor Circus of Sarasota during the mid-1970s.Dan was a catcher on the flying trapeze, while Betty was an aerialist on the cloud swing.They began dating at age sixteen and both of them went on to perform at Florida State University's Flying High Circus.The Butlers founded Circus Juventas in 1994,citing a desire to give back to the community as one of the reasons for its creation.
Circus Juventas's current big top is located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul