Spotlight on Olivia Lehrman

“The biggest reward that I’ve received in my life is that after running Future Stars for 37 years is that, I’ve come into the second generation of campers. Parents that attended are now sending their kids to the camp, because they love Future Stars and they fondly remember their experiences.”—Charlie VanDercook

We are proud to be a family tradition.  Enjoy getting to know our Future Stars Camps family. If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Get to know Olivia Lehrman,  as she joined Future Stars Circus Camps for her 6th year during the summer 2019!

What was your most memorable 2018 winter moment?
Olivia:  Tandem bicycling with Leo to buy a bike part in a blizzard and having the bike shop do a photo shoot of us because they were so blown away by our outrageousness to go out in that weather.

What are you most looking forward to at camp summer 2019?
Olivia:  Awesome awesome coaches–2 proteges of mine from California, who have become amazing teachers and we truly speak the same language, and all of us finding the most fun ways to share Circus with kids!*

What are your hobbies?
Olivia:  Raising Chicks and doing handstands

What is your favorite memory from camp?
Olivia:  Pinkies up! We had fancy-lunch!

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Olivia:  Getting to know students and what helps them tick.


What song do you play most often?
Olivia:  anything by Beyonce!!!!

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?
Olivia:  Pilates

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Olivia:  Quinoa and ice-cream.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?
Olivia:  Sewing–ugh! I cry every time I try to sew something!

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Olivia:  Well, there’s not much different about my life now from 30 years ago!

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Olivia:  Pippi Longstocking


What kind of movies do you enjoy?
Olivia:  Funeeeee ones

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?
Olivia:  Walking through the woods/cooking.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Olivia:  Hello Kitty Collection Cards

What is your favorite quote?
Olivia:  Everybody knows you cannot put a banana in the refrigerator. But did you know? You can.


For more information about the variety of Circus programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Circus Arts Camp page,  today.  

Image Credit:  Olivia Lehrman

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019


Circus Arts 101

Circus Arts are of quite an interest to people of all age groups.  The Smithsonian hosted a Folklife Festival in 2017 that provided opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people all around the world.  Here is what they considered some of the main disciplines of Circus Arts:

Acrobatics – The term acrobatics describes a combination of physical performance arts that involve strength, agility, coordination, and balance.

  • these skills date to ancient times in many cultures around the world and  have been recorded in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and Chinese have practiced acrobatics for more than 2,000 years.
  • acrobatics were part of medieval village and court festivals and events and evolved into circuses starting in the nineteenth century
  • now acrobatics are part of the Olympic Games and other international competitions

Aerials arts are comprised of  a variety of airborne acts using specially rigged equipment, such as silks, straps, lyra, hammocks, and webs.

  • another popular form is the trapeze and can be either static or flying
  • acts may be performed solo, double, triple, or as a combined group, depending on rigging design
  • the flying trapeze was invented in France in the mid-1850s by Jules Léotard, a young gymnast from Toulouse

Clowning is a circus discipline that evokes many reactions, associations, stereotypes, and clichés.

  • they include encounters with clever and insightful individuals, who through physical comedy shed new perspectives on aspects of life both everyday and universal.
  • or there are associations with colorful and eccentric costumes, exaggerated makeup, peculiar antics, and other behavior that may be comic or (for some) even scary.
  • physical comedy and accompanied by laughter has deep and expressions of physical comedy appear in cultures and societies globally, suggesting that the craft is a shared part of human experience whether or not associated with circus.

Equilibristics is the mastery of balance and one of the most respected circus arts of all time.

  • includes those who skillfully walk or prance on globes, ropes, and wires or cables
  • there are images of ancient Greeks and Romans balancing on ropes, as well as rope-walkers in medieval Europe
  • equilibristics has adapted and changed over the years incorporated changing technologies

Object Manipulation or juggling is one of the most recognizable groups of circus arts known as object manipulation.

  • object manipulation includes hooping, plate-spinning, fire staff, and diabolo
  • all involve combined skills of tossing, twirling, and physical dexterity
  • juggling has ancient roots and images of jugglers appear on the interior walls of an Egyptian tomb that dates back approximately 4,000 years



For more information about the variety of Circus Arts programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Circus Arts Camp page,  today.  

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps


5 Awesome Reasons You Should Try Circus Arts

Circus Arts has grown very popular in recent years with many young people wanting to learn circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, and tightrope walking.

While trips to the big top to see animal performers may be a thing of the past, audiences still marvel at the skill and control of human circus performers. Once upon a time, you’d have needed to join a circus to get on the job training to master the skills necessary for a life in the circus, but these days you can learn everything you need to know at a Circus Arts Camp. Here’s why you should enroll:

1.  It Makes Exercise Fun

If you’re not a fan of doing repetitive exercise videos at home or running around the same park day-in day-out, a circus art might be just the exercise for you. Circus arts classes tend to provide a decent workout building up your core muscles as well as toning and building strength. Unlike a traditional exercise class, circus arts gives you the chance to dabble in different activities which means you won’t get bored quite so easily.

2.  You’ll Learn Control of Your Body

One thing that leaves audiences speechless is the level of control circus performers have over their body. It’s clear that these awesome performers have spent years perfecting their skills and learning how to make their body do what they want it to. You too can learn that level of skill and control by taking a circus arts class, you’ll learn how to stay in control of your body while performing amazing stunts and, most importantly, having fun.

3.  It’s Impressive

The whole point of the circus is to impress, dazzle and amaze, so you’re guaranteed to learn some impressive skills at a circus arts camp. Whether that’s twisting and spinning high above the audience on silks, performing a daring routine on a unicycle or learning how to contort your body into weird and wonderful shapes. Whatever you decide to specialize in, you’ll be guaranteed an impressive party trick to show off at your next evening event.

4.  You’ll Meet New People

Circus arts appeals to just about anybody. From city bankers to aspiring dancers, students to yoga instructors, circus arts classes can be a real mixed bag. This means you’ll get to meet a varied group of people and have the opportunity to make new friends. Whether you’re learning circus arts to build confidence, get fit or overcome a fear of heights, you’re bound to make new friends while you do it.

5.  It Could Open Up A World Of Opportunity

You never know what life has in store for you, but the more skills you have, the more opportunities there will be available to you. Learn new skills, get fit, enjoy yourself, meet new people and, you never know, you might just find that circus arts leads to a new and exciting career or hobby you never dreamed possible. If you’ve ever fantasized about running away to join the circus, this might be your chance.