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Event Details

A more complete schedule, including workshops, will be forthcoming.


April 2-3, 2022



Lone Star Circus School

4207 Simonton Rd

Dallas TX 75244



  • Single Competitor- $115 per category

  • Duet Competitor- $85 per person, per category


Included in the fee is admission to compete in the event, allocated stage testing time, 2 spectator tickets for family and friends and a Q&A session with our panel of judges.


*Workshops will have a separate fee and registration process.




8-9am: Check-In Day 1 contestants 


9-1pm: Rehearsals for all contestants

6pm: Competition



9-9:30am: Check-In of Day 2 contestants 


10am: Competition


12-12:30pm: Awards


1pm-3pm: Workshop

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Sunday, April 3, 1-3pm


Open to both CircusFest competitors and general public. Limited space available.

$50 participation fee. 

Lisanna Paloma’s Corde Lisse Workshop

Workshop description:
• Cardio Warmup and Stretch
• Resistance Band Warmup Sequence; focusing on correct posture and range of motion to maintain strong, healthy shoulders
• Equipment safety check
• Corde Lisse technique fundamentals; essential positions and movements to form the foundation of precise technique and progressions
• Introductory climbs, tricks, and sequences
• Intermediate to advanced tricks and combos, as deemed appropriate to student skill-level and experience
• Creative exploration of individual movement; students are encouraged to discover a style of movement unique to their bodies, an approach that gives them the ambition, excitement and passion to continue their own training and artistic process
• Strength & Conditioning; as an intrinsic part of corde lisse, students will take in techniques and exercises to help build their strength at every level

Donovan Chandler

Donovan has over 20 years of experience in acrobatic arts with a professional background in engineering and construction.  Spanning from college gymnastics and cheer, to coaching at elite levels of each before discovering circus.  Donovan started performing in 2010, and started touring internationally in 2012. He opened his own training facility in Dallas to serve as a homebase between international contracts and before long the training facility was doing well enough he decided to focus his attention here to settle down and start a family.  Dallas Circus Center moved into their new custom-built facility in 2020 and with training contracts from Royal Caribbean, Cole Bros Circus, and Circus Circus Reno, they are continuing to train professionals from all over the world.

Lisanna Paloma

Power, passion and charisma drive the art and style of Lisanna Paloma’s Corde Lisse act.
Performing in Germany’s exciting Flic Flac Zircus Festival, Cirque du Soleil’s KÁ, TORUK and LIGHT, with The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and world famous singer/actor MeatLoaf, Lisanna’s strong technique and talent has led her to perform around the world at a prominent level in numerous disciplines in addition to her speciality of Corde Lisse.

Her strength and heartfelt performance delighted over 3 million spectators in her latest tour around the world with Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK-The First Flight, inspired by academy award-winning filmmaker James Cameron's Avatar. Performing in 23 countries as one of the prominent acrobatic characters, Lisanna also took on the responsibility of Artist Coach, in which she led two of the acrobatic acts. With her intense focus and commitment, she acquired the technical and artistic vision essential to the career of an artist and the enrichment of a production. TORUK is known as the #1 grossing touring circus show in the world.

Lisanna has earned her international Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialization certifications through the National Academy of Sport Medicine, complementing her decades of first-hand fitness experience with comprehensive studies of scientific principles and techniques dedicated to the health and fitness of all individuals.

Ramon Santos Leal

Ramon Santos Leal is a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat and co-creator of their touring show Varekai. He is an 8th Generation Circus Performer from Madrid, Spain. Along with his brothers, known as the Rampin Brothers, they specialized in the ancient discipline of Icarian Games that have brought them around the world for 26 years. He has performed with many legendary circuses and venues such as Cirkus Arena and Tívoli Garden in Denmark , Circo Mundial in Spain, Blackpool Tower Circus in the UK, Hansa Theater in Germany,  and the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Ramon is a multi award winner of various circus festivals and honored by his own city of Madrid with Villa de Madrid-Circo Price award for best circus performance in 2008.

After his acrobatic retirement in 2014, he pursued his childhood dream to become a clown and created the Rampin Clown trio along with his twin brother and father. 


Ramon is currently active with his Clown career and proudly coaching and guiding the new generations of Icarian Games.

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requirements, categories, judging, and more!