In 1974, two American juggling partners chose a street corner in Kent, England as their stage. They were so successful that they quickly moved from performing on street corners to performing with the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They later returned to America with one mission – to make the circus accessible to everyone. Today, the non-profit Big Apple Circus performs up and down the eastern seaboard. Like any good circus, it features clowns, jugglers, acrobats and high-flying aerialists from all over the world. With no seat more than 50 feet from the action, attending a show is as close as possible to get to running away and joining the circus. What makes Big Apple Circus truly unique is their dedication and commitment to giving back to the community. A dedicated group of specially trained performers visit children in pediatric wards and entertain the elderly in long-term facilities. Their Circus of the Senses is a show specially created for people with hearing or vision impairments. It utilizes sign language interpreters, wireless headphones that provide play-by-play descriptions and programs printed in Braille. Circus For All provides free, discounted and subsidized tickets to thousands of schools and community programs that serve disadvantaged kids, while the Circus After School program gives at-risk youth a unique opportunity to develop crucial life skills through learning and performing circus skills. Big Apple Circus is truly a circus with a big heart.