Circo de los Niños de San Pancho is a non-profit Civil Association which provides Circus Arts classes to children and young adults. Our programs are structured to build self-confidence and self-awareness,  gain physical capacities and explore imagination in young people through the arts. In order to ensure the programs are available to the local community, Circo de los Niños raises money to subsidize the cost of our professional instructors and daily operations.

We acknowledge and cherish our founder and primary benefactor, Gilles Ste. Croix, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, for his vision, his steadfast efforts working with the students and for his generous financial support of the Circo. The programs are conceived and inspired by Gilles and his wife Monique Voyer. Yet the sustainability of the project requires a well-rounded model in order to thrive and building a solid foundation of support is our current focus.



The average tuition paid by each student for a ten-week cycle is $435 pesos. The real COST per student hovers around $2000 pesos per cycle; therefore, we subsidize 80% of the student costs. Our goal is to build self-reliant young people who know it is possible to take action to follow a dream and while still maintaining affordable fees for many families who live in San Pancho and other Nayarit communities.

*The 2015 REVENUE chart does NOT include donations for the renovation of the Bodega Danza. 


In the year 2015, Circo de los Niños annual cost was $650 000 pesos  In 2016, we have a budget of $875 000 pesos for the year. This increase reflects the expansion of our teaching team, in response to enrollment that has doubled the number of students in 2015! More than 140 students are enrolled in our Circus Art or Dance programs in January 2016.

We have designed a model for success that includes individual donations, income from our annual fundraiser show, as well as cultural events throughout the year. In addition, we are soliciting sponsors who share the commitment to invest in our youth. 

It becomes quickly apparent that we must find more supporters to join our generous benefactors in a quest for long-term sustainability.


Circo de los Niños is committed to offering a top-quality program in Circus Arts training for young children and youth. To meet this goal, Circo invests in a professional team who offer training in various disciplines of Circus and Performance Arts in an adequate and safe environment.. We cannot scrimp on quality nor safety for our students.

*These numbers do NOT include extra fees that have been directly assumed by the founders :  

  • Web page fees
  • Custom fees for equipment import
  • Travel costs for professional volunteer staff
  • Purchase of sound and light equipment 
  • Extra expenses that are necessary but not reflected in the annual operations budget