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Meet Safire

Sandra ‘Safire’ Sommerville is a world-renowned circus performer and motivational speaker. She has performed in 14 different countries and has appeared in dozens of television spots, magazines, newspapers, blogs and more.Over 3 million people have seen her hoop dance videos. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge and uses her experience as an educator to engage students in her workshops and school presentations so that they don’t even realize they are learning while they are having fun.

With her first hand experience of childhood bullying, confidence issues and self-doubt, Safire shares with her audience what it took for her to believe in herself.

Safire Quick Facts

• World renowned circus performer, performed in 14 countries
• B. Ed. degree, uses educator skills to engage & impact students
• Circus skills amaze & delight students so they listen to her message
• Female role model, personal stories about self-esteem & confidence
• Encourages students to love themselves and express themselves
• Themes: Bullying, Self-Esteem & Confidence, Leadership, Peer Pressure, Physical Literacy/Fitness, Science, Circus & Hoop Workshops


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• Motivational Circus Show

One of the hardest things that youth deal with today is understanding their place in the world, knowing who they are, and having the confidence to stand up for the themselves. Safire’s comedy-variety-circus show features an amazing display of circus arts to grab students’ attention and allow her to share her message about finding joy and passion in one’s life

Times are even harder these days when students face negative experiences not only in the school yard but also through inappropriate e-mails, texts, and online social media interactions. Safire addresses the issues of bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem and self-love — helping young students recognize the importance of believing in oneself.

Feel free to let us know in advance any additional issues your school is dealing with and she can try to work those into her message to your students.

Grade Suitability: K–12
Duration: 45 mins.

• Physical Literacy – Fitness and Health Focus Show

How can we get kids moving? How can we get kids excited about fitness? Join Safire in this upbeat variety circus show that encourages kids to develop their skills in movement. Safire will share her own experiences of learning and developing circus skill and how physical activity can change our bodies. In this presentation we’ll explore movement challenges, how the body can improve over time with practice, and discover fun ways to live an ongoing healthy lifestyle.

This presentation contains different circus skills, tricks, and audience participation than her Motivational Circus Show.

Grade Suitability: K–12
Duration: 50 mins.

• Science in the Circus

Did you know that science has changed the world we live in? It’s also dramatically changed the circus! In this presentation students will learn about how subjects like science, technology, and design have affected the acts performed in contemporary circus. A fun filled variety circus show that ends with an LED dance show will get kids thinking differently about what math, science, and engineering means.

This presentation contains different circus skills, tricks, and audience participation than her Motivational Circus Show.

Grade Suitability: K–12
Duration: 50 mins.

• Workshops / Artist in Residence

With tried and true lesson plans that will get students laughing and learning, Safire’s workshops are a great combination of physical activity, fun, and education. Safire has taught around the world to groups of all sizes and ages. Workshops are structured to include demonstrations by Safire, ice breakers, interactive games, skill challenges, drama exercises, improv and more. All props and supplies included.

• Hula Hooping — All Ages
• Poi Spinning — All Ages
• Juggling — Ages 7+

*Single-day workshops include one of the above skills. 3-day and 5-day residencies are available can include them all. Please contact us to discuss details.

Grade Suitability: K–12
Duration: 30-60 min/workshop, half-day or full-day block of workshops
Capacity: 25 students/group, several groups per block of workshops


Safire offers $200 off the performance fee if you are willing to match up with a nearby school on the same day. If you have not already done so, click below to rank the top three artists you’d like to see tour to your area. There‘s no obligation to book, doing so will simply register your school for the discount and help us co-ordinate artists’ tours where there is the most interest for them.

Fees are listed as a range because the exact fee is determined by your area and number of shows in a tour. Once you’ve cast your vote, we can let you know the exact fee and possible dates for your preferred artists.

If your school is facing severe budget challenges please inquire about qualifying for our assistance program.

Motivational Circus Show

$650–$950 + GST

 Physical Literacy Show

$650–$950 + GST

Science in the Circus

$650–$950 + GST


$650–$950 + GST

 Artist in Residence

$3750 + GST (3-day)

$6000 + GST (5-day)


We really enjoyed how Safire made the audience feel relaxed and enthusiastic. The students really connected with her message and were also thoroughly entertained – she did a great job balancing these. It was a breath of fresh air! We loved it!

Vince Spila – Dr Bernard Brosseau, Bonnyville

Safire wowed our student body with her juggling experience and flexibility stunts. However it was her from-the-heart shared experiences about bullying that really resonated with all – a wonderful performance that mixed comedy with a serious issue. Staff and students would rate this presentation as one of the best we have had at our school, even our “cool” high school kids were laughing and clapping at the end of the performance!

Meta McDonald – Warburg School


What a great performance! We were so thrilled to have you and the students were talking about it in all their next classes.

Riley Ohler – Calgary Arts Academy

Wow, what can I say, Safire is simply a great performer. She loves what she does and brings it to the public with joy.

Dan Miethke, Lead Artist & Fire Coach – Cirque du Soleil