Hup (clap) HEY! is dedicated to inspiring youth to reach for their highest potential, to foster community, and to nurture the well-being of all participants through a unique blend of music and circus arts education and performance.
Hup (clap) HEY! was formed in 2018 by Jason Burnstein and Elena Orsak as a means to share their passion and belief in the important life lessons learned from circus arts and performance. They have travelled extensively to Mexico and Costa Rica offering their educational services and creating top notch performances that celebrate every performer and engage local communities.
The HCH team is a family affair, with daughters Mayla (17), Tiley (8), and Quinn (7) making up an integral part of the international company. By showing up as a family and contributing to the performing, teaching, and sharings, they hope to encourage other families to do the same, developing a love for circus through participation.
We aim to improve the lives of all participants by utilizing the circus arts and performance as a means of empowerment.
There are so many wonderful lessons to be learned from an introduction to circus arts, including important life skills such as finding balance, strengthening determination and perseverance, developing hand eye coordination, resilience, creativity, strength, flexibility, teamwork, self confidence, and so much more!
We believe strongly in the idea of “circus fun for everyone!” and have created a scholarship fund that supports this mission. Our dream is to bring our love of circus arts to children all over the globe regardless of their race, religion, identity or financial status.
We currently offer programming in both our home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Nosara, Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula. Since 2018 we have been manifesting our vision with offerings in Nosara. We took a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, but are excited to return again in 2021. In 2019 we were able to meet the following benchmarks:
Three unique circus offerings:
Circo Pacha Mama
Circo Nosara Summer Clown Camp
Over 80 students served (compared to 15 in 2018)
Student involvement from five different schools
Collaborations with six local businesses
Local musicians joined the band to play live music at all three public performances!
45% of participants received financial aid to foster our mission of “Circus fun for EVERYONE!”
Thousands of smiles and “Hup (clap) HEY!”s
In 2021 we are planning a two week summer camp in Minneapolis. We also plan to return to Costa Rica to offer even more opportunities to the children and families there.