Jun 162015

At the beginning of last week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2015 National Heritage Fellowships. Included in the list is none other than the spectacular Dolly Jacobs.

Dolly Jacobs - Dolly

Dolly Jacobs performing an aerial act during a performance of the Summer Circus Spectacular 2014,
photo by Rachel S. O’Hara

Dolly is a long-time friend from past seasons of the Big Apple Circus.

I’m pictured in my ringmaster outfit beside the beautifully costumed Dolly Jacobs. The other Big Apple Circus performers on the left are Jeff Gordon, Michael Christensen, Barry Lubin, and Tady Wozniak and the Wozniak Troupe.  Seated in the front row left to right are Jerome Robbins, Zubin Mehta, Beverley Sills, James Levine, Nat Leventhal, and Peter Martins.

Her father was the legendary clown Lou Jacobs, but Dolly is no clown in the ring. A world-renowned aerial artist, she certainly deserves her title “Queen of the Air.” Included in her awards is the coveted Silver Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and the title Dame du Cirque. Dolly and her husband Pedro Reis founded and operate the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. (Earlier this year I blogged about their Circus Sarasota show “Fearless.”) The conservatory has just begun performances of their Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Dolly Jacobs - Circus Spectacular

Congratulations, Dolly! An incredible honor, well deserved!


See the video below for some words from Dolly on receiving the honor:

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