San Francisco, CA, August 27, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- After nearly 20 years of teaching partner acrobatics, aerial arts, and handstands to professional performers and movement enthusiasts and 9 years of running his own gym, Dominik Wyss was told that the building that housed his gym was sold, and would be torn down. This circus training facility located on Cayuga street was simply known as “Cayuga” as it had no official name. It had a bit of mystique surrounding it, as it was only known by word-of-mouth. Though for the community to which it served, it was a powerhouse of training talent. It was a place where people learned how to take risks, fail safely, analyze what went wrong, grit their teeth, and do it again, but better. It was a place where professionals played, and enthusiasts developed skills. It was a training space for dedicated recreational acrobats, aspiring circus professionals and the local performance troupe Circus Automatic- best known for their edgy, beautiful and daring performance art as well as their support for non-profit mental health organizations and homeless youth services. On June 30th, 2019 the Cayuga gym closed its doors. “I feel that we lost a significant piece of San Francisco’s art and circus culture when we lost Cayuga. It was a special place that supported the artists, the teachers, and the community,” says Ariel Mihic, one of Salto SF’s Founding Members.
Mr. Wyss has been rallied by many community members to start a new training space for circus artists. He has teamed up with Teri Wing, an accomplished contortion teacher who taught at Cayuga for years, Ariel Mihic a long standing partner acrobatics teacher and co-founder of Precision Acrobatics, and Sarah Kim an acrobatics teacher with a background in social work and management. The new team has created an LLC and will be opening the new space, named Salto SF, this fall. “It is an exciting time to develop a new training space. We are letting go of what Cayuga once was, and creating Salto SF with its own character and commitment to the community”- Dom Wyss. In addition to supporting performance artists and teachers, Salto SF will also be a place of healing and wellness for the general public- open to health educators, massage practitioners, and physical therapists. While still in the beginning stages of development, Salto SF has already seen an outpouring of support from the community through their public GoFundMe campaign, and performance offerings for Salto SF’s public fundraising event on September 20th at The Midway.
The broader SF community is invited to attend Salto SF’s Fundraising event, an epic dance and circus performance gala at the Midway (900 Marin St). Support can also be offered to San Francisco’s vibrant performing arts community by contributing to Salto SF’s online fundraising campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/salto-sf-doors-open. Everyone is invited to come and see the show, dance, relax and celebrate this event. More information and tickets to the event can be found at www.saltosf.com.
Salto SF’s mission is to provide affordable rental space to small businesses, service providers, and community members who will join us in offering access to the knowledge and skills for a healthy and active lifestyle to all genders, ethnicities, physical abilities and sexual orientations to practice without discrimination.