About Us

The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, featured on the NBC hit reality competition series “America’s Got Talent (season 8),” is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicago area.

Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team performances include amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.

Founded in 1999 by professional gymnast Tim Shaw, these young inner city youth are taught discipline, respect, hard work, integrity and teamwork. Members must maintain a “C” average in school, are not allowed to drop out of school, associate with gangs, drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Through Tim’s positive impact, many kids have not only become professional polished gymnasts, but turned their lives around in the process.

The Chicago Boyz are the highlight of special events nationwide. They have performed at NBA (regular season & playoff games) and college halftime shows, professional circuses, festivals, theme parks and schools throughout the country.

Mett Tim Shaw

Founder and coach of the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic team is Tim Shaw. With over 30 years of experience in circus performing. He wanted to give young people opportunities to travel and see the world, which is why he decided to form the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team.

Before joining this team, most of these kids have never even left their own neighborhoods; they haven’t even been Downtown,” Shaw said. “Now they’re front and center at halftime shows at the biggest NBA games. Last year we were Game 4 entertainment for the NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers.


  • Circus Shows
  • Halftime Shows – NBA / NCAA
  • School Assemblies
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Universities
  • Fairs / Outdoor Events
  • Private Events
  • And More!


  • America’s Got Talent
  • The Ellen Show
  • Steve Harvey Show
  • Good Morning America
  • The Today Show
  • Comcast Chicago News-makers Interview


  • America’s Got Talent – Season 8 Semifinalist
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • Medora Musical, Medora, ND – Standing ovation every night 2 years in row
  • Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA
  • Montréal Circus Festival
  • Shrine Circus performances around the US
  • Colleges and University performances around the US
  • NCAA Halftime Show performances
  • NBA Halftime Show performances (season & playoff games)
  • NFL Halftime Show performances


They are definitely one of the best halftime acts that I bring in each year and probably the best in the NBA.

Jeff Wolschlaeger, Game Operations NBA Chicago Bulls, Chicago, IL

Thank you for a fantastic show of talented gymnasts. This incredible team is awesome.

Entertainment Chair Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

They were wonderful! One of Freeman Elementary’s best assemblies! Compliments abounded from staff, parents and students!

Susan Shropshire, PTA Board Member Freeman Elementary School, Aurora, IL

This was an awesome assembly! We will definitely invite them back. Even the office staff brought chairs in to watch!

Jennifer Hernoon, PTO Treasurer Yorkville School PTO, Union Grove, WI