Chicago Boyz 2017 Open Tryouts


2017 OPEN TRYOUTSSATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th at Windy City Tumbling Academy
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon)


Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team open tryout participants must have an interest in acrobatics, circus arts, tumbling and trampoline skills. We will teach you everything you need to become a great performer!

You will learn Discipline, Character, Integrity, and Respect.

In 2017, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team have performed in over 130 cities.


Ji hangs with Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team – Windy City Live

The stunning tricks and stunts from the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team continue to amaze audiences four years after the appearance as semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent.”

Ji tried her hand at joining the squad and chatted with founder Tim Shaw about why this group is so important to Chicago’s young men and boys.

Original posting can be found here.

Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Training & Educational Program

Boys ages 8 – 17 years of age no experience necessary. We will train you!

OPEN TRYOUTS DATE & TIME: February 11, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
OPEN TRYOUTS LOCATION: Windy City Tumbling Academy – 901 East 95th street Chicago IL 60619

The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Training and Educational NFP. is a nonprofit 501c3 acrobatic tumbling and training program that trains future acrobats and tumblers who want to perform around the word with the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team. This after school acrobatic training program also teaches professionalism, discipline, character and integrity. This program includes homework help, field trips and speeches from business and community leaders. Students who complete the training program will have the opportunity to join one of our paid performance teams and travel and perform around the world. Program members also receive discounts on camps and classes at Windy City Tumbling Academy. All coaches and staff have extensive experience in either gymnastics, circus arts, early childhood education and teaching.


TRAINING PROGRAM RUNS FROM: February 15, 2017 – May 3, 2017
TRAINING PROGRAM DAYS: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

All programs activities take place at Windy City Tumbling Academy a 7500 square foot gymnastics and acrobatic training facility.

For more information about our Acrobatic Training & Educational Program, please email us at:

Free Open Gym at Windy City / Dec. 24, 2016

Tis the season for giving!

Join us this Saturday, December 24, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM for FREE play and Open Gym at Windy City Tumbling Academy (901 East 95TH Street, Chicago, IL 60619).

Parents take advantage of this opportunity to finish up last minute shopping or run much needed errands while the kids jump, flip and play. Everyone must have a waiver on file in order to participate.

Happy Holidays!

WCTA Winter Camp / December 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017

Don’t let your kid sit at home this winter break! Sign up today for the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team’ flipping and flopping winter fun camp!

CAMP RUNS: Monday – Friday / December 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017
DAY CAMP HOURS: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Boys & Girls Ages: 6 – 15

Kids will learn back flips and trampoline skills, play fun games, while developing confidence and discipline in a structured environment.


– Basic gymnastics skills and drills
– Learn a proper front flip and back flips
– Fitness drills and techniques
– Jumping and tumbling on 40 foot tumble track
– Jumping and tumbling on 40 inflatable tumble track
– Basic trampoline skills on mini trampoline
– Trampoline jumps into inflatable pit
– Jump roping
– Flips and tricks inside of jump ropes
– Fun Games
– Arts and Crafts
– Learn Team work skills and sportsmanship
– Weekly special guests performers

Campers will perform for invited guests, family and friends at the end of camp pizza party!


Option 1….. $225.00 entire 2 week session for day camp 9a.m ending at 12:30p.m for extended camp 1p.m to 4:00p.m add $25.00

Option 2….. $150.00 per week day camp 9a.m ending at 12:30p.m for extended camp 1p.m to 4:00p.m add $25.00

Option 3….. $35.00 day for camp 9a.m ending at 12:30p.m extended camp 1p.m to 4:00p.m $25.00

Sibling discounts are available.

All classes are held at Windy City Tumbling Academy (former House of Kicks) 901 East 95th street in Chicago.

Windy City Tumbling Academy is a 7500 square foot facility conveniently located at the intersection of 95th street and Cottage Grove avenue. For your convenience Parking is available in our gated parking lot.

Don’t miss out! Register today!

Please email us at: to sign-up for our Winter Camp.

Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team Creator To Open New Facility On South Side

ROSELAND – Opening an acrobatics school on the South Side is a dream that will soon become a reality for Englewood native Tim Shaw.

The 38-year-old has more than 25 years of experience in circus performing, and he wants to pass down his skills to inner-city youth. Students and young performers on his Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team need more space to practice, having outgrown Robichaux Park, he said.

The new facility, at 901 E. 95th St., will allow him and his coaches to teach even more children and teens, Shaw said. He’s renting an empty 14,000-square-foot building from Trinity United Church of Christ. He signed a 10-year contract that went into effect May 15. His team is practicing in a temporary facility next door until renovations are completed by early September.

“The demand to see the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team has grown, but in addition to that, we feel the need for this activity has gotten bigger,” Shaw said. “We also want to give the activity its proper space so that we can have whole classes and teachers.”

Before moving into their temporary home last month, the students and team members shared gym space, and classes were combined due to the limited time allotment from the Chicago Park District.

“Having our own facility gives us the freedom and flexibility to run everything that we do professionally and to do more as we see fit,” Shaw said.

He started his partnership with the Park District 16 years ago. Before that, Shaw was an assistant coach with the Jesse White Tumblers and before that, he performed with Ringling Bros. Circus.

He got recruited by the circus in 1992 and was traveled all over the country. Coming from Englewood, it was a great experience to see other places, Shaw said.

He wanted to give other young people the same opportunities, which is why he decided to form the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team. The 25 members have traveled the world, performing in Qatar, Dubai, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany and other countries. Last year they performed more than 500 shows. This year they are scheduled to perform at nearly 700 shows with four groups.

“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.”

Opening the acrobatics school on the South Side was a conscious decision, Shaw said.

“My passion and my heart is in serving my African-American youth,” Shaw said. “I could have easily opened a space like this a long time ago, somewhere else, outside the city, but I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t feel that was what I was called to do. I want to stay in the city so I can continue to serve my purpose. We’re not just doing acrobatic shows, we’re changing lives.”

He said he’s excited to introduce children to his circus art classes because many have never had the opportunity to try it.

“There is a lot of spirit in a lot of people, but it dies because there’s no way for that spirit to be unleashed,” Shaw said.

The classes will focus on tumbling and acrobatic techniques and circus arts. They’ll learn tricks like how to juggle, walk on a globe and ride a unicycle.

And at the larger facility, Shaw said he can grow his team. He will expand from 25 to 50 additional members. The interest has increased since they were semifinalists on “America’s Got Talent” in 2013 for Season 8.

The school will work with boys and girls as young as 3 years old. The classes are designed to teach them not only the skills for the mats but professional development skills, too. Shaw said there are plenty of opportunities in this industry for them and he wants to help equip his students with the tools to succeed.

Omar Dudley joined the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team in 2000.

Omar Dudley joined the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team in 2000.

Team member Omar Dudley, 27, has been with Shaw since the beginning. Before getting recruited, Dudley was flipping on mattresses he and his friends would find in vacant apartments. He grew up in the Westhaven Apartments on the Near West Side.

Dudley met Shaw at Union Park, down the street from his home.

“We met this guy and was like, ‘Who is this guy? He can take us out of the hood,’ ” Dudley said. “He was our key to success.”

Since becoming a Chicago Boyz Acrobatics member, Dudley has traveled to more than 14 countries.

“Before coming to the team, I had never even been to the South Side of Chicago,” he said. “Seeing that there was a better community outside of my own community was like a dream come true at my age.”

Dudley said he never imagined that tumbling could take him places. He said his experience so far has been nothing but positive.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and I never want to give it up; I want to keep going,” he said.

All team members are salaried and get paid for their performances.

“They are making more money than people who work 40-hour weeks,” Shaw said. “They’re making more money from one show than someone who would probably go to work for 20-40 hours a week.”

The following article was fist published on:
PULLMAN & ROSELAND – Arts & Entertainment
Article by Andrea V. Watson | June 15, 2016

Midian Shrine Circus – Video Fan Review

While our Web Developer & Graphic Designer, Jonathan and his girlfriend Jennifer were attending a show of the Midian Shrine Circus on Saturday, April 23, 2016, they decided to take a video of this kid that was sitting in front of them during intermission. They stated that, “we noticed how excited this kid was watching the performance of the Chicago Boyz, so we asked his parents if we could get a review from him“. Check out what he has to say below…