The circus panda, also known as Amanda Panda, or simply Panda, is native to Grande Prairie. She is easily recognized by her fantastical height, bright colouring, and spinning hula hoops.
A pioneer of hoop dance within Grande Prairie, AB, Amanda is an entertainer and circus skills instructor nominated as one of Canada’s Most Influential Flow Artists at the 2016 CanSpin Awards. She’s the author of the illustrated children’s book, Mandi the Clown and the Hula Hoop Circus, which is based off her original performance character. Larger than life and a natural kid magnet, Amanda has been sharing her love of hoop dance since 2009. Catch her at the festival around the site as a variety of colourful characters and teaching in the Be Your Own Busker area.