Youth Programs Overview

Our program offers comprehensive circus training for youth of all ages and skill levels.

For the youngest children (under three), we have two options. The first is our Kinder Circus Class. This allows children 4 and under to began exploring movement and circus, for children under 3, parents must attend with them "parent-and-me" style. Another option is our occasional Family Circus Class. This allows the whole family to explore circus together.

Our next age group is 5-6, for these children there is Kinder Circus. The goal of Kinder Circus is to get kids of this age an introduction to circus arts and movement and also to prepare them for the Beginning Circus classes and camps. 5 and 6 year olds who have "graduated" from our Kinder Circus Program can attend other classes and camps with permission. 

A great place to start for kids 7 and up is our Beginning Youth Circus Program. This program includes Beginning Youth Circus and Home School Circus. These classes offer the opportunity to explore a variety of circus arts and let kids discover what most interests them.  Students are welcome to take from one to four of these classes each week. 

From there kids 7 and up should consider joining  a technique class in an area that interests them. We have classes in Silks, Trapeze, Lyra, Sling, Rope, Stretching, Contortion, Tumbling, Hand Balancing, Tightrope, Globe, Rola Bola, Stilts, Juggling and Twirling that they are welcome to join at any level of training.

The can also join the Intermediate Youth Circus Program. This class is for graduates of the beginning youth circus program and gives them a chance to advance their skills. The purpose of this class is to prepare kids for the Advanced Program by helping them bridge into a more independent style of learning and find their focus. 

The Advanced Youth Circus Program is a performance focused group of classes that allows students to take the skills they are learning and apply performance techniques to them. These classes meet 3 times per week and are great to pair with any technique class as well when students have reached an intermediate/advanced level of training.

 

Kinder Circus

For kids up to 6 years old.

A fun introduction to a variety of basic movement and circus skills geared towards young children! (children must be potty trained to participate in classes). Graduates of this class should be able to juggle two scarves and are working towards three, balance on one foot on the tightrope, balance on the globe alone, perform basic tumbling skills, do the first and second trapeze sequences and the first sling sequence. 

Beginning Youth Circus

For youth 7 and up of all experience levels.


An introduction to a variety of circus arts including: tumbling, tightrope, globe, rola bola, trapeze, juggling and twirling. This is a great class to start with to discover what circus has to offer! Graduates of this program should be able to juggle three scarves and are working towards three balls, walk on the globe alone, walk across the tightrope alone, perform basic tumbling skills, perform the first and second trapeze sequences, perform the first sling sequence and climb the silks. 

Home School Circus

A day time version of Youth Circus especially for home schoolers!

Kid's Silks 1 and 2

A great place for beginners to start training on the silks and learn basic circus techniques. Graduates of this class should be able to do the first and second silks sequence and are working towards the third. The also can perform basic tumbling skills. Kid's Silks 2 is the next level of silks that helps to prepare kids to work in the Advanced Youth Circus Program.

Intermediate Youth Circus Program

This class is for graduates of the Beginning Youth Circus Program. It is designed as a bridge between Beginning and Advanced Circus. It helps kids to both advance their skills and learn how to work in a more independent and individual environment.

Photo by Karel Moonen.

Photo by Karel Moonen.

Advanced Youth Circus Program

Description: For Youth (that have completed the Youth Circus Program with teacher permission.)

This class is for youth that have reached an advanced level of training in circus and want to explore performing. The focus of the class is to fine tune skills in the areas that most interest the student and to work on building acts by adding theatrical and performance skills. There are opportunities throughout the semester for the kids to perform and share their art! This class is highly focused on performance, it is strongly encouraged that participants also take a technique class to get a chance to focus solely on technique.

 

Family Circus

 

A chance for the whole family to try a variety of circus skills! One member of the group should be an adult or older teen.

Cost is $20 or $5 per person if less than four people