Starting out

The circus aerial and acrobatic arts are a great way to build strength, work on flexibility and get fit. No prerequisite is needed to start, so no need to work out at the gym before you join a class. Most people start with a low level of fitness and gain strength as they progress.

When booking onto a class it is worth choosing a class that is appropriate to your level, even if you are proficient in another circus art or sport. For example you may be very strong, but you will need to learn the basics of the apparatus before you can progress. It may mean you advance quicker than someone less strong, but there will be an expectation by the instructor that you can do some key moves such as a catchers on the silks or know what a cradle is on the hoop in an advanced class for example.

Classes labelled as mixed ability are suitable for people of all levels including absolute beginners. 


Getting the most out of your class

As part of your booking you are invited to inform us of anything that you feel may affect your performance such as being on certain types of medication or any health concerns such as joint disorders, hypermobility etc. In some instances we may need to modify our class / plan or the way we teach you to support your development. There may be instances where we have to say no to particular moves / tricks. As well as your medical information, do let us know if you have any special educational needs that you want us to take into account

We also ask that you tell us if you have anything medical that we may need to pass on to healthcare workers should there be an emergency such as cardiac or respiratory disorders.


How the class runs

Classes all start with a warm-up and it is imperative that all students participate to ensure their bodies are ready for exercise. The instructor may refuse class participation if the student is significantly late or doesn’t take part.

The class will begin on the apparatus with conditioning exercises followed by the class content. Our instructors will guide you through the moves, giving verbal and visual explanations. To support you in your learning the instructor may physically assist you which we call spotting. If you don’t feel comfortable with this, or feel you don’t need it just let us know. There may be an instance where we have to intervene if we feel you are at risk. At the end of the class, the instructor will conduct a cool down consisting of stretches, which we recommend you undertake.


Booking a class

Classes are booked and paid for online via the booking system - By booking onto a class you will have signed the waiver and agreed to our policies and terms and conditions. We also advise that if you have any questions that you ask them prior to booking via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What to wear and bring to class

Aerial classes including hoop, sling, silks and trapeze we recommend wearing leggings or jogging bottoms plus a top that covers the torso like a t-shirt.

Pole classes you will need to eventually get some skin out, so shorts and a vest top are recommended. For the warm up and stretch you will want some warm clothes, so wear some layers.

Acro classes we recommend general sports clothes, baggy clothes can be slippery so make sure things like joggers can be tied up, so that there are no embarrassing mishaps!