Kids & Teens Aerial Program Ages 3 1/2 - 18 years
LEARN AERIAL SILKS, STATIC TRAPEZE & AERIAL HOOP IN EVERY CLASS!
WE OFFER BEGINNER THROUGH PROFESSIONAL LEVELS FOR BOYS & GIRLS.
OUR KIDS LEVEL 1 CLASSES HAVE SEASONAL SIGN-UPS:
SPRING SESSION: MARCH/APRIL/MAY
SUMMER SESSION: IS MONTH BY MONTH
FALL SESSION: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
WINTER SESSION: DECEMBER/JANUARY/FEBRUARY
WE ALLOW DROP-INS SATURDAYS AT NOON. PLEASE EMAIL or CALL THE STUDIO TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW,
YOU MUST SIGN-UP IN ADVANCE EVEN IF YOU ARE ATTENDING ONLY ONE CLASS.
HOMESCHOOL KIDS: WE ACCEPT EMPIRE SPRINGS & SAGE OAK STUDENTS. YOU MAY ATTEND EITHER OUR SPECIFIC HOMESCHOOL CLASSES OR OUR REGULAR CLASSES. EMAIL TO SIGN UP.
RSVP ASAP FOR
KIDS SPRING SESSION:
CLOTHING: NO ZIPPERS on any of the clothing you wear in the air! It rips our Aerial Silks and we have to replace the entire length of material! Long hair needs to be tied back, and please wear leggings that go below the knee and a close-fitted top/tank top/ leotard. If you don’t have leggings, shorts are ok but it is more uncomfortable for the back of the knee on the metal equipment. Make sure your child brings water to class, and if you are attending a camp, please provide a healthy snack for break time.
PAYMENT: We need a credit card on file at all times, please update cards that expire, even if you prefer to pay cash or check. Payment is charged automatically every 4 weeks. Our Youth Program is held in 3-month sessions, if you join late, you are pro-rated for the rest of the session. You may attend once for a drop-in fee of $20, after that you need to commit to our Seasonal Sessions (listed above).
MAKE UPS: If your child cannot make it to class, classes do not roll over to the next month, but you can do a make up within the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which class you can come to for a make up.
The Circus Studio opened in 2010. We have two rooms in our Studio Space in addition to our 250-seat Theatre Space, so all levels can practice in the air every day. We are the only Aerial Studio in the entire area that offers a highly comprehensive, beginner through professional program for children and adults. We are also the only aerial studio to offer Silks, Hoop, and Static Trapeze in every class. Our Level 2 and 3 also learn Aerial Cube and Double Lyra. We also do intensive conditioning, stretching, technique, solo, duo, trio, and group choreography. We host free monthly Aerial Recitals, as well as two major Aerial Youth Performances per year as well as two major Aerial Adult Performances per year.
Our Youth Program begins as early as age 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 (our Little Monkeys), then 6-12 (Kids Level 1) and 11-16 (Teen Level 1). Youth may attend one or multiple classes per week, always beginning in Level 1. If your child has previous aerial training, they can sign up for a 30 minute private to assess their skill level.
OUR YOUTH PROGRAM IN DETAIL
Youth Level 1 consists of conditioning, stretching, and learning 150 tricks on Silks, Hoop, and Static Trapeze. Students advance at their own pace, some students can be in Level 1 for a couple of years, some for only a couple of months. It all depends on their movement background, their maturity, and the frequency of their attendance. Students may also want to attend 30 or 60 minute Private Sessions to practice certain tricks they may have difficulty with, or to bump up their skill set to level up faster. Once students have learned about 80% of these tricks, they will be invited to join Level 2 Prep Class.
Level 2 Prep Class is by invitation only and is taken in addition to Level 1 Class for a few months. Here they will continue learning the rest of the tricks, perfect their technique, and work toward their first Aerial Recital. When they have mastered all 150 tricks, they will attend one Private Lesson where they will be tested on their tricks, they will perform in one of our monthly recitals, and will advance to Level 2.
Youth Level 2 is where they will further their Aerial vocabulary, learning drops, partner work, longer choreography, and begin the audition process for our annual shows. They will need to attend at least twice a week to be considered for our shows (most students attend 3-4 times per week) as we do as much rehearsing during class time as possible. Students begin to learn from each other, learning positive critiquing techniques, and learn to observe routines technically and expressively. Intensive conditioning is done in this level, on the ground as well as on the apparatus. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays these classes are held at our Theatre Space that is much larger, has much higher ceilings, and where we are able to hang more aerial apparatus at one time. This is exciting and inspiring for the students, and they become accustomed to being on the stage before they are in an actual performance. Our Level 2 Camps are also held at the Theatre. Once the students have performed in a Level 2 show, it is up to the discretion of the teacher to decide if they progress to Level 2.
Youth Level 3 students do a great deal of aerial choreography, learn advanced tricks and drops, and further their solo, duo, trio, and group work. Students learn how to express themselves creatively, and truly find who they are as a circus performer. This level requires a certain level of maturity, regardless of age, and students are expected to self-motivate and be responsible for their time in class. The most experienced teens in this level also coach the newer students, offering technical advice and creative suggestions. Intensive conditioning is also done in this level, on the ground as well as on the apparatus. Students may also begin apprenticing with their teacher in this level, if they are interested in eventually joining our team of teachers.
Age 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 years
LITTLE MONKEYS (60 minutes)
Our youngest Aerial Boys and Girls will enjoy our circus studio, playing Games, Tumbling, Basic Aerial Play & Basic Aerial Tricks on Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks, and Static Trapeze. These classes will prepare them for further aerial work as they grow older, helping them gain upper body and core strength,increased flexibility, and body awareness in the air and on the ground. When kids turn 6, they will join the Kids Level 1 classes.
Monthly passes are $75/1x week, $130/2x week, $190 3x/week.
Kids Level 1
Age 6 - 12
WEDNESDAY 11-12 (Home School)
SATURDAY 12 - 1pm
Teen Level 1
LEVEL I KIDS (1-hour)
Every child will begin in these classes. Our professional aerialists will safely take your children through aerial moves, one at a time. Each child will progress from one pose to the next at their own rate. They will gain flexibility, confidence, and get a fantastic full-body workout! They don’t know how hard they are working because they have so much fun here. Our warm-ups include stretching, push-ups, core workout, and more. Boys and girls love our classes. No dance, flexibility, or gymnastic background is necessary. Age 6-12. Kids will learn over 150 different moves on the Silks, Hoop, and Still Trapeze.
Students advance at their own pace, some students can be in Level 1 for a couple of years, some for only a couple of months. It all depends on their movement background, their maturity, and the frequency of their attendance. Students may also want to attend 30 or 60 minute Private Sessions to practice certain tricks they may have difficulty with, or to bump up their skill set to level up faster. Once students have learned about 80% of these tricks, they will be invited to join Level 2 Prep Class.
Monthly passes are $75/1x week, $130/2x week, $190 3x/week. If there is room, a single class is $20. Sign-Up by email in advance required, as many classes are full, we also have a waiting list.
LEVEL I TEENS (1-hour)
Every teen will begin in these classes.
Teens follow the same progression through our program as Kids 1 above.
Teens are also allowed to add our Adult Aerial Level 1 classes to their schedule, many will add Circus Workout which is held directly after Monday and Wednesda's Teen Classes, making it a full two-hour workout.
Kids Prep for
TUESDAYS 4-5:15pm @ Studio
FRIDAYS 6-7:15pm @ Studio
In this class, by invitation only, we prepare your children for Kids Level 2. We will hand pick the students who are almost ready for Level 2, so that we can work with them more intensely on their specific needs. Some children need help memorizing the tricks, some need help putting tricks in a sequence, some need more confidence, and everybody can always use more strength and practice, practice, practice! They will also work on choreographing and perfecting their showcase performance which is part of their testing for Level 2.
The performance will happen during the Claremont ARTwalk, which we participate in the first Saturday of every month. We have a showcase which is by donation, open to the public, with two aerial showcases, at 7pm and 8pm, at our studio.
This class will usually be attended for a period of a few months. At the end of this class, students will perform in the ARTwalk showcase, do their actual 30-60 minute Aerial Level 1 Tricks Test, and then officially advance to Level 2.
SPRING BREAK CAMPS LEVEL 1 - AT STUDIO
APRIL 6 - 10
SPRING BREAK CAMPS LEVEL 2/3 - AT THEATRE
APRIL 6 - 10
WEEKLY DURING JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Our Summer, Spring, Thanksgiving & Winter Break KIDS AERIAL CIRCUS CAMPS are offered every year and always fill up.
The students will do warm-ups and stretching on the floor to increase muscle tone and flexibility. Then it's on to the aerial equipment! They will learn a variety of aerial tricks and sequences on all the aerial equipment, including Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, & Static Trapeze. Each child will progress at their own level, learning tricks that are appropriate for their ability and strength.
Our students (boys & girls) always show a great improvement after this fifteen-hour week, and will no doubt be in better shape.
No experience is necessary. No flexibility is necessary Come as you are and we will get you up in the air! Kids who are currently in our Level 1 classes will continue to learn new tricks and brand new kids will start from the beginning and literally work their way up.
Kids progress at their own level during the camp. Each camp has a casual showcase for family and friends the last half hour on the last day of camp., which is a Friday.
Level 1 Camp is open to beginners or current Level 1 age 6-14
OUR CAMPS ALWAYS FILL UP, SIGN-UP ASAP! ATTEND AS MANY WEEKS AS YOU LIKE AND KEEP LEARNING NEW TRICKS!
Kids Level 2
*by invitation only
MONDAY 3:30-5pm @ Theatre
WEDNESDAY 5:30-7pm @ Theatre
THURSDAY 4:30-6pm @ Theatre
Kids Level 3
*by invitation only
MONDAYS 5-7pm @ Theatre
TUESDAYS 4-6pm @ Studio
WEDNESDAYS 4-6pm @ Theatre
THURSDAYS 5:30-7:30pm @ Theatre
LEVEL 2 (90 minutes)
You must have studio permission before attending Level 2. A prerequisite knowledge of Aerial Hoop, Silks, and Trapeze is mandatory. In this class students will further their aerial education by learning more advanced tricks and perfecting their previously learned tricks. Apparatus such as Aerial Cube and Aerial Hammock will be part of the curriculum as well. They will also begin to create sequences and eventually learn fully choreographed pieces to music. They will work on performing and begin to understand how to express themselves through aerial movement. This class is for ages 8-16.
Our next Level 2 performance is Nightmare Before Christmas in late April!
LEVEL 3 (2-hour)
Monday and Wednesday Level 3 classes are held onstage at Seeley Mudd Theatre at The Claremont School of Theology.
Twice a year, our advanced Aerial Kids perform a full aerial show right here at the studio and outside at a local park! Solos, duets, and group aerial pieces are all performed by the kids. Rehearsals focus on complex choreography, finally showcasing each child at their best.
Our next Level 3 performance is Coraline in late June!
Want to bump up your child's aerial skills? Want to prepare sooner to test out of Level 1? Want a private class for you and your kid/s? Prices are for students currently enrolled in our program.
60 MINUTE STUDENT PRIVATE $70
5 sessions $325
each extra person $15
30 MINUTE STUDENT PRIVATE $35
5 sessions $150
each extra person $10
Want your child to take class with you? Children ages 12 and up may attend any Aerial Level 1 or Flexibility Class with you as long as they have an appropriate level of maturity and do not interrupt class. Aerial Level 1 includes Aerial Yoga, Circus Workout, & Aerial Tricks. You must both be signed in for class, your child will pay the "student" rate.
Pole classes are age 16 & up.
Flexibility class is age 10 & up.