Circus Theater Camp (ages 4 – 12)
Calling all monkeys, ninjas, acrobats, and adventurers! This camp brings together the fun physical challenges of circus with the endless potential of storytelling to make an action-packed week of Circus Theater. Each day begins with an imagery-based warm-up, preparing campers to jump, swing, spin, and CREATE! Next, we explore physical theater concepts, playing with individual creative expression as well as collaborative group challenges.
The majority of camp is spent in smaller groups, building skills on single-point trapeze, aerial silks, acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking, and more. Campers are divided by age and skill-level to ensure that each student is challenged and supported. Throughout the week students are encouraged to add their imaginations to the physical disciplines, tumbling like ninjas, spinning like cyclones, and collaborating with peers and directors to create imaginative end-of-camp performances for family and friends!
All-day camps include a trip to the park (weather permitting) and a more in depth exploration of circus theater, often including script-development, costume design, and mask-making, as well as obstacle courses, parkour, and free play.
*Students are assessed in each of our full-term classes and camps. Assessments can also be completed during a Sampler Class if requested in advance. Thank you!
BABY CIRCUS AGES 1.5-4 (ADULT-CHILD): Explore creative movement, trapeze, acrobatics, silks, juggling, and more with your little one! Learn fabulous tricks on the mats and in the air…and most importantly, PLAY together! All children must bring an adult. Registration is per child.
FAMILY WORKSHOP, AGES 3 – ADULT : This class is intended for families who want to learn to fly together! Moms, dads, siblings, aunts, uncles, and family friends are all welcome to attend! Learn new skills and games as an individual, a pair, and a group. Learn spotting techniques and gain confidence on the playground and beyond. Tuition is for each individual student, regardless of age.
TRAPEZE & ACROBATICS (ALL LEVELS): Swing! Tumble! Create! Perform! This 1-hour class is a playful introduction to trapeze, acrobatics, and physical theater. Students build confidence, grace, and strength as they discover their own potential, and cooperative group skills as they learn partner tricks, explore physical theater exercises, and create their own unique end-of-the term show! There are no prerequisites for this class.
AERIAL & ACROBATICS (ALL LEVELS): Swing, tumble, create, and perform…MORE! This 90 min. class expands on our classic trapeze and acrobatics class, adding aerial apparatus such as hoop and silks to the curriculum. Students build confidence, grace, and strength as they discover their own potential, and cooperative group skills as they learn partner skills, explore physical theater exercises, and create their own unique end-of-the term show. Level 1 focuses on single-point trapeze, silks, acrobatics, and physical theater. Levels 2+ offers more challenging skills and concepts and may include additional aerial apparatus. Instructor approval is required for level 2+.
INTO THE AIR! (LEVELS 2, 3, 4): Explore silks, hoop, trapeze and invented apparatus in this class is for the student who just can’t spend enough time in the air! Students build strength, grace, and confidence as they learn new skills, create unique aerial vocabulary, and craft pieces using story, dance, and their own imaginations! Students must have solid basics on trapeze, good core and upper body strength, and focused class-taking skills to attend. Students must be approved for level 2+.
AERIAL SILKS (LEVELS 1 & 2+): Learn climbs, wraps, drops, and sequences on aerial silks. Level 1 offers an introduction for beginners. Instructor approval is required for Level 2+ as students must have adequate upper body strength, core strength, and focus.
TEEN AERIAL: This class offers an overview of aerial dance for the beginning or intermediate student. Learn vocabulary, improvisational techniques, and sequencing on a variety of aerial apparatus, including single-point trapeze, hoop, silks, and invented apparatus. Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students. There are no prerequisites for this class.
INTRO TO PARKOUR: Train your body and mind to easily overcome obstacles in creative and fun ways without damaging joints and spine! Develop proper techniques to ensure safety and longevity while fluidly adapting your movements to the your environment. Dive into the world of Precision Landings, Vaulting Styles, Rolling, Wall Running, Rail Balancing, Quadrupedal Movements, and looking beyond traditional use of objects. Although the class is playful and fun, our focus is always on safety through proper technique progressions, learning and expanding one’s boundaries, and creativity. Every class will consist of a proper warm-up, skill development, obstacle course training and cool down review. Classes are tailored to students’ abilities to help them grow through intense noncompetitive activity, while encouraging positive collaboration, creative movement, and respect for all people and places. No previous acrobatic/gymnastic training necessary.
AERIAL YOGA: Take your yoga practice into the air! Wake up your body and spirit with poses that focus on breath, alignment, and flow. Translate those poses to single-point trapeze and aerial silks, building strength, improving alignment and defying gravity! This class will deepen your understanding of yoga and aerial dance and brighten your day! There are no pre-requisites for this class if you take the full term. Drop-in OK with teacher permission.
Instructor: Sara Fay Goldman
“YES, YOU CAN!”, ACRO & AERIAL for ALL: This class is perfect for students who are interested in exploring acrobatics, aerial dance and physical theater, but have barriers or hesitations around taking our beginning trapeze and acrobatics class. Using modifications and adaptations liberally, this class will give adult students of all ages, body types, and abilities an opportunity to learn to fly in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Participation in the full term is encouraged, but drop-in’s are also welcome.
Instructor: Ari Rapkin
DANCEABILITY, INCLUSIVE DANCE: DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. This class cultivates a common ground for creative expression of all people. The material is drawn from the group present in a given situation and isolates no one. The method supports self-empowerment by offering ways that all individuals can participate fully in expressing their creative choices, including respecting one’s own limits.
DanceAbility International’s mission is to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. Our vision is that through dance and movement, people from very diverse backgrounds experience the art of being together.
Instructor: Aaron Wheeler-Kay (certified DanceAbility instructor)
PARTNER ACROBATICS: Partner acrobatics and tumbling for all levels. Come solo and make new friends or bring a friend and make new friends. Full term or drop-in welcome!
Instructor: Stefan Furst
MIXED AERIAL, LEVEL 1 & 2: A body positive, playful, and challenging overview of aerial dance for the beginning or intermediate student. Learn fundamental vocabulary on a variety of aerial apparatus, including single-point trapeze, hoop, silks, and invented apparatus. Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students. There are no prerequisites for this class. Drop-in for Level 2 only.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
AERIAL FITNESS/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING (ALL LEVELS): Build strength & flexibility for acrobatics, aerial work & life! Emphasizes whole body integration, range of motion, & alignment. All levels welcome. Full term or drop-in.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
TRAPEZE, ACROBATICS & PHYSICAL THEATER (TRAPEZE & ACRO) – ALL LEVELS: Explore single-point trapeze, acrobatics, and physical theater while building confidence, community, and a stronger, more flexible you! Experience your potential through circus, theater arts, and structured play. All bodies welcome. Level 1 provides an opportunity to learn basic skills, terminology and safety concepts, and is only offered as a full term. Level 2+ is offered as a full-term or drop-in class with instructor approval.
Instructors: Robin Woolman
AERIAL COMPOSITION LEVEL 3+: Take your aerial training to the next level, creating your own unique movement style on trapeze, silks, and/or invented apparatus, including aerial bike, chair, cube, ladder and more! Experiment with musicality, dynamic, character, story, and your imagination…from improvisation to choreography, composition, and performance! Previous aerial experience required. Offered as a full term or drop-in class.
Instructor: London Mahina
STRAPS: This class will focus on technique and strength development that will benefit not only a straps artist, but any aerialist. As a multi-level class, the curriculum will be individualized as much as possible in order to challenge each student and set him/her up for success. No straps experience required, but students should be able to hold a 30 second hollow-body and do 5 pull-ups.
Instructor: Omri Geva
AERIAL DANCE: Dance in the air! Explore single-point trapeze, hoop, and invented apparatus as you build core strength, flexibility, grace, and confidence. Develop vocabulary, alignment, musicality, and improvisational skills on the floor and in the air. We will include dance principles from multiple disciplines, classic and social, aerial and terrestrial! There are no prerequisites for this class if you take the full term. Drop-in with teacher permission.
Instructor: Aaron Wheeler-Kay
AERIAL HARNESS: Learn to fly in this challenging and playful class! Explore the balance, grace, and freedom of hands-free aerial. Harness work is more challenging than it appears, so strong core and upper body strength is recommended. Students must have aerial experience to participate, but no aerial harness experience is required.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
OPEN GYM: Come train with amazing people in this supervised open gym. Acro and aerial training welcome. Students must have completed a full term of Level 1 or pass an assessment test. Drop-in only.