ACRO Course Outline

ACRO is personalized learning, where you get to achieve the outcomes you want, and you get to shape the career you want. We provide the space and support to make it happen. But generally, we are interested in helping you to gain skills and projects that can be immediately applied to improve your opportunities to have a circus career. While you control what projects you work on, we think that projects students could include:

·         An individual performance

·         A group performance

·         A roving act

·         Circus Teaching skills

·         A skill level that meets NICA prerequisites

But what you achieve is limited only by your imagination, your effort, and, the laws of physics.

Who can do the Course? We are open to any offers, but we will prefer people who have had a strong association with circus for several years, and, who are committed to a circus ethos that embraces diversity and non-competition. However, if you have a background in another area, such as gymnastics, or improvisation, you are welcome to also apply.

What happens in the course?

This course:

·         Has no assessments – we don’t judge how you are going, you do! You will be asked what you want to achieve at the beginning of the course, and we will try and help you achieve this

·         Has relatively few classes – we don’t think you learn how to be a circus professional in a classroom, instead, we give you time in a supported space to develop the skills and projects that you want, and that you think you can use to develop the opportunities you see.

·         The classes will concentrate on practical issues, such as registering as a business, tax, insurance, charging and costing appropriately, train the trainer, safety, injury prevention, rigging issues, etc. There will also be classes in specialist skills based on student requests, but a lot of the skills training will occur when there are circus trainers supporting the open training sessions

·         Has 2 week-long creative developments run by Robbie Curtis. The focus of these weeks will be on developing ensemble performance, but it also a time when there is another outside eye to support your individual performance development.

·         Simulates living as an independent circus artist. The circus artists who make a living out of their art are self-motivated to develop their own projects and are keen to collaborate with others. They turn up to the circus space to practice, they help and teach each other skills, they share opportunities. This course is designed so that you can do that, with the added help that there will be trainers there each day. Some days they will run a class for part of the day, others they will be there to offer advice and help as you work, but for a lot of the time, you will be working on your own projects, or working on group projects, you need self-motivation, but you will be developing the habits of a professional circus artist.

·         Wants you to earn money. We want your projects to work, and to start earning you money. When you learn to teach circus, we want you to start getting paid. If you develop any act, we want to help you to start using it to earn an income. You will start earning money by the end of the course, or we will return 10% of your course fees.

·         Provides an opportunity to develop an ensemble performance, and, perform it. You will have access to our space to perform this piece, and any money earnt, after paying for tech, is divided amongst the performers.

·         Is structured into 3 days, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9am to 3pm, but we expect that you will be motivated to work longer hours than this.

·         Has 2 creative development weeks, where Robbie Curtis, acrobat, juggler, dancer, creative director who is ex-Circa, Cirque Du Soleil and many other circuses, will support you in developing your acts, and the group act.

When is the course?

The course runs in semester 1, 2020, from 17th February to 19th June, with a 2 week semester break from the 13th to 24th April. The course runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am to 3pm during these weeks.

How much does it cost?

The course costs $3,300, but you will need to purchase insurance (min $69, but could be more depending on what you want to insure) and Working with Children Check ($80)

How do I apply?

Fill out the application and get it to us by December 1st. While we do accept late applications, they will only be considered after the first round or applications have been assessed.

For further information

Please call (02) 4285 0066 or send questions to