Do I need any prior experience to do circus classes?
Anyone can do circus. You don’t need any prior experience to start doing circus; however some classes are for students who are more advanced. Intermediate and Advanced level classes in the timetable are clearly marked, and you should talk to the office or your trainer before going up a level.

What do I bring to circus classes?
Students should bring a water bottle and wear clothes which are appropriate for moving in and going upside down. Leggings and snug fitting t-shirts are ideal for aerial classes like trapeze and tissue. No watches, jewelry (especially not rings), zippers or other sharp or pointy bits.

Circus Monoxide Circus School offer Adult Classes?
Yes, absolutely! We have adult only classes and also classes for all ages which are open to adults and children alike in the same group. If you have a look in our timetable the age group is listed.

Does Circus Monoxide Circus School offer private classes?
Yes we do. Please contact our admin staff and they will arrange the right trainer for you!

Do you offer casual classes?
 Yes, you can buy casual classes, and the price for each class is at the bottom of the timetable. You can only get access to classes as a casual if they are not full. Also, we do allow you to trial a class before you commit to a full enrollment. It costs $20 per hour of class for a trial class, and this money is taken out of the full term fee is you decide to continue.

Finally, we have safety concerns if people start an aerials class after the first 3-4 weeks. So a person who wants to trial aerials, or do a casual class when they haven’t done aerials before, will be asked to wait and start at the beginning of the next term.

CMYP

Circus Monoxide Youth Performers are a 2 groups of young people 9- 13 and 14-18yrs who want to do more than just do tricks. Working predominantly as an ensemble but with excellent solos as well, this group of young people are the up-coming circus performers in the Illawarra.

Entry to CMYP is most often through a CMYP prep class. This class helps the students learn some of the basic ensemble skills so that they then fit well into CMYP. 

CMYP students commit to at least 5hrs of training a week and need to be available for performances on weekends throughout the year. The five hours consist of the relevant core class in the timetable, plus several hours of specialist training of their choice. If the students decide to do more than 5 hours, they are eligible to attend further classes at a discounted rate. The 5 hours of training costs $590, but you need to contact the office if you wish to enrol, as the enrolment system differs for CMYP

In the last year CMYP performed in 'And Imagine', a collaboration with Ruccis youth circus in Melbourne, as well as Viva la Gong. In 2018, CMYP has been working with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts from Darwin. There is a CMYP prep class in term 4, 2018's timetable for those who wish to join.

For further information please contact us here.

Circus School

  • ADULT CIRCUS CLASSES

  • YOUTH CLASSES

  • PRE-SCHOOL CIRCUS

  • CIRCUS MONOXIDE YOUTH PERFORMERS

 

Adult Circus Classes: 

  • Circus Fit – Adults Strength and General Fitness Class: Circus Fit is an adults class designed to prepare you for circus classes and support those already participating in them. Learn how to climb ropes, get on a trapeze, build core strength and upper body strength and increase flexibility.
    Circus Fit is the beginning of new and interesting ways to improve your fitness by running away with circus!

  • Contortion/Flexibility: If your goal is to touch your toes or sit cross legged on the floor again or put your feet on your head this is the class for you! Our Contortion specialist, Rumah, will work with your current range of movement to help you get where you want to be.

  • Adults Aerial: Want to be up on a trapeze or roll down from the roof? Adult aerial has it all. We have trapezes, ropes, silks(fabric), lyra/aerial hoop and great trainers to show you how to bring it. This class is difficult if you cannot hold your own weight through your arms, some people may want to do a term of circus fit before starting aerials.

  • Adults Tumbling: This is the class for learning how to move yourself about in space. We have highly skilled tumbling coaches ready to take you through your paces on the floor. If you have a particular goal in mind let the trainer know so they can get you on the road to your tumbling dream! Suitable for beginners through to advanced.

  • Juggling and Object Manipulation: We don’t have a class for this at the moment, but if you are a juggler, or are interested in juggling, our open training sessions are often set up to allow for juggling instruction or a juggle jam. Please ring the office before you turn up.

  • Balance: We’re so over gravity. Balance is the name of the game here. Learn unicycle, rolla-bolla, slack-rope, walking globe, handstands and stilt walking. Become hyper self-aware and learn how to manipulate every muscle individually.

  • Handstands: a strong handstand helps you to do almost any other circus skill better, and gives you great core strength.

  • Adagio/Acrobalance: This is circus work that is done is pairs, and in groups. Basically you learn to create and move between shapes together. You probably remember at some stage creating a human pyramid, this is one example, but it is so much more.. Look at ‘Circa’ and ‘Gravity and other myths’ videos and you will see how wonderful Acrobalance can be.

  • Movement/Dance: This class is new this term and we are lucky to have a new trainer, Lisa Maris McDonnell, running the program. Lisa is an accoplished choreographer who have worked with a number of major companies, and this year was a finalist and recipient of a “special mention” in the first Contest for Mature Soloists as part of the Festival of International Contemporary Dance in Mexico City. This class will use improvisation and choreographic tasks to find new ways to incorporate dance and movement into circus, and to assist in looking at the creation of circus material in a new way.

 

YOUTH CLASSES

  • Everything fun in Circus: Juggling, trapeze, tissu, hula hooping, plate spinning, poi, aerials and acrobatics; this class offers a bit of everything. Perfect for those completely new to circus to dabble in everything before you find your forte, and a great non-competitive alternative to sport.

  • General Circus w/ Aerials: Similar to 'Everything Fun in Circus', with a bit of everything and a lot of fun but these ones have slightly more aerials. A great way to develop and keep fit without actually feeling like you are training.

  • Aerial Classes: Get on up there! Focussing on trapeze and tissu (also known as silks), you’ll also get to try flying high on lyra (aerial hoop), rope, and Spanish web. Life’s better upside down. There are three levels – Intro/beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Balance: Unicycle, Stilts, Tightrope: We’re so over gravity. Balance is the name of the game here. Learn unicycle, rolla-bolla, slack-rope, walking globe, handstands and stilt walking. Become hyper self-aware and learn how to manipulate every muscle individually.

  • Acrobatics and Tumbling: Dash, explode, tumble, somersault, cartwheel and flip. These classes are formed of both individual work and group pyramids and counterbalances.

  • Flexibility and Contortion: If your goal is to touch your toes or sit cross legged on the floor again or put your feet on your head this is the class for you! Our Contortion specialist, Jemadeekara, will work with your current range of movement to help you get where you want to be.

  • Showcase Act Performance Development: If you have been at circus for a while, and want to develop an act to star in the end or year showcase, then this is the class for you. Solos, duos and small group acts can be developed in this class.

PRE-SCHOOL CIRCUS

  • Microbats: They’re our smallest acrobats! It’s a fantastic amount of fun. Throughout all this fun, kids are learning rhythm, timing, patience, hand-eye co-ordination, team-work and confidence. The benefits are endless and the method to learn is just a barrel of laughs.

  • In our 2-3yrs preschoolers’ classes parents join in with the class; a fun way to learn with your child and help them do things that would otherwise be outside their ability:)

 

 CIRCUS MONOXIDE YOUTH PERFORMERS

  • CM Youth Performers are our up and coming circus performers of the future! Training 5 hours a week, these are the people to keep your eyes on. Entry into the CM Youth Performers program is CMYP prep. Please contact our admin staff for more details.

  • CMYP Prep class will prepare a student to be able to work with others in a troupe. Covering acrobatics/tumbling, dance, partner and group acrobatics, performance craft, but there will be an emphasis on developing the physical strength, group skills and collaborative behaviour that will allow the student to prosper in CMYP.

Open Training

  • Open Training: After doing CM Circus School classes for at least one term, senior students may be invited to practice or rehearse previously mastered skills. Professional performers are also permitted to train in the space when there are no classes booked in. Please contact our admin staff for more details. Open training occurs on Fridays from 7-9pm