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. Advanced level classes are marked with an asterisk on the timetable.

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 a one, five or ten class pass, but 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 group of young people 6-18yrs 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 strictly by audition only. All participants commit to 5hrs of CMYP training a week and need to be available for performances on weekends throughout the year.

In the last year CMYP performed in 'And Imagine', a collaboration with Ruccis youth circus in Melbourne, as well as Viva la Gong. Next auditions for CMYP will take place in Term 3.

For further information please contact us here.

Circus School

  • ADULT CIRCUS CLASSES
  • YOUTH CLASSES
  • PRE-SCHOOL CIRCUS
  • CIRCUS MONOXIDE YOUTH PERFORMERS

ADULT CIRCUS CLASSES

Adult Circus Classes: Do you still dream of ditching the career for the circus? Are you still wearing the leotard underneath the the work-garb? Did the childhood dream of swinging from the trapeze never quite go away? We want you! Acrobalance, aerial skills; silks, lyra, doubles trapeze, juggling and object manipulation, clowning, performance craft, fitness and flexibility. We hold regular weekly classes for complete beginners through to industry professionals, with master classes and intensives scattered throughout the year.

  • 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!
  • Flexibility and Stretching: 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.
  • 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. To join this class you must have the approval of the aerial trainer and completed at least one term of Circus Fit.
  • 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: This class is all about moving objects in space – juggling, diabolo, flower sticks, cigar boxes. Our specialist juggler/manipulator , Neisha Murphy will get it happening for you.
  • Spin, Twirl, Burn Fire Objects: After you have taken an object class and find you are interested in NOW lighting everything you’ve learned ABLAZE- this is the class for you!
  • Intro Stilts/Stilt Troupe: Always wanted to walk tall? See the world from new heights? If you can walk; we can teach you to stilt walk. Want to learn a bit more about stilting; how to balance with a friend, new ways to get up & down, dancing, etc???- Stilt Troupe is for creating, playing with other stilt enthusiasts and adding to your stilt skill set.

 

YOUTH CLASSES

  • General Circus: Juggling, trapeze, tissu, hula hooping, plate spinning, poi 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.
  • General Circus w/ Aerials: All our general circus classes include aerials but these ones have a stronger aerial focus but still include other general circus teachings.
  • 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.
  • Juggling and Manipulation: Fancy words for fancy juggling; hula hoops, poi, diabolo, spin-sticks, contact juggling. Hold it, throw it, balance it, manipulate it!
  • Spin, Twirl, Burn Fire Objects: After you have taken an object class and find you are interested in NOW lighting everything you’ve learned ABLAZE- this is the class for you!
  • Hula Fit Hoop Fun: 101 different ways of looping and hooping around yourself. If one hoop’s easy, try 4. Excellent fun and the best way to keep fit, tone, spin off that excess energy.
  • 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.
  • Intro Stilts/Stilt Troupe: Always wanted to walk tall? See the world from new heights? If you can walk; we can teach you to stilt walk. Want to learn a bit more about stilting; how to balance with a friend, new ways to get up & down, dancing, etc???- Stilt Troupe is for creating, playing with other stilt enthusiasts and adding to your stilt skill set.

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 (3hrs split into High School and Junior teams and then 2hrs together) these are the people to keep your eyes on. With performance opportunities over the year in our quarterly cabarets, local events and collaborative work with Circa in 2014 the level of commitment from this group is high and not for the feint hearted. Entry into the CM Youth Performers program is by audition. Please contact our admin staff for more details.
  • CMYP Prep class begins in Term 2 2015. This class will prepare audition candidates for CMYP audition 4th July. Covering acrobatics/tumbling, dance, partner and group acrobatics, performance craft and help with developing a solo piece for the audition.
    Although it is not compulsory to attend CMYP Prep to audition for CMYP it is strongly advised to give candidates the best chance for the audition.

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