CirKids Program

CirKids Program2020-09-09T09:38:20-07:00

 CirKids Program

CirKids is our youth training and performance program, a 36-week (10 month) program that runs from September to June. Our professional coaches tailor circus classes to match the students’ age and stage. Younger kids learn the basics of circus arts with a focus on play and movement basics. Older students focus on group act development, basic theatre skills, and presentation skills.

COVID-19 Update: CircusWest will attempt to offer each student programming, coaching and equipment rotations similar to what they had previously. That said, the description, scheduling and format of the classes may be subject to change as the health and safety regulations and protocols CircusWest folllows are adapted to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation.

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If you are a current CirKids family, please also check out our Volunteer Info page.

Seals & Pups (18mo – 4yrs): This class is designed for children who are confident walkers. Students will be slowly introduced to the circus equipment. Each class will consists of a tumble track rotation, an obstacle course, and free play time with juggle equipment.

For children who are ready to participate independently and follow directions. Focuses on basic circus skills and circus safety in a fun environment. Children will be exposed to dominant movement patterns used in circus and coordination challenges, as well as balance, basic shapes, and body positions used in circus acrobatics.  *** Please note, students must be 3 years old and toilet trained in order to participate. For 2020-21, each child will require a parent/guardian to participate with them on the floor. Registration (tuition, etc) includes 1 adult and 1 child.

Cubs Introduction (3-4yrs): during this class, children will transition from participating with an adult to participating on their own. Parents will be allowed on the floor to encourage their child to participate, and will gradually withdraw as the semester progresses.

Focuses on fun, skill development, social interaction and large movement activities. Children learn the basics of juggling, unicycle, tumbling, trampoline, silks, and trapeze. This class focuses on play with an introduction to theatre skill basics. **For 2020-21, each child will require a parent/guardian to participate with them on the floor. Registration (tuition, etc) includes 1 adult and 1 child.

Children learn juggling, unicycle, silks and trapeze, tumbling, and trampoline and take part in balancing activities. This class focuses on play, presentation skills, theatre skills, and movement basics.

Teaches all the basics of a traditional circus program: acrobatics, aerials, balance activities, trampoline, object manipulation, and unicycling. Focuses on group act development as well as basic theatre and presentation skills. In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $20 volunteer deposit.

This class is for students interested in more intense training: please note this class occurs bi-weekly with one weekday class and one weekend class (Monday OR Wednesday, and Sunday). Students continue training in all elements of traditional circus with an emphasis on improving skills and technique. Presentation skills, group act development, and movement and theatre skills will be addressed.

More info:

  • In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $20 volunteer deposit.
  • Students must register for both Centre Ring and Centre Ring II.

This class is an introduction to the performance track for younger students. In this class we will focus on strong technique and skills for all the main circus disciplines in a fun, focused setting. Students will also work on group act development and performance/stage skills.

Expectations: Training will be intensified and will require more focus from the students. Students must be proficient in at least 2 of the main 7 disciplines covered at this level in order to be invited into the program. Disciplines include acrobatics, trampoline, hand-to-hand/handstands, aerials, dance, unicycle, and juggling/object manipulation.

More info:
· Entrance by invitation only.
· Students train 2 times a week.
· In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $20 volunteer deposit.

This comprehensive intermediate circus skills development program will focus on group act development and performance/stage skills. Participants will engage in small performances on campus and at community events. Students will perform as featured pre-show entertainment at the annual show.

Expectations: Commitment is particularly important in Ensemble as this is when training becomes more focused as coaches prepare students for the performance program. Students must be proficient in at least 2 of the main 7 disciplines covered at this level in order to be invited into the program. Disciplines include acrobatics, trampoline, hand-to-hand/handstands, aerials, dance, unicycle, and juggling/object manipulation.

More info:

  • Entrance is by invitation only.
  • Students train 3 times a week.
  • In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $15 performance fee and $20 volunteer deposit.
  • Students must register for both Ensemble and Ensemble II.

For students interested in more intense training and/or for those wishing to prepare for the Performance Troupe. Students will be able to start selecting their area(s) of specialization, on top of getting all-around training in general circus arts. This class also offers physical preparation in strength, flexibility, and movement for further training.  A variety of performance opportunities will be available, including supporting the Performance Troupe in the annual show.

Expectations: Commitment is necessary for this program. Students must be proficient in at least 2 of the 7 main disciplines covered at this level in order to be invited to audition. These disciplines are tumbling, trampoline, hand-to-hand/handstands, aerials, dance, unicycle, and juggling/object manipulation.

More info:

  • Entrance is by invitation.
  • Students train 3 times a week.
  • In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $20 performance fee and $25 volunteer deposit.
  • Students must register for both Apprentice and Apprentice II.

Students continue their overall training while pursuing a specialty. Presentation skills, group and individual act development, dance, movement, and theatre will be taught.  Commitment is essential as students will entertain throughout the year at festivals and community events, ending with the annual May show. Students will have to audition each year to keep their place in the class, annually reaffirming their commitment to the high time and energy demands of Performance.

Expectations: Commitment is necessary for this program. Students must be proficient in at least 3 of the 7 main disciplines covered at this level in order to be invited to audition. These disciplines are tumbling, trampoline, hand-to-hand/handstands, aerials, dance, unicycle, juggling/object manipulation.

More info:

  • Entrance is by audition.
  • Students train 3 times a week.
  • In addition to the monthly tuition, there is a monthly $25 performance fee and $30 volunteer deposit.
  • Students must register for both Performance Troupe and Performance Troupe II.