The AirCraft Circus Foundation Course in Circus Arts helps students develop into professional artists within a safe and structured group environment, building a solid foundation in the core disciplines of aerial and ground based acrobatics. Importance is also given to gaining strength, increasing flexibility and preventing injury.
Unlike other courses AirCraft Circus also offers an introduction to the rigging of equipment and tasters in specialist circus skills such as Wall Running, Straps and Chinese Pole. As the course progresses there is more emphasis on act creation and performance skills, leading to an end of term show.
We are looking for disciplined and creative individuals. Knowlege of aerial or acrobatic skills is not a necessary prerequisite on the Foundation Course. However, you WILL need to be fit.
The AirCraft Circus Foundation Course in Circus Arts runs for 16 weeks including a 1 week half term break, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm. Each day students are taught up to 4 physical, creative and complementary classes.
Aerial Core - Static Trapeze, Hoop, Rope, Silks and Flying Trapeze
Acrobatic Core - Tumbling, Acrobalance, Chinese Pole and Handstands
Equilibristics - Juggling, Hula Hoop, Unicycle and Diablo
Specialist Skills - Tightwire, Doubles Trapeze, Wall Running, Webspin and Stilts
Performance - Improvisation, Ensemble, Physical Theatre and Act Creation
Technical Skills - Rigging and Safety
Complimentary Skills - Dance, Pilates, Yoga4Aerial, Conditioning, Flexibility, Production and Theory
Example timetable for weeks 1-8 (from week 9 there is more emphasis on act creation):
* Act Creation: Improvisation, Ensemble, Physical Theatre and Solo Act Creation (Weeks 9-15). The amount of hours spent on Act Creation increases from week 9.
** Tightwire, Doubles Trapeze, Wall Running, Webspin, Stilts, Equilibristics.
(Please note this timetable is presented as a typical weekly schedule, the exact course schedule is likely to be different.)
"Amazing course, so much fun and you learn loads of skills without the commitment of a year!"
(Charlotte, Foundation Course Student, Spring 2015)
"There's a lovely atmosphere at Aircraft and the teachers are great! I have loved every minute of this course and would recommend it to anyone whose considering a professional career in circus or even just to learn and have fun."
(Anon, Foundation Course Student, Spring 2015)
See below for prospectus and photos...