Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Close fitting clothes and layers to protect the skin and to keep warm are best.  Do not wear shorts with bare skin.  You can however wear leggings and put shorts on top.  You must not wear jeans (except for Chinese Pole, so long as they are not skinny fit), as they are not flexible enough to train in.  All jewellery and watches must be removed before the start of class, long hair tied back.  For Chinese Pole, recommended footwear is as follows: tabi boots (with outdoor rubber sole), feiyue martial arts shoes, converse or plimsoles.  Cyr Wheel, requires trainers to be worn.  Some students may find it beneficial to have cloth wrist/ankle wraps depending on the activity they are doing and the body part most in contact with equipment.  Another aid for training is chalk or rosin.

Where do I put my belongings?

There are box cubbyhole shelves in the Aerial Studio and also, in the unisex Changing Rooms there are £1 pay-per-use lockers, returned when key re-inserted.  If your class is in the Fitness Studio, you can bring your belongings into that room and just keep to the side.  Please note that no outdoor footwear is permitted in the Fitness Studio. In both the Aerial Studio and Fitness Studio locations no food is permitted and only bottled water allowed. AirCraft Circus Academy does not accept responsibility for any unattended, lost or stolen items in the space. 

Am I too young / too old?

Circus is for any age.  Adults Courses/Drop-Ins and Sunday Taster Sessions are for 16 years and up, Youth Courses run between the ages of 4 – 17 years old, and Private Tuition starts from 4 years (on special arrangement younger can be catered to as well).

How fit do I have to be?

AirCraft Circus Academy aims to provide something for everyone so even if you cannot participate in all activities there will be one for you.  Taster Sessions offer insight into what a course would demand, and is structured so that all abilities would enjoy the experience, so no previous ability required. Good upper body strength and body awareness will be advantageous though.

Is there an upper weight limit for the apparatus?

Equipment is suitable to safely hold several performers at a single time, from petite size to those of a larger stature.  The acts that train here range from single, double and triple performers sharing a single piece of equipment.  Circus activity is truly open to anyone and it’s more about the confidence you have to try said skill.  Accomplishment can be achieved on a variety of levels, so it can be a positive experience no matter how skilled you are at the chosen activity.

If you're looking for more specific detail on a particular piece of apparatus, please contact reception.

I have an injury, may I still participate?

On your membership form, you will complete medical information and disclaimer.  Also alert your teacher of any injuries or conditions prior to class, so that they are aware. If you are in doubt, please consult your doctor before you visit us.

My class falls on a Bank Holiday, are you still open?

Yes, AirCraft Circus Academy runs as normal.  Please ensure you attend your class as it can not be transferred or made-up on another date.

I'm running late, may I enter the class?

Warm-up is an important part of preparing for class, reducing the risk of injury.  As such, please arrive in time for scheduled class start.  Should you arrive late, you can of course still participate, but be aware of the potential injury risk you subject yourself to.  Where appropriate, complete a suitable warm-up yourself and then ask the instructor to join into the remainder of the class.

Can I pay for a class with instalments?

No.  All products and services must be paid for in advance and in full.

My family / friends want to watch, is that possible?

No.  For health and safety reasons individuals not participating in the class are not permitted into the Aerial or Fitness Studio.  Should you have guests with you, there are a couple excellent cafes on site which would be more suitable for them to wait at.

Where do I find information about AirTime (personal practice)?

Please visit for more information

Can I audition to join your performance company?

No.  As a private company we do not hold auditions for individuals to join our performance troupe.  Many of the artists we currently work with have been hand selected after their enrolment in our Foundation Course or Intermediate Courses in Circus Arts.  Should this change in the future, details will be amended here and information on how to go about it posted.

Do I qualify for a DISCOUNT?

Discount off full-price courses (£130+) are offered on Adult 6 Week Course cycles, providing you supply the appropriate identification for the following:  NUS, JSA, OAP, Greenwich One Card, Military ID, Emergency Services (Fire, Police, NHS), South London Club or are a full-time AirCraft Circus Academy instructor.  Identification will be verified when you arrive for your first class, if you can not provide it, the balance will be due for the full course fee, along with a £10 admin fee charge.