What do we require for entry?
During the audition students entering the Intermediate Course need to demonstrate experience in acrobatics, static trapeze, hoop, silks, rope and Chinese pole.
What does this mean?
As a minimum you will need 20 hours experience or 15 technical classes from a reputable school or trainer in the following: Acrobatics, Chinese Pole, Aerial Hoop, Rope, Silks, Static Trapeze and Flexibility. If you are lacking experience in some of these 'core' skills we can organise a 'preparatory programme' with technique that is required from our syllabus to get you up to entry level before you begin. This can be completed at our school or at another institution.
What do you 'not' need prior experience in?
Previous experience in Straps, Cyr Wheel and Flying Trapeze is not required but will be part of the Intermediate training programme.
For the first 8 weeks, the group will be led for warm-up, conditioning, handstands and floor based acrobatics and acrobalance to maintain strength and build ensemble skill. This will be followed with your intermediate class in core aerial (straps, trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, silks, flying trapeze, Chinese pole or Cyr wheel). Some days will include performance and movement. The days will be rounded off with stretching skills including flexibility and extension.
After a break week to rest and recover (week 9), the focus moves to Act Creation in your chosen skill and developing an ensemble show. Classes will still be taught in all skills but time will be given to practising your acts and developing a final performance. You will learn about act creation and the show creation process including sound, lighting, rigging, hair and make-up, costumes, marketing, and stage management. Although focus is on individual acts, you will be encouraged to work together as a team in order to create your show. We will guide you to design your own flyer and actively market your show through flyering and social media.
Our school converts into a fabulous performance venue with excellent production capability. We have black drapes, fully rigged lighting grid and sound system. We have excellent audience capacity with cabaret style table and seats. After the showcase we will guide you on CV presentaion, website design, photos, showreels, contacting agencies and self promotion.
Skills covered include:
Aerial Core - Static Trapeze, Hoop, Rope, Silks, Straps, Group Trapeze and Flying Trapeze
Acrobatic Core - Tumbling, Acrobalance, Chinese Pole, Handstands, Trampoline and Trampet (option for Cyr wheel)
Performance - Improvisation, Ensemble, Physical Theatre, Act Creation and Production
Production Technical Skills - Rigging and Safety, sound, lighting, marketing, makeup/hair, costumes, stage management
Complimentary Skills - Dance, Conditioning, Contortion, Flexibility, Extension, and Injury Prevention
"They call it an intensive Course, and oh yes it is! You'll feel every single muscle in your body moan! Having trained as a dancer I wanted to add some more skills to my craft. It really was worth it, I've gained a great deal out of this, met amazing people, outstanding teachers and am so glad to have been part of the Aircraft Circus family. Especially if you don't only want to train on one apparatus but get a wide range of skills!"
(Anna Zant, Level 2 Course Student Spring 2015)