Intermediate Course in Circus Arts - Fast Track to Professional


This course is a FAST TRACK TO PROFESSIONAL 16-week, full-time, intensive training course for people 16yrs+, who already have a foundation in circus skills; and are thinking about becoming professional artists, or having circus skills to supplement a dance or acting career.

Next Course Term: Monday 24th August to Monday 14th December 2020

Created by AirCraft Circus Academy
We have been running this course for 10 years and have trained over 40 students, most of whom are now professional circus artists in the London cabaret scene, UK festivals and big top scene and in shows such as Cirque Du Soleil (see our alumni page).
Free Informal Auditions: book at a time that suits you
The AirCraft Circus Academy Intermediate Course in Circus Arts has been created for students who already have a foundation in circus arts and want to develop their skills further and become professional circus artists. This course is an extension of the Foundation Course, allowing students to really solidify techniques and progress to a higher standard, ready to become professional performers.  Along with the core aerial disciplines such as trapeze, hoop, silks and rope, you will also learn straps. Entry is automatic for those students who have completed the Foundation Course in Circus Arts with AirCraft Circus Academy, but of course we welcome students wishing to join us from other training establishments.
We are looking for disciplined and creative individuals with a passion for learning, You may already be a professional performer within the industry with a good basis of core circus skills who wishes to develop their skill base further and have the experience of creating work within a group. You may be an intermediate adult student with the goal of becoming a professional artist, or you may have completed the Aircraft Circus Academy Foundation Course in Circus Arts or perhaps completed a similar programme at another school.
The AirCraft Circus Academy Intermediate Course runs for 16 weeks Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, with a 1 week break in week 9.  It is run alongside the Foundation Course in Circus Arts. Each day students will be taught up to 4 physical, creative and complementary classes totalling 30 hours per week:
This course also focuses on the show production process including circus rigging, lighting design, sound, costumes & make up, and marketing. As the Course progresses there will be more emphasis on act creation, performance skills and show creation, leading to an end of term ensemble showcase. The show will be photographed and filmed, with the option of a demo reel provided.
Some classes will crossover with Foundation students where different levels of ability and experience are present. The Autumn term benefits from invitation to participate in the annual celebration of all things circus with the Greenwich Circus Festival, held on location at AirCraft Circus Academy; and the spring term in our Summer Circus Festival in July.

 What do we require for entry?

During the audition students entering the Intermediate Course need to demonstrate basic 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 more information and applications please follow the links below or contact us anytime at or call 020 8317 8401.





Course Outline

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 skills (straps, trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, silks, flying trapeze, Chinese pole/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. 

AirCraft Circus Academy as a Performance Venue


Skills covered include:

Aerial Core - Static Trapeze, Hoop, Rope, Silks, Straps 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

I do not live in the UK how do I apply?:
See the Audition page link below. In terms of Visa entry, you will need to look into this at your own country Visa office. AirCraft Circus Academy can supply you with a letter highlighting your acceptance onto the course to UK Visa & Immigration, please note this incurs a £25 admin fee.
You will need to source accommodation yourself, as there are no housing facilities at the school. It is recommended to research rental rooms online in the SE18, SE7, SE10 or SE2 London postcodes on, gumtree or loot. These areas are very close to the school and students have no problems finding accommodation, usually in a house share. There are a few friend's of AirCraft Circus Academy who rent rooms to students, nearby the school.


"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)

"The course was the best thing I've done in my life. The atmosphere at AirCraft is really good and you end up becoming like a family. The teachers are always happy to help with questions about circus, and also there to support you and talk to if you need any other help. Definitely a course worth doing."
(Beth Jarvis, Intermediate Course Student Spring 2015, now studying on the degree programme at National Centre for Circus Arts)
"The Intermediate Course is just as awesome as the Foundation Course and you learn so much more. It is more fun as by now my body was used to training intensively. I now feel ready and confident to join the World of circus."
 (Merryn, Intermediate Course in Circus Arts Spring 2018)