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. 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.
The AirCraft Circus Academy Intermediate Course runs for 16 weeks Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, with a 1 week break and is run alongside the Foundation Course in Circus Arts. Each day students will be taught up to 4 physical, creative and complementary classes totalling 29 hours per week:
AirCraft Circus Academy also includes the introduction to the rigging of equipment, lighting and sound, as well as tasters in specialist circus skills such as Harness and Dance Trapeze. As the Course progresses there will be more emphasis on act creation and performance skills, leading to an end of term ensemble showcase.
Who are we looking for?
What do we require for entry?
During the audition students entering the Intermediate Course need to demonstrate experience in 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. Please contact the course director for a breakdown of these requirements.
What do you 'not' need prior experience in?
Previous experience in Straps, Cyr Wheel, Group Trapeze 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, static/group 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, the focus moves to Act Creation in your chosen skill. 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 sound, lighting, rigging, hair and make-up, costumes, marketing, and stage management, and everything that is involved in the process of making a show. Although focus is on individual acts, the intermediate course encourages more ensemble working within the group to create group pieces.
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
AirCraft Circus Performance Company Highlights include:
or learn about our Foundation Course in Circus Arts