Intermediate Course in Circus Arts

Professional 16-week, full-time, intensive training course for adults (16yrs+) by AirCraft Circus Academy

Next Course Term:   Monday 26th August to Sunday 15th December 2019.
Free Auditions:  Thursday 25th July


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:

Some classes will crossover with Foundation students where different levels of ability and experience are present.

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?

  • 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.
  • You may have completed the Aircraft Circus Academy Foundation Course in Circus Arts or perhaps you are a student who has completed a similar programme at another school.

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.

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 (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

About Us:

AirCraft Circus Academy is London's leading independent circus school based in South-East London. The school has been training youth, adults and professionals in circus arts for the last 15 years and is actively involved in creating and staging heart-pounding contemporary circus shows in the UK and abroad.

AirCraft Circus Performance Company Highlights include:

  • Festivals (Underbelly Festival, Download, Wilderness, Glastonbury, HowTheLightGetsIn);
  • Secret Cinema Moulin Rouge
  • London Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit Launch
  • Opera Shows (Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare's Globe, Glyndbourne, The National Theatre)
  • Hotels (The Savoy, London Metropolis)
  • Royal Court of Justice
  • Trade Shows (Speedo, Adidas, Wella, Samsung)
  • Britain's Got Talent
The school is committed to making circus training accessible to everyone and believe in making the impossible possible.  We believe that anyone who has enough passion and dedication can make their dreams come true.

For more information and applications please follow the links below or contact us anytime at or call 
020 8317 8401.

"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)