Foundations
Advanced
Intermediate

Adult Classes (16+)

Drop-in Classes

All classes below are available by drop-in

There are three levels of classes, please be sure that you meet the prerequisites prior to registering for the class

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Circus Troupe

Stage Craft and Performance

Have you ever wanted to learn to perform? This is the class for you! Circus is strongly rooted in community, and Circus Troupe is all about building a circus together with your peers. In this class we will begin down the path of developing an act by learning stagecraft (stage-presence and theatre), working together in group disciplines as well as exploring various disciplines to encourage students to hone in on specializing their discipline. Students will build trust with each other, develop their circus skills, and have loads of fun! So find your inner performer and dive into the world of circus.

Students will be working towards the creation of show which will be performed at Island Circus Space to friends and family on the final day of class (June 18th).

Prerequisites: This class is ideal for the student who has a fair amount of experience in one or more disciplines and is open to gaining tools in act creation in both solo and group formats

Please note: this is the only adult class that requires registration for the full session - no refunds are provided for missed classes

February 6 to June 18 (20 classes)

Thursdays

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Ages 16+

$600 + GST 

Students with memberships: you may use your membership passes towards this class (2 passes per class). Email us with confirmation of your intent to register.

 
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Aerial Hoop and Trapeze

Aerial Discipline

Aerial hoop consists of a circular metal ring hung from the ceiling, and trapeze is a similar but different apparatus made with a bar and ropes. Many skills in these two disciplines are interchangeable and compliment each other nicely. So come get up off the ground and hang around with us and learn the basics to take you far in your practice!

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - none

  • Intermediate - 5 second bent arm hang, double knee hang, gazelle, straddle back balance, able to hold an inverted straddle hang and get up onto a raised hoop or trapeze without assistance

  • Advanced - chin-up pullover to front balance, single arm and single knee hangs, clean tuck and straddle invert, meathook or actively working towards meathook, experience with dynamic movements (ie. barrel rolls and monkey rolls) 

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AERIAL HAMMOCK

Aerial Discipline

Aerial hammock is similar to aerial silks but instead of two open ended pieces of fabric, the hammock makes a loop in which you can suspend yourself off of the ground. Aerial hammock is a very versatile apparatus in that it is a great way to familiarize yourself with the feel of silks without initially requiring all of the strength to climb up the silks, and it can also be a very challenging apparatus in and of itself! 

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - none

  • Intermediate - 5 second bent arm hang, mermaid, arabesque, candycane roll, straddle back balance, hipkey, falling angel drop, able to invert from standing in the loop

  • Advanced - Extensive aerial hammock experience is required to attend this class (permission must be granted by your aerial hammock instructor at Island Circus Space in order to attend this class), able to free invert from a bent arm hang in the air

AERIAL SILKS

Aerial Discipline

Aerial silks is a very elegant and visual apparatus which involves the acrobat creating a variety of knots and wraps in fabric suspended from the ceiling. In the foundations class you will be introduced to the basic climbs, knots and wraps as well as build up your strength and familiarity with the apparatus. Let's get you soaring!

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - 5 second bent arm hang

  • Intermediate - basic climb, footlock in the air, double footlock, able to invert with ease, 10 second inverted straddle hang, 

  • Advanced - Fluency in a wide range of skills and the ability to troubleshoot when something doesn't go as planned, X-cross back, double star drop, hipkey, slack drop, triple falling angel, and are able to straddle invert cleanly with straight legs.

AERIAL STRAPS

Aerial Discipline

Aerials straps is an awe-inspiring discipline and a feat of strength. Straps are one of the most simple aerial disciplines but don't let this fool you, it is also one of the most challenging disciplines. In this class you will learn shapes and holds, proper wrap and roll-up techniques, and how to use momentum in a controlled and efficient way.

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - 5 hanging leg-lifts, 5 chin-ups, able to invert cleanly with straight legs from hanging

AERIAL ROPE

Aerial Discipline

Rope is a dynamic and graceful apparatus that has many similarities to aerial silks, but different in that instead of two pieces of fabric there is just simply one rope. Building on your knowledge gained from silks class, rope will take your aerial experience to a new level.

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - Silks Foundations class *(this is essential in order to learn the basic wraps and climbs as these will not be taught in the rope foundations class). Basic climb, Russian climb, footlock in the air, hipkey, able to invert with ease, 5 second bend arm hang, 10 second straddle inversion hang, 5 second flamenco grip flag hold5 hanging leg-lifts, 5 chin-ups

 
 
 
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HANDSTANDS

Acrobatic Discipline

Handstands are fun and accessible, and with a little bit of persistence, open up a whole new world of movement possibilities. No matter your handstand level, you will find just the right challenge for you! Handstands truly are a great practice to invest in. 

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  no significant limitations of mobility

  • Intermediate - no matter your handstand level, you must first attend a foundations class to learn our handstand vocabulary, and the instructor will inform you when you are ready to move to intermediate.

  • Advanced - this class is by invite only. Students must be able to hold a minimum 30 second free handstand without any assistance in a variety of shapes

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TUMBLING

Acrobatic Discipline

Have you ever found yourself saying “I wish I did gymnastics as a kid” or think “I would love to be able to do a flip”? Well now is your chance! This class will break down body mechanics and positions which are foundational to dynamic tumbling skills. You will work towards further developing your spatial awareness with protected falls and landings to grow your confidence in your acrobatic abilities.

*Please note we will not specifically be teaching back tucks but rather the skills necessary to prepare your body for moves such as that. If a back tuck is already a skill in your repertoire then we will be able to work with you to improve your technique and help you further advance your skill level.

**Our space has padded but not sprung floors

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  no significant limitations of mobility

  • Intermediatebridge, cartwheel, able to kick to handstand in free space comfortably, dive roll, jump full turn

CYR WHEEL

Acrobatic Discipline

A mix of surfing, skateboarding, object manipulation, acrobatics and finding your flow, cyr wheel is a great combination of them all. But be careful it’s highly addictive! Cyr wheel is a simple metal circle in which the acrobat moves and spins, conceptually it is similar to a coin spinning on a table. Find how to generate your own momentum to make this wheel move!

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  none

  • Intermediatewaltz, familiarity with manipulation movements and how the wheel moves

CHINESE POLE

Acrobatic Discipline 

Chinese pole is an acrobatic apparatus that allows you to combine your strength, endurance and acrobatic agility. Think of it as a mixture of pole dance technique, rock climbing and acrobatics, all combined together into an awe-inspiring discipline. If you have done pole dance before, the difference with this type of pole is that it has a rubber coating and does not rotate. Space is very limited for this class.

 
Attire: please wear jeans with some stretch, flat soled rubber shoes and a long sleeve shirt (all items that you won't mind if they get a few tears in them)

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  Five second bent arm hold, a hanging pike leg lift, forward roll, and are comfortable being upside-down

  • Intermediate - Chinese pole foundations, able to invert at the top of the pole, baby slide from the top to the bottom, inverted leg switches

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JUGGLING

Manipulation Discipline

Juggling is such a fun and addicting pastime, and even better, it's accessible to everyone! Whether you're brand new to  juggling, or if you know how to juggle with balls and are looking to step up your game to learn with rings or clubs, this class is for you!

Prerequisites: 

  • Foundations -  none

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HULA HOOP

Manipulation Discipline

Welcome to the world of hula hooping! This class will teach and refine the basics and build upon these to build up your skill repertoire. No experience is necessary and intermediate practitioners are welcome too!

Prerequisites:

none

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ACROYOGA

Partner Acrobatic Discipline

Acro Yoga is the practice of L-basing, where one partner lies on their back (the base) and lifts the other partner into the air (flyer) with the guidance of a spotter. You will learn to balance and communicate as a partnership and build new friendships in the process. Acro Yoga is a fun and welcoming practice that will have you improving your flexibility and stability without even noticing!

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  none

  • Intermediate - confidence flying and/or basing bird, throne, folded leaf, star and cartwheel without the assistance of a spotter

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HAND TO HAND

Partner Acrobatic Discipline

Hand to hand the discipline, not to be confused with the specific skill referred to as hand to hand, is an awe-inspiring discipline which involves the base tossing and balancing the flyer in very complex acrobatic movements. This class will cover a variety of techniques including foot to hand, hand to hand, columns, pitches, tempos, counterbalances and more.

 

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations - Flyers: must be actively working on their handstand practice and be able to jump into a straddle handstand in free space with minimal assistance. 
    Bases: Previous exposure to other forms of partner acrobatics and an acrobatic aptitude. Bases are also strongly encouraged to have a strong handstand practice. 

    • No Partner is required for the Foundations level

  • Intermediate - All foundation skills are met by both partners with ease. Low and extended hand to hand, low mono foot to hand, standing foot to hand, calf pop to two high.  

    • For the Intermediate level class you are required to register with a partner

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ICARIAN

Partner Acrobatic Discipline

Icarian is the fun and dynamic practice of L-base popping! Different from Acro Yoga pops, Icarian involves a full release of contact in the air before the base catches the flyer. This class will focus on building strength, precision, timing and trust and is great for calibrated pairs looking to take their partner acrobatic practice to the next level.

Prerequisites: (prerequisite skills listed must be achieved with ease and by memory before moving to that level)

  • Foundations -  flyers: previous exposure to AcroYoga with confidence flying basic transitions including cartwheel, reverse star and throne. Bases: exposure to AcroYoga with enough hamstring flexibility to L-base with straight legs. Confidence basing cartwheel, reverse star and throne.

  • Intermediate - tuck jump, flat top half turn, bird to straight leg throne and back connected

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Aerial Disciplines
Acrobatic Disciplines
Manipulation Disciplines
Partner Acrobatic Disciplines
 
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CIRCUS CONDITIONING

Complementary Class

Circus in and of itself is a form of wellness training. Circus conditioning explores the strength, stamina, balance, endurance and flexibility of what goes into being an acrobat. Participants should be comfortable performing full body exercises. You will be exposed to a variety of different ground and aerial disciplines which will give you a workout like none you've ever experience before, and more importantly, in a fun and accessible way. Get ready to turn your fitness regime upside down!

Prerequisites:

​none

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AERIAL CONDITIONING

Complementary Class

Lets get STRONG. Aerials strong! This class is aimed at increasing core and arm strength that is specific to aerial circus disciplines including silks, rope, hoop, trapeze, pole and more. Get ready to feel the burn and see your aerials practice take off!

Prerequisites:

5 second bent arm hold

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FLEXIBILITY

Complementary Class

Flexibility truly is the key to functionality, whether you are simply looking to keep your body healthy and agile or to progress your skill as an athlete or acrobat. This class will break down the mechanics of stretching techniques and help you reach further, split deeper while protecting your back and joints. 

Prerequisites:

none

Complementary Classes

 

These classes will compliment your progress by building strength or increasing flexibility to allow for greater freedom of movement in your discipline. These classes are also available to anyone looking for a fun form of fitness!

Students must reserve their spot online prior to the start of the class

Please familiarize yourself with the Mindbody App as this is a quick and convenient way for regular students to register for the classes they wish to attend.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Be sure to register ahead of time to reserve your spot.

Classes with fewer than two students 24 hours prior to the start of the class will be cancelled.

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Remember to check out our new studio policies regarding Covid-19 before you register

email:

info@islandcircusspace.com

*Please note that all inquiries are handled via email. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions, comments or concerns!

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3 - 625 Hillside ave

Victoria, BC

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