I'VE NEVER DONE ANY CIRCUS BEFORE. WHERE DO I START?
The best way is to come along to one of our aerial drop in sessions and speak to our wonderful Session Leader in charge.
If you are into ground based skills, come along to our Sunday afternoon session in the hall and there will be many helpful faces!
DO I NEED TO BE STRONG OR FLEXIBLE OR HAVE A HISTORY IN DANCE OR GYM TO TAKE A CLASS?
Not at all! We all have different starting points on our circus journey. It will be challenging but heaps of fun. Our teachers will tailor their lessons to your ability. You never know what you will achieve!
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I HAVE A DISABILITY OR MEDICAL CONDITION?
In the past, we have catered for students with additional needs. Email us in advance so we can discuss your options as well as discussing with your doctor.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DROP IN CLASSES AND COURSES?
Drop in sessions are available for those who want to try aerial without the commitment of making an appointment. Just turn up at the beginning of the session and see what is available to try.
Courses on the other hand, need to be prebooked. You are in a small class and follow the same class and teacher for 6 weeks. These courses are more structured and tailored to the students' outcomes than the drop in classes.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS OFFERED AT THE DROP IN CLASSES?
The apparatuses offered for drop in classes change with every session as our teachers also 'drop in'as well. Sometimes we will post on our social media on what is available however, in most cases, just turn up and see what is on!
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
For ground based skills, you can bring your own equipment to use. We also have a variety of ground based kit available to use during open sessions such as balls, clubs, hula hoops etc.
For aerialists, if you want to train with your own equipment, you must email the committee first and you may be asked to supply a risk assessment. Otherwise, we have the usual aerial kit for open training such as silks, hoop, rope, trapeze, straps and cloud.
CAN I COME TO OPEN TRAINING?
Open aerial training is available for aerialists who have been 'signed off'by one of our teachers (for a particular apparatus) who are then able to train unsupervised. Please see one of our teachers during open training time to discuss your options.
Anyone can participate in ground based training during open session.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A SESSION IS CANCELLED?
We will post on our Facebook group page, Instagram and Twitter account if we need to cancel a session. We will try to make the announcement at least the morning of the session(s) however, in some cases this may not be possible.
HOW DO I PAY FOR COURSES?
Courses must be booked and payed for through our online system camcircus.simplybook.it/v2. The system allows for payment using Paypal and Swipe.
Swipe is inbuilt into the system. It is easy to use. Just enter your card details into the pop up window to pay.
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
Fledgling Flyers: ages 8-16.
All other aerial and ground based sessions: ages 12+ with parental/guardian consent, and supervision for ages under 18.
WHAT SAFETY MEASURES DO YOU TAKE?
Our aerial rig and equipment are inspected on a 6 monthly basis (once by an external qualified company and once in-house by our qualified staff).
Before every session the session leader checks the rig and equipment prior to use.
HOW DO YOU BOOK CAMCIRCUS FOR A COMMUNITY EVENT OR WORKSHOP?
As an organisation, CCC cannot provide workshop leaders, entertainers or performers (except for a few very local community events), but we do have members who can. All have their own equipment and Public Liability Insurance. Their fees tend to be around the £300 a day, £180 per half day mark, fees for performers more variable dependent on what is required; exact terms are obviously negotiable between yourself and the individuals.
If you are still interested, please provide as many details of your event as you can, and then we will forward these to selected, appropriate individuals who should then contact you.
AFTER COMING TO A FEW SESSIONS, I WANT TO TRAIN AT HOME OR AT A LOCAL GYM ON MY OWN. WHERE DO I START?
We do not recommend training without coach supervision as a beginner, it's not safe.
While it might feel as if the teacher is simply showing you how to do stuff, there's so much more going on that you don’t see. Your teacher will be well aware of the sorts of mistakes students make and will head off a dangerous situation even before you actually get yourself into trouble. Often they will simply position themselves in a way that keeps you safe, or point out the seemingly small error that, if left uncorrected, will result in a twisted wrist, or with you landing on your head.
Training alone is not a good idea until you are an advanced aerialist. Once you’ve been training for a while, you’ll see why having supervision is so important - even during open training, we recommend that our seasoned students always train with a buddy.
We love that you are enthusiastic and passionate about aerial training! To progress faster and learn good habits, we recommend you do lots of core and upper body conditioning at home - talk to your teacher about exercises best suited for your needs!