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Esh Circus Arts
Adult Summer Intensive 2020

July 7th - July 25th 2020

The Esh Circus Arts Adult Summer Intensive is a program designed for intermediate-to-advanced circus arts students ages 16 and older who wish to deepen their studies through a rigorous three weeks of training, creative development, and community-building. The Summer Intensive will provide a structured training program to help students develop strength, flexibility, technical proficiency, and artistry. The program will culminate in a student showcase performance.

The Adult Summer Intensive program is available for students interested in pursuing focused training in any of the following disciplines:

  • Static Trapeze
  • Aerial Fabric
  • Clowning
  • Aerial Hoop
  • Contortion
  • Single Point Trap
  • Hand Balancing
  • Aerial Rope
  • Partner Acro/Hand-To-Hand

Program Schedule:

Classes for the Adult Summer Intensive meet 3 days per week -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays -- from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of self-directed training time on other days of the week, along with occasional workshops and scheduled rehearsals.

    Sample Daily Schedule:
  • 8:30am: Group Warm-Up
  • 9:00am: Modern/Ballet Technique
  • 9:55am: Physical Theater
  • 10:50am: Group Conditioning
  • 11:25am: Group Stretching
  • 12:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm: Skill Work in Focus Discipline
  • 2:15pm: Workshop

Student Showcase:

A showcase of student work-in-progress will take place at the end of the session at a local Somerville performance venue. Students, teachers, family, and friends will be invited to come see the fruition of three weeks of hard work and play!

Application and Program Requirements:

To audition for the Adult Summer Intensive program, students are required to submit a written application, as well as a video submission that demonstrates both their specific and overall ability.

Applicants will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Flexibility - Center splits, side bend, back bend, pike, etc.
  • Strength - Plank hold, hollow body hold, pull-ups or hollow hang, etc.
  • Discipline Skills - Demonstration of intermediate-to-advanced level of skill in a chosen discipline of focus.

Deadline: Applications and video submissions are accepted on a rolling basis from March 1st - May 15th.

Click here for more details and to view the application.

Applicants will be informed of admission decisions within two weeks of submitting their application.

  • Adult Summer Intensive Program Tuition:
  • A deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program.
    Payment plans and need-based financial assistance are available.

Program Instructors

Summer Intensive is led by Esh Circus Arts co-owner Ellen Waylonis and management team member Johnny Blazes. As life-long performers and passionate educators, Ellen and Johnny imbue the program with the value of balancing rigorous athletic training with artistic and theatrical dedication. They are supported by Esh's award-winning, internationally-performing staff of coaches.

Location and Facilities

Esh Circus Arts is a 5000 square foot facility, with carpet bonded foam flooring throughout, and rig points up to 19 feet of height.

We are located in vibrant Somerville, MA, a short walk from the Harvard Square and Porter Square MBTA stops, and steps from culturally-rich Union Square.

For students who reside outside of the Boston Metro area, Esh can provide connections for home-stay options as requested.

"Aerial acrobatics are mentally engaging, creatively freeing, and a fantastic way to trick yourself into going to the gym every week! On top of that, the whole Esh community is incredibly supportive and inspiring. I recommend Esh to people of all ages, backgrounds, and body types with no hesitation."
         ~Elizabeth B., Yelp review
Esh Circus Arts
44 Park Street
Somerville, MA 02143
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