Update 7/12/20:

Hello Esh community! We are reopening for adult circus training on Monday July 20th!

The City of Somerville is beginning Phase 3 of the economic reopening on Monday July 20th. Under Phase 3, Esh can offer adult recreational programming! Sign up here for small group classes and individual practice time July 20th – July 26th. We will be extending the in-person schedule beyond July 26th soon, so please check back!

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to the studio and spending some time upside down! We know that we cannot fully eliminate the risk of COVID-19 from our studio, and that the danger from this pandemic is still present. We have worked hard to reduce the risk to our staff and students as much as possible, and to make Esh as safe as it can be. In circus we often talk about risk mitigation. Our goal in responding to COVID-19 is to take as many harm reduction and risk mitigation measures as we can, communicate clearly about these new policies and procedures, and support the members of our staff and community in making the best choices for themselves about when is the best time to return to circus. We invite you to review our COVID-19 Response Plan, and to reach out to us at with any questions about returning to circus in person.

As we enter Phase 3, we are continuing to offer online classes. Esh coaches will continue to teach flexibility, contortion, handstands, juggling, ballet barre, dance, and some conditioning classes online for quite a while, so you can continue with online circus if that is the right choice for you! Our community is greater than our physical space and we love seeing our students in the virtual classroom.

For those returning to in-person classes: Many things about our day-to-day operations at Esh will be different than they were before, but our commitment to offering world-class circus instruction in a welcoming space remains. We are excited to welcome you back and learn together how we can teach and learn circus in our new circumstances.

As always, please reach out to us at with any questions.

With love,
Ellen, Roger, and the team at Esh

students training at Esh

Welcome to Esh

Esh Circus Arts is the Boston area’s home for high-quality circus instruction — we live and breathe all things circus!

man training on cyr wheel
man training on cyr wheel

Session Classes

Want to learn to fly? Want some excitement in your fitness routine? Just want to have fun? Circus classes at Esh focus on building strength and confidence, developing body awareness, and learning to move and think creatively while maintaining an emphasis on proper technique and injury prevention. Our small classes allow students of all levels to learn at their own pace, with movements tailored to each student’s skill, fitness, and flexibility level.

We offer classes in lots of different circus arts and at every level – there’s something for everyone! Check out our class descriptions for adults and youth to see what’s available and take a look at our schedule to find a class that works for you.

Questions? Contact us!

Current & Upcoming Session Dates

If you have questions about a class, please contact us.

Current Adult Session


March 2nd – April 26th

Next Session


April 27th – June 21st
No class Monday May 25th.

Current student registration: 9pm on Sunday April 12th.
New student registration: 8am on Tuesday April 14th.

Current Youth Session


February 24th – May 17th
No classes Monday April 20th – Sunday April 26th.

Next Session


June 1st – August 16th

Current student registration: 8am on Monday May 4th
New student registration: 8am on Monday May 11th

performers on aerial fabric
performers on aerial fabric

Workshops & Events

Check out upcoming workshops with world class coaches, get tickets to student shows, and join us for fun community events!

students in a ballet barre class

Intensives & Programs

Alongside our weekly group classes, Esh offers a variety of in-depth programs for students of all ages and abilities – youth to adult, beginner to professional!

students in a ballet barre class


“Classes at Esh have completely energized me, and taught my body things that were previously unfathomable. The technical ability, as well as the unassailable charm and excellent silk-side manner of the instructors make classes at Esh Circus Arts inspiring, exhilarating,and completely the highlight of my week.”


“Esh instructors are patient and encouraging, and keep me motivated. Their demonstrations and explanations are clear, easy to follow and shown at appropriate levels of difficulty without overwhelming.”


“Being on the silks combines the exhilaration of flying with a one-of-a-kind workout. Thanks to Esh, I have grown in both proficiency and confidence from this graceful and unique art. They are not only inspiring performers, but also passionate and patient instructors. Everyone there is incredibly motivating, and I look forward to my classes all week long!”


“I am continually impressed with the sheer volume and depth of information that the instructors have and their eagerness to share that knowledge with their students.”


“Anyone who asks me what I do for exercise and doesn’t call me a weirdo gets recommended to Esh right away.”


I visited Esh for my first trapeze/hoop class last night, and it is amazing. In an hour and a half I learned a knee hang, a sit, and three tricks. If you’ve been thinking about trying an aerials class I highly recommend Esh. The instruction and customer service are top-notch!


I visited Esh for my first trapeze/hoop class last night, and it is amazing. In an hour and a half I learned a knee hang, a sit, and three tricks. If you’ve been thinking about trying an aerials class I highly recommend Esh. The instruction and customer service are top-notch!


I have been taking aerial silks classes at Esh since 2010, and it has been one of the most rewarding activities I’ve done. Every teacher I’ve had there has been capable, careful, adaptable, funny, and encouraging. The whole Esh community is incredibly supportive and inspiring.


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.


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