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Student Teacher Program

Most circus teacher training programs cover what to teach. In the Esh Circus Arts Student Teacher Program, we build on those basics to help emerging teachers learn how to teach!

collage of photos of esh coaches teaching
collage of photos of esh coaches teaching

About the Student Teacher Program

The Esh Student Teacher Program is designed to support the development of emerging circus teachers who wish to focus on teaching recreational aerial silks, hoop, or rope; static trapeze; handbalancing; or partner acrobatics to adult students. The Program includes a combination of observation, mentorship, lecture and discussion workshops, and hands-on teaching experience.

What we’re not doing in this program is going step by step through each skill to learn cuing, progressions, and spotting – that’s what most conventional trainings cover, and that’s all important stuff! What we provide in the Esh Student Teacher Program is the next step after a typical weekend- or week-long teacher training for folks who want to be better prepared, more thoroughly-trained, and more hireable circus teachers!

  • Monthly workshops on topics such as: effective and intentional language for teachers; creating healthy classroom culture; consent based touch and effective spotting; creating and executing a strong class plan; how to develop your own progressions and drills; teaching to mixed-level classes; and more.
  • 24 weeks of in-class experience including observation and assistant teaching under the mentorship of Esh’s most experienced coaches.
  • Planning and leading a 4-week community circus class alongside your fellow program participants.

Please note: The Esh Student Teacher Program is not a stand-alone teacher training program. Applicants must have completed a physical-skill-focused teacher training or apprenticeship elsewhere, or have plans to do so during the duration of the Student Teacher Program. This program is suitable for those who need to complete observation and student teaching hours required by other teacher training programs.

Upcoming Program Dates

*Due to COVID-19, the Student Teacher Program is on hold. We will update this page once we are able to confirm new dates!*

June 15 – Applications open for 2020/2021 Fall/Winter cycle
July 15 – Applications close
August 1 – Decisions sent to applicants
Monday August 24th – Program begins

The 2020/2021 Fall/Winter cycle runs August 24th – February 28th with breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday and winter holidays.
The capstone community class will meet on Saturday afternoons February 6, 13, 20, 27.

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  • You are at an intermediate level or higher in your focus discipline. (Esh class level 301 or higher, or equivalent experience at another studio or program)
  • You have aspirations to teach circus.
  • You have taken or plan to take a circus teacher training course, or have received training in teaching circus in another way – please reach out with questions if you are unsure whether your experience qualifies!
  • Applicants must be able to demo skills at and below the 301/intermediate level in their discipline with strong technique and clean lines. Please include a video link that shows you demoing 5 skills at a moderate pace.


Acceptance to the Student Teacher Program is by application, and spaces are limited. Please click the button below to go to our application form.

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