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Youth Session Classes

Youth classes at Esh run in semesters and meet once per week. View the schedule and sign up for classes by visiting the Schedule & Registration page.

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children in a group circle

About Our Youth Session Classes

We are committed to offering only the highest quality of recreational circus instruction to our students. Classes at Esh are small in order to maximize student-teacher interaction, safety, and personalized instruction.

Our youth instructors are all highly-trained, professional circus instructors. Many have additional professional experience in fields such as primary and secondary education, psychology, and child development. We are committed to providing the safest and best circus experience possible!

Youth Classes at Esh require pre-registration, but drop-ins are available for some of the classes on our weekly schedule when space is available. To learn more, visit the Youth Session Make-up/Drop-in Calendar on the Schedule & Registration page.

Questions? Check out our FAQ or drop us a line at info@eshcircusarts.com!

All Youth Classes

Wednesday Half-Day Program (Ages 6-10 & 11-15)

The Wednesday Half-Day Program includes instruction in a wide variety of circus arts, including aerials, object manipulation, tumbling, and balancing skills. Each day will include skill building time in 2-3 different circus disciplines, as well as supervised choice time where students can work on the skills of their choosing. The afternoon will also include time for snack and less structured downtime.

The Half-Day Program meets on Wednesdays from 2:15-5:15pm. We know that school schedules differ and that students might be arriving at slightly different times. The program is structured to allow for rolling arrival from 2:15-2:45pm.

Pre-requisites:

  • The Wednesday Half-Day Program is open to students at any level of experience. The small group format allows each student to move through material at their own pace. Students who are new to circus arts will focus on building a foundation in technique, creativity, flexibility, and strength. More experienced students will refine their technical skills and movement quality, expand their skill vocabulary, and learn choreographic skills in a variety of disciplines.

Questions about whether the Wednesday Half-Day Program is right for your child? Email the program director!

As with all youth programs at Esh, the Half-Day Program is non-competitive, and aims to help each participant explore their own potential in circus arts.

Teen Aerials – Beginner

As with our adult classes, Teen Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental “hows” of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

Beginner Level

No background in circus or gymnastics is required! We work with each student’s individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

Teen Aerials – Intermediate

Intermediate/Advanced Level

For students who have a solid foundation in aerial acrobatics, the intermediate/advanced level class continues to build on students’ skills, grow their movement vocabulary, and refine technique and movement quality in the air. Prior approval is required to join the intermediate/advanced class – contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com prior to registration.

Teen/Tween General Circus

General Circus classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore many circus arts, including aerial acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, clowning, handbalancing, and more!

General Circus classes are open level – all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student’s individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment. Ages 9+.

Tween Aerials

As with our adult classes, Tween Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental “hows” of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

Tween Aerials classes are open level – all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student’s individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

Teen/Tween General Circus

General Circus classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore many circus arts, including aerial acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, clowning, handbalancing, and more!

General Circus classes are open level – all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student’s individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment. Ages 9+

Circus Kids (Age 8-9)

In this exploration of all things circus, students will learn a wide variety of fun and exciting circus skills, including ground acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, wire-walking, hula hooping, basic aerial acrobatics, and much, much more!

No background in gymnastics or acrobatics is required. We work with your child’s individual skill level and interest to provide a fun and enriching experience. Class is 60 minutes long. Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific questions at info@eshcircusarts.com.

Circus Kids (Age 6-7)

In this exploration of all things circus, students will learn a wide variety of fun and exciting circus skills, including ground acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, wire-walking, hula hooping, basic aerial acrobatics, and much, much more!

No background in gymnastics or acrobatics is required. We work with your child’s individual skill level and interest to provide a fun and enriching experience. Class is 60 minutes long. Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific questions at info@eshcircusarts.com.

Circus Explorers (Age 4-6)

Does your child like to climb just a little too high, or spin just a little too fast? Or would you like to encourage your timid tot to test his physical limits? Join us and watch your young child jump, balance, hang, and roll to their hearts content. In Circus Explorers, children will learn many of the basic skills and concepts that underlie higher level circus work. This is also a great chance to practice listening skills and following directions in a fun, safe and supported environment. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Class is 50 minutes long.

Not sure if this is the right class for your child? We recommend that children in the Explorers class are able to hang from a bar for a few seconds independently; can lift their feet up toward bar while hanging from hands; can wait to take a turn; and can follow a simple, short series of directions. Please contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with any questions!

Circus Seekers (Age 2.5-4) – Not currently available

Does your child like to climb just a little too high, or spin just a little too fast? Or would you like to encourage your timid tot to test his physical limits? Join us and watch your young child jump, balance, hang, and roll to their hearts content. In Circus Seekers, children will learn many of the basic skills and concepts that underlie higher level circus work. This is also a great chance to practice listening skills and following directions in a fun, safe and supported environment. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Class is 50 minutes long.

Not sure if this is the right class for your child? We recommend that children in the Seekers class should be willing to try some basic tumbling skills on their own (log rolls and somersaults); should be self-directed enough to follow teacher directions and engage in activities without direct parent supervision; and show budding independence. Please contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with any questions!

Circus Tots (18 months – 2.5 years) – not currently available

Once they are on their feet and moving around, climbing, hanging, and rolling follow close behind! Come enjoy the early years of physical play and acrobatic discovery with your young one. Children will enjoy activities that engage and challenge their natural tendency to test the limits in a safe and supported environment.

Classes are intended for children from 18 months to 2.5 years. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Class is 50 minutes long.

Current & Upcoming Session Dates

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

Current Adult Session

2020 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SESSION

November 2nd – December 20th

No classes November 23rd – 29th

Next Adult Session

2020 WINTER SESSION

Classes begin January 4th. Session dates TBD.

Registration: 10am on Saturday December 19th

Current Youth Session

2020 FALL SESSION II

November 2nd – December 20th

No classes November 23rd – 29th

Next Youth Session

2020 WINTER SESSION

Classes begin January 4th. Session dates TBD.

Registration: 2pm on Saturday December 19th

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