This page is your guide to starting your circus journey at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. We’ve tried to put all the information you need in one place so that you have an easy time stepping in to your first circus classes. Circus training can be a bit intimidating at first, but once you try it out we’re sure you’ll get addicted to the fun, fitness and community that we have to offer.

If you have no experience at all or are just starting a physical fitness practice, you’ll want to start with our ‘Fundamentals’ in Sling or Trapeze, or any of our Level 1 Acrobatics classes. These classes are designed to be accessible to all body types and fitness levels, and so are the perfect way to get familiar with the circus arts.

If you have some experience with the circus arts we still recommend starting with a Fundamentals class! It’s an inexpensive way for us to get to know you, perform an assessment and recommend an appropriate class for you. If you have a lot of experience and would like to come to a higher level class, you can email Head Coach Adam Woolley at adam@phillycircus.com to get special permission.

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This calendar shows our Fundamentals classes!

What’s the deal with adult class cards?

Class cards come in three sizes: Single Class, 12-Class and 24-Class. You can use them for any Adult class at the school! You won’t get an actual physical card…it’s just a virtual digital thing.

You still have to sign up for the class though; just go to the Adult Class Calendar.

When can I sign up?

You can sign-up for a class as far ahead of time as you want, and make a recurring reservation to make sure your slot is always yours.

You must sign up for class at least 48 hours in advance. Your coach needs to know who they’re going to have, and so you cannot just “drop-in” with less than 48hours of notice.

How long does my class card last?

Each class card is only good for one session. A Fall Class card will last all 12 weeks of the Fall Session, but will not be good for Winter classes.

One more time…a Fall Class card will only be good for the Fall Session. You have to use up all the classes on the card by the end of the Fall Session.

Can I gift or share a class card?

Yes, you can gift a class card by purchasing a gift certificate HERE.

Class cards cannot be shared. Once a person purchases a class card, that card is in their name and cannot be transferred to another account or used to register another person.

What’s the cancellation and make up policy?

You must cancel your reservation in a class at least 48-hrs in advance. You can do it yourself once the system is live, or you can call the front desk. If you cancel ahead of time, the class is simply returned to your card; if you don’t cancel in time than we have to deduct the class from your card.

Can I upgrade a class card after it’s purchased?

Nope, but you can always purchase another card to get more classes.

Have another question? First check out this blog entry, which explains why we think this change will be a great thing for you and for the school.

Have more to say? Email adam@phillycircus.com.

Q: I’ve never done this before – do I need previous experience or training? Are there prerequisites to attend certain classes?

A: We love beginners at the circus school. There is something for everyone here! Are you looking for fitness, coordination, or just fun? You have three options:

  1. Take a Fundamentals Class! Trapeze and Sling Fundamentals are listed above.
  2. We have Open Houses twice a year, where you get to come in and try a little bit of everything! Just give us a call to find out when the next one will be.
  3. Love individual attention? Sign up for a private lesson to get things started one-on-one.

Q: What do I wear to my class?

A: Appropriate attire (for all ages & classes): exercise-wear (leotards, long leggings, sweatpants, t-shirts)
NO shorts, belt buckles, dresses, footed tights, jeans, shoes, or jewelry of any kind.

Q: Can I stop by to observe a class?

A: Yes! Take a look at the online schedule and class descriptions, then give us a call to coordinate the best day/time to observe a class of interest. Please avoid stopping by without scheduling as we want to be sure to be available and responsive to your questions. We will also gladly make recommendations based on your experience, fitness level, and overall goals.

Q: Can I start at any time or do I have to wait for the beginning of a session?

A: Adults can start at any time, as long as there is available space in a class.

Youth classes are enrolled by session, but if you would like to observe a class please contact info@phillycircus.com and we can set up a visit.

Q: Do I have to start at the beginning level? I have taken circus classes before, or I am an experienced dancer, yoga practitioner, physical actor, etc.

A: We offer evaluative private lessons for new students with experience to help place them into our level system.

You can book a private lesson HERE; please describe your experience level.

Alternatively, you can sign up for a Fundamentals class and we can help place you from there.

Q: Can I take a single lesson, or do I have to sign up for an entire class session?

A: Adult classes at PSCA happen on a class card system; you can learn more about it HERE.

A: Youth classes at PSCA happen in sessions, and you do have to sign up for the whole session.

Q: What if there is inclement weather / How will I be notified of class cancellations?

A: Class cancellations due to significant inclement weather will be posted to our website and on our Facebook page, and when possible, an email notice will also be sent.
If PSCA closes due to inclement weather, your account will be credited the amount of that day’s class and applied directly to your account. Unless notice is provided as described, all classes will be running according to the session’s schedule. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page and stay “opted-in” on our Constant Contact list to receive these updates.

Please check your “promotions” tab if you use Gmail! Important PSCA news may end up there.

Q: I have to miss a class. Can I make it up?

A: Please see our full Absences and Makeups Policy here.

Q: I need to drop a class. Can I get a refund?

A: Adults can cancel and remake reservations on their own! Class cards can be put on hold in the event of injury, and refunds can be issued for class cards in certain circumstances. Check out this tutorial on canceling reservations.

Youth may cancel their registration before the second class of the session, and are eligible for a refund or credit for the remaining classes.

Q: Do you offer payment plans?

A: We do not regularly offer payments plans. In cases of urgent need, please contact the office info@phillycircus.com

Q: Can I take photos/video?

A: You are always welcome to photo / video yourself in our space, as long as it’s not distracting to other classmates. Please ask permission before filming anyone else, and please do not post photos or video of anyone else on the Internet without their written permission.

Q: How do I schedule a private lesson?

A: To schedule a private (solo and group) lesson please fill out this form. Once we have your information we can place you with an appropriate instructor based on their availability. One of the administrators will contact you with possible dates and times for the lesson.

Q: Are there customized group sessions?

Yes! We work with all kinds of groups – families, friends, co-workers, bachelorette parties, fitness clubs, etc.Give us a call or complete the online group inquiry form to get started planning your group outing.

Q: How do I find out about space rental?

A: To inquire about special events and parties at PSCA please fill out this form. The events coordinator from PSCA will be contacting you regarding the dates you’ve requested, supply pricing information and other details regarding your event. Please note that rentals are only allowed on Saturday afternoons / evenings, and sometimes holidays.

Q: Can you do a performance / workshop at my party, school, or other location?

Yes! We offer School Residencies (link) and performances through our in-house agency, Airplay Entertainment. Please contact us for more details.