Online Circus Training & Events for Everyone
Circus Smirkus is now offering live online classes for circus enthusiasts of all ages and levels that you can take from home. Here you’ll find classes in a variety of circus skills, fitness and conditioning, and performance taught by circus experts including Circus Smirkus coaches and troupers.
All classes are hosted on a web service called Zoom. Zoom is free for you to use and can be downloaded to your laptop or smart phone.
You will receive a link to the classroom in your confirmation email after you sign up.
Juggling (click here for Juggling Supplies)
- NEW! Session: Beginner Ball Juggling (age 8+)
Learn juggling with Big Top Tour trouper Soleyman Pierini! In this introduction to juggling, learn the drills that eventually lead to a successful 3 ball juggling pattern, and have fun at each step along the way. You can take this class multiple times to keep improving. No class September 7 (Labor Day).
4 classes: August 17, August 24, August 31, September 14
- Session: Beginner Diabolo (age 8+)
Learn a variety of tricks with the diabolo, starting from the basics of how to start and keep it spinning on the string, then moving to throwing and catching it back on the string, and finally to moves such as “whip propulsion”, “trapeze”, “around the leg” and more! Finally, work on combining what you have learned into a routine.
Contact us to schedule a new session!
- Scarf Juggling with Mr. Josh (age 5+)
For absolute beginners! Learn the basics of juggling using scarves with Mr. Josh, former Ringling Clown and Director of New Programs at Circus Smirkus.
August 28 at 2:00 PM
★ Intermediate & Advanced Juggling with Theo
Join 3rd year Big Top Tour trouper Theo LeBlanc in this series of higher level juggling classes.
- Session: Intermediate 3-Club Juggling/Intermediate Level (prerequisite: know basic 3 ball juggling – 30 catches):
4 classes: July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 OR
4 classes: August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28
- Session: Advanced Ball juggling (prerequisite: do a three ball Mills Mess, juggle four balls, and flash five balls):
4 classes: August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26
★ Prop Manipulaton with Mr. Josh (click here for Juggling Supplies)
- Balancing Peacock Feathers
August 25 at 2:00 PM
- The Art of Spinning Plates:
August 26 at 2:00 PM
- Learning to Use Flower Sticks:
August 27 at 2:00 PM
★ Hula Hooping Live with Eva Lou!
Join 5th year Big Top Tour trouper Eva Lou Rhinelander in this series of hula hooping classes. You will receive a link to the classroom in your confirmation email.
- Session: Hula Hooping with Eva Lou (week-long): NO CLASS September 7 (Labor Day)
4 classes (Mondays): August 17, August 24, August 31, September 14 at 3:00 PM
- Session: Circus Style Multi-Hooping:
4 classes (Thursdays): August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27 at 7:00 PM
★ Magic with Soleyman
Join 3rd year Big Top Tour trouper Soleyman Pierini in this series of magic classes. Amaze your friends! You will receive a link to the classroom in your confirmation email.
- NEW! Session: Card Manipulation & Flourishes
A session for all those interested in the basic flourishes of card magic. We will focus mainly on fans and springs, with room for requests of specific flourishes you want to learn.
- Session: Theory of Magic (Intermediate/Advanced):
From the anatomy of a magic trick to how to create your own tricks, this class covers the basic theory of magic. A great class for people who have some tricks in their repertoire already.
4 classes: July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6
- Session: Devising Material with Mark Gindick – Learn the nitty gritty technique of building a funny show!
We had such a good time with Mark that we’re bringing him back! In this special workshop we’ll focus on building bits, investigating inspiration and structure, and fine tuning the funny. At the end you’ll have a brand new piece to perform, personally coached Mark Gindick of Cirque du Soleil, Ringling and Big Apple Circus!
4 classes: July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12
- Make ‘Em Laugh: Intro to Clowning with Mr. Josh
This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of clowning. Learn how to think and act like a clown, physical comedy techniques and funny bits.
August 24 at 2:00 PM
★ Handstands & Contortion Training with Rebecca Starr
- NEW SESSION! I ❤ Handstands (Intermediate Level)
You’ll learn the fundamentals of handstand technique, build the strength to maintain balance on your hands and grow your handstand practice to be able to incorporate variations in body position. You’ll learn to support your body weight on your arms/ upper body as well as other drills to make your handstand practice successful. If you’re just finding your balance on your hands, we will work to increase your comfort and ability to hold a freestanding handstand. If handstands are already part of your practice we will add on, working towards different leg variations, press handstands, one arms and more.
Session: August 18, August 25, September 8, September 15
- Intermediate & Advanced Contortion
Most people think the art of contortion is the art of being flexible; in reality it is the art of controlling flexibility. Contortion is the ability to be simultaneously strong and flexible, all while making your audience think it’s easy. This class will be a fundamental strength and technique class for those interested in continuing their exploration in the discipline of contortion. Through a variety of flexibility and conditioning techniques we will get your body bendy and work towards developing control, awareness and understanding of the body with regard to the principles of contortion.
Session: July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27
- Summer Mentorship Program with Doug Stewart
Meet your summer training goals! Students and Mentor would work together to define goals and establish training routines and exercises. Whether you want to increase strength training for aerials or improve your juggling skills, Doug will work on your personalized workout plans and make you accountable. This class is limited to 5 people only!
Session: June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7
★ Private Lessons
Private lessons are available in most circus disciplines by request. Please email Josh Shack for more information.
Get an at-home residency package! Next session: Daily August 24-28 at 2:00 PM
Circus Smirkus is taking the residency program and delivering it to your living room.
Please email Josh Shack for custom scheduling options.
This package is $100 and includes an at-home residency kit (valued at $48) plus five online classes, using all of the equipment in the kit. That’s like getting one class for free!
Kit includes: peacock feather, spinning plates, juggling scarves, flower sticks, and of course, a red clown nose.
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the online classes.
Our 5-day sessions include the following classes:
- Make ‘Em Laugh: Intro to Clowning
- Balancing Peacock Feathers
- The Art of Spinning Plates
- Learning to Use Flower Sticks
- Intro to Juggling: Scarf Juggling
Here’s where you can purchase or make supplies you might need for our circus classes:
- Juggling scarves
- Juggling balls
- Juggling clubs
- Spinning plates
- Balancing feathers
- Flower sticks (DIY Circus Lab shows you how to make your own)
- Cigar boxes (alumnus Eric Bates shows you how to make your own or purchase)
- Hula hoops
- Poi (DIY Circus Lab shows you how to make your own)
- Clown Nose