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Smirkus@Home

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.

Jump to:
Clowning | Conditioning | Contortion | Creation | Handstands | Hula Hooping | Juggling | Magic | Prop Manipulation | Private Lessons | Circus 101 Kit | Get Supplies

Juggling

(click here for Juggling Supplies)

Beginner Juggling Classes

  • Session: Beginner Ball Juggling (age 8+)
    Coach Theo LeBlanc
    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.
    March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24 at 7:30PM
  • Scarf Juggling with Mr. Josh (age 5+)
    Coach Joshua Shack
    For absolute beginners! Learn the basics of juggling using scarves with Mr. Josh, former Ringling Clown and Director of New Programs at Circus Smirkus. You must have juggling scarves or thin produce bags for this class.
    Email info@smirkus.org to schedule a session!

 Intermediate & Advanced Juggling
Coach Theo LeBlanc
Join 4th year Big Top Tour trouper Theo LeBlanc in this series of higher level juggling classes.

★ Prop Manipulaton (click here for Juggling Supplies)
Coach Joshua Shack

  • Balancing Peacock Feathers – you must have your own peacock feather for this class
    January 12 at 4:00 PM
  • The Art of Spinning Plates – you must have a spinning plate and stick for this class
    January 13 at 4:00 PM
  • Learning to Use Flower Sticks – you must have flower sticks or devil sticks for this class
    January 14 at 4:00 PM


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Hula Hooping
Coach Eva Lou Rhinelander
Join 6th year Big Top Tour trouper Eva Lou Rhinelander in this series of hula hooping classes.

Magic

Coach Soleyman Pierini
Join 4th year Big Top Tour trouper Soleyman Pierini in this series of magic classes. Amaze your friends!

Clowning & Performance

 

  • Ukulele 101
    Coach Joel Jeske
    Smirkus Coach Joel Jeske takes you on a wonderful journey of learning and music in this session. The ukulele is an iconic musical instrument in the world of variety and circus. It sounds great, packs small, and is easy to learn. Whether you are a beginner wanting to add a musical instrument to your repertoire or a current uke player who would like to join in on the fun, UKE 101 is a great way to spend some time making music together. Who knows? You might learn something too.
    April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 at 4:00 PM
  • Miming Mondays
    Coach Soleyman Pierini
    Learn what techniques mimes use to imitate the movement and postures of all things, how to give illusions with the fixed point, and how to tell a whole story using mime with nothing but your body. Ages 10+
    Session: March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5 at 5:00 PM
  • SPECIAL EVENT: Improvisation 101
    Coach Joel Jeske
    Want to learn to improvise? Many performers from theater to circus rely on the ability to improvise to add a does of comedy and keep performances fresh. Smirkus Coach Joel Jeske introduces a improv workshop based on the teachings of improv guru Del Close, creator of The Harold and Long Form Improvisation. Using the fundamental concept of “Yes, and…”, The workshop will cultivate group mind, develop scene work, help you find your individual voice, and discover the truth in all comedy.
    Joel Jeske got his start in the improv world of Chicago, Illinois; home to the world famous Second City and Improv Olympic. He has toured nationally with Second City as well as taught and performed at New York improv institutions: The People’s Improv Theater and the Upright Citizens Bridgade. The improv techniques he has cultivated over the years he believes are a vital foundation to all performers.
    For ages: 12 years and up.
    March 20 from 2:00-3:45 PM
  • Make ‘Em Laugh: Intro to Clowning
    Coach Joshua Shack
    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.
    January 11 at 4:00 PM

Handstands & Contortion

  • Handstands (Intermediate Level)
    Coach Rebecca Starr
    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: December 15, December 22, January 5, January 12, January 19, January 26 at 5:00 PM 
  • Intermediate & Advanced Contortion
    Coach Rebecca Starr
    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

Training & Conditioning

 

  • Sunday Morning Stretch & Conditioning
    Coach Doug Stewart
    Find a space, roll out your mat and get ready for summer with Smirkus Camp Head Coach Doug Stewart. Follow Doug’s 30 minute plan to help you move, stretch and condition. This workout is good for all levels.
    Session: April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16 at 11:00 AM
  • Smirkus Camp Prep Program
    Coach Doug Stewart
    Are you ready to achieve your circus goals? Do you want to maximize your training this summer? Are you ready to start now? This class is for you! Join fellow campers and head coach Doug Stewart to build a customized training program to prepare you for the summer. The class will focus on goal setting and building exercise routines to help you prepare for camp. Not only will this class help prepare you for the summer, it will help ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running when you get to camp!
    Session: April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1 at 12:00 PM
  • Conditioning for Circus Artists
    Coach Rebecca Starr
    Stay circus fit this winter! Rebecca Starr will give you a conditioning workout to help build the strength and flexibility needed for circus skills. This session is for all levels – but be sure to expect a challenge!
    Session: TBD

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in most circus disciplines by request. Please email Josh Shack for more information.

 

★ Circus 101 Kit

Get a Circus 101 package! Get started with circus at home! Circus Smirkus will send you all the supplies and deliver lessons right to your living room.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Please email Josh Shack for custom scheduling options.

Circus SmirkusThis package is $100 and includes an at-home circus 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
     

★ Resources

Need supplies?
Here’s where you can purchase or make supplies you might need for our circus classes:

Smirkus@Home

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.

Jump to:
Clowning | Conditioning | Contortion | Creation | Handstands | Hula Hooping | Juggling | Magic | Prop Manipulation | Private Lessons | Circus 101 Kit | Get Supplies

Juggling

(click here for Juggling Supplies)

Beginner Juggling Classes

  • Session: Beginner Ball Juggling (age 8+)
    Coach Theo LeBlanc
    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.
    March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24 at 7:30PM
  • Scarf Juggling with Mr. Josh (age 5+)
    Coach Joshua Shack
    For absolute beginners! Learn the basics of juggling using scarves with Mr. Josh, former Ringling Clown and Director of New Programs at Circus Smirkus. You must have juggling scarves or thin produce bags for this class.
    Email info@smirkus.org to schedule a session!

 Intermediate & Advanced Juggling
Coach Theo LeBlanc
Join 3rd year Big Top Tour trouper Theo LeBlanc in this series of higher level juggling classes.

★ Prop Manipulaton (click here for Juggling Supplies)
Coach Joshua Shack

  • Balancing Peacock Feathers – you must have your own peacock feather for this class
    January 12 at 4:00 PM
  • The Art of Spinning Plates – you must have a spinning plate and stick for this class
    January 13 at 4:00 PM
  • Learning to Use Flower Sticks – you must have flower sticks or devil sticks for this class
    January 14 at 4:00 PM


★ 
Hula Hooping
Coach Eva Lou Rhinelander
Join 5th year Big Top Tour trouper Eva Lou Rhinelander in this series of hula hooping classes.

Magic

Coach Soleyman Pierini
Join 3rd year Big Top Tour trouper Soleyman Pierini in this series of magic classes. Amaze your friends!

Clowning & Performance

 

Ukelele 101
Coach Joel Jeske
Smirkus Coach Joel Jeske takes you on a wonderful journey of learning and music in this session. The ukulele is an iconic musical instrument in the world of variety and circus. It sounds great, packs small, and is easy to learn. Whether you are a beginner wanting to add a musical instrument to your repertoire or a current uke player who would like to join in on the fun, UKE 101 is a great way to spend some time making music together. Who knows? You might learn something too.
March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27 at 4:00 PMMiming Mondays
Coach Soleyman Pierini
Learn what techniques mimes use to imitate the movement and postures of all things, how to give illusions with the fixed point, and how to tell a whole story using mime with nothing but your body. Ages 10+
Session: March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5 at 5:00 PM

  • SPECIAL EVENT: Improvisation 101
    Coach Joel Jeske
    Want to learn to improvise? Many performers from theater to circus rely on the ability to improvise to add a does of comedy and keep performances fresh. Smirkus Coach Joel Jeske introduces a improv workshop based on the teachings of improv guru Del Close, creator of The Harold and Long Form Improvisation. Using the fundamental concept of “Yes, and…”, The workshop will cultivate group mind, develop scene work, help you find your individual voice, and discover the truth in all comedy.
    Joel Jeske got his start in the improv world of Chicago, Illinois; home to the world famous Second City and Improv Olympic. He has toured nationally with Second City as well as taught and performed at New York improv institutions: The People’s Improv Theater and the Upright Citizens Bridgade. The improv techniques he has cultivated over the years he believes are a vital foundation to all performers.
    For ages: 12 years and up.
    March 20 from 2:00-3:45 PM
  • Make ‘Em Laugh: Intro to Clowning
    Coach Joshua Shack
    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.
    January 11 at 4:00 PM

Handstands & Contortion

  • Handstands (Intermediate Level)
    Coach Rebecca Starr
    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: December 15, December 22, January 5, January 12, January 19, January 26 at 5:00 PM 
  • Intermediate & Advanced Contortion
    Coach Rebecca Starr
    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

Training & Conditioning

 

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in most circus disciplines by request. Please email Josh Shack for more information.

 

★ Circus 101 Kit

Get a Circus 101 package! Get started with circus at home! Circus Smirkus will send you all the supplies and deliver lessons right to your living room.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Please email Josh Shack for custom scheduling options.

Circus SmirkusThis package is $100 and includes an at-home circus 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
     

★ Resources

Need supplies?
Here’s where you can purchase or make supplies you might need for our circus classes: