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.

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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

 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

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

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

★ Clowning & Performance Classes

  • NEW! Special Event Miming Workshop!
    Coach Soleyman Pierini
    Learn the 7 axis and 4 dynamics of movement – these are the very basics of mime – and then “fixed point”, which is used to create the classic mime illusions. You’ll practice miming skills and perhaps even learn about pantomiming, which is the art of creating a whole story using mime technique.
    November 21 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 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.
    December 14 at 4:00 PM OR
    January 11 at 4:00 PM

★ Handstands & Contortion Training
Coach Rebecca Starr

  • 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: November 3, November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, December 8 at 5:00 PM 
  • 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

Training & Conditioning
(also available individually in the links below)

  • 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: December 2, December 9, December 16, December 23

★ 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:

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: