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)
- Session: Beginner Ball Juggling (age 8+)
Learn juggling with coach Jon Roitman! 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.
4 classes (Tuesdays): October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27
- 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: September 4, September 11, September 18, September 25 at 5:15 PM OR
4 classes: October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23 at 5:15 PM
- Session: Advanced Ball juggling (prerequisite: do a three ball Mills Mess, juggle four balls, and flash five balls):
4 classes: September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23 at 6:00 PM OR
4 classes: September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21 at 6:00 PM
★ 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.
- Session: Circus Style Hula Hooping
4 classes (Thursdays): September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24 at 7:00 PM OR
4 classes (Thursdays): October 1, October 8, October, 15, October 22 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!
- 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.
4 classes: August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Camper Training with Jon Roitman
Did you have a great time at Smirkus Camp and want to train with your friends? Join Smirkus Camp coach Jon for a variety of at home conditioning and training exercises to help stay in shape for next summer!
Session: September 8, September 15, September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13
- 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