Intensive training

Intensive Training

If you want to up-level your training, we have some great programmes for you:

  • Foundation Course in Circus Arts 4-month Full-Time £2999
  • 4-week Intensive Courses Full-Time £795
  • Easter Edge Circus Festival 4-days £299
  • Pro Track Training (personalised mentoring programme)
  • Circus Holidays

Intensive Training Details

Foundation Course in Circus Arts

Our Foundation Course is an excellent option if you want to step up your training from regular classes to a more formal learning programme.

The Foundation Course is a full-time four-month intensive course six hours a day five days a week from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday

The course is designed to help you gain strength and flexibility along with technical and performance skills in a wide variety of aerial, acrobatic and object manipulation disciplines.

This is like no other Foundation Course currently on offer.

With decades of high-level expertise and experience in both circus arts and the global industry of creating education programmes, you’re in good hands.

It’s not just about learning one new trick after another. As this carefully designed course progresses, the emphasis changes. At first, it’s about building physical abilities and technical skills across a wide range of disciplines, then it moves towards specialising in the arts that you love most. That leads you to craft a solo act and be part of an ensemble production, with the support of a choreographer and a creative director.

During the course there will be performance opportunities to build your ability to create acts and perform in front of a live audience.

We want you to go on to greater things with a solid foundation, so we help you develop essential knowledge in anatomy and physiology in order to understand your own biomechanics. This enables you to train smarter so that you can push your own development forward after the course. Along the way, you gain insights to history and performance to boost your creativity.

We also bring in leading industry professionals to host specialist workshops, such as makeup, clowning, dance, rigging and business.

As well as including a strong education across a wide range of aerial, acrobatic and object manipulation skills, the Aerial Edge Foundation Courses have some unique benefits.

  • You have access to our Open Training sessions.
  • Experience creating and performing in an ensemble show with an experienced circus director
  • You leave with a fantastic showreel filmed by cinematographer Gabriel Stella.

Interested? See our prospectus and sample timetable below in the “Documents” section – or just go ahead and email us to apply We run two full-time courses a year, starting in March and August.

As we are a non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC), we have priced all of our classes and courses as low as we possibly can, in alignment with our core values of circus for all, and developing people through circus.

Foundation Course Dates

  • 4th March to 22nd June 2024
  • 12th August to 30th November 2024


Download the course documents from the links below.

The course prospectus
Our application process
Our Terms and conditions

What Foundation Course graduates say about their experience

4-Week Intensive Courses

This course will train you in the fundamentals of aerial and acrobatic arts, with a personalised focus on creating an act in your speciality discipline. At the end of the month, there will be an opportunity to perform that act in a showing to a friendly audience.

You’ll learn our system of conditioning and flexibility which is designed not just to improve your capability but to reduce the risk of injuries so that you can continue to develop your skills throughout your life.

Course content also includes tuition in act creation and movement practice which transform a series of moves and tricks into a fluent performance.

The course runs Monday-to-Friday from 10am-5pm (See the sample timtable from the first month of the Foundation Course shown above).

Cost: £795.


The Easter Edge: 4-day Circus Festival

Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April

  • An amazing four full days with 24 hours of progressive training with the Aerial Edge team and specialist guest instructors in circus arts.
  • Choose 4 tracks to follow which consists of four 90-minute classes on each of the four days – follow those pathways and will see appreciable improvements
  • Each day will have flexibility/mobility and conditioning sessions built in


Booking Process

Step 1 - Buy your festival pass £299

Step 2 - Select your 4 pathways for the weekend

Timeslot 1 Options - 10:00-11:30

Timeslot 2 Options - 11:45-13:15

Timeslot 3 Options - 14:00-15:30

Timeslot 4 Options - 15:45-17:15

Step 3 - Train Circus!

Pro Track Training

The part-time Pro Training programme is individually structured around your needs, budget and schedule. You put together a personalised programme picked from our daytime classes for pro training, as well as our evening schedule and open training sessions.

We’re saying that this is a part-time programme so that it’s personalised – if that means that you want to do full-time training for a period of time, that works too.

Example programmes:

  • Part-time intensive 2 days a week for 3 months
  • Skills focused training on creating an act for 8 weeks
  • 6 weeks full time training
  • Prepare for an audition for circus school
  • Prepare for a show
  • Continuous professional development adapted monthly in line with your progress

This programme also gives you access to performance opportunities here at Aerial Edge – and of course through continuous development, you increase your opportunities for performance and employment.

Speak to Mark in the school about it or email

Pro track sample pricing based on booking for 4 weeks or more:

  • 17-20 classes/week = £10/class
  • 13-16 classes/week = £11/class
  • 9-12 classes/week = £12.50/class
  • 4-8 classes/week = £15.63/class

Speak to Mark about your personalised programme when you are at Aerial Edge or email and we’ll arrange a call to discuss your programme

Circus Holidays in Brazil

Booking opens on Friday 1st March for the Brazil 2024 training camp, so be ready to roll because there are only 10 spaces.

Dates: 10th to 24th November 2024

This amazing two-week holiday starts with a 5-day all-arts training camp in Circocan circus school’s huge ranch, where you can choose just about any schedule you fancy and enjoy superb food and entertainment in the evenings.

After that, you’ll be off to the beautiful island of Florianopolis where you’ll have flying trapeze lessons every day at the beach-side grand volant rig, and go for some fabulous sightseeing trips.

The people who went last year are all fired up to go again this year, it was that good!

You can pay the total £1,900 or a £300 deposit in the courses section of the Teamup booking system on Friday 1st March.

If you choose the deposit, this will be followed up by two payments of £800, the first on 1st June and the second on 1st August. The deposit is non-refundable because we’ll be using it to book hotels and Circocan.

We aim to book flights, which are payable separately, soon after the deposits are in.

We’ll post a link on socials on Friday to take you to the booking site, and it will be in the newsletter too. Happy holidays!

Here’s the link to our blog article on Brazil

Got questions? Need assistance with your application? Just want to chat it over? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email or message us on WhatsApp (+44 7360 546 232).

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  • Date: January 2024


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