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  • What level am I (Adults 18+)?
    “I am brand new to circus, and have never touched an apparatus before.” - Sign up for our Aerial ABCs workshop. “I have taken circus before” - You may belong in our basics, novice, intermediate, or advanced classes. Adults should check the requirements for the apparatus/class you would like to take on our programs pages under each class (basics, novice, intermediate, advanced) description. *Please note it can take several months to years of training to move up a level, dependent on your background. Circus requires strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Our higher level classes learn skills that require greater and equal level strength, flexibility, and range of motion. If you an unequal in your level of strength, flexibility and/or range of motion you are at a higher risk for injury. Safety is of the upmost importance to the Rising. We ask that you respect your coach's class recommendation. Still unsure which level is the best fit for you? Send us an email at admin@therising.com and we’ll help you find the right class and level. Please outline your experience, where/when you last trained, how long you have been doing circus, and any other info you think is relevant. If you have a video (1-2min) of you doing a short sequence we’d love to see it!
  • What should I WEAR and BRING to my circus class?
    DO wear comfortable form-fitting clothes you can move freely in and tie back long hair. Circus equipment can be rough on bareskin and can cause minor abrasions and burns, so we recommend wearing shirts that cover your armpits and full-length or cropped pants that cover the backs of your knees. DO NOT wear Clothes that have zippers or metal fasteners. This can damage the equipment. Baggy clothing Shorts Crop tops that expose your tummy or back. Any kind of jewelry (stud earrings ok) BRING a water bottle (no glass allowed) and a good attitude! Optional/Recommended: a notebook to keep track of the skills and tricks you learn!
  • Am I allowed to watch my child’s circus classes?
    Short answer: No. We know you’re probably curious about what your child does when you drop them off at circus, but you’ll have to wait and see. All kids classes are a closed class setting for safety reasons and respect to the students’ learning environment. The last class of every session is reserved for parent/family viewing. This is a great time to bring your cameras and admire your super circus stars' hard work while they show off what they’ve learned! Parents will receive an email with details closer to the last date.
  • Do I need to be strong or flexible to do circus?
    NO! Circus arts are for ALL ages! While being strong or flexible doesn’t hurt, we’d rather you come with an open mind ready to try new things. We offer classes for all ages, abilities, and disciplines. Go to our programs page to see what classes we are currently offering.
  • What level am I (Ages 12-17)?
    If your teen is NEW to circus, they should sign up for our Aerial ABCs class. After your teen has completed Aerial ABCs or has equivalent experience they can specialize in either bar or fabric apparatuses with our Basics Level Classes. To move up a level, your teen must receive approval by their coach and meet the requirements listed on the programs page under the class description. On average it takes students 1-2 years of consistent training to move up a level. In the teen program Basics-Advanced level classes we offer classes in Hoop/Trapeze and Silk/Hammock. This format allows teens to specialize and learn more progressive/challenging skills. Still unsure which level is best? Talk to your teen's coach or send an email to admin@therisingcircus.com outlining your teen's previous experience (how long they've done circus, what apparatus(es), have they had a break?, etc.) and we’ll recommend a class to you. If you have a short video of them performing a couple skills on an apparatus we would love to see!
  • Can I get a refund on my classes?
    It depends. A full refund will be given if you withdraw from your class 7+ days prior to the class start date. A full refund will be given minus a $30 fee will be given if you withdraw 6-1 days before the class start date. Once classes begin no refunds will be given for any reason, excluding illness or injury with a doctor's note. If a student knows they will miss 50% or more of the session, they can email admin@therisingcircus.com within the first quarter of the session to request a class credit. Class credits are granted on a case by case basis.
  • What should I do when I miss class?
    We understand you may need to miss class from time to time. No sweat! We have options for you to make up a class. ADULTS and TEENS: You can reserve a spot in open training drop-in to make up for your missed class and will not be charged. Please note that “make ups” must be made in the same session as the missed class. You cannot carry make ups into the next session. Space is limited! Please visit our open training drop-in page for more information and to reserve your make up class. KIDS: Your child can attend Kids Circus Happy Hour Drop-In to make-up their missed class and will not be charged. Make ups must be done in same session as the missed class. You cannot carry froward make up classes into the next session. Space is limited! Please visit our Kids Classes page to see the schedule for Circus Happy Hour and to reserve your spot.
  • What level am I (Ages 6-11)?
    If your child is NEW to circus, they should sign up for our Circus Starter class. After your child has completed the Circus Starter class and received approval from their coach, or has equivalent experience, they can join our Lion Tamers (ages 6-8) Level 1 or Ring Masters (ages 9-11) Level 1 classes. To join the level 2 and 3 classes, your child must receive approval by their coach and meet the requirements listed on the programs page under the level 2 class description. On average it takes students 1-2 years of consistent training to move up a level. Still unsure which level is best for your child? Talk to your child’s coach or send an email to admin@therisingcircus.com outlining your child’s previous experience (how long they've done circus, what apparatus(es), have they had a break?, etc.) and we’ll recommend a class to you. If you have a short video of them performing a couple skills on an apparatus we would love to see!
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