ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FURTHER INFO
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 50 % SESSION FEE DISCOUNT APPLIES TO ALL CIRQUE DU CIEL (CdC) CIRCUS WORKS PROVISIONS IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE
CdC PROVISION - OPEN TRAINING PROVISIONS FOR STUDENT - SEMI PRO - PRO PERFORMERS
Pro & semi-pro performers can qualify to train with us if they can evidence professional status via any or all of the following methods, upon request.
1. Current Equity Card
2. Valid Public Liability Insurance
3. Proof of employment, e.g. contracts / booking confirmations / references
4. Recognised Physical Performing Arts Qualification.
REGULARLY ATTENDING TRAINEES FROM ANY OF OUR IN HOUSE CLASSES AGE 14 YRS AND ABOVE CAN ALSO OBTAIN A MONTHLY TRAINING PASS - ON CONFIRMATION FROM THEIR INSTRUCTOR THEY ARE READY.
A training pass lasts for 4 weeks, from time of booking & can only be obtained online, at a cost of £20 per 4 week period.
All performers utilising the Circus Works Devoran to train, must read & adhere to our in house Health & Safety policy and procedure. They must also read & adhere to our current Covid-19 in house protocols.
At present we prefer it if you bring & utilise your own aerial / circus apparatus, however we do have a wide variety of apparatus & safety equipment. Should you be apart from your own for any reason.
ADULT EVENING - AFTER SCHOOL - 1-1 PROVISIONS
You can contact any of our in house freelance specialists directly, by clicking on their image displayed, after you have selected 'ACCESS OTHER IN HOUSE TRAINING' from our menu, to book, to refer, or to make further specific session enquiries.
For group sessions for young people we ensure a ratio of 1 instructor to 6 youngsters in session. Private sessions can be for between 1 - 5 participants.
All Cirque Du Ciel (CDC) sessions are available to book online only - Freelancer's booking & payment policies may differ from that of CDC, in relation to their classes, which they will make clear upon contact.
CdC PROVISION - OUT OF SCHOOL - INDEPENDENT LEARNING - SPECIAL NEEDS - OTHER NEW TIMETABLED PROVISIONS
OUT OF SCHOOL - We offer short flexible weekly day time sessions on Mondays & Thursdays, for between 1 hour - 90 mins, within a 2 hour window, 1-3pm on Mondays and 1-3 pm on Thursdays. We take your hour or 90 minute slot from your arrival time. If your family would qualify for free school meals if your youngsters attended school then they can attend our term time kids sessions for half price. You will find concessions booking options on our 'booking' page. All circus skills based activities are explored and coached, in the air and on the ground. Led by Naomi Lewis CdC Charity Manager, Founder of and Lead Coach at the Circus Works and Director of Airfish Circus, with the help of Rosi Jolly of 'Jolly Goodh Events', Ross Wheeler of Hotch Potch Performance, and Trevelyan Trevethan of Airfish Circus.
AFTER SCHOOL - Some of our in house circus professionals offer after school sessions, independent learning and special needs services via their own booking routes, so please contact them directly by clicking on their images on the After School and Evening page of our website menu. Most also offer half price places to free school meal eligible youngsters but not all, you must check with them directly.
AFTER SCHOOL AIR & GROUND CIRCUS FOR - From 5 September 2022 Mondays and Thursdays 3.30-5.30pm All circus skills based activities are explored and coached, in the air and on the ground. Led by Naomi Lewis CdC Charity Manager, Founder of and Lead Coach at the Circus Works and Director of Airfish Circus, with the help of Rosi Jolly of 'Jolly Goodh Events', and Trevelyan Trevethan of Airfish Circus. Book via https://www.circus-naomi.com - half price concessions to the eligible are available on these sessions.
NEURO DIVERSE? - NEW TO OUR PROGRAMME THIS AUTUMN IS GROUP SESSION 'CIRCO NEURO', led by Ross Wheeler, a relaxed session for the neuro-diverse to explore circus skills in a supportive group environment. All circus skills based activities are explored and coached, in the air and on the ground.
SPECIAL NEEDS / 1-1'S/PRIVATE SESSIONS - Cirque Du Ciel qualified and experienced volunteers also provide 1-1, and private group sessions to Special Needs service users and to community groups, schools and other organisations in house and off site. Arrange these via contacting us on our 'Contact' page, we will match the appropriate people and provision to your needs. All circus skills based activities are explored and coached, in the air and on the ground.
ONGOING IN AUTUMN WINTER 2022
ADULT AERIAL CIRCUS SESSIONS - Are ongoing on Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings 7-8.30pm, book these mixed ability, mixed aerial sessions with Naomi, book via the booking page on https://www.circus-naomi.com Naomi does offer 50% discounted concession places, follow the instructions on her site.
KIDS AFTER SCHOOL AIR & GROUND CIRCUS SKILLS - Return from 5 September 2022 Mondays and Thursdays 3.30-5.30pm, Contact Naomi directly by clicking on her image on our booking page, or book via the booking page on https://www.circus-naomi.com Naomi does offer 50% discounted concession places, follow the instructions on her site.
ADULT HULA HOOP SKILLS SESSION - Ongoing on Tuesdays 6-7pm, led by Lisa Truscott of 'Incandesence Circus' and 'The Two Lisa's' fame. Contact Lisa directly by clicking on her image on our booking page, or send her a message via Lisa@aerialartiste.com
GROUP AND PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS WITH 'SEQUOIA MOVEMENT' - Monday to Friday from 5.30am to 9am, and 5.30pm - 9pm - Contact 'Sequoia Movement' directly for further information on their range of sessions, by clicking on their image on our bookings page or going to https://www.sequoiamovement.com
NEW IN AUTUMN WINTER 2022
IN THE 'NEW IN 22' SECTION OF OUR BOOKING PAGE YOU WILL FIND THE FOLLOWING NEW SESSIONS ALL PROVIDED BY CdC. CONCESSION DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE ON A LOW INCOME IN RECEIPT OF BENEFITS, IF YOUR YOUNGSTERS RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS, IF YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF A STATE PENSION, IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED OR IF YOU ARE IN FULL TIME EDUCATION.
CIRCO MICRO - Thursdays 10.30am - Noon - Led by Ross Wheeler, a family friendly session for young parents from within the local circus and performing arts community to get support, and maintain skill sets.
UNICYCLING AND JUGGLING - Mondays 6pm-7pm weekly from 23 August, led by 'Dan Danger' of Airfish Circus - learn to do both independently, together and more! Dan has a variety of unique unicycles for you to get your head and body around, as well as the standard model for you to master. This session is open to anyone 8 years old and upward, to book head to the 'New in 22' or the 'New in 22 Concessions' sections of our booking page, to book a discounted place if you are eligible. The Circus Works is looking to build a crack unicycling racing team, and an amazing group act as a result of this session, but you can just come for fun! Advance booking required.
'CIRCO NEURO' - Every Thursday 11.30- 12.30 pm from 8 September - led by Ross Wheeler of 'Hotch Potch' Performance book this session via our booking page. This session is for the neuro-diverse to explore performing, clowning and all things circus in a safe, relaxed and supportive space. This session is discounted 50% for those eligible as above. Book via our booking page 'New in 22' and 'New in 22 Concessions' sections. Advance booking is required.
'MEDHOW ALLEY' - Most Saturdays 6pm-7.30pm from 27 August 2022 - led by Trevelyan Trevethan and Bruce Diabulous of 'Airfish Circus'. Looking for something different to the same old weekend habits and exploits? Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Been told you are a clown so many times 'IRL'? This is your chance to make a change, come on down to 'Medhow Alley' where one and all with bad habits are welcome! Kick it with Trev Trev ad Bruce Diabulous, learn circus skills in the air, on the ground and in between, learn to look at life and laugh sober, and make others laugh and smile along the way. Enquiries/ referrals via TrevTrev.CDC@gmail.com please or book direct via our booking page, or via our concessions section on the booking page for the 50% discount if you are eligible.
We welcome everyone beginner's to advanced, and we foster a very supportive & friendly learning environment. We aim to challenge you, but not overwhelm you, and you will learn at a pace tailored to your abilities & suited to your specific ways of learning.
There are toilets & handwashing facilities on site, along with drinking water, tea, coffee, fruit juices & squashes.
We are currently having a shower fitted, and we also have a small seated area, with microwave, kettle & fridge.
Unlimited Broadband available & in house blue tooth mini rig sound system.
WHAT TO WEAR
If seeking to learn aerial with no prior experience then it is important that you attend dressed suitably to protect your body, your fellow students, other Circus Works users, the space, & the equipment within it.
You will need to wear tight leggings or thick footless tights. Shorts or tracksuit bottoms can be worn over these, but should not be overly baggy.
Long sleeved full back coverage leotard, or tight long sleeve top, that is also long in the body. T shirts and sweatshirts can be worn over, but avoid baggy items, and items with a hood, or dangling string ties.
For aerial hoop and trapeze it is advisable to bring & wear thick socks, and additional pair of leg warmers or neoprene knee supports, to protect the soft behind the knee area.
No rings dangling or large hoop earrings, necklaces or bracelets. Please tie long hair back.
Anyone wearing clothing with zips or buttons will not be allowed on the aerial equipment.
IN HOUSE SAFETY
Our in house specialist coaches, the charity manager, and our in house volunteers will happily make adhering to our current in house Health and Safety / Covid 19 policies and procedures easy and simple. We will of course make these available to you, for you to read, and our current booking forms should be completed at point of booking, in order for us to ensure that we can contact you if needs be, and that all the required consents if necessary are in place.
We make hand sanitiser and medical grade anti-viral disinfectant spray available during sessions, for between use cleaning. We also use high temperature steam cleaning to ensure equipment and environmental safety.
We obtain all our user's contact details at point of booking, along with their consent to share, should a Covid infection occur. In order to ensure 100% accuracy in informing all who would need to know such has occurred. This is because we have found use of the tracing app on site less accurate and efficient in ensuring appropriate action can be taken on our part. Of course we have QR coding available should participants wish to use their tracing app services.
We will not require proof of Vaccination to attend the Circus Works, as obtaining a vaccination is a private medical matter, and an equally individual choice based on equally individual contexts. Should you wish to provide proof, that is wholly your decision, and we will be appreciative of such, but not insistent, as we do not support non-inclusive processes of any kind.
We do however insist that you follow our in house Covid policy and procedure. You must not attend if you are unwell with, or manifesting any of the symptoms associated with Covid 19, if you have come into known contact with anyone with Covid 19 or Covid 19 like symptoms, for the recommended isolation period.
We request that if you are anxious in any way, if you need to shield yourself, or shield other vulnerable loved ones then do not enter the building. We also request that parents, guardians, lift givers and other visitors who are not students or tutors, do not enter the premises beyond the porch area, should they be picking up or dropping off students. Until restrictions are further lifted.
We advise that should you suffer any of these symptoms, or if you come into contact with a positive Covid case, that you self isolate for the required number of days. We will insist you stay away from the Circus Works until you are clear of illness / symptoms, and until you have completed the required already well known self isolation procedure.
We will of course notify all users and close the premises for the required period of quarantine, should we be unfortunate enough to have Covid in house. Thus far we have been vigilant, and permitted use has been careful and considerate, this has ably assisted us in keeping the Circus Works Covid free to date.
ON/OFF SITE PACKAGES
USE OUR 'CONTACT US' PAGE IN THE FIRST INSTANCE IN RELATION TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:-
Work Experience - We are completely set up to take your students for their work experience week, and can happily provide references and feedback from schools and students who have spent time with us.
School's Activities Week - You can come to us, or we will bring the circus to you, including aerial workshops as well as ground based circus skills. References and feedback from previous schools provided on request.
Private In House Group Sessions - For your youth club, your scout group, your work team, your hen do, or your organisation, sadly we don't cater on site to children's parties as we cannot allocate large enough time slots to make this possible around everything else we do in house. Find out what we can offer you off site too.
OUR OFF SITE PROVISIONS TO ENHANCE YOUR EVENT INCLUDE:-
Ground based, aerial and fire performers, and stilt walkers of all kinds to add colour and vibrancy to your event.
Circus Skills Workshops in the air and on the ground.
Circus Shows, Fire Shows and Close Proximity Stage Pyrotechnics of all shapes and sizes, with or without a Big Top.
We are very happy to collaborate with other NFP's, SME's, CIC's and CIO's in the creation of fundraising events to the mutual benefit of all involved, and in the creation of events that increase creative community access to improved health, well being, the performative and creative arts, and that have the capacity to bring the community together, and that address community issues in positive ways.