Why are we so inspired to work with circus coaches…?

“It is our vision that every circus student in Australia will be taught by highly trained and assessed coaches, of the highest standard.”

Circus Training Australia is run by Free Coulston and Daniel Rabin. We are the co-founders of The Circus Spot, an independent circus school in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Free is a physiotherapist and an aerialist who has performed for the Queen of Malaysia. Daniel is a NICA graduate and performer who is passionate about teaching circus. (We also happen to be married – eloped in 2013 and totally recommend it).

We love circus. We love the amazing people that teach it and those learning. We want to enhance how the world sees circus coaches by making sure they access the best possible coaching skills.

In 2012 we gathered several circus coaches to participate in three days of ‘train the trainer’ style workshops at The Circus Spot. The fantastic response made us realise that Australia needs a clear and structured system of coaching circus skills.

Alongside a dedicated team of coaches, we used the public classes at The Circus Spot as a pilot to develop a detailed curriculum, designed with a focus on strong outcomes for students. The CTA curriculum continues to evolve. It has been designed to grow and develop along with the ever-changing nature of circus and the performing arts.

Are you looking for a better way to structure your classes?

Download a free Circus Training Australia teaching guide.

This four part series will walk you through everything you need to run an engaging and challenging trapeze class for beginners.

Complete with lesson plans and easy to follow photos to teach your sessions.

Here's what other people have said about us:

"Thank you so much for such a fantastic week and for providing us with great hospitality and professionally run courses! I have watched as our coaches, including myself, have grown increasingly confident in teaching and spotting new tricks and walk away from the courses excited and motivated. I have also watched them re-find the motivation, enthusiasm and passion for their own training and performing that they had when they first started circus! It has been a very worthwhile trip from little old Tassie. We would definitely do it again!" - SLIPSTREAM CIRCUS

"Our head coach Ben just completed a Circus Training Australia course.. He has had nothing but great things to say – he absolutely  loved it. He got so much out of it and is really inspired. He’s implementing all the new techniques with his students and, well he’s just really excited about the whole thing! I'm looking forward to your courses next year!" - Louise Jordan, LITTLE DEVILS CIRCUS

"I absolutely loved these courses. I learnt SO much, not just about the syllabus- which is incredibly detailed and comprehensive, but about the apparatus, rigging, set up, student difficulties and more. Free, Jane and Daniel were amazing. Thank you so much! I will definitely be back to learn more in the future." - Jenny - PHYSIPOLE STUDIOS

"Dan and Free have put together an extremely professional and logical approach to training circus coaches, their resources are absolutely fantastic and their instruction and advice was excellent. I would highly recommend anyone involved with circus and coaching to consider enrolling in the next course they offer." - Drew Mitchell, FITNESSWORX

"Rarely is a coach so able to adapt their skills for Beginners and Advanced aerialist alike. Free challenges and inspires her students using their strengths, good technique and artistic flare. Whether they are first timers building strength and learning aerial awareness or advanced students polishing acts for performance, they are always proud of the results. Over the years of teaching at Circus Oz, students of all ages have enjoyed Free’s aerial classes, and return time and again. Her vast repertoire and attention to building solid foundation skills sees good skill progressions, resulting in a sense of great accomplishment. “ - Tara Gooding, CIRCUS OZ

"RUCCIS are thrilled to have had Free Coulston coaching for us and are still reaping the benefits of the coaching legacy that she left us. Her ability to structure classes for all age groups and skill levels heavily informed the RUCCIS coaching staff.  Free's has an incredible understanding of all aspects of circus coaching from warm up through to performance, which made her an invaluable addition to our coaching team. In recent years we have had Free run workshops for our coaches to inform them of the latest developments in coaching for circus. Her ability to relate her knowledge about circus skills make her extremely unique.” - Geoffrey Dunstan, RUCCIS

"Kelly and I absolutely loved both workshops that we attended. They were exceptionally well organised and very professional. We have been to quite a few training work shops in the past, and yours was by far the best! Free and Jane were both fantastic trainers and had a lot to offer. The booklets were a great reference and the space you have created is amazing. Congratulations to you all for your great work and thank you for having us." - Mardi Salon

"CTA's circus for kids course gave me heaps of ideas for activities to use in my program for kids with special needs, and progressions to go on with. The resource book is so helpful, with clear pictures and checklists for quick reference. And the course was super fun! Thanks Dan" - Marni Jackson