Detailed, in-depth training in circus arts, supported by step-by-step teaching guides and structured curriculums

Do you want to develop your teaching skills and knowledge so you can run fantastic circus classes?

Have you already got some coaching experience, but would like to learn to teach a new apparatus?

Would you like to re-energise your teaching practice?

Delivering a successful circus program requires a strong foundation, and clear learning pathways. By drawing on a proven curriculum, you will save yourself valuable planning time and your classes will be much more engaging.

Circus Training Australia runs courses that are invaluable for people serious about teaching circus skills – both experienced circus coaches and those just starting out. During each course you will learn about appropriate progressions and teaching points, and will practice teaching techniques, giving you the confidence to know you are teaching to the best of your ability.

Circus Training Australia has courses coming up in Melbourne

 

Our expertly researched courses are delivered simply and clearly.

Circus Training Australia will help you to help your students shine.

Take a look at some of the courses we offer:

Circus Foundations

Completion of Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for all CTA courses

This one-day course provides a solid foundation for both brand-new coaches and those seeking evidence to support their teaching practice. The Foundations course is the pre-requisite to all further courses with Circus Training Australia.

Topics covered include:

  • Injury prevention
  • Medical considerations
  • Functional conditioning
  • Evidence-based stretching & warm ups
  • Equipment and maintenance
  • Safe working practices
  • Goal setting and effective feedback
  • Class planning and delivery

Tissu / Aerial Silks

Level 1

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course

This 3.5 hour course covers conditioning for beginner level students, drills for single and double foot locks, hip locks and catchers positions. You will learn to teach basic climbing technique and how to train students to become aerially aware when inverted between the fabrics. You will also cover a series of simple skills based on these fundamental positions that will set your students up to feel confident and safe on the equipment while gaining strength and stamina.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for that Level.

Aerial Hoop and Trapeze

Level 1

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course

As Trapeze and Aerial Hoop have much in common at this foundational level, Circus Training Australia delivers Level 1 of these two apparatus’ concurrently. This 3.5 hour course covers conditioning for beginner level students, drills for mounting to sit and stand, and learning to use the rope/s as a key component to further skills. You will learn to teach a series of simple skills based below the bar, on the bar and above the bar that will set your students up to feel confident and safe on the equipment while gaining strength and stamina. You will also learn spinning technique that can apply both to Aerial Hoop and Single Point/Dance Trapeze.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for that Level.

Tumble and Acrobalance

Level 1

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course

This 3.5 hour course incorporates fundamental skills and concepts for both Tumbling and Acrobalance.

Tumbling skills covered include teaching, spotting and technique for rolls, cartwheels and handstands. You will learn how to incorporate equipment such as foam shapes and mini-trampolines to break down these skills. Acrobalance covers simple two and three person balances and key concepts that are important for beginners to grasp.

During this session we also cover the difference approach that various age groups need when learning Tumbling and Acrobalance.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for that Level.

Juggling, Manipulation and Hula Hoops for beginners

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course

During this session you will learn age appropriate progressions for teaching Juggling, Manipulation and Hula Hoops to kids and adults.

Area's covered include:

  • Scarf Juggling
  • 1, 2 and 3 Ball Juggling
  • Group juggling exercises for students who are still learning to juggle
  • Hula Hoop basics
  • Hula flourishes kids and adults can learn in one session
  • Throwing and catching skills for kids under 8 years
  • Plate Spinning basics
  • Devil Stick basics
  • Diabolo basics

Tissu / Aerial Silks

Levels 2 - 10

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course and that courses must be completed sequentially

Circus Training Australia is a levels-based curriculum system and that is how the teacher training is delivered.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for each level.

For Tissu/Aerial Silks, the courses are divided as follows:

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 2-3 (4 hour course)

25 skills & 7 routines over 2 levels, exploring climbing techniques, footlock skills and transitions, beginner catchers skills and drops and a flowing hip lock sequence. There are introductory skills in separated fabric sequences.

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 4-5 (4 hour course)

31 skills & 10 revision routines and 5 new skills routines over 2 levels including five different climbs, hanging by feet variations and S-wrap entries. Intermediate drops are explored, including Star Roll variations and other Catchers Drops, Hip Lock Drops and Slide Drops. You will continue to build on intermediate footlock, catchers and hip lock skills and transitions, and learn to teach more complicated separated fabric sequences.

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 6-7 (4 hour course)

32 skills & 12 revision routines and 9 new skills routines over 2 levels including four different climbs and more advanced drops are explored, including Star Roll add-ons and other Catchers Drops, Hip Lock Drops and Crochet Drops. You will continue to build on more advanced footlock, catchers and hip lock skills and transitions, and learn to teach more complicated separated fabric sequences.

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 8 (4 hour course)

28 skills to challenge your most advanced students.

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 9 (4 hour course)

28 skills to challenge your most advanced students.

Tissu/Aerial Silks Level 10 (in development)

Aerial Hoop

Levels 2 - 10

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course and that courses must be completed sequentially

Circus Training Australia is a levels-based curriculum system and that is how the teacher training is delivered.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for each level.

For Aerial Hoop, the courses are divided as follows:

Aerial Hoop Level 2-4 (4 hour course)

44 skills & 6 detailed routines over the 3 levels that explore mounts, static positions, transitions and some basic drops and rolls under, in and on top of the hoop.

Aerial Hoop Level 5-7 (4 hour course)

44 skills & 9 detailed routines over the 3 levels that build on intermediate variations of mounts, static positions, transitions and drops and rolls under, in and on top of the hoop.

Aerial Hoop Level 8 (4 hour course)

18 skills and 4 routines with a focus on dropping, rolling and complicated transitions

Aerial Hoop Level 9 (4 hour course)

18 skills and 4 routines with a focus on dropping, rolling and complicated transitions

Aerial Hoop Level 10 (in development)

Trapeze

Levels 2 - 10

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course and that courses must be completed sequentially

Circus Training Australia is a levels-based curriculum system and that is how the teacher training is delivered.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for each level.

For Trapeze, the courses are divided as follows:

Trapeze Level 2-4 (4 hour course)

42 skills and 9 routines over the 3 levels are based on foundational moves under the bar, on the bar and in the ropes. Particular attention is paid to spotting technique and student safety and skill progression.

Trapeze Level 5-7 (4 hour course)

46 skills and 9 routines over the 3 levels are based on intermediate moves under the bar, on the bar and in the ropes. The focus is on dropping and rolling and flowing transitions.

Trapeze Level 8-10 (in development)

Tumbling

Levels 2 - 3

*please note that Circus Foundations is a pre-requisite for this course and that courses must be completed sequentially

Circus Training Australia is a levels-based curriculum system and that is how the teacher training is delivered.

You will receive a teaching manual with step-by-step photos and teaching instructions as well as Circus Training Australia’s Curriculum Checklist for each level.

Skills covered include:

  • Shapes for tumbling
  • Handstand drills and progressions
  • Cartwheels
  • Cartwheel progressions
  • Round-offs
  • Walkovers
  • Dive Rolls, Handstand Rolls, Backward Rolls, Forward Rolls and variations
  • Drills for handsprings and flysprings

Circus Training Australia has courses coming up in Melbourne

 

Our expertly researched courses are delivered simply and clearly.

Circus Training Australia will help you to help your students shine.

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