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Esh Circus Arts
Adult Summer Intensive 2020

July 7th - July 25th 2020

The Esh Circus Arts Adult Summer Intensive is a program designed for intermediate-to-advanced circus arts students ages 16 and older who wish to deepen their studies through a rigorous three weeks of training, creative development, and community-building. The Summer Intensive will provide a structured training program to help students develop strength, flexibility, technical proficiency, and artistry. The program will culminate in a student showcase performance.

The Adult Summer Intensive program is available for students interested in pursuing focused training in any of the following disciplines:

  • Static Trapeze
  • Aerial Fabric
  • Clowning
  • Aerial Hoop
  • Contortion
  • Single Point Trap
  • Hand Balancing
  • Aerial Rope
  • Partner Acro/Hand-To-Hand

Program Schedule:

Classes for the Adult Summer Intensive meet 3 days per week -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays -- from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of self-directed training time on other days of the week, along with occasional workshops and scheduled rehearsals.

    Sample Daily Schedule:
  • 8:30am: Group Warm-Up
  • 9:00am: Modern/Ballet Technique
  • 9:55am: Physical Theater
  • 10:50am: Group Conditioning
  • 11:25am: Group Stretching
  • 12:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm: Skill Work in Focus Discipline
  • 2:15pm: Workshop

Student Showcase:

A showcase of student work-in-progress will take place at the end of the session at a local Somerville performance venue. Students, teachers, family, and friends will be invited to come see the fruition of three weeks of hard work and play!

Application and Program Requirements:

To audition for the Adult Summer Intensive program, students are required to submit a written application, as well as a video submission that demonstrates both their specific and overall ability.

Applicants will be assessed on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Flexibility - Center splits, side bend, back bend, pike, etc.
  • Strength - Plank hold, hollow body hold, pull-ups or hollow hang, etc.
  • Discipline Skills - Demonstration of intermediate-to-advanced level of skill in a chosen discipline of focus.

Deadline: Applications and video submissions are accepted on a rolling basis from March 1st - May 15th.

Click here for more details and to view the application.

Applicants will be informed of admission decisions within two weeks of submitting their application.

  • Adult Summer Intensive Program Tuition:
  • A deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program.
    Payment plans and need-based financial assistance are available.

Program Instructors

Summer Intensive is led by Esh Circus Arts co-owner Ellen Waylonis and management team member Johnny Blazes. As life-long performers and passionate educators, Ellen and Johnny imbue the program with the value of balancing rigorous athletic training with artistic and theatrical dedication. They are supported by Esh's award-winning, internationally-performing staff of coaches.

Location and Facilities

Esh Circus Arts is a 5000 square foot facility, with carpet bonded foam flooring throughout, and rig points up to 19 feet of height.

We are located in vibrant Somerville, MA, a short walk from the Harvard Square and Porter Square MBTA stops, and steps from culturally-rich Union Square.

For students who reside outside of the Boston Metro area, Esh can provide connections for home-stay options as requested.

"I am continually impressed with the sheer volume and depth of information that the instructors have and their eagerness to share that knowledge with their students."
Esh Circus Arts
44 Park Street
Somerville, MA 02143
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