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Studio Rules and Policies

General Studio Rules

  1. Street shoes must be removed upon entering the studio.
  2. No food or drink allowed outside the lobby. Students may use tightly sealed beverage containers/water bottles during class. No glass containers are allowed inside the main studio.
  3. Be courteous toward others using the space. Esh is meant to be a cooperative, supportive environment in which people can train and learn. It's not a competition.
  4. Ask permission before offering feedback to others training in the studio. If a person says they do not want feedback, respect their wishes.
  5. Don't teach in the space - absolutely no teaching of students by students. Skill-sharing among advanced level students who are enrolled in Esh classes is allowed; teaching new skills to less experienced students is not.
  6. Instructors have final say in all matters regarding safety.
  7. Return all equipment to the state in which you found it. If you move mats, move them back. Return rosin, therabands, etc., to where they are stored.
  8. Tape over any cuts or abrasions, even if they seemed closed, to prevent bleeding on the equipment. If you do bleed on something, notify the supervising instructor immediately.
  9. Treat the equipment as if it is your own. Carry or roll mats instead of dragging them. Wear the proper clothing for training (see below). Keep hands and feet as clean as possible. Wear deodorant! The gear will last longer if we all take care of it.

Registration and Payment

  1. Group Classes
    To register for an 8 week group class, students must create an account with Amilia and register via the registration page.

    Adult classes listed as All Levels, Basics, Level 1, or Level 101 are open to all students ages 16+. No prior experience in circus, tumbling, etc is required.

    Students registering for classes at higher skill levels (Level 201, Level 2, or higher) must have prior approval from Esh staff before signing up for classes. Returning students receive level recommendations from their coaches prior to registration. Students who are new to Esh but not new to circus and who wish to enroll in a class above beginner level (beginner level classes are All Levels, Basics, Level 1, or Level 101) must first schedule an evaluation by contacting info@eshcircusarts.com.

    If a student registers for a class above the beginner level without explicit approval from Esh staff, and Esh staff determines that they do not meet the pre-reqs for that class, the class registration will be cancelled without refund.

    Students with existing injuries or limitations are encouraged to schedule a private lesson or attend a Taster Class before registering for a full session to ensure that they will be able to participate in class. Refunds will not be granted in cases where an existing injury prevents a student from fully participating.

  2. Workshops/Special Events
    Students must pay in full upon registration to guarantee a spot in a workshop.

Cancellation and Refunds

  1. Group Classes
    Students who wish to drop out of an entire session after they have registered, but before the first Monday of the session, will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. After the first Monday of the session, no refunds will be given. Exceptions are made only for cases of injury or extraordinary circumstances, and only when a student contacts Esh promptly via email to request a refund. All exceptions are at the discretion of Esh management.

    Students with existing injuries or limitations are encouraged to schedule a private lesson or attend a Taster Class before registering for a full session to ensure that they will be able to participate in class. Refunds will not be granted in cases where an existing injury prevents a student from fully participating.

  2. Private lessons
    Cancellations for private lessons must be made at least 48 hours in advance. The only exceptions are due to extreme weather, injury, or extraordinary circumstances. All exceptions are at the discretion of Esh management. Students who do not show up for a lesson and do not notify Esh 48 hours in advance via email of their need to cancel will be billed for the full price of the lesson.
  3. Workshops/Special Events
    A 50% refund is available until one week before the event, after which time no refunds will be given. The only exceptions are due to sudden injury or extraordinary circumstances, and only when a student contacts Esh promptly to request a refund. All exceptions are at the discretion of Esh management. No refunds will be given after the date of the workshop.
  4. Works-In-Progress
    For Works-In-Progress presenter registrations, refunds/account credits are available up to three weeks prior to the workshop, after which time no refunds or credits will be given. The only exceptions are due to sudden injury or extraordinary circumstances, and only when a student contacts Esh promptly to request a refund. All exceptions are at the discretion of Esh management. No refunds will be given after the date of the workshop.

  5. All refunds for card payments are subject to a 4% service fee.

Snow and Weather-Related Closures

  1. Esh will announce class cancellations due to weather at least 2 hours before class start time.
  2. Cancellations will be posted on the Esh Circus Arts Facebook page, and we will email all students on the rosters for the affected classes.
  3. In the event of a weather-related cancellation, students will receive a make-up class to be used in accordance with the missed class policy.

Missed Classes and Make-Up Policy

  1. If a student knows they will miss a specific class date, they may cancel their reservation for that class by accessing the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar. To cancel a class reservation, click on the class you which to cancel and click the red "Unregister" button. A student must cancel their reservation at least 12 hours in advance of the class in question in order to receive a make-up class credit.
  2. A student may not receive more than 2 make-up classes per class per session.
  3. Students in Level 1 and Level 2 classes may not miss more than 1 of the first 3 classes of a session.
  4. Students can use make-up class credits in one of 2 ways:
    1. Attend another class: Students can use the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar to reserve a spot in a class of the same or lower level in the same discipline as their missed class, space permitting. Students can also use make-up classes to attend Fitness & Training classes. All make-up classes must be reserved via the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar, or by emailing info@eshcircusarts.com.
    2. Attend an open studio session as a make-up. To use this option, a student can access the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar to reserve a spot in the open studio they would like to attend.
  5. Make-up class credits must be used in the same session. Unused make-up class credits can not be rolled over into the next session.
  6. Students enrolled in Teen classes may make up as many as 2 missed classes per session by attending open studio. Parents must accompany students under age 16. There are no make-ups available for students ages 12 and under who are enrolled in youth classes.

Drop-In and Late Registration Policy

  1. Drop-ins for Fitness and Training classes may be purchased directly via the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar by clicking on the class you wish to attend and proceeding to check-out. Fitness & Training classes are open to anyone at any time during the session.
  2. Level 1, Level 101, and Basics classes are available for drop-in during the first three weeks of a session only, and may be purchased directly via the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar. After this time, only students with prior experience and instructor approval may drop in on Level 1, Level 101, and Basics classes. Please email info@eshcircusarts.com if you are unsure whether you qualify to drop in on a class.
  3. All other classes require explicit approval for drop-ins. Students who are currently enrolled in classes at Esh are approved to drop in on classes at or below their current class level in each discipline in which they have taken classes. They may purchase drop-ins via the Make-up/Drop-in Calendar. Students who are new to Esh but not new to circus arts must email info@eshcircusarts.com to arrange a skill evaluation before attending classes. If a student purchases a drop-in for a class that they are not approved to take, the student will not be allowed to participate and no refund will be granted.
  4. Students who register in an Apparatus-based class (aerials, wire/pipe, and Cyr) or a Ground Acrobatics class after the first week of the session are required to take a private lesson to asses their skill level and catch them up to the class; exceptions can be made with instructors' permission. Fitness and Training classes may be joined mid-session without a private lesson.

Clothing

  1. Clothing for all classes must not have zippers, ties, or hooks that may get caught on fabric, hair, or skin.
  2. Clothing that is stretchy and comfy but not baggy is recommended for all classes. For aerials classes, coverage of knees, armpits, and waist is required. Check to be sure leggings and tights are opaque when stretched, or layer shorts on top of tights/leggings.
  3. Supportive undergarments, including sports bras and dance belts as appropriate, are recommended for all ground and aerial acrobatics classes.
  4. Prepare to remove all jewelry, tape over any body piercings, and put long hair up in a bun. Long finger nails should be trimmed.
  5. For intermediate/advanced aerials classes, socks and something that covers your arms are recommended.

Rigging and Equipment

  1. Instructors are not to advise students on rigging aerial apparatuses. All students who wish to rig apparatuses elsewhere are encouraged to seek the advice of a certified aerial rigger.
  2. Students may not touch any rigging unless specifically given permission to by an instructor.
  3. Students are allowed to rig their own apparatuses only with the express permission and under the supervision of an instructor. No other students are to use that equipment, and the apparatus must be taken down after use.

Group Class Policies

  1. Students may arrive 10 minutes prior to class to sign in and change. Students must wait in the lobby until their class begins.
  2. Because warming up and stretching are important, students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will be allowed to watch and stretch on the ground, but may not be allowed to participate in class.
  3. Class levels are based on mastery of skills, progressions, and concepts that students must demonstrate before moving on to the next level. One session does not equal one level. Many students will spend several sessions in one level; everyone moves at a different pace, and a lack of advancement does not mean you're not learning!
  4. Students may not take video of other students or of the instructor without explicit permission from the instructor and of everyone who will be filmed. Students are welcome to take video of themselves with instructor permission. The process of filming may not impede the progress or safety of the class.
  5. Any student whose behavior is antagonistic, negative, or otherwise disrespectful towards fellow students or instructors will be asked to leave.

Private Lesson Policies

  1. Students are welcome to arrive 15 minutes before their lesson to warm up. Please remain on the ground unless your instructor (someone who knows you, not an instructor you've never worked with) is present.
  2. Students are welcome to take video of themselves as long as it does not impede the safety or progress of the lesson. Students may not take video of the instructor without explicit permission.
  3. Students are welcome to bring guests who want to watch their lesson as long as they don"t cause a disruption to the lesson.

Open Studio Policies

  1. Be courteous toward others using the space. This is meant to be a cooperative, supportive environment in which people can train and learn. It"s not a competition.
  2. Ask permission before offering feedback to others training in the studio. If a person says they do not want feedback, respect their wishes.
  3. Ask for help if you need it! The supervising instructor is available to help with equipment and safety questions.
  4. Respect the authority of the supervising instructor. The supervising instructor has the final say in all matters regarding safety.
  5. Don"t teach in the space. There is absolutely no teaching of students by students. Skill sharing among advanced level students who are enrolled in Esh classes is allowed; teaching new skills to less experienced students is not.
  6. Don"t use equipment you have not been trained on. Open studio time is for practicing skills you have learned in class, not for experimenting with new tricks or apparatuses.
"Classes at Esh continue to be a regular highlight of my week. I sometimes skip my other weekly habits, but not Esh classes."
         ~Student
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