Youth Classes

We are committed to offering only the highest quality of circus instruction to our students. Classes at Esh are small in order to maximize student-teacher interaction, safety, and personalized instruction.

Our youth instructors are all highly-trained, professional circus performers and coaches. Many have additional professional experience in fields such as secondary education, pediatric occupational therapy, psychology, and child development. We are committed to providing the safest and best circus experience that Boston can offer!

Youth Classes at Esh require pre-registration, but drop-ins are available for some of the classes on our weekly schedule when space is available. To reserve a drop-in for your child, view the Youth Session Drop-in Calendar.

  • Youth classes at Esh meet once per week. Upcoming sessions are:

    2017 Spring Session
    March 6th - May 28th
    No classes Apr. 17 - Apr. 23.
    Registration opens for:
    Returning students on Feb. 6
    New students on Feb. 13
    2017 Summer Session
    June 5th - August 20th
    Registration opens for:
    Returning students on May 8
    New students on May 15

    View the youth class schedule on the Schedule & Registration page.

    Registration opens for returning students 4 weeks before the start of the session, and for new students 3 weeks before.

    If you have questions about a class, contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com.

  • Youth Classes
    • Teen Circus (Age 13-17)
    • Tween Circus (Age 9-12)
    • Circus Kids! (Age 8 and Under)
    • Homeschooler Circus (All Ages)
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    Teen Circus (Age 13-17)



    Teen Aerials - Beginner

    As with our adult classes, Teen Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Beginner Level --
    No background in circus or gymnastics is required! We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.




    Teen Aerials - Intermediate

    Intermediate/Advanced Level --
    For students who have a solid foundation in aerial acrobatics, the intermediate/advanced level class continues to build on students' skills, grow their movement vocabulary, and refine technique and movement quality in the air. Prior approval is required to join the intermediate/advanced class - contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com prior to registration.




    Teen/Tween General Circus

    General Circus classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore many circus arts, including aerial acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, clowning, handbalancing, and more!

    General Circus classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment. Ages 9+




    Teen/Tween Tight Wire and Walking Pipe

    This class will train students in all levels of tight-wire walking, and give them a chance to explore an exciting new apparatus - the walking pipe. Walking pipe is a horizontal pipe apparatus, suspended between two low platforms, that allows the performer to employ skills in wire walking, hand balancing, bar, and acrobatics.

    Students will learn the body mechanics and technique required to stay balanced as they learn to walk, turn, lie down, run and eventually dance across the wire. More advanced students will learn more complex movements and sequences. Students will also learn the basic bar and hand-balancing skills necessary to perform on the walking pipe.

    No previous experience in pipe or wire walking is required. Come play and discover a new and exciting world of creativity and balance!



    Tween Circus (Age 9-12)



    Tween Aerials

    As with our adult classes, Tween Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Tween Aerials classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.




    Teen/Tween General Circus

    General Circus classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore many circus arts, including aerial acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, clowning, handbalancing, and more!

    General Circus classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment. Ages 9+




    Teen/Tween Tight Wire and Walking Pipe

    This class will train students in all levels of tight-wire walking, and give them a chance to explore an exciting new apparatus - the walking pipe. Walking pipe is a horizontal pipe apparatus, suspended between two low platforms, that allows the performer to employ skills in wire walking, hand balancing, bar, and acrobatics.

    Students will learn the body mechanics and technique required to stay balanced as they learn to walk, turn, lie down, run and eventually dance across the wire. More advanced students will learn more complex movements and sequences. Students will also learn the basic bar and hand-balancing skills necessary to perform on the walking pipe.

    No previous experience in pipe or wire walking is required. Come play and discover a new and exciting world of creativity and balance!



    Circus Kids! (Age 8 and Under)



    Circus Kids: Level 1 (Age 6-8)

    In this exploration of all things circus, students will learn a wide variety of fun and exciting circus skills, including ground acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, wire-walking, hula hooping, basic aerial acrobatics, and much, much more!

    No background in gymnastics or acrobatics is required. We work with your child's individual skill level and interest to provide a fun and enriching experience. Class is 75 minutes long. Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific questions at info@eshcircusarts.com.




    Circus Kids: Level 2 (Age 6-8)

    Circus Kids Level 2 is an option for kids who have taken at least one session of circus classes and are looking to work on the next level of skills. The class is not "intensive" or super serious in its focus; it's simply an opportunity to move on to new material for students who have a strong grasp of the basics. Please talk to your child's teacher if you are curious whether this class would be a good fit for your child.

    Pre-requisites:

      Physical Skills:
    • Able to complete a forward roll and come to standing without using hands on floor
    • Able to complete a cartwheel on at least one side and land on feet
    • Has begun to work on backward rolls
    • Able to walk at least a few steps across walking pipe without active help from spotter
    • Can get to sitting on trapeze without help
    • Can climb a few steps on silks without active help from spotter
    • Able to complete a simple, familiar sequence on silks without help from spotter or step by step reminders
    • Able to toss a ball from one hand to the other and catch it

    • Classroom Skills:
    • Positive attitude about trying new things
    • Able to make transitions during class time without disruption; rarely derails the class
    • Able to work with others towards a group goal



    Circus Explorers (Age 4-5)

    Does your child like to climb just a little too high, or spin just a little too fast? Or would you like to encourage your timid tot to test his physical limits? Join us and watch your young child jump, balance, hang, and roll to their hearts content. In Circus Explorers, children will learn many of the basic skills and concepts that underlie higher level circus work. This is also a great chance to practice listening skills and following directions in a fun, safe and supported environment. Parent or caregiver participation is not required, but may be requested depending on a child's needs. Class is 50 minutes long.

    Not sure if this is the right class for your child? We recommend that children in the Explorers class are able to hang from a bar for a few seconds independently; can lift their feet up toward bar while hanging from hands; can wait to take a turn; and can follow a simple, short series of directions. Please contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with any questions!




    Circus Seekers (Age 2.5-4)

    Does your child like to climb just a little too high, or spin just a little too fast? Or would you like to encourage your timid tot to test his physical limits? Join us and watch your young child jump, balance, hang, and roll to their hearts content. In Circus Seekers, children will learn many of the basic skills and concepts that underlie higher level circus work. This is also a great chance to practice listening skills and following directions in a fun, safe and supported environment. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Class is 50 minutes long.

    Not sure if this is the right class for your child? We recommend that children in the Seekers class should be willing to try some basic tumbling skills on their own (log rolls and somersaults); should be self-directed enough to follow teacher directions and engage in activities without direct parent supervision; and show budding independence. Please contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with any questions!




    Circus Tots (18 months - 2.5 years)

    Once they are on their feet and moving around, climbing, hanging, and rolling follow close behind! Come enjoy the early years of physical play and acrobatic discovery with your young one. Children will enjoy activities that engage and challenge their natural tendency to test the limits in a safe and supported environment.

    Classes are intended for children from 18 months to 2.5 years. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Class is 50 minutes long.




    Circus Babies (Age 6-18 Months)

    Your baby spent the first 9-months of his or her life floating, spinning, bouncing, and upside-down in a low gravity environment. Sounds like the perfect training ground for a star circus performer! Come to Circus Babies to learn about your child's natural acrobatic abilities, while discovering some fun ways to play and move with your baby. This is also an opportunity for parents and caregivers to get some much-needed exercise.

    Classes are intended for babies 6-18 months. Parent or caregiver participation is required.



    Homeschooler Circus (All Ages)



    Homeschooler Aerials

    Youth Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Homeschooler aerials classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

    Homeschooler classes are scheduled by request. If you're interested in forming or joining a class session, contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com.




    Homeschooler Ground Acrobatics

    Youth Ground Acro classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Acro classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of ground-based acrobatics, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines, including partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, and handbalancing.

    Homeschooler Ground Acro classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

    Homeschooler classes are scheduled by request. If you're interested in forming or joining a class session, contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com.



    Circus Babies (Age 6-18 Months)

    Your baby spent the first 9-months of his or her life floating, spinning, bouncing, and upside-down in a low gravity environment. Sounds like the perfect training ground for a star circus performer! Come to Circus Babies to learn about your child's natural acrobatic abilities, while discovering some fun ways to play and move with your baby. This is also an opportunity for parents and caregivers to get some much-needed exercise.

    Classes are intended for babies 6-18 months. Parent or caregiver participation is required.


    "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."
             ~Student
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