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:

    2017/2018 Session Dates:

    2017 Fall Session
    September 4th - November 19th
    Registration opens for:
    Returning students on Aug. 7
    New students on Aug. 14
    2017-2018 Winter Session
    November 27th - February 18th
    No classes Tues Dec. 19 - Mon Jan. 1
    Registration opens for:
    Returning students on Oct. 30
    New students on Nov. 6
    2018 Spring Session
    February 26th - May 20th
    No classes Mon April 16 - Sun April 22
    Registration opens for:
    Returning students on Jan. 29
    New students on Feb. 5

    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
    • Youth Intensive Classes (Ages 8-11 & 11-15)
    • Teen Circus (Age 13-17)
    • Tween Circus (Age 10-12)
    • Circus Kids! (Age 9 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 10-12)



    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 9 and Under)



    Circus Kids (Age 8-9)

    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 (Age 6-7)

    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 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.


    Youth Intensive Classes (Ages 8-11 & 11-15)



    Youth Intensive (Ages 11-15)

    The Youth Intensive classes at Esh Circus Arts are designed to help dedicated young circus students develop their technical, choreographic, and performance skills in a supportive environment. Participants should be excited to focus on good technique and training in a variety of circus arts, and are expected to participate safely and responsibly during class time. Participants are expected to commit to regular attendance, and to work collaboratively with coaches and fellow students.

    Youth Intensive Classes meet twice a week. Class for ages 11-15 meets on Monday and Thursday from 4:15pm-5:30pm.

    Pre-requisites: Students in the Intensive classes must have a background in circus arts or tumbling. They must be comfortable executing basic tumbling skills such as a forward roll, backward roll, cartwheel, and bridge; be able to mount a trapeze or hoop and come to standing on the bar without help; be able to climb an aerial silk or rope and put on a foot lock in the air; and be able to execute a short sequence of 5 skills in at least one circus discipline of their choice.

    Questions about whether the Youth Intensive Class is right for your child? Email the program director!

    As with all youth programs at Esh, the Youth Intensive is non-competitive, and aims to help each participant explore their own potential in circus arts.




    Youth Intensive (Ages 8-11)

    The Youth Intensive classes at Esh Circus Arts are designed to help dedicated young circus students develop their technical, choreographic, and performance skills in a supportive environment. Participants should be excited to focus on good technique and training in a variety of circus arts, and are expected to participate safely and responsibly during class time. Participants are expected to commit to regular attendance, and to work collaboratively with coaches and fellow students.

    Youth Intensive Classes meet twice a week. Class for ages 8-11 meets on Monday and Thursday from 3:30pm-4:45pm.

    Pre-requisites: Students in the Intensive classes must have a background in circus arts or tumbling. They must be comfortable executing basic tumbling skills such as a forward roll, backward roll, cartwheel, and bridge; be able to mount a trapeze or hoop and come to standing on the bar without help; be able to climb an aerial silk or rope and put on a foot lock in the air; and be able to execute a short sequence of 5 skills in at least one circus discipline of their choice.

    Questions about whether the Youth Intensive Class is right for your child? Email the program director!

    As with all youth programs at Esh, the Youth Intensive is non-competitive, and aims to help each participant explore their own potential in circus arts.



    "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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