Due to the Covid 19 situation, all our usual classes have been suspended for the time being, however there are plenty of opportunities to get your circus on with us .... Read on:
It is so important that we all remain active and keep our brains challenged during these unusual circumstances to maintain good physical and mental health. We at Sweet Circus have a range of resources for you all as well as classes to keep you social through all of this.
Sweet Circus in the park:
We are desperately keen to work with you all in person again. As I am sure you can imagine it is going to be a challenge with social distancing, sanitation, and indeed the weather to work around which is why we are going to be starting slowly and cautiously. As things are tried and tested we will add more and more sessions.
We will be beginning to offer private lessons for up to 5 people as of Monday 15th June. Our first few small group classes as of 17th June, read on for more info -
Aerial Classes & Children’s Classes
For the time being both aerial classes and children / family classes will only be available as a private booking. Up to 5 persons can be in a private session (this includes parents and any siblings) and will cost £10 for approximately 45 minutes.
Aerial - We can currently only offer Aerial Hoop lessons in our garden on a portable rig. Instructors will have to remain socially distant, meaning that parents will be required to spot younger children under the supervision and instruction of Miz our lead instructor. These sessions will be quite different from normal classes, we will focus on conditioning, strength and perfecting the foundations of aerial technique. Some ground skills can be included for students who desire this. Some of our studios are planning to start opening in July at which point private aerial sessions will move back into the studio.
Circus Play – Circus play makes a great family session but is also available to small groups of friends (with social distancing observed) is also available as a private session for up to 5 people. These sessions can take place either in your garden (Eastbourne area) or in an Eastbourne park.
1 - 2 - 1s - Circus fitness, conditioning or ground skills lessons are also available.
There is further information on private lessons here: https://www.sweetcircus.net/pages/private-lessons
Small Group Classes:
Learn to Juggle: We will be running our first sessions on Wednesday evenings at Longland Road Rec in old town starting Weds 17th June. We plan to add a Friday morning session at Seaside Rec from the following week. These sessions are open to all ages and abilities and families are welcome. The equipment required is included in our learn to juggle kits but we can also provide you with information on how to make your own.
Sweet Circus Youth Group: We will be running these at Seaside rec on a Wednesday afternoon starting Weds 17th June. Once you have booked, we will divide you into groups and let you know your time. And Yes! You can request to be in the same group as your friends 😊
All group classes will cost £3.50 per person. Equipment can be borrowed for £1.50, but if you are struggling financially, let us know and we will supply your equipment!
How it will work:
Classes will have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 participants and will last approximately 45mins. Due to the number restrictions ‘drop-ins’ will not be possible and you will have to book in advance by text / messenger / email. If a session is full, a second session will be made available either before or after. All classes will cost £3.50 per person, payment can be made in advance via our website / paypal or you can bring the correct cash on the day (no change is available). If your class is cancelled due to bad weather, you will receive a class credit for the next class. As the numbers are so limited, we ask that you do attend any classes you book.
Equipment sharing is no longer allowed so we are encouraging you to purchase and bring your own equipment. We do have a LIMITED amount of equipment you can borrow at a cost of £1.50 per session due to the sanitising required between uses, however, if you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of corona virus do get in touch, we will make equipment available to you without charge.
Initially we will be working with equipment from our learn to juggle kits and we are developing a circus essentials kit. Anything outside of these kits we will supply and sanitise.
Please be aware that the toilets are not yet open in most public green spaces!!
Free Group Classes on Zoom:
Learn to Juggle Lunch Break is continuing via Zoom, Tuesdays at midday and Thursdays at 6pm. This class is for all ages and abilities (children and families included) and is based around the equipment and activities in our 'Learn to Juggle Kits' although we also provide instructions on how to make your own. (https://www.sweetcircus.net/collections/isolation-survival-kits)
The log in details are released weekly on the Facebook event page found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/738500743624529/ or you can email us and asked to be added to the Learn to Juggle emailing list: email@example.com
Free Tutorials on YouTube
Through out lock down we have been filming several tutorials and follow along videos and publishing them on YouTube. For many of them you don't need any equipment and those that do use equipment provide you with information on how to make your own at home. Pop over to our channel and take a look, it really helps us out if you can subscribe to the channel too, you'll need a YouTube account to do this but it is quick and free to set that up!
View / Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCumXttGUw5-klHslB4gayVQ?view_as=subscriber
Keep informed by visiting our virus updates page and if you are not already on our mailing list and would like to be sign up at the bottom of the page or drop us a line. https://www.sweetcircus.net/pages/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-update-page
Stay safe and carry on circussing :)
Once Life returns to normal we will again be providing a range of children’s circus classes, designed to encourage resilience, confidence, focus, and healthy, active lifestyles whilst having fun through circus. Our programme is led by Miz, a fully qualified teacher, aerial instructor and children’s fitness instructor who is certified for aerial rigging safety.
Children's classes are currently £7.50 per session drop in or £6.50 per session when you book for the term. Term dates and fees are listed in the timetable below. To book please complete the 'General Consent Form' found under the classes tab.
In addition to children's classes we have our 50+ Social Circus, Learn to juggle lunch break and our new Strings and Balls circus club for adults. Find out more about these in our Adult Classes Section: https://www.sweetcircus.net/pages/classes-for-adults
A full description of each class can be found below.
***Please wear suitable clothing that covers the backs of knees and bring a water bottle to all classes.***
These classes develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination as well as confidence, resilience, team work and positive body awareness. Wednesday sessions incorporate ground skills practice; Diabolo, plate spinning, juggling, flower-sticks etc. and Aerial skills; hoop, trapeze, silks or rings.
Circus Monkeys Seniors, Wednesday 4 - 5pm. Doors open at 3.30pm so that students can come straight from school and put in some practice before class.
Circus Monkeys Juniors, 5 - 6pm (age 5+) - There is plenty of room for parents to stay and watch, especially as younger students may want accompanying to the toilet!
Circus Monkeys Mixed Aerial: This is an Aerial only class for Juniors, Seniors and our youth group and is held in the beautiful yoga-life studio. Age 6 - 13. Our trainee youth instructors attend this class and from time to time may be asked to spot, or teach under supervision with the older students.
Circus by the Sea 14 - 19yrs: This class is funded by the community lottery fund and provided by our Charity Circus by the Sea. It is co located with our Mixed Aerial Class on Fridays. This term is funded by the Community Lottery Fund and provided through our charity Circus by the Sea - so it is free to participants :) Older students should also check out our Strings and Balls Circus Club which is listed in the adult classes section of this website!
We have 2 classes especially for children in the Home Education community. Classes sizes are capped to ensure your child gets extra attention and instruction. Sweet Circ-Ed can supplement your home ed curriculum providing physical activity and education, performing arts, and learning / social skills such as focus, resilience and confidence. Learners will be introduced to a range of Circus Skills including ground skills such as juggling and plate spinning as well as aerial hoop, silks or trapeze. The course can form part of your Home Ed Curriculum involving physical activity, social skills and performing arts.
The 11.45 class has recently been awarded funding from the Fonthill Foundation and we are currently developing a complimentary programme of literacy skills and Arts Award qualifications. Further information will follow.
Electra Star Dance have recently opened a custom build dance studio in Horam. We are working in partnership with them to provide Aerial Dance Classes, this is a wonderful opportunity for young dancers to experience movement in the air. For those who wish to peruse a performance career, Aerial dance is a sought after skill which should improve their employment prospects. We hope to bring more Aerial circus classes to this stunning venue in the near future.
If you would like to book a trial drop in class or simply have a few questions please do get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: 07718 996 853 or message through facebook or twitter :)
You can also book Sweet Circus birthday parties, and workshops for schools, community groups, festivals and events .... explore the rest of this website to find out more.