This isn’t clown school.
Nope, Toronto’s Circus Academy is for wanna-be acrobats of all ages (adults too) who are looking for a new way to get active.
And we love it when you can drop in. My toddler and I tried out Circus Tots (2-3.5 yrs) at the east location on Gerrard St. E. ($15+HST for drop in.) The instructor was fantastic. After a fun group warm-up (parents not obligated to join), she set up different stations (hula hoops, slide, tunnel, mini-trampoline) to keep kids busy while she gave one-on-one instruction on tumbling, head-stands and all the tricks on aerial trapeze, hoop, rope and silks.
We ended up attending the session’s last class and were blown away by the other kids’ skills. Circus Academy isn’t just teaching circus arts. Many of the proud parents in TOw commented on how their children have made huge improvements in balance, coordination, flexibility and strength, as well as confidence over the full session ($192+HST for 14 weeks)
Stop sampling. Sign us up.
Getting there: List of locations, contact info and maps. There is one location in Guelph.
Offerings: Weekly classes (also drop in), after-school (and pick up at participating schools,) and summer/March Break camps. Prices vary according to class and age. Circus Tots (2-3.5 yrs); Kinder Cirque (3.5-4.5 yrs) group; Juniors (4.5-7 yrs); Seniors (7.5-11 yrs); teen and performance troupe.
Bring cash: If you’re dropping in, try to bring exact change.
Attire: Clothes you can move in. Bare feet.
Birthday parties: Available on weekends.