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'I'd always wanted to try aerial' - meet our latest Introduction To Aerial class

November 15, 2021

A teacher, charity worker and psychologist are among those taking part in the latest Introduction To Aerial course at Up Side Down Circus. The programme, taught by experienced trainers Sam Smart and Hele White, is designed for complete beginners and you don’t need any experience in dance or gymnastics to have a go. Read on... 

Up Side Down Circus T-shirts, hoodies and tracksuit bottoms - check out our shop

October 18, 2021

Fancy treating your mum to an aerial yoga class? Bringing your dad juggling? Or getting your friend on the flying trapeze? We offer gift vouchers! Our new shop page is now on the website, where you can browse products from Up Side Down Circus hoodies to vouchers for hula hoop, unicycle or Chinese pole lessons. Read on... 

'I enjoy passing circus on to other people' - meet new guest trainer Nicole Pearson

October 5, 2021

When she was 10, Nicole Pearson learned to juggle for a school play. Fast-forward 20 years and she was performing in front of 20,000 people with Cirque du Soleil. Nicky has toured all over the world and we’re delighted to welcome her as a guest trainer at Up Side Down Circus, sharing her skills on aerial hoop and silks. Read on... 

'You get a real buzz from being in the air' - we catch up with the Intro To Aerial class

September 16, 2021

Improving fitness, meeting people and trying something new were some of the reasons our newest community members gave for signing up to Introduction To Aerial. The programme - designed for complete beginners - lets class-goers try their hand at skills like aerial hoop, Chinese pole and flying trapeze over six weeks, guided by experienced trainers. Read on...  

'I could spend a week totally immersed in circus' - we take a trip to The Circus Village

September 3, 2021

Fire sculptures, outdoor performance and swinging trapeze were just a few of the workshops on the programme at The Circus Village during Welsh Focus Fortnight. Up Side Down Circus is excited to be a project partner for the six-week event, which is currently taking place near Cardiff and aims to bring the circus sector together. Read on... 

New Introduction To Aerial course to start at Up Side Down Circus in August 

July 22, 2021

A new Introduction To Aerial course, designed for complete beginners, will be starting at Up Side Down Circus next month. The six-week programme, which doesn't require any previous experience, will enable participants to try their hand at skills including aerial hoop, Chinese pole and flying trapeze. Read on... 

'I love how silks make strength look so graceful' - we talk aerial with trainer Jessica Li

July 16, 2021

Acrobats, contortionists, tumblers - Jessica Li remembers her first trip to the circus with her family when she was a child. She loved the performance, but it wasn't until she stumbled across a set of silks in her gymnastics training space years later that she decided to give aerial a go. Get to know trainer Jess in the first of our Meet The Team series. Read on... 

Up Side Down to run free summer course to support young LGBTQ+ individuals

May 26, 2021

Up Side Down Circus will be running a free, month-long summer course designed to support young members of the LGBTQ+ community in Wales following lockdown. Participants will have the chance to try their hand at a wide range of skills – from aerial hoop, to juggling, to flying trapeze – aiming to improve body confidence and self-esteem. Read on... 

Picture perfect: Behind the scenes at the photoshoot with Broken Doll Images

May 19, 2021

A dark backdrop, two bright studio lights and a smoke machine – the training space was transformed on Saturday for a photoshoot with Broken Doll Images. From a black corset, to a leopard print cat suit and a begemmed body suit, the costumes were amazing and the aerialists looked stunning as Kim Partridge photographed them in action. Read on... 

A juggling skeleton, a giraffe and a warrior - the story behind Up Side Down's murals

April 26, 2021

A skeleton couple dance in a big top under a clear night sky as a laughing clown juggles and an aerialist swings below the stars. The murals by talented Dom Tsoi are the first thing you notice when you walk into Up Side Down Circus, but have you ever wondered about the stories behind them? Read on... 

'It gives me a real boost' - online classes offer fun and fitness during lockdown

March 8, 2021

From meetings with your boss to the weekly family quiz and your friend’s birthday drinks – it seems like everything is happening on Zoom right now. Unfortunately, we can’t teach flying trapeze via video conferencing (we wish we could!) but we can help to keep our community members fit, flexible and connected as lockdown continues. Read on... 

New aerial hoops and silks arrive at Up Side Down Circus to keep everyone safe

February 14, 2021

There were already a dozen aerial silks at Up Side Down Circus, but five colourful new ones have just arrived – blue, green, lilac, navy, pink. Six brand new aerial hoops are on the way too, as part of a range of Covid-secure measures designed to keep everyone in the training space safe, comfortable and confident. Read on... 

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