In order to ensure the space is a safe and fun space to train in it is important that everybody takes responsibility.
Make sure you wear suitable clothing—comfortable and flexible. Leggings with a t-shirt—either fitted or one you can tuck in—are ideal. Some people choose to wear a leotard/unitard underneath and/or shorts on top; these provide extra protection. Combat trousers, baggy clothes, shorts or trousers with pockets on the side of the leg are not suitable. Jeans are only to be worn for Chinese pole.
Outdoor footwear is not permitted in the training space, and most activities are barefoot. However, a clean pair of indoor trainers/dance shoes may be worn inside for some activities.
It is important that there is no jewellery worn in the space, including body piercings; please remove these before commencing activities.
We believe circus should be accessible to all ages and abilities.
Ground-based skills may be a good starting point for circus and will ease you into training. Aerial skills will build your upper body strength and are more challenging. Flying trapeze will require you to be able to hold your body weight and does have some size restrictions.
Please talk to reception or a member of staff if you have any questions.
Before you start training you will need to complete the emergency contact form and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ). These are updated regularly, but you should keep reception informed of any changes, including if you are pregnant (or suspect you are). All information is confidential.
All classes operate on a first-come, first-served basis and are bookable via TeamUp. There are limited numbers of participants in each class in order to keep everyone safe. If there is clearly enough demand for a class we will consider timetabling additional sessions/disciplines. We also keep a waiting list and notify you as soon as new classes become available. The current timetable is available on the website, in the training space, on TeamUp and on our social media pages.
When booking a class you must be leveled at the ability of the class and over the age of 16, if you join a class that is beyond your ability or you are below the age requirement you will be asked to leave and no refund will be given.
All classes, workshops and masterclasses are non-refundable—unless canceled by Up Side Down Circus, in which case we will notify you at the earliest possible opportunity and refund you in full.
Participants who are more than 10 minutes late cannot join the class unless they have permission from the instructor. Participants who are late for, or do not join, the warm-up may be refused entry to the remainder of the class.
Drop-in to a class is allowed at reception’s discretion, and where there is space in a class, based on the following.
On joining us at Up Side Down Circus you agree to the following liability waiver.
In consideration of the services of Up Side Down Circus, their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Up Side Down Circus CIC”), I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge Up Side Down Circus CIC, on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate as follows.
I acknowledge that my participation in circus arts, aerial arts, aerial silks, flexibility, strengthening, fortitude training, aerial yoga, yoga, pilates, floor-based or airborne acrobatic training, jumping, trampoline activities, handstands, hand balance, contortion and all prop-based/flow art skill manipulations (such as staff/poi/diablo/hula hoop and similar) instruction activities and aerial disciplines (including but not limited to: trapeze, lyra/aerial hoop, corde lisse/aerial rope, flying trapeze, aerial hammock, silks, flying pole, Chinese pole) entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardising the essential qualities of the activity.
The risks include, among other things: slips and falls; falling from equipment; rope burns; pinches, scrapes, twists and jolts that could result in scratches, bruises, sprains, lacerations, fractures, concussions, or even more severe life-threatening hazards; strains, cuts, bruises, muscle soreness and fractures; musculoskeletal injuries including to head, neck, and back; injuries to internal organs; the negligence of other people; the user’s own physical condition; and the risk of emotional and psychological injuries or physical damage associated with this activity.
In any event, if you or your child is injured, any medical assistance will be at your own expense.
Furthermore, Up Side Down Circus CIC employees have difficult jobs to perform.
By purchasing any Up Side Down Circus CIC classes, sessions, courses or workshops, you immediately agree to the following terms.
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