What is Youth Circus? Youth Circus is about providing opportunities for artistic, personal and social growth in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere.

At Galway Community Circus, Youth Circus refers to our membership-based circus arts education programmes for children and young people which focus on the artistic, social and personal development of participants. Delivered in an out-of-school setting, our youth circus programme consists of regular classes, performance opportunities, masterclasses, exchanges, camps and outings.

We offer classes for youth ages 5-24. Classes are held by age group. Classes typically run for 30 weeks throughout autumn and spring and participants learn a variety of circus skills in each class. For more information on specific classes, click the links in pink below.

Flea Circus: Our Flea Circus introduces children aged 5 to 7 years to circus arts through a variety of fun games and activities. At this young age, the principles of teamwork, self-belief and understanding can have their foundations, paving the way for further development as they grow older.

Junior Circus: Our Junior Circus classes are designed for young people aged 8 to 11 years. We engage in the various disciplines of circus, including aerial, manipulation, balance, acrobatics, clowning, as well as stage presence.

Tweenies Circus: Tweenies Circus classes are designed for young people aged 12 to 14 years. Classes offer the participants a chance to learn a wide variety of circus skills and focus on their favourite ones. The areas of circus we work on are equilibristic/balancing, juggling, manipulation, aerial, acrobatics and clowning as well as stage presence.

Senior Circus: Our Senior Circus classes are designed for young people aged 15 to 17 years. Classes offer the participants a chance to learn a wide variety of circus skills and focus on their favourite ones. The areas of circus we work on are equilibristics/balancing, juggling, manipulation, aerial, acrobatics and clowning as well as stage presence.

Pierrot Circus: Pierrot Circus is designed for young people aged 18 to 24 years. Our young adults, the Pierrot group meet twice a week and devise their own learning according to their interest in the circus, supported by one of our artists in residence.

Youth Aerial: Youth Aerial is designed for young people aged 8 to 17. Participants gain practice in trapeze, aerial rope, aerial hoop, cocoon, tissue and harness work.

Registration for the 2022/2023 Youth Circus Programme is currently open.

Additionally, we offer weekly drop-in clubs. You do not need to be a member to join a club class. Check out our latest club offerings here.

We also offer Toddler Circus, for ages 1-4 years with an accompanying adult, and Family Circus, suitable for ages 4+, with siblings ages 1-3 years. Toddler and Family Circus classes run for 12 weeks.

For registration prices and fees, click the button below.

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Our annual Youth Circus programme is supported by Galway City Council.