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Youth Circus 4 Performance Troupe (22 classes, Youth Program)

$900Purchase required to enroll
SPRING 2020 - in addition to usual class time, students are expected to participate in the Spring Youth Show, which will be held on Saturday May 23. Students should plan to be in the studio at 5:00pm-7:00pm on that day (in addition to usual class time at 11:00am-12:25pm).

Open to those who satisfy prerequisites / obtain instructor permission.
This course meets 22 times over the course of 11 weeks, twice per week meeting, 1.5 hours per class meeting. Youth circus 4 skills is by permission of Instructor only, for students 9-17 who demonstrate:

-Strong skills and experience in at least one aerial discipline, with preference for additional skills and experience in at least one ground discipline. Generally this requires the ability to invert cleanly in the air without assistance, and to complete a 2+ min sequence on ground or in air.

(If student has not taken classes previously with this Instructor and been recommended, they must complete a private lesson assessment at Gravity to determine appropriate placement.)

-Interest in developing a breadth of aerial and ground-based circus skills, as well as performance quality.

-Respect for self and others, with commitment to training, teamwork, and safety

We practice twice a week. Exceptions may be for once a week participation may be possible for those with a related physical/creative activity conflict. Students who attend twice a week will review priority for performance opportunities.

During the session, we will study aerials (silks, trapeze, Lyra), acrobatics (tumbling, handbalancing, partner/group acro, basic Contortion), juggling, and performance (physical theater/comedy/clown and act development).
We will have an in-class performance on the last day of the session, as well as possible outside performance opportunities.

Youth Circus 4 Prerequisites: ~85% acquisition of the following skills
Able to do unassisted (in addition to previous level prerequisites)
-on silks: 2 different climbs to top on each leg (4 climbs total), can consistently at least 2 drops (e.g., scary dragon, 360, half Monty, single star, salto), double foot lock in air, hip key from ground
-on trapeze: single knee hang or ankle ankle hang, front balance fall to catchers, coffin, forward or backward roll, 5 knee hang beats, basic long arm beats
-on Lyra: amazon, gazelle on top, self spin beat to sit, 2 splits in hoop (vertical, up and back, etc), chandelier or another “drop”
-other: min. 6 skill, 2 minute “act” on any apparatus, 10 V ups on ground or 5 deadhang legs lifts in air, hold plank 30 seconds, 1 pull-up or chin up, dive roll, kick up to handstand off the wall, maturity to both work with a group and independently (under instructor supervision)

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Please note that a signed waiver is required for all participants at Gravity Alternative Movement. Individuals aged less than 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. This means that the waiver must (a) be signed in advance online through the participant's Pike13 account or (b) signed in-person by a parent or guardian upon arrival to the first class. We will unfortunately have to decline the participation of any child who has arrived to class, does not have a signed waiver, and does not also have a legal parent or guardian present with them.

Attendees of ages below 9 must have a parent or guardian remain in the facility during the entire time of class (as required by our insurance policy).

Proper attire must be worn to classes. For aerial classes, clothing that provides free, unrestricted range of motion that will not displace when upside-down and are not easily pulled out of place. Clothing must also remain opaque when stretched. Clothing must also provide coverage for midsection, armpits, and backs of knees.

​A sports bra or dance belt, as appropriate, is strongly recommended as a supportive undergarment. Any foot coverings must be removable (socks are great, footed tights are not). Jewelry must be removable. Piercings must be either removable, covered by clothing, able to be covered by athletic tape (we have some at the studio) to prevent damage to the apparatus.

Clothing with zippers, buttons, or other hard pieces that may damage aerial apparatuses is strictly forbidden. Any student who arrives to class without proper attire may be denied participation in class without refund. ​Any cost of damages to aerial apparatuses due to improper attire will be passed onto the student who rendered it unusable (this costs upwards of $200).

You must abide by all studio policies during your classes at Gravity Alternative Movement. You can access them online on our website at www.gravityalternativemovement.com.

Cancellation policy New for Spring 2019: If you know you are going to not be able to make it to class within 48 hours in advance of class, email info@gravityalternativemovement.com to claim a makeup credit. Up to two complimentary makeup credits are allowed per session. Level 1 youth students can use their makeup credits to attend another level 1 youth class. Levels 2+ youth students can use their makeup credits to attend youth open practice or another youth class that is at their level or lower. Makeup credits expire 6 weeks after they are added to a student's account.