Post-covid changes in the studio

We’re all having to adapt in response to the challenges that covid-19 has presented, so we thought it would be helpful to set out exactly what’s changing in the studio and why.

Scroll down this page to find out how bookings and class structures have been modified to bring us into line with government guidance.

To see what new procedures have been put in place in the studio to help keep you safe, please have a look at our Covid Policy. Remember to refresh your memory of these new procedures before coming along to a class.

If you still have questions after reading the information on this page and our Covid Policy then you can contact us on enquiries@CirqueScape.com with any queries.

Post-covid changes

If your teen is aged 16 or over then they can join in our Monday night handstand and stretch classes. To book in, please head to our drop-in classes page.

We’re running private tuition sessions for all ages now, but we haven’t been able to reintroduce our group classes for children just yet. We’re caught in a bit of a balancing act of equipment distribution due to current quarantine measures after each use. This has meant that we’ve had to restructure our timetable and limit the use of the aerial equipment to a fraction of what we were able to do pre-covid. We’re slowly working towards reintroducing all of our previously scheduled classes, but it’s taking time and an awful lot of planning.

If your children are eager to get in the air with us as soon as possible then please feel free to contact us about booking a private tuition session, we’re so excited to be getting you all back in the air!

Keep an eye on the website, follow us on social media, or join our mailing list to stay updated on what’s happening – things are changing all the time at the moment. We’re excited to be taking these baby steps to get you all back in class again!

Our Monday night handstand and stretch classes are back! Anyone can join in, and you can book a space directly via the handstand or stretch pages of our website.

We’re slowly reintroducing aerial classes too, and we’re currently running a restricted class schedule that is focused primarily on allowing our regular students to continue their training. We are accepting new students, but please do read below on joining to see how we’re managing new starters at the moment.

If you’ve been to an adult aerial class at CirqueScape in 2020 and you’re ready to rejoin classes then please head to the “community” or “groups” tab of our Facebook Page and request to join our Aerial Class Signups group. Here’s a link directly to the group too.

Keep an eye on the website, follow us on social media, or join our mailing list to stay updated on what’s happening – things are changing all the time at the moment. We’re excited to be taking these baby steps to get you all back in class again!

Anyone can join in our handstand and stretch classes! To book in, head to our drop-in classes page.

For the time being, complete beginners to aerial arts will need to book a private tuition session initially so we can get you started with the basics. Once we’ve got you familiar with the equipment, we can discuss when you might be ready to join group classes.

Our primary concern here is safety – the way we teach has had to change, so we can no longer perform hands-on spotting of students in classes, and our instructors’ ability to demonstrate new moves in group classes has also been limited.

Safety concerns aside, we also want to make sure that everyone who joins in a class with us (including our instructors) has the best experience possible. It’s important to us that you know how we work before joining in a group session. There are two main reasons for this:-

1. Our instructors have many, many extra considerations to be taking account of at the moment with all of the new policies and procedures we’ve had to put in place. We’re trying to minimise the pressure on them in group aerial classes by making sure that everyone who comes along already understands the way we work.

2. The support of our regular students has been absolutely central to us being able to reopen successfully after a very difficult few months – without their patience and understanding we might not still be here for you to get in touch with. Our priority is to make sure that their regular classes (the availability of which has been considerably reduced) aren’t disrupted with repeated inductions for people who may only come along once or twice.

Don’t forget that you can share the cost (and the fun!) of a private tuition session with friends or family if you like. Our main aim is to get you to a place where you can safely join in classes as soon as possible, if that’s your goal.

Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about any of the above. We’d really love to meet you, and we’re sorry it’s not quite as straightforward for you to join us as it would have been at the beginning of the year.

The short answer is yes, but depending on your previous experience we may still require you to book a private tuition session with us before coming along to a group class.

Our primary concern here is safety – the way we teach has had to change, so we can no longer perform hands-on spotting of students in classes, and our instructors’ ability to demonstrate new moves in group classes has also been limited. We therefore feel it’s a good idea for us to get to know students who are new to us in a private tuition setting before bringing them into a group class, where our instructors will need to divide their time between all students in the class.

Safety concerns aside, we also want to make sure that everyone who joins in a class with us (including our instructors) has the best experience possible. It’s important to us that you know how we work before joining in a group session. There are two main reasons for this:-

1. Our instructors have many, many extra considerations to be taking account of at the moment with all of the new policies and procedures we’ve had to put in place. We’re trying to minimise the pressure on them in group aerial classes by making sure that everyone who comes along already understands the way we work.

2. The support of our regular students has been absolutely central to us being able to reopen successfully after a very difficult few months – without their patience and understanding we might not still be here for you to get in touch with. Our priority is to make sure that their regular classes (the availability of which has been considerably reduced) aren’t disrupted with repeated inductions for people who may only come along once or twice.

Don’t forget that you can share the cost (and the fun!) of a private tuition session with friends if you like. Our main aim is to get you to a place where you can safely join in classes as soon as possible, if that’s your goal.

Please feel free to get in touch with us to chat through the best way for you to start joining in our classes, but please do be respectful of our decisions as to how we operate in these difficult times. We’d really love to meet you, and we’re sorry it’s not quite as straightforward for you to join us as it would have been at the beginning of the year.

We have rearranged our aerial rigging points in the studio so that classes can be conducted with 3m of space between each aerial rigging point.

Our main studio flooring is in 1m x 1m tiles, so it is easy to judge whether you are maintaining the recommended distance from others while you’re in the studio.

Our classes have always been taught using apparatus hanging from three aerial rigging points (so, for example, during an aerial silks class there are three sets of silks hanging in the studio – see photo above). 

Previously, a student might have used all three pieces of rigged apparatus by the end of the class as they moved around the room taking their turn on the next available piece of apparatus.

Now, each student will use the same piece of apparatus for the duration of the class and it will be possible to book your own piece of equipment that you don’t have to share. This means that the way you book a space in class is going to have to change a little bit (see “How do I book a space in an aerial class?” below). 

There is plenty of space in the studio for six students plus an instructor to maintain the recommended distance between each other throughout the class.

From now, instead of booking one of six spaces in class, you will be booking one of the three aerial rigging points we have available (and therefore a single piece of aerial apparatus) for the duration of the class. This allows you to come along to class knowing that you will not have to share your assigned aerial apparatus (silks, hoop or trapeze) with anyone else. 

However, we do recognise that some of you may have people who you would be happy to share your apparatus with (for example, someone in your family or a support bubble). So you can add an extra person to your booking, and the two of you will share the same piece of apparatus during the class.

This means that our maximum class size remains at six students with one instructor, but full capacity will only be reached if everyone who books one of the three aerial rigging points available in the class brings a friend with them that they are happy to share apparatus with. There is plenty of space in the studio for six students plus an instructor to maintain the recommended distance between each other.

Classes will be 45 minutes. There will be a compulsory warm-up for you to complete before you arrive, to limit the amount of aerobic activity in the studio. You will receive guidance on this warm-up via written instructions. Your instructor will then run you through some low-intensity warm-up moves and stretches at the start of the class, before moving you onto the aerial apparatus.

Prices will be as follows:-

Booking type Cost
Book a single aerial rigging point in class £15
Add a friend to your booking £5 supplement

So if you add a friend to your booking, effectively this works out at £10 per person (but it is up to you to sort this out between yourselves)

Please read “How do I book a space in an aerial class?” above carefully before booking so that you understand what you are purchasing.

Reduced capacity and apparatus quarantining have had a huge impact on our ability to cover costs, and this pricing structure tries to mitigate the effects of that for both you and us. These are very difficult times for our industry, and we’re doing our best to adapt – thank you for bearing with us.

Reducing the amount of time that you’re in class with other people helps us to limit the potential for airborne transmission of the virus that causes covid-19, should anyone in class happen to be unknowingly carrying it. This is based on what is understood about viral load.

Aerial classes are demanding on your body! If you don’t have someone who can come along to classes with you, 45 minutes is a good class length for you to get the most out of working on your own piece of apparatus before you get too tired. 

Although surface transmission is not thought to be the main way that the virus that causes covid-19 is transmitted, we can try to limit the chances of transmission by limiting the number of people touching the same surfaces.

That being said, it simply isn’t possible for us to entirely eliminate the possibility of surface transmission, so the most important way that you can help us with this is by washing (or sanitising if washing isn’t possible) your hands thoroughly and often, and not touching your face.

To allow extra time for increased cleaning measures

To allow time for re-rigging apparatus for the next class

To prevent cross-over or bottleneck of students leaving one class and arriving for the next

Yes, you can! Please bear with us as scheduling will depend on our equipment quarantine rotation, but we’re so excited to have you back!

Please note that everyone joining in your booked session will be sharing equipment. It is the booker’s responsibility to ensure that all participants understand this.

You can find details about pricing and how to book on our Private Tuition page.

We’ve paused bookings on our party packages at the moment, but we have introduced a new large group private tuition session that is a great option for up to six people to celebrate a birthday together!

We also have small group private tuition sessions available for up to three people, and solo private tuition sessions which would make a great birthday present. Visit the private tuition page of our website for more details, or take a look at the gift vouchers page for more details on how to give a session as a gift.

Yes, you can! Please bear with us as scheduling will depend on our equipment quarantine rotation, but we’re so excited to have you back!

Please note that everyone joining in your booked session will be sharing equipment. It is the booker’s responsibility to ensure that all participants understand this.

You can find details about pricing and how to book on our Family Fun Sessions page.

There’s a good explanation of our approach to Covid-related cancellations on our FAQs page. If you still have any queries after reading that then please feel free to ask.