Circus Classes for Adults

For Studio G workshops & classes at The Circus Academy, please use the door at 1298, just west of the main entrance (studio is on the 3rd floor).

Open Gym

Open Gym is for experienced circus artists only - acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, clowns & all manner of professional circus artists are welcome to come train at The Circus Academy during open gym hours.

The Circus Academy - Main Studio

$5.00 drop-in fee, HST included (until September 1, 2017)

Winter Session - January 9 - March 10, 2017

Monday: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, w/Juggling Club: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Adult Aerial Class

Learn aerial hoop, silks, static trapeze and/or corde lisse from a circus professional while gaining strength, flexibility & confidence. We work with each student individually according to their athletic ability, flexibility, stamina & skill level. No experience necessary. Please call 647-748-6030 or email for information.

The Circus Academy - Main Studio

Tuesday & Thursday
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Session 1: September 6 - December 22, 2016 (16 weeks)
$368 + HST ($415.84) for 1 class/week
$736 + HST ($831.68) for 2 classes/week
$27.00 + HST drop-in ($30.50)

Session 2: January 10 - March 9, 2017 (9 weeks)
$207 + HST ($233.91) for 1 class/week
$414 + HST ($467.82) for 2 classes/week
$27.00 + HST drop-in ($30.50)

Session 3: March 21 - June 29, 2017 (15 weeks)
$345 + HST ($389.85) for 1 class/week
$690 + HST ($779.70) for 2 classes/week
$27.00 + HST drop-in ($30.50)

Hoopersonic Hula Hoop Class

Hoopercise is an awesome, high-energy hula hoop class focusing on outlining the fundamentals of core hooping while engaging the rest of your body. It is a fun and effective workout like no other! Students participate in specially designed drills and activities to strengthen their existing hoop dance skills or learn them for the first time. At times we will incorporate weights or mix hoop dance with other forms of exercise, so every class feels like a fresh and enjoyable experience!

Perfect for beginners who just want to give it a try, or for experienced hoopers looking to get in a fabulously fun workout! Beginners may drop in at any week. Hoops provided! Also available for purchase but contact Amy in advance.

The Circus Academy - Studio G

6:30 – 7:30 pm - Hoop Dance Fitness
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Hoop Flow 101

For info:

Poi with Nick Woolsey

The art of swinging things! Poi is a form of dance, where weights on the ends of tethers are swung through rhythmical patterns, with movements often borrowed from other disciplines such as juggling, club swinging, dance, and rhythmic gymnastics. Poi appeals to those who are looking for a dynamic activity that engages both the mind and body. It’s meditative. It’s addictive. Try it!

The Circus Academy - Studio G

Beginner Poi
Join world-renowned poi instructor Nick Woolsey for an 8-class poi course! This is your chance to learn all the fundamental moves of poi, along with the theory and techniques that will set you on the road to poi mastery.

Thursdays & Sundays: 6:30 – 7:45 pm
May 21 - June 15, 2017

Intermediate & Advanced Poi
Take your poi spinning skills to a new level! This 8-class course will progress through a proven system of exercises, towards the goal of complete freedom of movement and expression with poi.

Thursdays & Sundays: 8:15 – 9:30 pm
May 21 - June 15, 2017

For info:

Sketchy & Fesso’s Crash Course in Vaudeville

7 week course where Lunacy Cabaret’s inimitable clown duo Sketchy & Fesso introduce you to various Vaudevillian disciplines including clown, character, buffoon and slapstick. An accessible course in physical theatre for the Vaudeville stage for the novice or the experienced. Expand your performance toolbox, build on your comedic repertoire, and kill on stage! Only 12 spots available, book yours now!

The Circus Academy - Studio G

$250.00 (HST incl) for 7 week session

Mondays: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
January 16 - February 27, 2017

To register join the facebook group and send an email to

Sketchy's Hosting Workshop

There is so much talent here in Toronto gracing our stages at comedy, variety, burlesque, music, clown and theatre shows. But how do those hosts in between the acts get started? How do you become one?
Hosting is a fun and rewarding performance experience. This course will take you through exercises to hone your skills on the finer points of hosting. Sure, you could probably find your inner host after hosting a good long while, but why not get a head start NOT suck, ever?

This class will cover:
- Warming up the audience
- Setting the tone
- Defining your host character
- Your relationship with the audience
- Building a running order
- Intros and extros
- Stalling for time
- Engaging the audience
- Handling hosting duties
- What to expect from producers and stage managers

Dave McKay (AKA Sketchy the Clown) is a co-producer and co-host of Lunacy Cabaret and the Toronto Festival of Clowns. He's hosted burlesque shows, music festivals, variety shows, weddings, technical conferences, clown festivals, charity events, comedy shows, political events and awards ceremonies. Dave has studied improv, clown, bouffon, character based narrative, as well as dance, puppetry, slapstick and other weird things that struck his fancy. You may have caught Dave’s latest project - Sketchy for Mayor in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election.

The Circus Academy - Studio G

$200.00 (HST incl) for 5-week session

Course dates TBA

Clown Through Mask with Sue Morrison

Based on the pioneering work of Richard Pochinko, this workshop synthesizes Native American and European clowning traditions in the discovery of the clown. Explore colour, innocence and experience using six clay masks to create your own personal mythology. As the masks are explored, various characters emerge leading you to your clown. Taught by Sue Morrison, Artistic Director of the Theatre Resource Centre.

The Circus Academy - Main Space & Studio G

January 9 - February 11, 2017
Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Soiree: February 12, 8:30 pm

Register HERE


Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Internal Harmony Kung Fu teaches skills that will enhance your life by maximizing vitality, internal power and cultivating qi (chi). This class provides Taoist martial, wellness and relaxation techniques to add to your toolbox for dealing with inner and outer conflicts. Your strength and resilience will be enhanced and you will experience a greater sense of well-being. What could be better than that!

The Circus Academy - Studio G

Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

To register call 416-616-6803 or send an email to
Or just show up! New students welcome at any class.