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​Drop In Classes (18+ open practice, aerial, handstands, tumbling, etc.)

Drop in Cancellations: Classes with fewer than three sign ups by 12 noon on the day the class is offered will be canceled. Please support our ability to keep classes up by signing up by 12 noon! In the case of cancellation, any enrolled students will be notified via the email we have on file and not charged.

Open Practice Drop In (12+) $22 per class From $0 per visit with Summer Tour Practice Pass pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: mixed level
Drop in - advanced registration required

During our summer session (July 1 through August 23), open practice will run:
Mondays from 6:45-8pm with Emily Babin
Tuesdays from 7:45-9pm with Alex Sosebee
Thursdays from 7:45-9pm with Heather Scheck

During our fall session (Sept 23 - Dec 22), open practice will be held:
Thursdays from 7:45-9pm with Alex Sosebee
Saturdays from 3:45-5pm with Emily Babin

​Open practice is a time for self practice and to refresh and refine material you have been working on in class.

Policies: Advance sign up on Pike13 is necessary to join in on open practice (no walk ins).

What to expect: Students should come with a sense of what they want to work on, and will be given shared access to aerial equipment, and/or space for ground skills. There will always be a moderator on site for support with rigging, equipment, and space needs as well as various resources to help students learn how to practice on their own. It is possible you may not have your own point for the entirety of the practice time and will need to take turns - we trust our community will be open to sharing and collaborating in this way.

Pre-requisites: Past or present participation in classes at Circus Culture and the ability to be self motivated and structure your own time. If you are visiting Ithaca, you are welcome to sign up to practice as long as you have an established circus practice. Ages 12+.

Open practice moderators always have the agency to request that students pause working on anything they deem too risky or not aligned with our safety practices at Circus Culture.

Aerial Conditioning Drop In (15+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: all levels

During our summer session (July 1 - August 23), class will be held:
Drop in on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm with Heather Scheck

Aerial conditioning is the perfect complement for Aerialists wishing to increase strength, stamina, form, and technique. Class will use various different apparatus, floor work, stations, and group activities for a playful and intense hour of conditioning. Ages 15+.

Drop in Intro to Aerial (15+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: Intro

During our summer session (July 1 through August 23), class will be held:
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm with Alex Sosebee

Intro to Aerial drop in is an opportunity for new students to try out the aerial arts! Each week students will be met where they are, and introductory material will be taught. No previous experience is necessary- this is a great opportunity to try out aerial, bring a friend along, or refresh the basics if you are a current student.

Please note, this class is not designed for progressive learning but rather to give a taster of what aerial arts are like. We ask students to understand that if you come every week to this class you will like be repeating skills (never a bad thing!) and likely won't be given something completely new to work on each week.

For more progressive learning of skills, we recommend taking one of our 12 week Intro to Aerial session classes.
Pre-requisite: none

Handstands Drop In, All Levels (15+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: All Levels

During our summer session (July 1 - August 23), class will be held:
Drop In Mondays from 5:30-6:45 with Emily Babin

Dive deep into your handstand practice! This class offers a physically demanding but kind to the body and soul approach to handstanding. All levels are welcome - students will be met where they are and typically there are very varied levels of experience in the class.
Prerequisite: willingness to go upside down. Ages 15+.

All Things Circus Drop In (5-11yrs) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: all levels

During our fall session (Sept 23 - Dec 22), class will be held:
Drop in on Saturdays from 1-2pm with Emily Babin

Curious about what circus classes are like? Join us for this drop in circus class where you'll try a handful of different skills each week - juggling, wire walking, acrobatics, aerial, and more! This class is structured to be inclusive of a wide age range (5-11yrs), as well as welcome brand new students, returning students, and students doing make up classes for session classes. The activities for each week will be chosen by the teacher, and will vary.

Int/Adv Mixed Aerial Drop In (15+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: intermediate/advanced

During our summer session (July 1 - August 23), class will be held:
Drop In Thursdays from 6:30-7:45pm with Heather Scheck

​This is a mixed apparatus class (students may encounter any number of aerial apparati) and is for students with significant aerial experience. Due to the nature of summer drop ins, this class is a bit of a grab bag depending on who shows up! Students may be asked​ to choose an apparatus to work on, or may be guided by the teacher who will lead a planned lesson in a single apparatus. This class is a good fit for students willing to be creative and flexible in translating across disciplines, engaging with the theoretical underpinnings of the aerial arts, and who are self motivated.

Prerequisite: Comfort stringing skills together on vertical and/or bar apparatus with the stamina to be in the air for at least 3-5 min at a time. Short arm and long arm hang for at least 10 seconds, inversion in the air, comfort with pullovers, basic beats, and a strong working memory of aerial patterns. Participants should have self awareness and ability to risk assess while in the air, experience with self practice, and an interest in theory as well as practice of the aerial arts. Ages 15+.

Beg/Int Mixed Aerial Drop In (15+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Levels: beginner/intermediate

During our summer session (July 1 through August 23), class will be held:
Drop In Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45pm with Alex Sosebee

This class is a mixed apparatus class (students may encounter any of the aerial arts) for students who have been doing aerial consistently for at least 3 months. Due to the nature of summer drop ins, this class is a bit of a grab bag depending on who shows up! Students are expected to be flexible and willing to cross aerial disciplines and see the connections between different apparati. Int/Adv students who wish for review or refresh are welcome to take this class, but will be asked to stick with the ​c​curriculum of what the teacher is offering (vs doing your own thing or asking for extra challenges) for it to be a good fit.

Prerequisite: Comfort stringing skills together on vertical and/or bar apparatus with the stamina to be in the air for at least 1-3 min at a time. Short arm and long arm hang for at least 3 seconds, inversion from the ground, the beginning of a theoretical understanding of aerial skills. Ages 15+.

All Things Circus 18 months-4 years Drop In (with adult) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

Level: all levels

During our fall session (Sept 23 through Dec 22), class will be held:
Drop in Saturdays from 10:45-11:30am with Emily Babin

Parents join your tots as they explore our circus space! 18 months-4 years olds can experience a unique space to play, climb, and learn new skills. We will have various tumbling, aerial, and juggling stations each week, with room for everyone to follow their own curious paths!

The Art of Clowning Drop In (16+) $22 per class From $17 per visit with Six Drop in Pass (one free!) pass No purchase required to enroll

Level: All Levels

Drop In Tuesdays 7:45-9pm starting September 24 and ending December 17 with Holly Adams

Join master teacher Holly Adams for a deep dive into the joys of clowning. Get ready for fun and discovery - whether it’s the joys of a stinky sock, the smell of the color pink, or other ridiculousness. We'll explore imaginative worlds and build skills while we support each other in clowning around. This is a drop in class where we will be exploring new ideas each week, so come as often as you'd like!