Pre-Professional Program


Our Pre-Professional Youth Program is a yearlong training program for youth who are passionate about circus arts and committed to their training. The program has three levels: Rising Stars, Super Novas, and San Francisco Youth Circus. Placement in Circus Center’s Pre-Professional Program is by audition only, and students commit to the full year.

Fall Session: September 5 – December 15, 2017 (Youth Circus begins August 28)
Winter Session: January 3 – March 2, 2018
Spring Session: March 5 – May 25, 2018
Summer Session: Students are required to complete a certain number of hours of training, but they may arrange this to fit their summer schedule.

Pre-Professional Program AUDITIONS
Thursday, AUGUST 31, 4-6 pm

Please contact Program Director, Felicity Hesed, to make an audition appointment.

We offer an Advanced Summer Camp for our Pre-Professional students and students who are interested in training circus, but are too advanced for our other camps. Students train intensively in acrobatics and aerial arts as well as juggling and balance. If you think this is the right camp for you, contact Felicity to enroll.

Rising StarsYoung circus member having fun on the static trapeze | After School | Circus Center

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4 PM - 6:20 PM
Ages 7 - 14

Students who are ready to commit to serious circus training start their journey in our Rising Stars program. They master the fundamentals in a broad range of circus skills, including acrobatics, aerial, balance, and juggling. The focus in Rising Stars is on building strength, flexibility, and coordination. Rising Stars train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:20 pm.

Young circus member jumping | After School | Circus CenterSuper Novas

Fall: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Winter & Spring: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
4 PM - 6:20 PM
Ages 9 - 16

Students age 9-16 deepen their circus training when they advance to Super Novas. They continue to develop their strength, flexibility, and coordination while beginning to develop a specialty. The Super Novas also begin developing performance skills by participating in special events throughout the year. In the Fall session, Super Novas train Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:20 pm. During Winter and Spring sessions, they train Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00–6:20 pm.

SF Youth CircusYoung circus member striking a pose on the rope | After School | Circus Center

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
4 PM - 6:25 PM | Ages 10-18

Circus Center’s youth performance troupe receive professional-caliber circus training. Students focus on advanced circus skills as well as act development. In addition to training, SF Youth Circus students perform throughout the year. SF Youth Circus students attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00-6:25 pm and are required to train on their own an additional day each week. In the Fall and Spring, SF Youth Circus also attends rehearsals for the Winter Showcase and their final Spring Show.


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