Below are the most frequently asked questions when registering with Circus Juventas. Sort through the categories below and click on the question to read the full answer. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most part, yes. The majority of our programming is geared toward youth ages 2 to 22, but we do offer specialty programs for youth and adults with disabilities as well as a selection of adult classes. In terms of skill, anyone who is interested can sign up; no prior experience is necessary. We recommend visiting the FIND A CLASS page to learn more about the full scope of our programming.
Circus Juventas cannot be held liable for a project’s end result, therefore we cannot assist with personal rigging questions at this time.
We do not give out personal information for our coaches. Parents or students who are interested in contacting a coach should first e-mail email@example.com. We will then coordinate correspondence with the coach.
Circus Juventas does offer private lessons, typically during the week before 3:30 p.m. or Saturdays after 2:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We like to know when and why students are absent from class, whether it be due to illness, family vacation, etc. Please call or email the school administration to report an absence: 651-699-8229 or email@example.com.
Generally, new students should sign up for beginning level classes in which they fit the age, height and weight requirements. Prerequisites are listed for all classes, so those need to be taken into consideration when selecting intermediate or advanced level classes. For many upper-level classes, coach recommendations are required. Visit the FIND A CLASS page to view complete class offerings.
The PRE-REGISTRATION process is not automated: there is quite a bit of manual processing that happens by CJ staff in order to activate the new account. Please allow 3 to 7 business days for processing. Parents/guardians are notified via email when the process is complete and the student is eligible to submit class requests.
Pricing for our current year can be found on the Class Prices & Fees page.
Most of our year-round classes meet once a week, but there are a select number of (mostly) advanced level acts that meet more often.
Unfortunately, we do not have the flexibility in our programming to allow students to make up missed classes. If they miss, they miss.
We offer year-round classes broken into four sessions (fall, winter, spring and summer). Classes are typically offered Monday through Friday between 4:00-9:15pm and Saturday from 9:00am-2:15pm. We also offer Summer Camps. Summer Camps are a great way to experience the circus arts without committing to several weeks of training.
To increase flexibility, there is one answer: stretch, stretch and stretch some more (make sure to do a proper warm up like the one students do at the beginning of class). In front of the TV or while doing homework: any time is a good time. Strength training is much the same: students should take exercises they learn in class and practice them at home during non-class days.
For students brand new to circus, an Experience class is a good way to start, as it serves as a sampler class for many circus genres and acts. Otherwise, new students can sign up for any beginning level course which sparks their interest and for which they meet the prerequisites. Visit the FIND A CLASS page for complete class offerings.
Any student coming into our program with prior experience should set up a meeting with our artistic director to determine proper class placement: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We divide our year into four sessions: fall, winter, spring and summer. Each sesson is between 7 to 9 weeks long and we take new registrations every session (though for new students class selection is much more limited for winter and spring enrollment).
Pre-registration is a one time process that all individual students must complete before being eligible to register for classes. This is how we collect biographical and medical information for our students and create accounts in our registration software. Registration is the process of selecting class requests. This process requires a username and password (generated by Circus Juventas once the pre-registration is processed).
General fee classes meet once a week for 55 minutes and are eligible for the multi-class discount. Fixed fee classes typically meet more than once a week and/or require special equipment or specific coaching needs. They are not eligible for a discounted rate; each fixed fee class is calculated individually. You can find more information about pricing on the Class Prices & Fees page.
A “genre” classifies the type of act. Much like circus is a “genre” of performing arts (as is theater, dance, etc.), circus acts are divided into groups to help identify the type or genre of act to which they belong.
Students voluntarily withdrawing from a class after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. If CJ needs to cancel a class due to low enrollment and another class option cannot be found for the student, CJ will provide a refund. Students who sustain injuries outside of CJ programming that prevent them from participating in class for any portion of the session will not receive a refund.
Students who acquire injuries outside of Circus Juventas are not eligible for a tuition refund from CJ. Depending on the severity of the injury (CJ defers to medical professionals to determine this), students may continue to participate in class, watch class or remove themselves from class altogether. We are certainly willing to negotiate “saving spots” for injured students so that they may, upon healing, pick up where they left off in their training. Contact the school administration to discuss options: 651-699-8229.
There are many ways to progress through the program. Visit the Level Progression page for this information.
We recommend students wear comfortable clothing in which they can move (e.g. tank tops and leggings; shorts and t-shirts; leotards, etc.), but nothing too baggy so as to hinder spotting. Long hair should be pulled back and large jewelry removed. Many acts practice barefoot, but some require shoes.
It depends on the class. Most of our classes focus training on one specific act, but we do have a number of introductory classes that allow students to sample many genres and acts. Under FIND A CLASS, select “Experience” to view these classes.
We partner with St Paul business GRAND JETE for all circus shoe needs.
We ask that all students arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of class. There are a limited number of cubbies for students to store personal items (these cubbies are NOT locked so please keep valuables at home). At class time, students should gather in the viewing area and wait for their lead coach to call them out into the arena where they will then take attendance. Students and parents do NOT need to “check in” at the front desk upon arrival.
Contemporary circus is truly a blend of athletics and artistry, so a natural inclination to different skill sets often determines how a student progresses in the program. Additionally, a student who comes to circus having already trained intensely in gymnastics, for example, is going to have the necessary skills to train and perform at a higher level. Every student brings something different to the table, which is why progression happens differently for everyone.