The circus life is a whole new world of wonders that involves plenty of travel and lots of advanced training if you don’t know what you are doing. From tightrope walking and aerial dancing to juggling and trapeze flying, every circus performer had to learn it from somewhere. If the circus life seems appealing to you, visit some of the best circus experiences in Los Angeles to explore which circus arts appeal to you as a potential performer.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
STAPLES Center Los Angeles
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Date: July 10-16
Traveling circus Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus present the 143rd edition of the Built to Amaze tour, billed as the greatest show on earth. Featuring a modern twist on traditional circus acts, expect to be amazed and mesmerized by skilled trapeze artists, brave animal trainers and talented dancers. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey build up a momentum that keeps you on your toes because anything goes. Kids (and the young at heart) can show up an hour early for a chance to meet the stars and learn new circus skills in an all-access pre-show included with every ticket purchase.
Kinetic Theory Circus School
3604 Holdrege Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Kinetic Theory holds classes for everyone in an extraordinary workout unlike any other fitness class you have ever taken. It’s the perfect place to go for aspiring performers who want to grow their skills and for the young at heart to expend the creative energy of their inner child. Kinetic Theory offers a progressive training program no matter your age or skill level with classes best fit for you and your goals. At Kinetic Theory, you can learn circus troupe, aerial dance, contortion, hand juggling and even take pilates classes for aerial arts conditioning.
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Cirque School LA
5640 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cirque School LA aspires to inspire an appreciation for the circus arts. Through its diversity of classes, the young at heart will be amazed at the things their bodies can do. The Cirque School introduces a hybrid model for circus training artfully blending pilates with the circus arts to improve the strength, flexibility and mental acuteness of every student. Cirque School LA offers a non-competitive environment for kids to have fun and for those older folks be a kid again.
Hollywood Aerial Arts
3838 W. 102nd St.
Inglewood, CA 90303
What originally started as a “Secret Circus” years ago has now become a world-renowned training grounds for the aerial arts, with aerial talent as young as four and as old as 80. As one of the largest suppliers of aerial talent, Hollywood Aerial Arts produces and choreographs aerial productions for corporate events as well as private events. Its training programs offer a safe and supportive place for anyone interested in getting involved in circus arts or simply growing their current skills for upcoming performances. The introductory class gives new students a taste of experience with flying trapeze, tissu, hoop and tightwire.
Los Angeles Clown Camp
The Los Angeles Clown Company
Offering classes in three tiered levels, the Clown School offers a fun journey into exploring and embracing the inner fool. The instructors help you release your inhibitions for the sake of art and creativity. Some of the things clown students learn in the basic level classes include improvisation and learning how to have presence during a performance or routine. Students also learn how to bring out their inner clown through makeup and costume as well as other useful clown tricks and routines.
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