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Circus Classes and Workshops

ZigZag Circus offers three types of circus arts training for both adults and children. Please select from the following list to find out more.


ZigZag Circus offers a range of workshops in a variety of circus arts. These allow you to learn specific skills without committing to regular training. Most workshops are all-ages although some are specifically for adults or children.

Recent workshops have included Fire Breathing, Acrobatics and Stilt Walking as well as huge free workshops as part of the recent Science Alive event at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

Upcoming workshops:

On Thursday April 19th, ZigZag Circus will be running a 3-hour, 3-in-1 workshop for Adults (also open to high school students). This will run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Glengowrie YMCA (corner of Maxwell Terrace and Butler Crescent in East Glenelg). The workshop will be run by our very experienced trainers and will give adults a chance to have a go at the circus activities that we run classes for throughout the school terms.

All workshops are suitable for complete beginners of any fitness level. You will get fit by training with us but you don't need to already be fit to come and have a go :-)

After an initial game and warmup, we will be divided into 3 groups and spend 45mins on each of:

** Juggling, object manipulation and balancing on things with Chris **

Learn the basics of working with circus apparatus such as juggling rings, devil sticks. Also, learn to balance on different objects such as tube, globe and rola bola.

** Aerial Silks with Jo and Kate **

Be as cool as Pink and get airborne on two lengths of fabric. Don't worry about being strong - many beginners' moves can be done by those who can't yet lift their own body weight. To see some of what aerial silks is about, these youtube videos show you some of what is possible:

** Acrobatics with Pete **

Learn to lift and be lifted in a safe and fun environment. Even if you don't yet feel comfortable with lifting moves, there are a lot of initial balancing moves to learn while staying on the ground. To see some of what acrobatics is about, these youtube videos show you some of what is possible:

Date: Thursday October 13th (2nd Thursday of the school holidays)
Time: 6:30-9:30
Location: Glengowrie YMCA (corner Maxwell Terrace and Butler Crescent, East Glenelg)
Age: adults (including high school students)
Clothes: comfortable clothes that you can move in and bare feet
Cost: $30 ($20 each person for families)

Please note that this cost is fully deductible from the training fees for any new class that you sign up for in Term 2 (including existing members who want to try a different class to your usual training). If you sign up for a new class, this workshop becomes FREE for you :-)

To book or find out more, email info@zigzagcircus.com.au.

To ensure safe, fun and effective training for all participants, strict limits apply to the number of people in each ZigZag Circus Workshop so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Some photos from previous workshops can be viewed on our Gallery Page.

Regular Classes

Regular Classes are offered during school terms (including public holidays) for a range of ages and ability levels. Current classes are as follows:

  • Kids General Circus Class (primary school age) Wednesday 5:30-6:45pm at William Light School hall in Plympton
  • Adults General Circus Class (minimum age about 14) Thursday 7:00-9:30pm at Glengowrie YMCA
  • Adults beginner Aerial Silks (minimum age about 14) Monday 8:00-9:00pm at Glengowrie YMCA
  • Adults intermediate Aerial Silks (minimum age about 14) Thursday 8:00-9:00pm at Glengowrie YMCA
  • Acrobatics (Adult - intermediate) Wednesday 7-9pm at William Light School hall in Plympton
  • Acrobatics (Adults - suitable for beginners) Wednesday 7-9pm at William Light School hall in Plympton

If you're not sure which class to try first, we recommend the general circus class on Thursday evenings as it will give you a chance to experience all the different circus activities. Please contact us for more information and to book into any classes

Performer Training

Regular training for ZigZag Circus performers is conducted on Mondays 8:00 - 10:30pm at Glengowrie YMCA through the whole year including school holidays and public holidays (except for a 2-week break over Christmas and New Year).

This training is run by our head trainer, Alessandro Gavello and is largely self-directed so participants can learn and practice the skills that are of interest to them. Those who wish to do so can also take part in ZigZag Circus performances.

5-person acrobatic pyramid

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