The majority of the students at the Aloft Loft take our recreational training classes. Our classes run on an on-going basis and you can join whenever you want. Most of our students come once per week, and most classes are 90 min long. All new students with no circus experience need to join our Aerial Basics Class and pass all pre-reqs before moving into regular classes. Students with previous experience should contact us for an evaluation. We offer regular recreational classes in static trapeze, aerial silks, aerial rope, aerial hoop/lyra, aerial straps, single-point/dance trapeze, duo acrobatics/stunts, tumbling, Chinese pole, cyr wheel, stretching, aerial conditioning, contortion and hand-balancing. You can sign up on-line for our classes by clicking here!
The mission of our program is to create curious and questioning artists committed to advancing the role of circus the US and abroad. We aim to inspire our students to aim to inspire others and give them the tools to make physically and emotionally rigorous work that challenges ideas of who we are and what we can do, as individuals and a unified force. We want a circus revolution and we are building an army. Students in the program train up to 40 hours/week for 2 years. 95% of our graduates have gone on to careers in circus. To find out more about this program, please click here.
Professional Training and Residencies
Professional artists from around the globe make the Aloft Loft their home away from home when they are in Chicago...and many even end up moving here because of our beautiful and well equipped faciltiy, friendly and relaxed environment and vibrant circus community. Artists with a proven history of high-level training and performance, a commitment to safe training practices and with references we can call upon are welcome to train at the Aloft Loft on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Find out more by contacting us.