Aloft is open for in person classes
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The majority of the students at the Aloft take our recreational training classes. Our classes run on an on-going basis, charged monthly, 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 refer to the class descriptions & pre-reqs and email firstname.lastname@example.org to be approved. 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!
Prep School is a 3 month preparatory program that guides students to all the skills needed to audition for a longer circus pro track program.
Jolt is our performance intensive and runs for 6 weeks, five days/week, 4 hours/day.
See the "Pro Training and Intensives" section of this site for more info on both programs. Stay tuned for future sessions.
Professional Training and Residencies
Professional artists from around the globe make the Aloft their home away from home when they are in Chicago...and many even end up moving here because of our beautiful and well equipped facility, 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 Aloft on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Find out more by contacting us.