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The Two year professional training program at Aloft

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Applications are now open for Year 1 of Aloft Circus Arts Professional Training Program 2024-2025!

 

We are accepting 10 students who want to find their artistic voice and dive into 9 months of intensive circus study, skill acquisition and creative exploration.

 

Applications for auditions are now open and are accepted on a rolling basis. Our live audition is on March 28/29 2024. 


Year 1 of our Professional Training Program is focused on skill building. With a wide introduction to varied topics in the circus arts, in the first trimester we aim to expose our students to many circus disciplines. In addition to exploring many topics in the circus arts, the first trimester also includes education (goal setting, nutrition, injury prevention etc.) to help you succeed in the program and in your training as a circus artist. In the second trimester, you will choose your major discipline to focus on (with an optional minor discipline). Classes to help you become a well-rounded and competitive circus artist such as dance, acro, theater, conditioning, flexibility, juggling, classroom and more are included in your weekly classes with your cohort throughout the entire program. During the first trimester you may also take up to 5 classes in our recreational program for further study. During the second trimester you will select your major coach (and declare an optional minor if you’d like) who will work with you in a one hour private lesson per week to help you develop your act. Your act will be shown in an end of year cabaret show!

 

Unique to Aloft’s program - in addition to learning how to be a performer, we will teach you how to run a show! You will leave Year 1 a more marketable and empowered circus artist with more skills than just performing. Included in Year 1 is production class- where you will learn how to stage manage, run a sound and lighting board, artistically direct, rig and more in order to produce a bi-monthly open-mic style cabaret show. Ticket proceeds of that show will go directly back to your cohort and into a tuition pool to reduce the cost of tuition! You get to learn employable skills and earn at the same time!

Contact email:

Kristi Alyssa, Manager of Aloft Professional Training Programs

aloftkids@gmail.com


 

More detailed info: 

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 to guide aspiring professional circus artists into exploring their own creative voice and putting their work out there into the world! 

We are pleased to run the next cycle of the Aloft Professional Training Program, developed to deliver the same excellent artistic and technical training that Aloft is known for in a more accessible and efficient package. Our program seeks to be one of the most affordable professional training programs (without compromising quality!) with a schedule that provides more options for students to work and make a living outside of the program and expedites the process of skill acquisition in the first year. 

Year One of the program will focus on building foundational skills and techniques, with 9 months dedicated to exploring new disciplines, developing generalist skills, and starting to develop your own unique work.

Year 1 will culminate in a cabaret style showing of the solo act that you built in the program as well as some ensemble demonstrations of group work classes (juggling, acro, dance etc.)

 

Year Two will be a personalized residency focused on the creation of an exquisite graduation act which will combine intensive private coaching with two mentor coaches, a prescribed independent training plan, personalized career guidance and a final show creation process featuring your act. Year 2 includes lab weeks where Alofts invites coaches from around the world to work with you. Past coaches have included Liza Rose, Chloe Farah, Tanya Burka, Amy Cohen and more.  Depending on student progress, this second year, if desired may supply opportunities for teacher training. Year Two will also culminate in the Lab Weeks, a solo cabaret and ensemble Show Creation with your guest director. Year Two is optional. If there are spots in the program during Year 2, we will hold auditions to accept qualified students directly into Year 2. 

 

Year 1 and Year 2 do not run concurrently, our next Year 2 cycle will be September 2025-June 2026. If you are interested in joining Year 2 directly - please watch our social media for audition announcements around late 2024.

dates and prices

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications due: March 15th, 2024 

Auditions: March 28-29, 2024

Notification of acceptance: April 12th, 2024

Year One Program Start Date: September 3rd, 2024

Year One Final Show (Year 1 End): June 7th-8th, 2025

Year Two Program Start Date: September 2025

(More info to come on Year 2)

PRICING

Year One: $11,000 (payment plans available). 

Deposit of $4,000 due before start of program - monthly payment plans for rest of tuition available! 

Check out a great article about Full Time Program in ACE magazine!
Listen to director, Shayna Swanson, talk about the program on the Artist Athlete podcast!

“Aloft’s full time program has helped me grow physically, mentally, and artistically. The coaches are so talented and helpful! The program gives you time to explore a variety of circus arts, then allows you to hone in on what you are passionate about. In addition to outstanding aerial training, Aloft offers a variety of apparatuses that are not often available, including tightwire and tramp wall. The lab year gives you the opportunity to work with circus professionals that share their experience, training methods, and practical advice about succeeding as a circus professional. I consider myself extremely lucky to have participated in it, and would recommend it to anyone hoping to become more technically proficient, creative, and physically expressive.” Christine Conroy

“I am a graduate of two training programs and Aloft’s full time training program was by far the most valuable one to me. It pushed me to grow in ways both professionally and personally and  to reach my career goals. Some of my favorite aspects of it were the comprehensive group disciplines and classes, working one on one with my instructor on the development of my ideas and act creation, the classroom knowledge we received about the business side and the beautiful show we put together at the end. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to be challenged, changed and deeply moved by this unique experience.” Kristi Taff

“I came in to Aloft’s full time training program  with a burning desire to be a badass successful rope artist, the program not only offered me the opportunity to advance significantly in my rope skills, but also allowed me to grow as a generalist. For that I will forever be grateful. Post the program, I continued to work with my coach and within a year found myself working as a professional rope artist. Within a year of graduating the program I had performed  my act at festivals throughout the United States as well as being invited to perform as the 5th US artist at the 16th International Festival of Circus CIRCUBA in Havana, Cuba in 2017”. - Bre Lawson 2016

“The full-time program at Aloft is more than a circus school.  It's a spiritual journey. It was one of the coolest things I've ever done, and I've done a lot of cool things. I gained so much as a result of the life-changing Aloft full-time program, including a supportive community, a group of lifelong friends, tremendous mental and physical strength, and a safe place and time for creative free expression. The coaches in the program will help you get stronger both as an acrobat and as an artist.  Here muscular strength goes hand in hand with the strength to speak up with your own unique voice. The world outside is trying to crush your beautiful spirit; don't let it! Join the circus! Get strong! Fight back with style! Being an artist today takes strength and guts. The full-time program at Aloft will give you both. The full-time program at Aloft has found the perfect balance between the development of technical skill and the fostering of artistic creativity. Itt has so much to offer: incredible professional coaches, an enormous variety of classes and disciplines, a beautiful training space, and a community on the forefront of circus in the U.S.” -Whitni Battle (Gyata Dingo)

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