Classes and Training

Open for all Ages and Abilities

Ever wanted to try your hand, feet or whole body at learning a circus skill? Learn to juggle, ride a unicycle, walk on a tight wire or just hang out on the trapeze in our circus classes. Circus offers challenge, creativity, physical and personal development.

Skylight Circus classes and training are

  • for people of all ages and abilities
  • sensitive and supportively staffed
  • non competitive and as inclusive as possible.
  • in our lovely, friendly, warm circus school

Please phone or email to check there are places in the classes before attending.

Youth circus classes

Members of all Skylight youth circus classes, develop circus skills and confidence, make new friends and have opportunities to take part in performances.  Oh, and have lots of fun!

5-8 Years circus classes

A bouncy class introducing circus skills and games in a safe supportive environment.

8-13 Years circus classes

Students work on a wider range of circus skills: unicycle, juggling, diabolo, stilts, trapeze, silks and hoop, with opportunities to perform in Skylight shows.

13-19 Years circus classes

Young people creatively explore their circus skills and have increased opportunities to perform.They access specialist training from touring companies.

Aerial for Young People

Aerial improvers class aimed at the 8-12 and 13-19 Youth Circus Classes

Circus Classes for 55 years+

Silver Circus funded by CCG (NHS) Sociable and fun, sessions to promote well-being, coordination, flexibility, balance and confidence. Learning new skills can help slow down the onset of dementia.

Adult Aerial

Absolute Beginners Work on your strength, flexibility and stamina. Learn moves on the trapeze, climb a rope and explore silks –  a new fitness work-out or the beginning of a circus career! Creative Aerial For more advanced aerialists to encourage creative exploration and improvisation

two children doing acrobalance in exciting circus classes

Classes for those with Additional Needs and Disabilities

Skylight’s team has a wealth of experience working with people with disabilities.

ROPE Circus and Aerial Swing for adults with disabilities (unfunded drop-in)

Specialised aerial swings and harnesses gently suspend or exhilaratingly swing and spin participants through the air.  Participants and carers work together on sensory equipment, circus skills, games and parachute.

Sky-High Sessions funded by Rochdale BC Short Breaks Sessions promote inclusiveness, activity and social awareness for children with a disability. Circus is an exciting way to improve coordination, confidence, mobility and focus – on the ground and up in the air! Harnesses fully support them on the aerial swing, tightwire or stilts.  Squashy mats, inflatable balls, wafting parachutes and aerial cocoons offer sensory experiences. Sky-High is designed around the needs of young people with a wide range of disabilities from ASD, physical and learning disabilities to complex and sensory impairments. Participants must have a disability/diagnosis and be a Rochdale resident.

Professional Training Courses Skylight runs training programmes when funding is available.  Recent masterclass have been provided by touring companies performing in Manchester:  Circolombia, Lost in Translation and Citrus Arts.(2016/7)


Home Schooling Rochdale

A catch up with Charma Force, Circus Trainer at Skylight Circus Arts   Why did Skylight Circus start a Home Education Group? Demand!  Over a short period, we were inundated with enquiries about circus classes for home educated children in Rochdale Borough.  ...

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Side By Side Class’ Jan 2018

Side By Side Class’ Jan 2018

Side By Side Circus Saturdays  Saturday 13th, 20th, 27th January, 3rd, 10th, and 17th February 2018 10:30 - 12 noon Skylight Circus Arts invites you to Side by Side Circus Saturday Sessions.  An opportunity for children, young people, siblings and parents to learn and...

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Spaces Available in Adult Aerial

Spaces Available in Adult Aerial

ADULT AERIAL CLASSES Ever fancied hanging on a trapeze or learning to climb some silks? Are you fed up with the same routine at the gym? Or looking to start a whole new fitness journey? Or maybe you have done a bit of aerial before and want to...

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