Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Taking Flight?

Taking Flight is dedicated to the development of circus arts through 3 strands: education, performance and community.

Education

We run a regular schedule of classes for children and adults as well as developing coach education. Classes include silks, rope, trapeze, cocoon, wall running, hoop, straps, and acrobatics, as well as a variety of workshops and bespoke courses. Our coach education includes a variety of pedagogical and technical courses with partners such as Ecole Nationale De Cirque, High Performance Rigging, LEGacy Circus, Sport Ireland, and many individual international circus artists and educators.

Community

We develop bespoke responses to local needs, working with community groups such as Wet n’Wild and BeLongTo, running family introduction days, as well as longer courses and performances such as the Schools Project in partnership with St. Marys and Trinity Comprehensive. We are currently working with Erin Ball of LEGacy Circus and Cara of Sport Ireland on our upcoming adaptive aerial syllabus with a focus of making circus accessible to people with disabilities.

Performance

We provide professional development for emerging and established artists through opportunities supported by Arts Council Ireland, such as artist residencies, act creation course the Create Project, specialist workshops, and dedicated choreography classes. Some of our performances include Culture Night, Bloom Festival, Electric Picnic, various student showcases including the Performance Project, in aid of Women’s Yoga Hub Gaza.

Can I sign up for a course or a term?

Currently we run classes on a drop in basis. You can buy bundles of 5, 10 or 15 classes in our bookings section, under "prepaid" here to avail of cheaper session rates. With these bundles, you will receive 5, 10 or 15 credits. Each credit will pay for 1 class. You are required to book into each class. If you you can commit to 1 class per week, we recommend a 5 bundle package. If you can commit to 2 classes per week we recommend a 10 bundle package and so on. Ensure that you will utilise your bundle before the expiry date. You have 8 weeks from the date of purchase to use your credits.

Can I bring my own apparatus to class?

Yes. When making a booking you will be asked if you have your own apparatus. Tick yes. When you arrive, inform your tutor that you have brought your own apparatus. Your tutor will safely rig it for you.

Do I need experience or a certain level of fitness before joining class?

We have weekly classes for total beginners schedule Our studio is open for everybody. If you have special needs or requirements please contact us directly here

Do I need to fill out a registration form?

Yes please.

Everybody is required to fill out a registration form.

Parents of kids and teens doing classes must fill out a registration form for each child, you can download it from here.

Adults doing classes must fill a registration form also, you can download it from here.

The registration form must be printed out and completed. Bring it with you on your first visit to the studio.

If you do not have access to a printer, we will ask you to fill in a form at the studio before you can start class.

Do you provide classes for kids and teenagers?

Yes, we do. Our teenage classes for 11 to 17 years olds, are on Saturdays at 10am to 11.30am and Mondays at 4.30pm to 6pm. Kids classes for 7 to 10 year olds, are also on Saturdays at 10am to 11.30am. Each session is 90 minutes long. These classes run on an term basis, and are not available as drop in sessions.

Children do not need any prior experience in circus arts, to join our classes.

If there is space, you are welcome to register you son/daughter in the middle of the term - the online booking system will automatically calculate the number of sessions remaining and only charge you for that. We do take one weekend off at mid-term breaks, so that you're not going to have to pay if you're away at that time.

Parents of kids and teens doing classes must fill out a registration form for each child, you can download it from here

You can place your name on the waiting list for kids 'n' teens classes using this link:

Click on kids 'n' teens in the bookings section. Choose the relevant age group. Click book and then wait list, here you can leave your name.

Deposits and Cancellations

Classes

Bookings are processed through our online booking system. If you know that you are going to be away you can change your booking, so long as you do it at least 6 hours in advance of the class (after that, the booking cannot be changed). We keep our classes small, 6 students per tutor, so spaces are very limited.

Outstanding bundle sessions at the end of the expiry date become void, and are non-transferrable and non-refundable. If you you can commit to 1 class per week, we recommend a 5 bundle package. If you can commit to 2 classes per week we recommend a 10 bundle package. Make sure that you will utilise your bundle before the expiry date to ensure no loss of payment.

Workshops

Your fee secures your space, and as such we keep it for you: we do not give it to someone else. If you cancel 8 days before the event, your full-fee is refunded. If you cancel within 7 days of the event, there is no refund. Bookings are processed through our online booking system. If you know that you are going to be away you can change your booking, so long as you do it at least 1 week in advance of the class (after that, the booking cannot be changed). We have guest tutors from all over the world, to make it worth their while they must be paid regardless of late cancellations.

I’d like to do some open-training

You are welcome to our supervised open training sessions if you have experience in the discipline you wish to practice. If you are not a current student with Taking Flight, we will need video evidence from you , practising on your chosen apparatus. Contact us here When booking you will be asked if you have your own apparatus. If you do, our tutor on duty will safely rig it for you. You can book online for 6.30pm till 8pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 2pm till 4pm on Saturdays. Open training sessions are for practicing skills already learnt. You may not use this time to learn new skills from other participants.

I want to work on an act I’m perfecting, and get some feedback

This is something that can be facilitated in a private daytime session with one of our tutors. Contact us directly for rates here

I’m fairly advanced but I see you don’t offer classes at that level

Oftentimes this can be accommodated in our Improver - Skilled Classes. People who are advanced can book in for private daytime sessions with one of our teachers.

Contact us directly for rates.

I’m going to be missing for a class, what happens?

Bookings are processed through our online booking system. If you know that you are going to be away you can change your booking, so long as you do it at least 6 hours in advance of the class (after that, the booking cannot be changed). We keep our classes small. If you miss a week (e.g. through illness), but have not cancelled the class 6 hours prior to the class start time, we cannot give you another class in exchange for the week that you're back.

What happens if I’m late?

A text is appreciated to let us know if you’re going to be late, or indeed if you can’t make it. Once you arrive we insist that you do the full 20 minute warm-up. Warm up is an essential part of the training and injury-prevention.

Clothing, what should I wear?

Wear comfortable, yet fairly tight fitting clothing. Tracksuits and long-sleeved tops are a good idea. Please make sure there are no zips or sharp objects on your clothing, as these can damage the equipment. Similarly, all jewellery must be removed before class starts. When on the apparatus we train in bare feet, but it’s a good idea to have a nice pair of socks for when you’re down on the ground.

I just want to try it out

Try out our aerial taster workshop! Check out our news items for upcoming dates. Alternatively, we recommend that you take a single drop-in session of the class that you're most interested in. If you enjoy it, and want to book in for more, then purchase one of our bundles to avail of cheaper session rates.

What happens if I accidently make a booking for the wrong day?

You may change your booking 6 hours in advance of class, as per our cancellation policy If you realise that you have made a mistake in your booking after the date/class has passed, we cannot give you a refund for a booking mistake.

What happens if I accidently book into the wrong class?

The answer to this depends on when the mistake is noticed. You may book the wrong discipline e.g. fabric instead of rope. As per our cancellation policy you can cancel or change your booking 6 hours prior to class start time. If you arrive for the class you have booked into and then realise that you have made a mistake in your booking, we will check if there is a place available in the class of your choice. If so, you may join in. We cannot give you another future booking in return. Worst case scenario, you will get to try out a new apparatus!

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes. In our booking section, click on gift vouchers. Here you can select the type of gift voucher you would like to purchase.

  • Generic gift voucher: Purchase a gift voucher for a given amount, which can be used for any future booking.
  • Specific gift voucher: For a specific drop in and number of people. The recipient will only need to pick a date and time, and will never see the price. To purchase a gift voucher click Here

What if the class I want to join is fully booked?

Put your name on the waiting list. You will be sent a link to book into the class, if a vacancy arises. If there are high numbers on our waiting list, we will consider adding another class (if space permits).

What are the benefits of circus arts?

Physical Benefits

Aside from the very apparent upper body and grip strength training, circus arts work your entire body, from small stabilizing muscles to your largest leg muscles. Along with that it improves ambidexterity, hand-eye coordination, your reflex speed and reaction time. As well as your proprioception (awareness of your body in space) and your neuromuscular communication and balance (how your body talks to your brain). You do this all while learning and working from where works for you, of course aerial requires upper-body and core strength, but it develops as you do. With a small amount of consistency participants progress extremely quickly.

Psychological Benefits

It’s quite possible that the psychological aspects of aerial dance outweigh the physical. Although physically demanding, circus arts are just that. Art. Many people use aerial as an artistic release and a place to explore movement and their relationship with their body in a non-competitive and open environment. The complexities of doing dance in the air can challenge people to overcome fear of heights, increase focus and concentration and decrease general stress. ‘Circus delivers skills in a positive, non-competitive and supportive social atmosphere, making it particularly appealing to those who avoid traditional competitive team sports.’ Positive ‘effects are reported primarily by those who have problems tolerating failure and have issues with self-esteem’ - excerpt from ‘Effective Circus’ a publication from the University of Tampere.

Societal Benefits

The fact that circus can encompass all people in our society, from young and elderly to visually and physically impaired people instantly gives a sense of inclusiveness and community. Over the years there have been many studies linking particularly younger people’s mental health and benefits to society. As a group people learn the soft skills of team-work, hard-work, care, empathy and trust.
‘ 55 children partook in a six-month Cirkidz Tweenz program, where children had the opportunity to learn, improve and extend new skills in acrobatics, balance, juggling and aerial activities. Dr McGrath says after participating in the circus program children showed significant improvements in four areas of mental well being: stress relief; self-esteem; confidence; and socialization’. here

Circus is a practice open to all people, genders, sizes, physical abilities and all in between. The focus is on what your body can do. Its inclusivity offers a sense of community and support which allows for safe risk-taking.