Who didnt want to run away and join the circus when they were younger? if your looking for a new hobby for your child that is fun,sociable, active, creative and challenging then look no further than: G.E.M.S Circus Arts School - a leading youth circus school located on the beautiful Dorset coast.
We offer outstanding nurturing training in various circus disciplines such as; aerial arts,acro,equilibristics (balancing) performance and specialty arts.
Our classes are taught in a safe, fun, inclusive and well structured environment by friendly teachers who all come from circus backgrounds.
All students learn to Grip Elevate Move and Shine when becoming part of our spectator circus school.
Every child is individual - Our students progress at different paces. They work steadily at certain skills until they are achieved. Our beginner aerial students learn at a low height. Soaring high comes after proper progression and body awareness growth only. More advanced students are continued to be challenged through enhancements such as competitions and peer interventions.
There are performance opportunities in all our classes, progression certification. There are lots of other National Youth Circus events students have the chance to get involved in .
Mixed Aerial: 8 yrs + (Limited spaces)
This class involves a variety of suspended apparatus which students hang from and perform tricks and movement on. Classes cover basic aerial techniques in hoop , sling , corde lisse and trapeze. Students will learn good technique, gain flexibility and build strength leading to creating shapes/poses and executing sequences of tricks in a safe, supportive and controlled environment.
Aerial Silks: 8 yrs + (Limited spaces)
Silks are a suspended weight tested fabric that students climb, bind , drop and swing on. Students are taught moves and routines suitable to their ability.
REC Aerial Arts :11yrs +
A class focused on aerial skills specifically aimed at secondary school aged students. Students train in all aerial disciplines , learn transitioning, flow and choreography.
Air Troupers : 7 yrs +
This is a fun introduction class to aerial arts
(In some special cases our age recommendations for classes can be reconsidered, based on individual talent and ability)
Circus Champs ( In Schools only class)
Aspiring children will learn a variety of Circus fundamental skills such as; juggling,hooping,tight-wire walking, spinning plates, diabolo, clowning, partner balancing and more.
Our Inclusive aerial class for young people aged 15-30 years in collaboration with 'Extraordinary Bodies'.
Ring Master Troupe: Performance group. Invitation only class.
Beginners Silk: 3.45pm-4.45pm
Mixed Aerial 1: 5pm-6pm
Inter. Silks: 6.15pm-7.45pm
Mixed Aerial 2: 3.45pm-4.45pm
Rec 1: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mixed Aerial 4: 6:30pm- 8:00pm
Mixed Aerial 3: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Uplift Aerial : 6:15pm-7:45pm
Aerial silks 2: 3:45pm-4:45pm
Rec 2: 5:00pm-6:30pm
School Holiday Camps
Circus Camps are where your children create wonderful memories, make new friends, and experience a wide variety of circus skills. Participants at any skill levels are welcome!
Keep an eye out on our social media for up and coming dates.
We offer Circus for schools,youth organizations and events from festivals, fetes and fun days.
School's & Youth Organizations:
We provide quality, safe and enjoyable Extra-curricular circus arts workshops for Primary schools,Secondary schools and youth organisations. Our workshops help children to develop patience, dexterity, stamina, self discipline and creativity. The well planned workshop structure means that children of all capabilities achieve something.
GRIP project provides a circus arts experience to motivate social change. We provide the opportunity for participants to discover their wings. While students learn to fly, flip and bounce, they also learn teamwork, self confidence and what it feels like to succeed. Our Project mission is to transform lives by providing a performing arts and fitness education to motivate individual growth and social change
Festivals,Fetes & Community Events
Circus skills workshops are a great attraction for fetes,festivals and community events. We provide a safe, engaging and fun environment where families can come and learn new skills such as; slackline, tightwire and aerial arts.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and get a quote.
We have teamed up with celebrated diverse circus company Extraordinary Bodies to offer an inclusive aerial class for young people aged 15-30.
'Imagine a space full of young people who can suddenly do things in the air they didn't imagine possible!'
Fees are charged termly and invoiced at either the beginning of the term for students whom are new to G.E.M.S or at the end of each proceeding term if your child is already a student.
Payments can be made via; BACS
No classes during school holiday
Safety is our number one priority at G*E*M*S Circus Arts School, so please keep our rules and regulations in mind at all times:
All staff, parents,and students are responsible for ensuring G.E.M.S policies and procedures are followed.
Risk assessments, new class policies and procedures are available on request.
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Should my child attend class if they are feeling unwell?:
Regular attendance helps skill progression and encourages good team work and support. However, it is not advisable to bring your child to class if they are unwell or have an injury.
Parking and leaving your children:
St James Institute-Please be mindful that parking is limited outside the building , so please allow enough time to park on neighbouring roads or at the closest carpark (Woodside Road Car Park ) and walk.
Director & Head Trainer- Gemma
Gemma embarked on her Circus journey at 17 years of age, joining a leading circus school in Bristol. Later, she earned a place at 'National Centre of Circus Arts' in London, achieving a BA Hons in Contemporary Circus.
With professional performance experience including representing GB at the all female 'Cirkus Prinsessan' competition in Stockholm, Gemma holds QTS, serving as a AQA moderator for BTEC Performing Arts. A former cheerleader for AFC Bournemouth and Anit-gravity yoga coach, she fulfilled her dream by founding G.E.M.S Circus Arts School, blending her passion for teaching with the enchantment of circus!
Coach Rebecca - (aerial coach) was introduced to circus at age 16, Growing up she took a love for gymnastics and dancing. She found a passion for circus as she could combine all skills together in a new art form. In 2017 Rebecca was accepted onto the foundation degree at The National Centre for Circus Arts, specializing in dance trapeze. She Graduated in 2019.
To empower, include and inspire children and young people from all cultures,religions and social economic status through the medium of Circus Arts. To facilitate quality Circus Education to the Dorset community.
G.E.M.S has £5m of Public liability insurance , all staff hold an DBS certificate and there is always a first aid trained member of staff in the building.
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Club leotard for teen and inters classes.
ClA chest size 30"Approx Age 9-10
AXS chest size 32"Approx Age11-12
ASM chest size 34"Approx age 13-14
AME chest size 36"Approx age 14-15
ALA chest size 38"Approx age 15+
AXL chest size 40"Medium adult
AXXL chest size 42"Large adult
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2 Hip 29-31 Approx age 10-11yrs
3a Hip 22-34 Approx age 12-13yrs
3 Hip 34-36 Approx age small adult
4 Hip 36-38 Approx age medium adult
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0 chest size 24-26" Approx age 6-7yrs
1 chest size 26-28" Approx age 8-9yrs
2 chest size 28-30" Approx age 10-11yrs
3a chest size 30-32 Approx age 12-13yrs
3 chest size 32-34 Approx age small adult
4 chest size 34-36 Approx age medium adult
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