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Seven Circuses You Can Join

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Published November 22nd 2012
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Flying Fruit Fly Circus

[ADVERT]If you were to channel all of a young child's energy and enthusiasm into an art form, what would you get? A circus, I'm sure. So if you have an overactive little tornado crashing into walls at home, maybe it's time to pack him off to the circus. In which case, you might want to check out the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Known as the only full time circus training institution for children in Australia, this is where they train ordinary kids to do extraordinary things.

They hold Saturday recreation classes, workshops, and touring performances and you can get more details about that at Flying Fruit Fly. If you're looking for information regarding circus classes you'll find this useful reading.They are located at the border town of Wodonga and can be contacted by phone at 02 6043 0777 or email

Circus OZ

Circus Oz is all about people, fun, and physical dexterity. They have performed all over the world but are based in Melbourne. Their motto is social justice and good time for all, both of which are sorely needed in today's world. Circus Oz shows incorporate a fiesta of rock-n-roll, death-defying stunts, and hilarity—a cocktail worth enjoying to the dregs. If you'd like to catch a show you can get more information at Circus Oz.

They also have classes for all ages and for those who've always dreamed of being at the top of a human pyramid. Classes are conducted by highly experienced circus professionals and they have places for all levels. You can get more information about their classes here.You can contact them by phone at 03 9646 8899 or visit them at 40 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207.

Women's Circus

When circus performances are elevated to an art form, you know there will be takers for it. Women's Circus combines music, dance, theatre, and cabaret with mind bending circus moves in their performances. They have a huge fan-following in the western suburbs and you can catch them in the act at community festivals and other cultural events. You can find out more about their performances at the Women's Circus website.

In addition to their high-voltage circus performances, they also have training programs for women of all ages and levels of expertise. Classes are open to members as well as the general public. They have an outreach program where men and children may also take part. If you'd like to know more you can contact them by phone 03 9687 3665 or email

Trick Circus

This is a youth-centred circus program where you can watch creativity unleashed with a youthful exuberance. The program was created by the Abbotsford Convent for kids and young adults. It encourages young individuals aged 12 – 25 years, driven by a passion for the circus, to come together to create, practice, and perform at a level that can only be described as professional. From pirates to neurosurgeons they are capable of chameleon-like adaptability to their roles. To watch their energetic performance, go online at Trick Circus for more information as to venues and dates. They are also available to perform at corporate or private events.

If you feel inspired to try your hand at some circus moves, you'll be happy to learn that they have classes for all ages. You will be taught the art of juggling, tumbling, acrobalance, table-sliding, and more by professionals. If you stick to it you should soon be able to change your middle name to Trickster. You can contact them at 1 St. Heliers St, Abbotsford, Vic 3067, or check out their contact details here.

The Circus Spot

Before running away to join the circus you might want to get some lessons. This is easily done at the Circus Spot in Coburg. They have a range of classes where children as young as five are taught tumbling, trapeze, acrobalance, and more. They also have classes for adults where you'll be taught the art of aerial basics and other circus moves. Classes start at beginner levels and go on to intermediate and advance levels.

Circus Spot has an incredibly cool idea for celebrating birthdays or private parties. If you want to learn more, you can contact them by phone at 03 9354 7825 or email They are located at 204 Sussex Street, Coburg North.

Flying Trapeze Centre

They claim to be Melbourne's only indoor flying trapeze and aerial fitness centre. Since I haven't heard of another one I have no reason to doubt them. They have an impressive range of programs beginning from circusaurus for toddlers to summer holiday intensive courses aimed at school kids. For more details of their holiday programs visit Flying Trapeze. Another intriguing program they have is the antigravity yoga where they teach you to stretch without the stress.

For more details call them at 03 9877 7727 or email They are located at 26 Cottage St, Blackburn, Vic 3130.

Westside Circus

They have staged a number of performances around the country and can be hired to perform at private as well as corporate functions. They also hold circus classes. This is a program aimed at encouraging self-esteem in children and youth through physical dexterity and artistic expression. Circus moves along with music and physical theatre aim at all-round development of young children.

Classes are divided according to age beginning from Kinder classes for 3-5 year olds and on to Spring Crew for 13-17 year olds. They also have classes for adults where you're taught general circus moves. You can get more information about classes at Westside Circus. You can also call them at 03 9383 2299 or email They are located at Warehouse 2, 29 Cameron Street, Brunswick, Vic 3056.
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