“Soar to New Heights”

Spring 2023

This spring we are holding one 2-hour social circus introductory class on

Sunday, Feb 12, 10a-noon

This is an opportunity for students to try our program and possibly join our social circus series that happens this spring on Sunday mornings, 10a-noon on

  • Feb 19
  • Feb 26
  • Mar 5
  • Mar 12
  • SKIPPING Mar 19 for Spring Break
  • Mar 26
  • Apr 2

Questions? outreach@uprisecircus.org

What is it?

A 2-hour social circus class; every class is tailored for individual learning, nothing is repeated, so we encourage you to attend as many as you can.

  • Introductions and Warm Up — 10 minutes

  • Social Circus Game — 10 minutes

  • Safety Belts & Instruction — 15 minutes

  • Flying on the Trapeze — 80 minutes

  • Closing Circle and Shoutouts — 5 minutes

Required Waiver

If this is your first class please arrive 15 minutes early to find the location. Our waiver is digital and we recommend you complete it before you arrive.

**Those under age 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign their safety waiver.**

How much does it cost?

Thanks to a grant we received, this program is FREE for all participants. We also welcome donations so that we may continue our programming.

What is the age limit?

Our outreach program is for 11-17 year olds. There are some exceptions, if you feel you may qualify for an exception email outreach@uprisecircus.org.

How do I qualify?

Priority is given to students who are one of the following: living in poverty, a person of color, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or struggling with mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

No problem! We work through many fears with our flyers and you never have to do anything you don’t want to do.

Your class will be held at 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin, TX 78737. Drive through the gate and park along the driveway. The rig will be on the left side before the building.

All participants should wear form-fitting athletic clothing. If this is your first class we suggest that their pants cover the back of their knees (no jeans) for comfort. Yoga or dance style clothing is good if you have it.

Bring water! We are an outdoor facility and recommend staying hydrated during class.

We examine weight, body shape, and grip. We are committed to working with people of all abilities, shapes and sizes to experience the transformative power of circus.
– Weight: The higher above 225lb weight, the more important the other factors below become.
– Body Shape: The distribution of your weight is important, regardless of how much you weigh. If you are heavy around your middle, and your waist is wider than your chest, then our safety belt might ride up and cannot effectively protect you.
– Grip: Another consideration is whether your hands can support double+ your full body weight because of the physics occurred during flying trapeze.
We invite you to email us with any questions. Ultimately, the team leader on class will have responsibility for your safety and can make approvals based upon their best judgement.

Masks are required when Austin is a HIGH Stage of Covid restrictions. Austin’s Stage Tracker can be found at this link. All of our staff has been vaccinated.

Check out a trick from Gaby (a teen who has been practicing aerials for several years)

What is
Uprise Circus?

Uprise Circus is a nonprofit social circus organization.

Social circus is an intervention tool that uses circus arts for fostering personal and social development. It uses alternative pedagogical methods to work with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk.

Over the past two decades, members from the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) have learned about the power of circus arts to play an effective role in accelerating youth and community development. Social Circus practitioners support participants as creative change-makers through the collective development of self-esteem, solidarity, and trust.

Our expertly trained staff and volunteers primarily serve underserved teens who are low-income, part of the LGBTQ+ community, and have diverse abilities, through flying trapeze experiences.

Additionally, Uprise Circus hosts private classes, corporate events, and trapeze parties for which all funds collected are allocated to their programs supporting disadvantaged teens.

As a result, we give children the chance to rise up to their true potential.