Special Series 2023

This spring we are holding a special three-class series only open to student alumni and their invitees (aged 11-17).

  • Classes will only run if we have a minimum of five paid participants (Max 10)
  • Discounted, non-refundable cost is $210 total

2-hour social circus classes held on Sundays, 12:30-2:30

  • Feb 19
  • Mar 5
  • Mar 19

Questions? outreach@uprisecircus.org

What is it?

A 2-hour social circus class; every class is tailored for individual learning.

  • 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?

$210 for the series. The payment is nonrefundable.

What is the age limit?

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

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.

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.