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What to bring to your first circus class

Just signed up for your first circus class? Congratulations! You’re in for a rollercoaster of a ride, be prepared to have a lot of fun! This is just a quick post about what to expect on your first day

What To Bring

1. A bottle of water. Circus is fun, but it’s also hard work, and you’ll need to stay hydrated while exercising. Make sure you have anything else you personally need while exercising e.g. a puffer if you’re asthmatic, glucose if you have diabetes.

2. Comfortable clothes for what you’ll be doing

Aerial class: Generally we recommend leggings and a singlet or tshirt that covers your stomach and stays up when you’re upside down. You’ll be barefoot, but will want a few layers especially in winter. Legwarmers, beanies and fluffy jumpers are all fair game, we won’t judge! Just make sure there are no buttons, buckles, zips, studs or anything else metal on your clothes, as those can damage the aerials and you won’t be allowed up.

Juggling & Manipulation: If you won’t be up in the air you get a bit more leeway with what to bring and wear. Just make sure you can move easily in your clothes (especially as you’ll likely to a lot of bending over to pick up juggling balls in your first few lessons) and bring closed shoes if you’re planning to do any unicycling, stilt walking or rola bola.

Youth Circus: Our youth circus kids do a bit of everything, so while you’ll be barefoot for most of the class, you may also want to bring closed shoes so you can try unicycling, stilt walking or rola bola. We also recommend wearing comfortable clothing for moving around in, that will keep you covered when you’re upside down. Just remember to pack extra layers in winter, and double check everything for metal if you’ll be doing aerials.


That’s really all you need, but if you want to be extra prepared it’s a good idea to keep a few basic toiletries in your circus bag, like deodorant, hair ties and band aids. More advanced students may also want to pack a notebook to write down tricks or a camera to record your progress. Our students will get a copy of the Circus Akimbo training diary when they arrive for their first class, but if you know something else works better for you then bring it!

Finally, don’t forget to let us know you’re coming by booking online! If you haven’t been to a Circus Akimbo class before, you can pick up a $10 trial pass for your first lesson here.

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