WELCOME TO MASH!
Please join our YOUTH CIRCUS mailing list which we sending out details of new classes starting throughout the year as well as school holiday intensives.
At MASH, we run aerial classes, ground circus classes and performance programme’s to push youth to a higher level of circus. Sessions run Monday to Sunday and we run intensive programmes during school holidays. We customise training for each student so we can ensure every individual is challenged and reaches their maximum potential. This is why we sell our classes via training plans. There are four MASH plans available and you can pick and choose all of your classes. Each plan equates to how many classes you come to per week and payment is taken by monthly direct debit.
1 x Technique class per week
£28 Monthly Direct Debit
Insurance: £12 per year
2 x Technique classes per week
£45 monthly direct debit
1 x Technique class + MASH STEP
£70 monthly direct debit
Insurance: £12 per year
2 x Technique classes + MASH STEP
£87 monthly direct debit
2 x Technique classes + BYC
£95 monthly direct debit
Insurance: £12 per year
3 x Technique classes + BYC per week
£112 monthly direct debit
Insurance: £12 per year
How do I sign up?
Youth registration is closed but please do join our waiting list! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at all of the classes on this page. If we have availability you can sign up by clicking ‘Sign Up’. If the classes are full, you can opt to join the waiting list. When we have at least 7 people on a waiting list we will start a new class. You will be guided through the registration. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Recreation is a little less structured than our weekly classes and is all about exploring the equipment and playing games. This class is perfect for those who are new to circus.
Our level one class focus’ around aerial but has elements of different types of circus including acrobatics, balance and coordination skills. This is a great starting point for a beginner.
Our level two class focus’ around aerial but has elements of different types of circus including acrobatics, balance and coordination skills. Participants must have passed through level 1 or recreation.
Due to demand we are opening a new Aerial class on Saturdays.
This is great for those busy kids who can’t attend to our weekly classes.
Perfect for those who are new to circus or has some experience and are looking to improve their aerial skills.
Our level three class focus’ around aerial but has elements of different types of circus including acrobatics, balance and coordination skills. This is for focused youth that have passed through level 2.
There is no waiting list for this class. Entry into Level 3 Aerial must come from Level 2 Aerial. If you are an advanced youth member with experience outside of MASH, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a ‘DROP IN’ class. Pay as you go…
Booking online is recommended.
Circus Play for youth and parents together!
£10 one child
£15 two children
Youth will learn circus with their parent/guardian.
Circus acrobatics | Tumbling through movement
Participants must come to one weekly technique class to enrol onto performance programmes. MASH STEP requires no audition. BYC & CAT auditions in May for September intake and runs for 12 months.
Our MASH STEP programme is students first step into understanding devising performance through development of theatrical skills and learning about audiences. We’ll wrap the technique from weekly classes into artistic performance.
Participants must attend at least one weekly technique class in order to be accepted onto MASH STEP
The Birmingham Youth Circus is Brum’s youth performance troupe which is facilitated by CircusMASH in partnership with circus schools and studios across the city. It is a 12-month programme that runs from September to August and culminates in a large-scale performance that will tour in July & August through the region.
The BYC opens young minds to circus career education, innovation, entrepreneurship training and a deeper understanding of circus as an art form so when young people become of age, they can make informed decisions of whether to take a step into a career in circus arts. Circus is a thriving industry from which producers, directors, choreographers, designers and creatives are innovating and constantly evolving what circus is.
AUDITIONS IN MAY FOR SEPTEMBER INTAKE
Acrobatic wheel, spin, flip and everything in between.
AGE: 8+ | Minimum Height: 4ft6″
Balancing on top of other people, handstands, flexibility and partner acro.
Circus acrobatic and partner skating & unicycle skills
We are one big family at MASH so we like to look like one. We ask all of our students to invest into your “MASH WEAR”. This consists of a personalised Tshirt and Jacket. You will be required to wear black jogging bottoms or leggings also. (You do not need to get these from MASH). “MASH WEAR” needs to be worn at every circus session.
Students need a black Tshirt of their choice (2 designs available) and a CircusMASH purple jacket.
Only Birmingham Youth Circus are required to have a BYC Jacket.
PERSONALISED MASH JACKET | £30
PERSONALISED BYC JACKET | £30
Insurance Premiums are in place to cover your youth in very rare instances of injury.
September to August annual payment is £12 and price is adjusted should you start later in the year.
January – August £9
April – August £6
We find youth work harder without their parents around, especially with some of the scary things that we ask them to do. We like to help them understand fear, and why our brain sometimes makes us not want to try things. With parents around their safety net makes them run away from what they might be scared of.
You know your children better than us, if you are worried, you are absolutely welcome to stay but we ask that you allow them to settle with you there so you feel comfortable that they are ok… and then allow us to help them understand how to overcome every fear that they will ever have.
We have a space access policy in place in all youth sessions. The door has a code lock on and the space will be locked during youth class times. There will be a window of 10 minutes either side of the start and finish of each class in which the door will be opened. Late comers will not be admitted. If you need to contact the space directly during class the direct number is 0121 439 2530 and select option 9.
Parents will not be admitted back into the space until 10 minutes before the end of their child’s class.
What Aerial Level is my child?
If your child is new to circus we ask you to come along to a Level 1 class and from this we can let you know what class would be suitable. If your child has had extensive experience in aerial please email email@example.com and tell us a little about their training and we can tell you what class would be appropriate.
I don’t know what type of CircusMASH class to bring my child along to? What would be best for them.
In our Saturday Recreation class, youth get to try a little bit of everything through play. They can see what they connect with and we can talk to you after class about what other classes may be suitable.
I want my child to come along to MASH STEP but we do can’t a weekly class.
Unfortunately we are unable to allow a place on MASH STEP unless you are able to attend a weekly class. MASH STEP is all about learning to perform and if youth do not attend a week class they will not build the necessary technique skills that they need to be able to perform. Technique is not taught on MASH STEP. It’s all about creating performance.