Transitional Circus Programs

CCAA Transitional Plan

At current, the Flip Factory is working alongside other members of the local circus community to launch a new Not-For-Profit organization, The Calgary Circus Arts Association. One of the primary objectives of the Calgary Circus Arts Association (CCAA) is to facilitate the creation of a circus education system that has a clear, structured progression track and curriculum tied to it. The goal being that students have the ability to see what options are available to them as they continue to learn and improve well into adulthood. Additionally, if the student should have to move and take classes elsewhere, it allows for a more seamless transition into other circus schools.

As part of the Flip Factory's support of the CCAA, we will be transitioning our advanced and specialized programs over to the CCAA to begin building the new Curriculum. During this transitional phase, beginning in Sept 2020, the classes will still be run by the Flip Factory in the third bay until the CCAA is able to assume full control of the space and programs (approx: Jan 2021). However, also during this time, the classes will structured more in line with what the final system will look like.

Please Note: The new classes will be held in the same building as before, and with many of the same instructors.

We believe this move will ensure that our student base continues to receive the same excellent instruction they have come to expect but also it will allow them to take full advantage of any new programs or services the CCAA will be rolling out in the near future. Additionally, it will create a foundation for growth of the program and involvement from more outside organizations.

Below you will find a brief description on some of the features of the new system.



Disciplines will now be divided into 4 main skill levels

Foundation: At this level students are focusing on learning very generalized skills that are necessary for future disciplines to build upon all while also learning common Circus terms and practices found in the Circus arts. Classes are designed to cover a broad scope of disciplines to allow students to learn what they enjoy most. Also at this level we begin some physical conditioning to prepare students for more focused classes.

Almost all recreational circus/ gymnastics classes qualify as Foundation level classes. Check with a coach to see whether Level 1 or Foundation is where you or your child should start.

Level 1: At this level students are focused on learning and mastering the core skills for their discipline. Consistency of execution is heavily emphasized at this level as all later classes will build directly on the skills that are learnt. Additionally, we introduce more specific body conditioning and cover more discipline exclusive terms and practices.

Level 2: At level 2 advanced skills are beginning to studied that build directly on the skills practiced at Level 1. Students start to explore the techniques learnt in previous levels to understand not only how, but also why those skills build into more advanced techniques. Routine composition and endurance training is covered more extensively at this level.

Level 3: This level is for those who are not only learning the most difficult variations of skills, but also for those beginning to develop their own techniques. Coaches work closely with students and instruction becomes very catered to the students individual pursuits within their discipline. Students at this level will be considered for additional work/performance opportunities.

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AERIALS AND ACROBATICS FOUNDATION

The focus of this program is to develop skills and combinations on aerial circus apparatus such as silks, hammock, hoop and trapeze.  With the acrobatic component, students will  develop gymnastic type of floor skills (cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, etc.)  Flexibility and strength training is also an integral component to the Aerials & Acrobatics class.

*This class has prerequisites. Please schedule an evaluation or have a coach’s reference.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

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ATA Level 1

Aerials, Tumbling, Acrobatics: Level 1

Participants in ATA Level 1 have a strong foundation in circus aerial events: Silks, hammock, trapeze and lyra (aerial hoop), gymnastic acrobatics, trampoline and tumbling. Flip Factory’s Circus Foundations is a precursor to ATA Level 1. Key skills which participants must master before moving from Circus Foundations into ATA Level 1 include: front & back walkovers, standing back handspring, front & back flips on trampoline, proper inversions on silks including same side hook and opposite side hook, 3 consecutive classic climbs (French climbs), on lyra and trapeze pull-over, 8 consecutive beat swings into a mount and a variety of inverted and non-inverted poses.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

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Aerials: Silks & Hammocks Level 2

After completion of Silks and Hammock LEVEL ONE, students in level two will continue to expand their knowledge of wraps, poses, drops and sequences. And even begin to learn the foundations of duo aerials. Creation of short choreographed routines is also included throughout the session.

Please note that this class is a restructure of Advanced ATA. Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

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Lyra + Trapeze Level 2

After completion of Lyra + Trapeze LEVEL ONE, students in level two will expand their knowledge of poses, sequences and drops. And even begin to learn the foundations of duo aerials. Creation of short choreographed routines is also included throughout the session.


Please note that this class is a restructure of Advanced ATA. Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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TRAC LEVEL 1

Trampowall, Teeterboard, Russian Bar, Chinese Pole: Level 1

Lots of high flying fun with emphasis placed on solid, safe skill development. Events covered in TRAC include: Teeter board, trampoline, trampo wall, Russian bar, acrobatics and Chinese pole. Participants have an opportunity to learn new skills, fine tune existing skills and develop mini-routines on various apparatus. A strong base in circus, gymnastics, trampoline, or similar sport is required. 

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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TRAC LEVEL 2

Trampowall + Teeterboard + Chinese Pole + Russian Bar Level 2

Students begin to learn more advanced techniques in a safe, controlled environment. Events covered in TRAC include: Teeter board, trampoline, trampo wall, Russian bar, acrobatics and Chinese pole. Participants have an opportunity to learn new skills, fine tune existing skills and develop mini-routines on various apparatus. A strong base in circus, gymnastics, trampoline, and completion of Level 1 is required.


Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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Cyr Wheel Level 1

Upon successful completion of Cyr Wheel FOUNDATIONS participants will continue to expand their knowledge and skills. Participants have an opportunity to learn new skills, fine tune existing skills and develop mini-routines on various apparatus. A strong base in circus, gymnastics, and completion of Foundations is required.


Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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Cyr Wheel Level 2

Upon successful completion of Cyr Wheel LEVEL ONE participants will continue to expand their knowledge and skills. Participants have an opportunity to learn new skills, fine tune existing skills and develop mini-routines on various apparatus. A strong base in circus, gymnastics, and completion of Level 1 is required.


Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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CONTORTION LEVEL 1

Natural flexibility is not a pre-requisite for Contortion however a desire to become more flexible is! Specially trained flexibility coaches will help you increase your range of motion while building up the strength to safely execute poses and skills.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

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PERFORMANCE DESIGN & THEORY LEVEL 1

This class focuses on the fundamental principals of performance theory and design and how it specifically applies to the circus arts. Students will learn key concepts that will allow them to begin designing their own finished works within their discipline of choice. Students will also be using their discipline to put learnt concepts to practice in a practical application.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

*This program has skill requirements. Please schedule an evaluation or have a coach’s reference to see if Performance Theory and Design is right for you.

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PERFORMANCE DESIGN & THEORY LEVEL 2

This class focuses on more advanced principals of performance theory and design within the circus arts. Students will learn more complex concepts that will allow them to better understand how small changes can have large impacts on artistic performance. Students will also be using their discipline to put learnt concepts to practice in a practical application by designing their own performance. 

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

*This program has skill requirements. Please schedule an evaluation or have a coach’s reference to see if Performance Theory and Design is right for you.

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ADULT AERIALS - UNSTRUCTURED

Although instructors are present, participants have the freedom to choose which apparatus they would like to train on and skills which they are comfortable with. The intensity of the workout is entirely dependent on the participant. This class is not recommended for beginners. Participants should have a comfortable working knowledge and mastery of basic skills on the silks, hammock, trapeze and/or lyra.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

** Drop-in: $30.00 **

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ADULT AERIALS - STRUCTURED LEVEL 1-3

Participants are of mixed levels in this class ranging from beginner to advanced. This is an instructor directed class with skills and combinations on silks, hammock, trapeze and lyra (aerial hoop) taught. Flexibility and strength training are incorporated into the warm-up to ensure physical attributes are developed which support the skill development. Instructors work with each individual to develop a training program suitable to his/her skill and comfort level.

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

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COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE LEVEL 1

This class focuses on working in a group to create larger collaborative routines. Students will work with the coach to evaluate and combine their respective skills to design routines that take advantage of each participants skill sets. Students will take an active role in the performance design process and will be learning key skills to working in a group.

*This program has skill requirements. Please schedule an evaluation or have a coach’s reference to see if Collaborative Performance is right for you

Contact our office for more information or to arrange an evaluation.

CCAA Transitional Circus Programs will be running in 4 Mini Sessions:
Fall 1: August 31 - September 26
Fall 2: September 28 - October 24
Fall 3: October 26 - November 21 *no class on November 11
Fall 4: November 23 - December 19

Pre-Requisites
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