It’s not your imagination: The circus — all kinds — is everywhere lately. Has witnessing all that flipping, flying, juggling and tumbling inspired the kids to give circus arts a whirl? New York City is full of professionals ready to help your little daredevil, clown or acrobat learn the skills of the big top (often, in incredible, cavernous spaces). From school break and summer camps to ongoing classes and events — some of which are even free — there’s a circus class out there for your kid. Click through to find where to soar with the greatest of ease!

For Individual Attention: Aerial Arts NYC

A training center for aerial and circus arts, Aerial Arts NYC will teach kids both on the ground and in-air skills, like silks, static trapeze, contortion, handstands and more. Instructors have worked at Cirque de Soleil, Circus Circus, in Broadway productions and beyond. Classes for kids are currently one-on-one and by request, with a 30-minute session costing $50, and an hour-long one $100.

235 E. 49th St.
Midtown East

photo: Liza K via Yelp 


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— Anna Knoebel