Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Try to avoid loose fitting clothing. Cover your arms, you knees and your midriff. Cotton fabrics are more compatible with silks than shiny lycra. Jewellery and watches need to be taken off and long hair should be tied back to avoid getting tangled on the equipment. You will need bare feet for most Circus lessons, but if you have a verucca please do wear grippy socks as the teachers have to touch your feet to assist with climbing and don’t want to spread the virus.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Showtime Circus has all the required insurances in place. We have Public and Employers liability up to £10m. Further information is available on request. Please contact us for details.
IS IT SAFE?
With proper equipment, training and supervision, circus skills are as safe as any other recreational sport or rigorous physical activity you may engage in. (Needless to say, we have crash mats beneath all aerial apparatus just in case!)
CAN PARENTS STAY AND WATCH?
Due to COVID regulations, we are unable to allow anyone into the building unless they are on our registers for track and trace purposes. At the moment this includes our Popcorns Class but we’re hoping the guidelines will change. There will be a one way system implemented but more information will be given on this, it will be confusing for some time but we just wish to keep our children safe.
CAN YOU EAT DURING CLASS?
Absolutely not! We are running a physically demanding set of classes, which require the children to be active, including bending their bodies and hanging upside-down! Eating during class can cause sickness, or even choking! We do stop for water breaks regularly, and also stop for snacks and lunch during camps.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO DO THE SHOWCASE?
The showcase is for fun! If your child is nervous we will of course encourage them to participate but will never force them to if they don’t want to! It will be an opportunity to perform next to professional dancers and circus performers and a chance to show you, the parents, what we have been up to all week.
DO I NEED TO BUY UNIFORM?
Showtime Circus T-Shirts are not compulsory. If children want to purchase them they are more than welcome to and can wear them in the showcase. Throughout the week, we will usually come up with a fun nickname for your child, so they may want this embroidered on the back too! I’m called “Jolly-Mess!”
WILL YOU BE HOLDING MORE CLASSES?
Showtime Circus holds weekly classes in Harpenden, Hitchin and St. Albans, as well as Holiday Camps during Half-Term and the Summer. Due to popular demand, we now also do Adult classes! Yay!
WHAT IS SQUAD?
Squad is a class for children who ADORE circus and wish to do more. We perform at some pretty awesome events, including at Benidorm Palace, The Magic Circle and we even went to the National Youth Circus event. The children MUST do the circus class suitable for their age group OR do the Circus for Squad class to ensure that they are keeping on top of their circus training.