The Circus Spot’s in-house Aerial competition

On May 1st & 2nd we will be holding a performance competition and we would love you to be involved.

Lift Off is a celebration of our students and their hard work. We have put together this event to encourage our Aerial students to challenge themselves in a new direction.

Students who register for Lift Off will work on refining and polishing their skills and explore the process of creating their own performance piece.

Students must register to perform by March 14th.

If you are currently training Tissu, Trapeze or Aerial Hoop at The Circus Spot, are in a level 2 class or higher, and at least 12 years old, you are eligible to take part.

If performing isn’t your thing, there are lots of other ways to get involved! Perhaps you are a local business who would like to donate a prize, or you can come and support our performers by being a fabulous audience member. Come and watch our amazing Aerial students LIFT OFF to great new heights!

Below is a FAQ for anyone considering taking part. We will be holding an information session on Saturday March 6th at The Circus Spot at 4pm. If you or your child is considering registering, we strongly encourage you to attend – the info session will also be broadcast via Zoom so you can be involved remotely.



please read this thoroughly before registering in Lift Off 2020

When will Lift Off be held?

Saturday May 1st & Sunday May 2nd – these will be afternoon performances (exact times to be confirmed, though roughly around 1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Where will Lift Off be held?

At The Circus Spot

Am I ready to perform?

We believe that all of our students are able to perform at a level suitable to them. Speak to your coach after your next class, and they will give you a better idea of what to expect from yourself.

When and where is the information session?

Where: The Circus Spot

Date: Saturday March 6th

Time: 4pm

Click here to register for the Zoom broadcast

Which day will I be performing on?

You can enter a preference with your registration, but the schedule will be announced closer to the day.

What are the awards?

Below are some of the awards that will be handed out:

Best technique

  • Executing moves with a high level of technique as taught in The Circus Spot’s curriculum (transitions excluded)
  • A variety of refined transitions are incorporated into the routine
  • Outstanding movement quality
  • Attention is given to line, and extending through arms, legs and head

Best storytelling

  • The performance focuses on conveying a story or character to an audience
  • All skills, transitions, props and costume contribute to the idea that being conveyed
  • Thought has been given to underlying meaning of the performance, be it emotional, cultural or political.

Fabulous Flair

  • The performance is crafted to delight or thrill an audience
  • Choreography is included in order to enhance the audiences experience of the skills
How old do you need to be to compete?

You must be at least 12 years old by March 1st

When is the due date for registration?

March 14th

How long should my act be?

Between 4 – 5 minutes

Can I perform with other people?


You can perform in a solo or pair (no trio’s or larger groups).

Unfortunately, you cannot use ‘extras’ (e.g. people on the ground) for your performance.

What tricks are allowed?

You need to nominate which level you will be competing at (eg. Tissu Level 5 – 7). You may choose to compete at a level lower than what you are enrolled for at The Circus Spot. 75% of the skills for your routine must come from those Levels. All skills must be drawn from The Circus Spot’s curriculum.

You will be required to submit a skills list before the competition detailing any skills included in your performance.

Can I practice during class time?


You can practice during the ‘routine’ or ‘show off practice’ part of your regular class.

You can also practise during Supervised Training sessions where we will have someone who can answer questions and assist with your routine.

Can I have props?

Yes, but they must be able to be set up in under 30 seconds

Will there be any special lights?

No, the performances will be during the day and so we will just have the normal space lights.

Can I use my own aerial equipment?

No, you must use The Circus Spot’s equipment.

Do I need to use a mat?

Yes, all performers will be required to use crashmats.

How much is it to enter?

$70 per performer.

Is my fee refundable if I change my mind?

Unfortunately, no.

Do I need to organise my own costume?

Costumes and make up are OPTIONAL.

You don’t have to have a costume; you will not be penalised if you perform in training gear.

If you would like to wear a costume, you will need to organise your own.

The Circus Spot has a limited number of costumes that can be borrowed. A security deposit of $50 is required, which will be refunded when the costume is returned cleaned and in good condition.

You will be required to rehearse in your costume leading up to the performance, so please organise this early.