Policies

All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cancellations & Missed Classes: If you need to cancel yourself or your child out of a class, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. We will do our best to provide you with a make-up option. Make-up classes are not guaranteed and are based on availability of spots in classes. Make-ups cannot be carried over into the next session.

If you do not cancel out online or notify us 24 hours in advance, this qualifies as a late cancel and you will lose your class credit and right to a make-up.

In the event that a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, illness, or other circumstances, students and parents will be notified by email and an alternate option will be arranged. If you were registered for the class as a drop-in, the class credit will remain on your account for future use.

Drop-Ins: You must reserve a spot in the class that you would like to attend. You can do so by logging in online, purchasing a single class pass, and sending an email (info@articusproductions.com) to request a reservation in the class of your choice. Drop-ins are accepted only when there is space available in the class, and cannot be reserved online during our regular Fall/Winter/Spring sessions.
Please see the cancellation policy above.
Drop-in credits must be used within 1 month of purchase.

Conduct: We are committed to providing a positive, safe, inclusive environment. We welcome students of all levels of ability, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Disruptive, disrespectful, hateful or unsafe behaviour will not be tolerated, and anyone engaging in this behaviour will be asked to sit out or leave without a refund.

Attire: Please wear form fitting clothing that covers the backs of the knees and upper arms, and that will not ride up when upside down. Students are encouraged to wear layers for warming up, and will be asked to remove all jewelry, socks, and any clothing with zippers or other components that could get caught on equipment. Teachers reserve the right to ask a student to sit out if their clothing could cause injury to themselves, the teacher, or the equipment.
Arcturus is not responsible for lost or stolen valuables that are brought to class. All belongings can be placed beside the training floor.

Lateness: It happens! However, it is dangerous to participate in physical activities without being properly warmed up. Students are expected to arrive to class on time, ready to participate in the warm up. If you are late, you will be asked to warm yourself up before joining the class. If you arrive while a new skill is being taught, you may need to sit out for that skill or, if you are more than 20 minutes late, you may be asked to observe the rest of the class.

Photos, Video and Mobile Devices: Please place your phone on silent mode and leave it in your bag. Mobile devices are not permitted on the training floor.

Photos and video may be permitted at the teacher’s discretion. Please ask before taking pictures or video, and avoid capturing anyone else in the shot. Video of teaching is never permitted.

Equipment: Equipment may be used during class time and Open Gym only. Teachers are not able to guarantee proper supervision outside of these times.
We believe in educating students about the equipment they are using in class. The more educated we all are, the safer we are as a community. Students may be asked to help set up or strike equipment before or after class, and will be guided through the proper handling and use of it.

Viewing: There is a viewing area off to the side of the training floor for parents. WIFI internet is available. For the comfort of our students and for safety reasons, parents are asked not to engage with the students/instructors while class is in session as students learn better in a focused environment. Only students are permitted on the training floor.

Shared Space: Lot42 is a shared flex space and other programming may be happening in other areas during class. Students are only permitted to use equipment specified for aerial classes and are asked to respect property belonging to other businesses.

Spotting/Physical Contact: Due to the risk involved with these physical activities, spotting techniques are used to decrease the risk and assist students through the movements. If you are uncomfortable with being touched, simply let your teacher know and they will respect that, except in an emergency when physical contact would prevent injury.

Progression: Aerial Arts are challenging. Our curriculum is progressive, and it is normal for students to stay in the same level for months or more before moving on. Please try to have patience with the learning process; Teachers will move students through the levels at a rate that is right for each individual.

Bumps and Bruises: Due to the nature of aerial arts, bumps, bruises, small scrapes and friction burns, and sore muscles can and will happen from time to time. Slight discomfort, especially at the beginning of training and when learning new moves, is normal. If there is pain beyond normal discomfort, notify your teacher immediately.

Your health is very important to us. Please notify your teacher of any injuries or physical limitations before class and they will do their best to modify the movements.


General Class Rules

  • Please encourage your fellow students, but do not teach or spot them unless specifically asked to by a teacher.

  • Work within your level of knowledge and physical ability, as set out by your teacher. We encourage you to watch videos on YouTube and Instagram, go see shows, and take in as much inspiration as possible! However, do not attempt to learn these moves yourself. Please trust that your teacher will tell you when you’re ready.

  • Students under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to participate.

  • Students are encouraged to take notes in class to better remember skills and moves.

  • Respect the equipment and use it for its intended use only.

  • Respect YOURSELF! Think well of yourself while you’re learning new skills.


FAQ

How do I know which class to register for?
On the schedule/calendar (HERE), descriptions can be found by clicking on the individual class. Some classes have prerequisites, which will also be listed there. If you have any questions at all please contact us.

Who can participate in aerial classes?
Anyone with a desire to learn. We offer classes for all levels of ability from age 8 to adults. Many people that begin training with us are complete beginners. We tailor classes to suit your individual goals, and we’ll build from wherever you’re at.

What are the benefits of aerial training?
Read about them under CLASSES.

How hard is it?
Aerial arts offer a unique way to challenge yourself both mentally and physically. Think of it as a hobby that takes work, focus, and a bit of dedication to progress in. However, once you see progress you’ll be hooked! By taking your first class, you are beginning a process of learning, growing and gaining strength like no other.

If you have never participated in an activity like this before, expect to earn a few bumps, bruises and sore muscles along the way. We break everything down into small steps that will get you off the ground, with a little persistence. It’s not easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding.

If this sounds enticing to you, then you probably belong here!

Is it safe?
With any physical activity, there is some risk. Aerial arts are thrilling partially because of the perceived risk of performing tricks at heights. However, our teachers are trained professionals whose number one job is keeping students safe. In circus, we take calculated risks, meaning that we are properly and thoroughly prepared for every move we perform. All skills are learned on the ground, and height is only gained as strength and knowledge improve. Students are highly supervised and are never permitted to work beyond their limits. Teachers make use of additional safety measures such as hands-on spotting techniques and thick crash mats. Students learn in a way that fosters a deep understanding of wraps and moves, and are taught how to take responsibility for their own safety.

What should I wear to class?
Tight fitting clothing that will not ride up when you are upside down. Leggings that cover the backs of your knees and a form-fitting t-shirt or long sleeve shirt are ideal as they will protect your skin from pinching and friction burns. Make sure that clothing is free of buttons and zippers and be sure to remove all jewelry, as they could cause injury or damage the equipment. You will also be asked to remove your socks during training (climbing silks with socks is bananas!).

How do I prepare for class?
Please arrive 10 minutes early, take shoes off at the edge of the training space, place all personal items along the side, and use the mats to warm up.
Please bring a notebook to take notes of skills and progress during class, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. There are washrooms on site for changing, but there is no water fountain so come prepared!

Can I show up to any class that I want?
If you’re new to aerial, join a beginner class. Even if you are strong, there are basic skills and techniques that you need to learn before you move on to higher levels. If you have previous aerial experience, get in touch with us to determine which class you should sign up for.

Drop-ins are welcome, especially if you are looking to try a class before committing. However, we recommend that you register for a session and attend class consistently in order to progress and get the most out of your training.

Are there competitions for this?
We strive to foster creativity in a non-competitive environment where collaboration and artistry are just as important as strength and technique. Although competition opportunities are increasing, we do not organize for them or seek them out. We will help you work towards your goals if you happen to find one that you would like to participate in by offering choreography, act development, and performance coaching outside of our regular classes.

Will I get to perform?
Our goal is to offer opportunities for students to perform through annual student shows. Students will work on their act during class time, with the option to attend open gym sessions for additional practice time. A dress rehearsal on the evening before the show is always mandatory.

If you are interested in performing in our professional company, please send us your resume, headshot, and a recent video or demo. We review submissions on an on-going basis.

Any other questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone (info@articusproductions.com or 416-999-8124).