To keep our employees, members and wider community safe Women’s Circus will:
In line with government requirements all members attending in-person training at the Drill Hall must:
For up-to-date information on Covid-19 in Victoria visit the Department of Health.
Women’s Circus recognises the high risk nature of our activities including high levels of physical exertion and the limitations to consistently maintain physical distancing. As such:
View our Vaccination Policy for full information including how to show proof of vaccination.
ABOUT OUR PRICES
We appreciate people join us that for a range of reasons find paying for classes a challenge. We trust you will nominate the class price that suits your financial situation. If you have trouble accessing our program due to financial barriers feel free to contact us – we may be able to help.
Once you have a current Women’s Circus Membership you can enrol in a class. Please note, kids classes do not require membership.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are marginalised genders can access our training programs and membership for free. To enrol contact us.
Where are classes?
Located next to Whitten Oval and near West Footscray station, The Drill Hall has been the home of Women’s Circus since 2006. The training center is equipped with specialised circus gear including trapezes, climbing ropes and aerial equipment. It can accommodate groups of up to 50 participants and is fully accessible. Features include on-site parking, community kitchen, Wi-Fi and a community room.
How old do I need to be to train?
Our adult classes are designed for anyone over 18 years old. We encourage you to attend our classes no matter your age or fitness level. Many Women’s Circus members are in their 20’s and 30’s but we have some students in their 50’s and beyond! If you have concerns about your fitness or have specific needs please talk to us so we can help you work out what class is best for you.
What do I need to wear?
Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and go upside down in. You may also want to bring deodorant and a hand towel, especially in summer. For Aerial workshops, it is a good idea to wear tights that cover the back of your knees, and to bring a t-shirt.
What do I bring?
We encourage you to bring a water bottle, something light to snack on and to wear layers (the temperature in our space is pretty variable!). There is a kitchen in the building with a fridge. You can use it to store water, food and drinks.
What if I’m injured or unwell?
We encourage you to look after yourself. If you are working with an injury please let your teacher know but note that you are solely responsible for looking after yourself whilst moving by modifying movements, resting if you need to or opting out of certain moves or classes altogether.
If you feel unwell with any Covid-19 symptoms (even the mildest symptoms) and have registered for an in-person class stay home, get tested immediately and isolate until you have results. Class credit is available to those who are unable to attend due to Covid-19 symptoms. Email info@womenscircus to enquire. Credits will not be given to no-shows without reason.
What if I’m pregnant?
Please let us know at the start of the course, or as soon as you know and make sure you have your medical practitioner’s clearance to exercise. We cannot offer medical advice. You are solely responsible for getting professional advice and information about what you can and can’t do at each stage of pregnancy and for looking after yourself whilst moving by modifying movements, resting if you need to or opting out of certain moves or classes altogether.
What if I’m having trouble paying?
Please talk to us if you are having trouble paying. We may be able to arrange a payment plan or qualify for a subsidised spot.
Do I need to become a member of Women’s Circus?
To participate in our adult term program, you must be a member of Women’s Circus. Membership is due yearly (every 365 days).
Kids classes, teen classes, short courses, intensives, and masterclasses do not require membership.
For more information on the benefits of membership, check out our membership page.
I don’t identify as a cis woman. Is Women’s Circus for me?
Women’s Circus welcomes anyone to our organisation who belongs to a marginalised gender. This means we welcome members and staff to our organisation who are:
Women’s Circus understands there is no such thing as ‘proof’ of gender. We will not tolerate questioning of someone else’s gender.
Women’s Circus values each member’s development, both creatively and personally, and recognises that self-identity may change over time. As such, once members have taken out membership, they will continue to be able to access the services and support of Women’s Circus, irrespective of their gender. We invite you to read through our Gender Inclusion Policy for more information.
I’m not sure I meet the prerequisites for a class. What do I do?
If you are new to Women’s Circus or unsure you meet the pre-requisites for a particular class, please contact us.
Women’s Circus programs are carefully designed so that you get the most out of your journey. Once you’re booked in that place is taken. If you cannot attend a class, we cannot fill your place. Although we have healthy-sized waiting lists, due to the nature of the training we cannot transfer places mid-way through a course.
If you’re injured or unwell
We encourage you to look after yourself. You acknowledge and understand the nature of the activities you will be engaged in and the possibility that an injury or accident may occur. Women’s Circus is not in any way responsible for exacerbation of injuries, accidents, or injuries resulting from participation in a Women’s Circus class. If you are working with an injury please let your teacher know but note that you are solely responsible for looking after yourself whilst moving by modifying movements, resting if you need to or opting out of certain moves or classes altogether.
If you feel unwell with any Covid-19 symptoms (even the mildest symptoms) and have registered for an in-person class stay home, get tested immediately and isolate until you have results. Class credit is available to those who are unable to attend due to Covid-19 symptoms. Email the training manager to enquire. Credits will not be given to no-shows without reason.
You are responsible for your personal belongings, and Women’s Circus is not in any way responsible for damage or loss of your personal items.
Damage to property
In the event of damage to Women’s Circus or others’ property caused by you, you will be responsible for all expenses and reimbursement.
Refund, cancellation, and transfer policy
CASUAL CLASSES: Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event a class is cancelled or dates are altered by Women’s Circus, you will be offered the option of credit or refund. Credits issued by Women’s Circus must be used within one year of issue date.
TERM CLASSES: Upon confirmation and payment for your enrolment in a particular class, Women’s Circus classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. To withdraw from a program, Women’s Circus must be provided with a minimum of 14 days’ notice prior to the start date of the program in which you are enrolled. Refunds will not be provided after this date. In the event a class is cancelled or dates are altered by Women’s Circus, you will be offered the option of credit or refund. Credits issued by Women’s Circus must be used within one year of issue date.
Women’s Circus will not provide individual make-up or casual classes if you are unable to attend class due to illness, travel plans, work commitments or other personal absences. Classes will run whether you attend or not, it is your responsibility to make sure you can attend all the classes within the term. If an injury is incurred in class which prevents you continuing to train, a refund or credit may be granted on submission of a Medical Certificate (from your Physio or GP).
Women’s Circus reserves the right to substitute teachers advertised for classes at its discretion, subject to the replacement teacher being qualified and skilled at a level required to take the relevant class.
All changes must go through Women’s Circus and will incur an administration fee of $20.
COVID CANCELLATION NOTE: If you are unable to attend your casual or term class due to Covid illness or isolation please contact us to discuss your options.
Photos and videos
Our trainers and some students occasionally take photos and videos during class. We may use images and/or footage from classes and of students on our website or in other promotional materials, and we often post photos and/or videos to Facebook and Instagram and other social media platforms.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the possibility of your image making its way into the public forum and the internet, please let your teacher know at the start of the course and class and make sure you opt out of any photos or video filming. If you don’t tell us, we won’t know you’re not ok with us photographing you. Photos and videos used for our marketing purposes are our property and students have no rights to be compensated for them.