Learn Circus Arts

Learning the circus arts not only builds strength, but also confidence and the list of benefits is virtually endless. We like to think of our classes as a unique way to get fit while having fun.  As for our company members, they are not only our top notch performers, but also highly qualified coaches in the circus arts.  Many members of our company have trained at prestigious professional circus schools while others have competed and ranked highly in both national and international competitions.  Our home studio is at the Mobtown Ballroom located in Baltimore City.  Please visit their website for class offerings www.mobtownballroom.com 

2018 Session 1 Schedule

Sundays Jan 7- Feb 18th 7 weeks
9-10am German Wheel (must email Kelly Jo for registration)
10-11am Beginner Trap/Lyra
11-12:15 Beginner Fabrics Level 2
12:15-1:15pm Kids/Teen Aerial  
6-7:15pm Intermediate 1 Fabric Performance
7:15-8:30pm Intermediate 2 Fabric Performance

Mondays Jan 8 - Feb 19th - 7 weeks
11-12pm Mixed Level Trapeze
5:45-7pm - Intermediate Fabrics- Skills Drills and Transitions

Tuesdays Jan 2-Feb. 20th - 8 weeks
7-8am Aerial Circuit Workout
5-6pm Beginner Lyra
6-7pm Intermediate Lyra
7-8:15pm Beginner Level 5 Fabrics
8:15-9:15pm Cyr Wheel - no class 1/2 for last session make up

Wednesdays Jan 3-Feb 21 - 8 weeks
4-5pm Kids Circus Performance
5-6pm Intermediate Trapeze Performance
6:15-7:30pm Strappy Loops Performance

Thursdays Jan 4-Feb 22 - 8 weeks
5-6pm Advanced Lyra Performance
6-7:15pm Beginner Fabrics Level 1
7:15-8:30pm Advanced Fabrics
8:30-9:30pm German Wheel (must email Kelly Jo for registration) - no class 1/25

Fridays Jan 5 - Feb 23 - 8 weeks
11-12 Mixed Level Fabric
5:45-6:45pm Cube/Lyra Performance

Saturdays Jan 6-Feb 24 8 weeks
10-11am Sling Performance
11-12:15pm Advanced Fabric Performance
12-1:15pm Beginner Fabrics Level 3

open practice times are on sundays 8:30-10pm.  please always email to check availability

To register, please go here!

Winter workshops:

Thursday December 28th 7-9pm
Strappy Loops - technique and Shapes
In this workshop we will look at an introduction into strappy loops, two slings that we can use to showcase our strength and flexibility to creat interesting forms. This is an intermediate class - must be comfortable inverting. Taught by Tom Martin.   Register here: https://mobtownballroom.com/event/show/1312

Saturday December 30th
10-12pm Getting unstuck on the Lyra!
Want to break out of your choreographic habits? Let's break the mold. We will explore options in and out of popular lyra shapes as well as modifications and variations to the spice up any hum drum sequence. Comfort inverting from the bottom of the hoop to the top encouraged. Ability and comfort to invert to top of the Lyra required. Taught by Aerial Horizon's Elise Sipos
Tickets: https://mobtownballroom.com/event/show/1308

12:15-2:15pm Fabric Shoots and ladders
Come see how two common roll up sequences are related and you can move from one to the next, like magic! 
We will learn both sequences and then see how they are the two sides to the same coin. This will introduce an important concept to jazz up any basic skill to expand your fabric choreography. So come with your fabric thinking caps and creativity! Must be able to invert comfortably in the air and be able to maintain a solid hip key. Taught by Aerial Horizon's Elise Sipos
Tickets: https://mobtownballroom.com/event/show/1309

2:15-4:15pm Introduction to aerial dance
At In the Dark Circus Arts we strive that fitness can be fun and accessible to any and everyone via the circus arts. Come out for this one time only aerial dance experience! In this workshop you will get a chance to try the aerial fabrics, Lyra and Trapeze! We will explore how these apparatuses are used for fitness, fun and flight! Toss your fears aside and come join us. No experience is necessary to run away with the circus!
Tickets: https://mobtownballroom.com/event/show/1310

4:15-6:15pm Intro to hoop dance & tricks
This all level workshop is focused on hoop dance and hoop tricks! We will warm up and stretch, then talk about our experience with hooping and what we hope to gain out of the workshop. If you have never hooped before, this is a great way to see what hooping is about! If you’ve been performing for a few years, come try some acrobatics and some multi hooping tricks! Taught by Meg Ihnken
Tickets: https://mobtownballroom.com/event/show/1311


Mark your calendars for our winter student showcase on February 24th & 25th 2018!

For questions please email Kelly Jo at inthedarkcircusarts@gmail.com

To register for classes please visit our registration page under the aerial dance tab at www.mobtownballroom.com. Private lessons also available.  Please email us at inthedarkcircusarts@gmail.com to set up an appointment.



"Before discovering aerials, there weren't many fitness outlets that I really enjoyed. Now, I train with Kelly Jo every week and am dedicated to practicing because I love it so much – I can actually do pull-ups! Aerial-dance is extremely satisfying because you can challenge yourself through physical and mental goals that you never felt were possible; and be artistic at the same time. Kelly Jo is a great and inspiring trainer that helps me push my boundaries every day! "--Dani Baer


A story on circus arts and physical fitness!  Have a look and see what it is like to learn circus arts!

Learning the aerial fabrics

Learning the aerial fabrics