3 Month Introduction Course

in Contemporary Circus Arts

15th September - 17th December 2022



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Last updated July, 2024

What is it?

Circus Factory’s introduction course to contemporary Circus Arts offers a 12 week immersive physical learning environment that will introduce and train you in floor acrobatics, aerial arts and manipulation circus skills.

There is currently no other course like this on offer in Ireland and our experienced coaches have been carefully selected to ensure safe progression in skills including additional training in clown, contemporary dance and theatrical studies.

There will be individual skills progression and group / ensemble work with an end of year showcase that will give opportunity to be involved in circus production from performing to lighting and design. 


Course Breakdown

Course Dates: September 15th - December 17th 2022

Attendance: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm


Morning Programme: You will work with our 2 lead coaches developing strength, flexibility and technical progression in floor and aerial acrobatics. 


Afternoon programme: Specialist circus skills will be taught including chinese pole, cyr wheel, juggling and object manipulation. Guest coaches will also offer weekly slots in contemporary dance, clown and theatrical studies. 


Students will have the opportunity to travel to the National Circus Festival of Ireland in Tralee in November where they will meet the fast growing community of circus artists, take specialist workshops and see exciting contemporary circus shows!


Where could this course lead me?

This introduction course could be the starting point for many different directions in circus, physical training and the performing arts sector, depending on what your personal interests and goals might be.

Circus performer

Course participants will have developed a strong base of physical and technical understanding to continue their development as a circus artist independently, and for those wishing to pursue further professional training they might apply for auditions for higher level training at circus and / or performing arts courses in Ireland and abroad 

Circus coach

Many of our professional members develop their skills as circus coaches, teaching in our weekly adult, youth and outreach programmes throughout the year. 

Circus production

Circus and Street arts is one of the fastest growing arts sectors in Ireland and this course may open interest for further development as a producer or technician of circus and street arts.

Is this course for me?

We hope so!

As an introduction course we are looking for people who love to be creative, physically active, ready to try new things, like working as a group and making new friends.

Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 years old and be available Mon - Friday 9.30am - 5pm for the duration of the course dates (September 15th - December 17th 2022) 

You must also be available to attend one of the Audition Workshop Dates Below



JULY 1ST 2022



Course Fees

The full cost of the course is €1400.00 with full and partial scholarships available.



Application is easy. Just fill out the short application form - link below - and we will be in touch with you shortly!

Online Information Sessions

Join Circus Factory at one of our online information sessions to hear more about the course, you can ask all the questions you need and get to hear about how Circus training similar to this course has helped shaped some of our coaches careers.

Pre-registration required.

Monday 20th June 7.30pm - 8.30pm via ZOOM - Ended

Tuesday 2nd August 7.30pm - 8.30pm via ZOOM - Register Here

Man on Cyr Wheel
Woman on Aerial Hoop


Dance with Circus Intro Course

Inma Pavon - Dance

Inma received a MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in 2003 and a MPhil from University College Cork (2015-2017). Inma is a guest teacher at Cork College of FET for the Dance Diploma course and runs weekly Contemporary Dance/Ballet/Improvisation Classes/Workshops in Cork. In 2022 Inma was invited as a guest choreographer for a national youth dance project ‘Resilience’ by Dublin Youth Dance Company to work with selected Irish Youth Dance Companies. She has been accepted in the Irish Teaching Council and recently appointed Director of the New Joan Denise Moriarty Youth Dance Company in Cork City.

Man on Cyr Wheel

Cormac Mohally - Circus

Cormac has had a passion for Circus from a young age, and has made Circus his career since training at the Belfast Circus School in 1999 – 2000. Cormac is now artistic director of Circus Factory, having been one of the founding members, and combines his love of circus with his passion for sharing knowledge and skills. He is one half of acrobatic dance duo Lords of Strut, who went on to conquer the street by winning the Street Performers World Championship in 2013 and then wowed the world in 2017 by reaching the semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent. Cormac continues his mission to convince you, everyone and the world that Circus is deadly!

Actor on Stage

Noelle Ní Riagáin - Clown/Theatre

Noelle studied physical theatre under the Direction of Belinda Wild. Joined an ensemble that produced Shakespeare plays through Mask and street troop, Criac na Coillte where she learnt Stilt walking and puppeteering. She worked and trained in the teachings of Le Coq, the actors space, Spain. Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Meyerhold with Iugte (global theatre organisation), Republic of Latvia and Czech Republic, Grotowski, Teater Albatross, Sweden, Fooling with The Nomadic Academy of fools,UK and Clown Through Mask with Sue Morrison, Ireland, Canada and Italy. Noelle has devised, produced and Performed in many Sight specific shows, Street Performances and plays.

Do you have more questions?

You are welcome to reach out to us by email and we will be happy to answer any questions or arrange a friendly chat on the phone or a ZOOM meet!


This course and available scholarships have been made possible with the kind support of 

Arts Council IrelandCork Arts OfficeCork ETB and the Tomar Trust Foundation.



Checkout Dublin Circus Project

Make sure to check out Dublin Circus Project's

'Boost' 3 month programme: developing circus artists as performers.

Find out more at dublincircusproject.com


About Safety

Circus Factory has professionally installed aerial rigging and all equipment and hardware undergoes regular inspection. All equipment is rigged at a low accessible level with professional landing mats mandatory for practice training. Our aerial Coaches are experienced aerial artists and have a high level of previous teaching experience. All classes are conducted with Covid 19 protocols in place.



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