AVIARY CLASS POLICIES


  • There are no drop-in classes at the Aviary. Class credits must be purchased BEFORE signing up for class and students must purchase credits/sign up for all classes they wish to take before arriving to the studio as we do not have support staff or a cash register onsite.

  • Classes with less than 3 students signed up are subject to cancellation at the instructor’s discretion. If you are registered for a class which is cancelled with 24 hours or more of notice, you will receive an automated email from CircusDB. If the class is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, you will receive a text or phone call from your instructor. The credit for the cancelled class will be returned to your CircusDB account. 

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time of class and be prepared to store all personal items in the locker room (except water bottles, cell phones, and any props necessary to your training).

  • Locks are available for your use while in the studio, please leave your keys in exchange to help you remember to return them after class.

  • Street shoes must be placed on the mats outside the studio before entering. 

  • Please WASH YOUR HANDS or use hand sanitizer before touching the apparatus. There are sinks (and even showers!) located in the locker rooms.

  • All Aviary classes begin with a vigorous warm up, for safety and to prevent injuries.  Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late or do not participate in this warm up may not be allowed to participate in class, but are encouraged to stay, observe class, and take notes.

  • The warm-up is mandatory, but all other class activities are optional. If a student does not wish to attempt a particular pose or sequence, that is totally ok! We believe in 100% consensual circus. The student need only inform the instructor, who may be able to offer an alternative.

  • Bring a notebook, and take notes! You will be glad you did when your instructor clears you for Play Flight (open gym).

  • The Aviary’s courses are structured so that students must master certain skills before moving up to the next level. It may require many classes in the same level before you are physically and mentally ready to level up.  Students must master the prerequisites (listed in the class descriptions) AND receive their instructor’s permission before they can register for the next level.

  • The material you are learning is challenging and may push your limits, both physically and mentally. We ask that you listen to your body, celebrating its accomplishments and respecting its limitations, and refrain from negative self-talk.

  • Your instructors, while amazing in other ways, are not able to read your mind. If you are struggling in class, please VERBALLY ask for help. We are here to support you!

  • Please support your fellow students; pay attention to them while they take their turn in the air and respect their practice by keeping your focus on class. Clapping, cheering, compliments, and positive feedback are all strongly encouraged!

  • Yoga mats, blocks, weights, bolsters, etc are provided for your convenience, and they must be wiped down and replaced after use. You are also welcome to bring your own props, as long as they leave with you at the end of your training session.

  •  The Aviary does not allow students or observers to record video or take pictures during class unless permission has been expressly granted by the instructor. The taking of videos/pictures during class is entirely up to the instructor’s discretion.

  • If you are recording video or taking pictures during open gym time, DO NOT film your fellow students without their consent. Please be aware of your surroundings and who is the background of your shot.

  • Aviary staff may record video and take photos during class. We will not email these recordings or photos to individual students; they will be posted to our social media for you to copy/download. It is our policy to never tag students in these photos, in case you want to keep your circus secret, but we strongly encourage you to tag yourself and show your friends and family all the amazing stuff you’re doing!

  • Guests may observe up to 10 minutes of any class, but must pay the class registration fee to observe for a longer period of time.

  • Please do not bring children to adult classes. They cannot participate in adult classes until they are 18 and The Aviary does not have childcare on site. Children may observe up to ten minutes of any class, as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is not participating in class. Children may not wait unaccompanied in the hall.

  • Parents are welcome to observe the entirety of their children’s classes, but if the parent becomes a distraction or cannot follow the teacher and/or staff’s instructions, both the parent and the child may be dismissed from class.

  • All Aviary students must be able to listen to and follow the directions of the instructor and/or staff. Aviary instructors have full discretion to dismiss from class any student whose behavior is disruptive or whom they deem unsafe to participate for any reason. If the problem persists, a meeting with the student, the instructor, and the studio owner will be scheduled to discuss this policy. Students who are dismissed from class for behavior problems will not be refunded or credited, nor can their payment cannot be transferred to another person.