FAQ

Location / Parking

Where is your space located?


We are located in the iconic Brew House at 711 S. 21st St. in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Our entrance is the big black double doors on Mary Street that say "Iron City Circus Arts". Click here for a map and directions.




Where can I park?


Both metered and non-metered parking is available on the streets around the Brew House. Please do not park in the parking spaces alongside the building, as those are for the residents of the Brew House apartments and lofts.





Classes

What do drop-in classes and sessions cost?


Prices are available on our Apparatus Offerings page.




What is the difference between a session and a drop-in class?


Our session classes run for 6 weeks at a time. They are designed such that you take the same class (which meets at the same day and time once a week) for 6 weeks in a row. This will help you progress as an aerialist as well as build community with the other students in your class. In the event that you miss a class or two in your session, you are allowed to make-up up to two classes per session. You may come to another session class or drop-in at the same level to make up your class. Note that missed classes must be made up by the end of the week following the end of that session (i.e. you get one extra week to make up your classes). We offer sessions for both aerial and pole classes. In the event that you cannot commit to 6 weeks at a time, or if you want to try a class without committing to more than one, we also offer drop in classes. We do recommend reserving your spot online prior to dropping in. You can do that here.




How do I determine what level I am?


If you are brand new to aerial or pole, you will begin in our Intro to Aerial Arts or Intro to Pole classes. If you have prior experience, the best way to determine your level is to ask an instructor. You can give us a call or send us an email to discuss your prior training and skills, or you may come to an Open Gym for in-person evaluation.




I have no upper body strength and/or flexibility. Can I still try a class?


Yes! We welcome all levels of physical ability, and no prior experience is necessary. Your first class, Intro to Aerial Arts, will focus on introducing you to our aerial apparatus, familiarizing you with basic movement and technique, and beginning to build that strength and flexibility.




What can I do to improve my strength/flexibility for aerial/pole class?


Coming to class is the best way to improve strength and flexibility. However, if you would like to take some extra time to build muscle and stretch, we highly recommend our Strength & Conditioning classes or Flexibility classes. They are cross-training workouts specifically designed for aerialists and pole dancers.




What is the minimum age for Youth Aerial Classes?


The current minimum age is 7 years old. However, we will be expanding our programming this summer to accommodate kids from ages 4 to 6. Please check back for updates.




Can I take pictures/videos of myself during class?


Yes, many of our aerialists use pictures and videos to keep track of the moves they learn, show their friends and family, and visualize their improvement over time. However, we do have a few rules:

  1. Do not take or post pictures of anyone without their permission.
  2. Do not take or post videos of your instructor teaching.
  3. If you are going to share your pictures or videos on social media, please give credit for original material to your instructor and please do not post the set-ups for complicated moves. Also please include our hashtag, #CIRQUEtheBURGH.




What if I sign up for a drop-in class but then can't make it?


As long as your cancel your reservation two hours before the class start time, we will refund the class credit to your account to use at a different time.




When should I arrive?


Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to fill out our waiver and get comfortable in the space.





Parties

How much do they cost? And do they require a deposit?


For a 60 minute Pole or Aerial Party: $200 for 4-5 guests $250 for 6-10 guests
$25 per person over 10
For a 90 minute Pole or Aerial Party $300 for 4-5 guests
$350 for 6-10 guests
$35 per person over 10 A $100 deposit is required to reserve your date and time. All deposits are refundable up to 60 days prior to the party date. Deposits are 50% refundable between 30 and 60 days prior to the party date and non-refundable within 30 days of the party. Please email us at info@ironcitycircusarts.com to make your reservation. See our Private Parties & Lessons page for more information.




What is the minimum age requirement for Kids' Birthday Parties?


The current minimum age is 7 years old. However, we will be expanding our party programming this summer to accommodate kids from ages 4 to 6. Please check back for updates.




Can I bring alcohol to my bachelorette party?


For your safety, our insurance policy strictly forbids mixing alcohol and aerial. Please save the drinks for after your party. You may, however, bring non-alcoholic beverages and/or snacks of your choice.




When should I arrive?


Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out our waiver and get comfortable in the space.





Payments

What forms of payment do you accept?


We accept all major credit cards, as well as personal checks and cash. Please note: all payments are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable





General Policies

What are your general studio policies and etiquette?


Visit our Policies & Etiquette page for more information.





Clothing & Equipment

What should I wear to class?


We recommend form fitting but comfortable clothing, keeping in mind that you may be going upside down. Please note that gum, jewelry, and lotions are NOT allowed on any of our aerial apparatus or poles. For pole classes, we recommend clothing that exposes the backs of the knees (shorts). For aerial classes, we recommend clothing that covers the backs of your knees (leggings or capris). Please note zippers are NOT allowed on our aerial silks or hammocks because they will damage the material.




What else should I bring?


Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and a yoga mat (optional) for warm ups.





Pandemic Policies

What are your pandemic policies?


  • Masks are required at all times in the studio. If you arrive without a mask, you will not be permitted to enter the building.
  • Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your class start time (to allow time for the previous class to clear out and the sanitization process to be completed).
  • When you arrive, please wait at the front doors with a mask on until our front desk staff invites you in to take your temperature.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the space, but you are also welcome to bring your own.
  • No equipment sharing whatsoever during class or open gym.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet while in the space. Be diligent when selecting a warm up spot. Our aerial points are about 8 feet apart. So, just stay with your apparatus! If you wish to record yourself during class, cameras should be set up socially distant from other cameras, make sure you stay in your zone and aren't crossing paths with others.
  • Please limit your belongings to items that will fit into one cubby (shoes included). Cubbies are a one-at-a-time station. So, please allow students to place things in their cubby and wait for them to step away before you approach.
  • Wash your hands after placing your things in the cubby.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat or towel for warm up.
  • To avoid congregation near the cubbies after class, we ask that you please collect your things from the cubbies quickly and one at a time, moving away to maintain social distance while you put shoes back on etc. To prevent close contact we will have an ICCA staff member clean all cubbies after you exit. We ask that you exit promptly after class so we can sanitize and get the next class in.
  • Aerial students: if you would like rosin, please bring a sock that we will fill & a baggie to store it.
  • Pole students: we will have towels/rags and spray alcohol for the poles available, but if you are not comfortable sharing, we recommend bringing your own.
  • Please exit through the back doors (near the stereo) to avoid crossing paths with incoming students.
  • Please stay informed regarding out of state travel recommendations on the CDC website.
  • And as always, if you feel sick, have been around someone who has been sick, or for any other reason think you may have been exposed to the virus, please let us know and stay home!
Please continue to be responsible inside and outside the studio. It's important for us all to take precautions in the community to keep ourselves safe!