FAQ / Policies
Where is your space?
We are located in the iconic Brew House at 711 S. 21st St. in the South Side of Pittsburgh. There are other businesses and residents in the building; our entrance is the big black double doors on Mary Street that say "Iron City Circus Arts".
Where can I park?
Both metered and non-metered street 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.
FAQ About Classes
What do drop-in classes and sessions cost?
Prices are available on our Classes page HERE.
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 should wear/bring to class?
We recommend form fitting but comfortable clothing, keeping in mind that you may be going upside down. For aerial classes, we recommend covering the backs of your knees (leggings or capris) whereas for pole classes we recommend exposing the backs of the knees (shorts). Please note that gum, jewelry, and lotions are NOT allowed on any of our aerial apparatus or poles, and zippers are NOT allowed on our aerial silks or hammocks. We also encourage you to bring a water bottle and arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to fill out our waiver and get comfortable in the space.
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.
FAQ About 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
$250 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.
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.
FAQ About 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 Studio Policies/Etiquette
We are a circus community that welcomes everyone. Please be kind and respectful towards your fellow students and instructors.
No students teaching other students or learning from the internet. If you see a move you would like to learn, either from another student or online, ask your instructor.
Guests who appear to be intoxicated will not be allowed to participate and payment will be forfeited.
We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.
Circus arts classes can be physically intense. Please consult your physician before participating if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, bone weakness, pregnancy, a heart disorder, or any other physical condition that may impair your ability to perform physical activity.
ICCA is fully insured through the International Special Events and Recreation Association (ISERA), which is powered by Evolution Insurance Brokers, LC.