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Performances, workshops & teacher training

RoguePlay is very pleased to offer this unique opportunity in the Midlands to students keen to take their aerial training to a higher level and focus on becoming professional performers.


This four week pro course aims to support students who are committed to developing a career in the aerial arts and becoming an elite performer with the knowledge and skill to sell their acts and perform across the globe.

The course will focus on the following disciplines: rope, silks, trapeze, straps, handstands, flexibility, conditioning and Act Creation. During the course you will be able to specialise in one of the aerial skills mentioned. There will be presentation and performance elements enabling the students to leave the course with structured aerial material and/or act. This material will be filmed as a professional showreel.


Your practical skills development will be underpinned with seminars in anatomy, basic rigging, selling your act and liaising with venues and festivals, enabling you to progress into the professional sector once you leave the course. 

Previous course participants have gone on to obtain cruise ship contracts, corporate gigs and events, and audition for Cirque Du Soleil. 


The course takes place over 4 weeks, 10-4pm Monday-Thursday. Attendance on the course is by way of the online application, through which you are required to submit some video footage of training. We will then contact you to let you know if your application has been successful.


On course completion all students will be given a certificate of skill in order to demonstrate their participation in the programme.


  1. Aerial technique & conditioning in a range of apparatus

  2. Increasing your aerial vocabulary focusing on drops, balance, suspension and static elements

  3. Flexibility and range of movement

  4. Anatomy and injury prevention

  5. Understanding momentum, rotation and power

  6. Aerial creation and performance work

  7. Technical presentation and performance elements

  8. Feedback and mentoring sessions

  9. Open training and practice time

  10. Seminar based sessions in understanding how to price yourself and the process of selling your act and programmer liaison



Rope, Silks, Straps, Trapeze, Handstands, Flexibility, Conditioning and Act Creation.



Silk, Rope & Act Creation: Kim Charnock 

Straps, Handstands, Conditioning & Flexibility: Boldo

Injury Prevention & Partner Massage: Adrian Thomas​


Sainbold Janchivdorj (Boldo)

Sainbold Janchivdorj is a world renowned straps artists currently teaching at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London. Over his teaching years he has mentored over 3500 students and has an impressive history of commercial and performance work. He has performed in circuses and circus companies across the globe including Zippos, the Take That Tour, Universal, ITV and Cirque Bijou.​

Kim Charnock

Kim is the artistic director of RoguePlay Theatre, a renowned aerial theatre company based in Birmingham, UK. With 9 years experience in aerial and circus direction, Kim is known for her strong dynamic technique on verticals, and her fluid originality on the most romantic of the aerial arts; silk. Kim has a passion for the creation of innovative new work, particularly experimenting with the combination of aerial movement and text having directed nationally and internationally touring shows and worked across the UK with companies such as Channel 4, Nofit State, Xbox and Panasonic. 

Adrian Thomas

Adrian is a level 5 qualified remedial therapist specialising in working with circus artists. He graduated from the Active School of Complementary Therapy (ASCT) in 2013 gaining a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in clinical sports and remedial massage. This is currently the highest qualification that can be held in the UK, recognised nationally and in many other countries.


There is no upper age limit, but a lower limit of 16 years.



March 2nd-26th 2020

10-4pm Monday-Thursday





10 places are available on this course



£800 total in two instalments


£400 when reserving your place. This is to be paid upfront. (Please refer to our cancellation policy)

£400 no later than 30 days before course starts




Applications continue until full


How do I apply for the course?

Attendance on the course is by way of the online application, through which you are required to submit some video footage of training. We will then contact you to let you know if your application has been successful. There is no fixed format or content for video, but any extra evidence of skills and experience will be taken into account when considering applications. It does not have to be professional quality footage, or professional level performance.

Footage or photos can be from performances at school / college, local festivals, practise sessions etc. We understand that not everyone will have videos or photos but please provide details of all performances and performable skills in your CV.


Criteria assessed in your application:

Current level of training and suitability on the course. You must be able to demonstrate existing some aerial skill with the ability to confidential climb/ascend the apparatus, invert repeatedly and with ease, and demonstrate a number of different tricks. Existing flexibility will be an advantage.


Is accommodation provided?

The Circus Centre does not have its own accommodation for students, however there are a number of budget accommodation options available close to the training space. We are also happy to request spare rooms from current students, who will often be keen to help. Once you are accepted onto the course We will try to help with any accommodation problems.



Due to the popular nature of this course, first instalment payments are non-refundable. Second instalment payments are required no less than 30 days prior to the course start. Once the full fee has been paid it becomes non-refundable. Should the second instalment payment not be made 30 days or more before commencement, the place may be forfeited and offered to another candidate. No first instalment refund will be available in this circumstance.

Should you become unable to attend, you are allowed to sell your place by posting your spot on our social media channels, although we will need to make sure first that the person who takes your place is suitable for joining the program. To avoid difficulties, please ensure you are 100% committed before deciding to take the spot.


Do you cater for disabilities?

Yes we do. WMCC is an inclusive space and we welcome those with disabilities on the majority of our courses. Please tell us as much information as you can in your application to ensure we are able to meet your needs. Please note that the studio space is all on ground level but there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. There is a cafe just 2 minutes walk from the studio space with an accessible toilet onsite.

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