Welcome to Air Temple Arts! We’re an aerial dance and circus studio located near downtown New Haven.

nutmeg jacquieAir Temple is the number one place in Connecticut to learn the popular aerial art forms of trapeze, aerial silks, and lyra (aerial hoop), as well as traditional circus arts such as contortion, tumbling, juggling, partner acrobatics, and hand balancing (handstands).

We feature a wide variety of weekly classes running Saturday – Thursday for students of all levels from total beginners to advanced. We also offer specialty workshops from traveling professionals, private and semi-private lessons, open studio times for students to practice, juggling jams, performances and more.

Our mission at Air Temple is to provide students of all ages with endless opportunities to explore the circus arts–whether for fitness, fun, or both–in a safe, encouraging atmosphere with the best instruction possible. We strive to help students foster strength and self-esteem, and unlock the ability to use their physicality to interact creatively with the world.

We are a featured business on national PBS’s hit show, START-UP. Check out our episode below (start at the 13:00 mark!):

FullSizeRenderWe value the safety and well-being of our students above all else. Air Temple Arts is fully insured in all disciplines that we offer. The entirety of the workable studio space is covered in carpet bonded foam and crash mats are employed in all instruction. For tumbling, partner acrobatics and dynamic aerial skills we have safety lines and a spotting belt at the ready. Our instructors are highly trained and our classes are small with a student-teacher ratio of 1:6 or better.

Learn more about or safety practices and why you should choose Air Temple here.

Curious about how classes work at Air Temple? Read our Class FAQs.

Looking for professional circus performers to add effortless grace and skill to you next event? Check out our Performance page.

Want to register for classes? Head to our Registration page.

Want to learn more about Air Temple’s coaches? Check out our Instructor Bios.

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Fall Open House!

Air Temple Arts is hosting a Fall Open House! From 11:00 am to 2:30 pm we will be hosting a variety of FREE taster classes in silks, trapeze, lyra, and ground skills for kids and adults!
To make it even more fun, new students who register for classes at the Open House will receive a 10% off the first session of classes!

Returning students who have missed more than two sessions of classes and re-register at the open house will also get 10% off!

All taster classes not labelled ‘Youth’ are for students ages 13+ ONLY. You make take as many taster classes as you like, but you may only take each kind ONCE.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of your taster class.

Individuals with back or shoulder pain/problems should consult a physician before taking taster classes.

11:00 – 11:30 Youth Taster (ages 6 – 12)
11:30 – 11:50 Silks Taster
11:55 – 12:15 Trapeze Taster
12:20 – 12:40 Lyra Taster
12:50 – 1:10 Ground Taster
1:15 – 1:35 Silks Taster
1:40 – 2:00 Lyra Taster

Open House and Opening Reception!

Join us on January 9th for an all day extravaganza celebrating the move to our new space!

From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm we will be hosting a variety of FREE taster classes in silks, trapeze, lyra, handstands and tumbling! There will also be an obstacle course for the kids (or adults!) to try, and lots of other fun things to do! This event will run until 4:00 in the afternoon.new studio

And, to make it even more fun, new students who register for classes at the Open House will receive a 10% off the first session of classes!

Then, after our day event, we will open up AGAIN at 7:00 to 9:00 for casual performances by our talented students. This evening event will have a cover charge of $10.00.


Holiday Discounts and Gift Cards!

We’re offering several great discounts on aerial and circus classes this holiday season, as well as customizable electronic gift cards!12322639_849540901830020_1608882480819184622_o

Gift Cards:
Stumped for what to ask for this non-denominational holiday season? Why not an Air Temple gift card?!
You can purchase them in any amount and they can be used for anything from classes to private lessons and more!
To buy follow the link below, click on ‘Online Store’ and then‘Gift Cards’!
Get them here!
Holiday Discounts:
bring a friend10% off for You and a Friend
For existing students, if you get a friend (must be a new student) to enroll in classes for winter session, you’ll BOTH get 10% off your session!
open house discount
10% off at the Open House
New students who register for classes at the Open House will receive 10% off their session!
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We Miss You!
We’re offering 20% off winter session for past students who want to get back in the game. (Students must have missed at least two consecutive sessions, and must have taken at least two consecutive sessions prior to lapsing)
Email us to get the discount codes!

Private Lessons

We offer private lessons in a wide range of circus disciplines and apparatuses, including but not limited to: aerial silks, aerial hoop, static trapeze, contortion & general flexibility, Chinese pole, hand balancing, partner acrobatics, aerial sling (hammock), Spanish web, juggling, aerial partnering, tumbling, stilt walking and more.

By default private lessons are 1 hour, but can be scheduled for mot any length of time.

Our cost for private lessons is:

Cost: $60/hr for 1 person, $75 for 2, and $35/per person beyond that.

Students wishing to schedule a private lesson must create an account with us on MindBody.

Private lesson cancellations and tardiness: All scheduled private lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. If you must cancel your lesson in less than the stated time you will be charged the full amount on your account.

All private lessons occur in the time slot they are scheduled for. If you are late, you may ask your instructor if you can extend your lesson. All extended lessons are charged in the same manner as our scheduled private. Eg: $10/10 minutes for a single student.

All private lessons must be pre-paid, and requested through the form below.  Once your lesson has been confirmed by us, you will be given instructions on how to pay.

For groups larger than four, please email the studio to schedule your lesson or workshop.

Private Lesson Request Form


Air Temple is moving and expanding!

Come mid November we will be moving to a beautiful new space located at 11 Research Drive, Woodbridge/New Haven!
Our new 4,200sf space feature central air, skylights, wifi, bathrooms, a kitchen, a study lounge, a separate classroom and more!
The space is located off of routes 69 and 15.
Please note the move will occur MID SESSION. 

We will have more details, as well as opportunities to volunteer, shortly!
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Classes/Open Studio over Break

Here’s the schedule. Some instructors are available for private lessons.

12/14, 2:00 – 6:00
12/18, 5:30 – 8:00
12/21, 1:00 – 4:00
12/30, 5:30 – 8:00
1/4, 1:00 – 3:00
1/7, 5:30 – 8:00

12/21, 1:00
12/28, 1:00
12/30, 6:45
1/6, 5:30
1/7, 5:00

Presenting SPECIAL RELATIVITY – Circus through Space and Time

Special Relativity – Circus through Space and Time from Stacey on Vimeo.
Special Relativity is a full-length, contemporary circus show of original material conceptualized by Stacey Kigner and Allison McDermott, and created in partnership with Air Temple Arts. It will debut in New Haven, Connecticut in January 2015, with plans to adapt it for touring.

In Special Relativity a steel magnate from the 1890s finds both his mettle and the depth of his devotion tested when a space/time accident separates him from his consort. If he’s going to have any chance of seeing her again he has no choice but to follow her path through the time vortex.

We’ll travel from the Stone Age to a dystopian future, telling the story of Special Relativitythrough Chinese pole, aerial dance, acrobatics, contortion, Spanish web and more.

Special Relativity will play at the ACES ECA theater on January 16th and 17th, 2015.

We’re currently raising funds for Special Relativity with an IndieGOGO campaign. Learn more about the show and contribute here.