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 death defying entertainment 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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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.

Workshops with the 7 Fingers!

Air Temple Arts is thrilled to be hosting workshops taught by the amazing Montreal circus troupe 7 Fingers!

The 7 Fingers will be offering four workshops on Monday, June 23rd while they’re in town performing their show TRACES at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas! Get tickets to see Traces here:www.artidea.org/traces

Workshops in the following disciplines will be taught: Diabolo, Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, and Aerial Straps. Workshop material will be dictated by the interests and abilities of the students in class.

All workshops are $60 per person. To register visit: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=96983 select ‘session classes’ and then ‘workshops’ from the drop down tab.

Email info@airtemple.com with any questions.

Diabolo – 1:00-3:00 with Hou Kai

About the Instructor:
Hou Kai was born in 1993 in Henan Province of China. Hou Kai started his strict training at the age of five at the Shaolin Temple in Henan. This training gave him a strong foundation to become an amazing acrobat in the following years. At the age of eight Hou Kai joined the China Acrobatic Troupe where he went through extensive training. Within nine years he acquired various acrobatic skills such as hoop diving, Chinese diabolo, tumbling, juggling balls, juggling hat, Chinese pole, dancing, and martial arts. Hou Kai’s acrobatic skills have been seen and admired at the Tian Di Theatre for the past nine years. He performed daily with the acrobatic troupe and also had his own Chinese diabolo act. Hou Kai left the China Acrobatic Troup in 2010 to pursue his career as a performer. Apart from China, he also performed in the USA, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Czech, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hungary and Hong Kong. Leaving the stage with loud applause by his breathtaking acts gave him a lot of confidence when performing. Through this experience he can call himself a professional acrobat performer.

Chinese Pole – 1:00-3:00 with Fletcher Sancheztraces-poles-lucas-boutin-mathieu-cloutier-marion-belin-web

This pole workshop is for experienced students who are comfortable moving and working on the Chinese pole. Proper shoes and attire required.

About the Instructor:
With roots in classical dance Jazz and Hip Hop Fletcher started his circus formation at the San Francisco Circus Centre, From there he continued his formation at L’Ecole nationale De Cirque De Montréal and completed their 3 year program. A generalist at heart he loves to try everything but specializes in Chinese Pole, Trampoline Wall, and Teeterboard. He has performed with many companies including: San Francisco Youth Circus, Vau de Vire society, Haut Vol productions, Cirque Productions, Cirque du Soleil, and the 7 Fingers (AMUSE). He was performing for 2 years with Cirque Éloize in their new creation “ID” and works closely with the Catwall Acrobats as one of their main acrobats.

Hand to Hand – 3:00-5:00 with Naomi Zimmerman-Pinchon and Renaldo Williamsnaomi renaldo

This workshop will focus on hand to hand and related skills dictated by the interests and levels of the students in the class.

Advanced students only, existing partnerships preferred.

About the instructors:
Both specializing in hand to hand, Renaldo and Naomi graduated from the national circus school as a duo in 2013. They have since performed their act across the globe for several companies including: Haut Vol productions, Spiegelworld, Cirque Éloize and Les 7 doigts de la main. Starting in 2014 the duo will join the cast of the hit show « TRACES »

Aerial Straps – 3:00-5:00 with LJ Marleslj straps2
This straps workshop is a mixed levels class and is appropriate for beginners and advanced straps artists. The class will be taught to the level of students in attendance.

Students do not necessarily need previous straps experience but should have at least a solid aerial foundation.

About the instructor:
London-boy LJ (Kalyn) fell in love with the circus arts at the age of 18 after taking part in a youth project with the Bassline Circus. A self taught street and hiphop dancer, he spent the next three years at the Circus Space, specializing in aerial straps. After developing his skills and approach, he performed in projects such as Finland’s Turku Festival, France’s Circa Festival, and an out- door series with the British National Theatre. LJ joined TRACES in 2012.

About the 7 Fingers:
Founded in Montreal in 2002, the 7 Fingers initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. They began as artists on stage, creating collectively, and soon branched out, expanding their creative talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches, passing on their collaborative and unique 7 Fingers process to a new generation of circus artists.

Spring Open Stage Night!

open stage 3Join us for Air Temple’s spring Open Stage Night! The Open Stage will take place on May 2nd, 2014.

As with last time, this event is BYOB and BYOSeat (if you want). We’ll have plenty of squishy things to rest your bottom on as you enjoy the circus stylings of the Air Temple community, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

The goal of the open stage is to create an accessible stage for performers and to bring affordable performance to New Haven, as such there is a (strongly) suggested donation of $10 at the door.

This Open Stage will feature the following skills: aerial silks, hula hooping, burlesque, aerial hoop, and tribal/belly dance.

Facebook event here.

Spring Session Schedule Here!

Our schedule for the Spring Session of classes starting March 15th is now live! We have more classes than ever, and some awesome new classes including Intro to Fire Arts, Circus for Fitness and Fun, Aerial Sling, and Intro to Aerial Partnering.

Check it out below:spring session w-teachers