Can we hire you to perform for our event?
Although the Madison Circus Space rents space to performers and instructors, we are not a booking agency and do not arrange any events for our members. Many of us do perform, but all who do book their own events individually. If you let us know the approximate budget for your event and/or what type of art you’d like to book, we could send you an estimate of what our members/performers could provide for that price and steer you toward contacts to arrange details. Feel free to inquire at email@example.com!
Who runs the MCS?
The MCS is an entirely volunteer-run organization with no staff members. It was started by several of our current and past board members. The MCS Board continues to make policies for the circus space, while taking into account feedback from MCS members, instructors, and frequent participants.
Is the MCS a registered nonprofit? Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, and yes! The Madison Circus Space is a registered Wisconsin 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and any donations you make to the MCS are entirely tax-deductible.
I don’t have a lot of money. Can I participate anyway? Are there free activities?
Yes! Although the Madison Circus Space has a small operating budget, it is in our mission to make circus as accessible as possible to everyone who would like to participate. As such, we provide many free and low-cost activities, and we have a scholarship fund that can be used to cover any activity taking place at MCS. Also, many MCS performances have admission on a sliding-scale or donation basis.
Here is a list of all our FREE weekly activities:
- Acro Club combines elements of acrobatics, yoga, and dance. It is a joyful expression of strength, flexibility and communication between two or more people. Meeting Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm in the winter months.
- Madison Area Jugglers welcomes anyone who is interested in juggling and related arts. Meeting Sundays 2 – 4 pm in the winter months.
- Wheel Club is open to Cyr wheelers and German wheelers of a variety of skill levels. It is an open session with no instruction, but spotters are available. German wheelers must have some prior experience. Meeting Sundays 4 – 6 pm.
- Hoop/Flow Jam is for hoop or flow artists of all levels. These open practice jams have no formal instruction, and are geared as a time to play, practice, socialize with other hoopers and flow artists, and dance to the music. Meeting Sundays 6 – 7 pm in the winter months.
Check the MCS Calendar to confirm that an activity is happening. Donations are welcome at all activities.
Am I too old/young/out of shape/inflexible to do circus? What if I have an injury or a disability?
The short answer is, if you want to do circus, you can. The biggest limits that exist are probably in your mind rather than in your body. At MCS, we believe circus is for everyone. Some classes and activities do have age limits, but those are set mostly because of reasons like insurance stipulations and equipment size or availability. We have lots of classes and activities for beginners and welcome them with open arms! Circus is one of the best ways to build strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall body awareness.
If you have an injury or disability, the chances are good that we can still accommodate you, but it is best if you write to your instructor or firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time so that we can plan for making your activity as safe and fun for you as possible. Even if your injury is minor, you should ALWAYS let your instructor know about it during the warm-up or before class starts.
Don’t see a class or activity for you in our list of offerings? Email us at email@example.com and describe what you have in mind. We can probably make it happen!
What does ACE Safety Program Recognition mean?
The American Circus Educators (ACE) Circus Arts Safety Program was “created with the ideal of having all circus training spaces in the United States be able to demonstrate to the public that they are committed to continually improving their approach to safety, regardless of the population they serve.” It is a recognition program for circus arts training spaces that involves an extensive application process, a multi-day on-site visit from a highly qualified safety consultant, and follow-up feedback. Once a training space has gone through the process and been approved, it becomes an “ACE Recognized Program.” The Madison Circus Space is proud to be one of several ACE Recognized programs in the nation!
How do I find out about your upcoming events and classes?
There are a bunch of great ways to stay informed about what’s happening with us!
If you know you are interested in a particular class or activity, it’s best to write directly to the instructor who runs that class. Instructor contact information is available on each class page.
If you are interested in MCS activities in general, it’s a good idea to check out our Facebook page, which is frequently updated with new information. First “Like” the page, then click “Follow” (next to the “Like” button) to receive updates in your feed.
You can also sign up for our e-newsletter, where we regularly send out updates and announcements about classes and events. Scroll down to the bottom right on our main page, where you can fill in your contact information to sign up for the newsletter.
Can I show up any time I want?
Since we do not have any staff members, we don’t have typical “open” and “closed” hours. If you lose something at the space and want to come back and check for it, you are welcome to do so anytime an activity is listed as happening on the MCS calendar. Want a tour or need to meet someone at the space to ask some specific questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to set up a meeting with you.
How do I become a member?
We love our members and would be delighted for you to join them! See our membership information page for details on how to join. Note that aerial members and minor members under the age of 18 must meet specific requirements that do not apply to all other members.
Can I rent space at MCS?
The Madison Circus Space prioritizes rentals to circus, movement arts, and dance groups in the Madison area. However, we may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com to get further information.