Please read the entirety of this membership agreement. You are making this agreement with:
Madison Circus Space
2082 Winnebago Street
Madison, WI 53704
This is a community space. All MCS members are responsible for looking after themselves, other community members, the equipment, and the space. Treat them well.
All MCS members agree to:
- Be safe, alert, and responsible.
- Follow all MCS policies.
- Treat other MCS users with respect.
- Help keep MCS clean and organized.
- Report any MCS-related problems immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance – Individuals are celebrated for their shared interests in circus and movement arts and valued for their differences in perspective, ability, and background.
Safety – Physical, social, and emotional safety to explore, learn, and grow should be respected, upheld, and promoted.
Kindness – People are respectful, welcoming, friendly, and supportive to each other regardless of preexisting or prospective relationships.
Creativity – Curiosity, risk, expression, and exploration are central tenets to the life and operations within the space.
All members younger than 18 must be accompanied by an authorized adult while using the space.
A board member will not always be present at MCS. That means users of the space must be self-governing and handle all incidents that arise with good judgment and discretion. Please direct any questions or concerns to the board member who serves as your representative (Aerial – Karen Nellessen; Juggling – Nick Aikens; Hooping – Danielle Lee; Acro – Deanna Schneider; German or Cyr Wheel/General – Carly Schuna).
Any member or guest who acts disruptive or threatening or seems to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance will be asked to leave.
Members may have their memberships terminated for disruptive or unsafe behavior without refund.
Share communal equipment and practice space. Members are expected to share and negotiate space and resources, and take turns if resources and space are limited.
Photos (no flash) and video are fine as long as you have participants’ permission.
Keep your membership current. If you let it lapse, your key fob will be deactivated and you will be denied access to the MCS.
If you opt to cancel your membership, please remove all your equipment and property from the MCS before your membership expires.
We welcome families to join the MCS community at a discounted rate.
A family that pays for storage space typically will receive one locker or cubby area at MCS to share (if available), but the Board will accommodate additional space requests if we have availability.
If you are interested in a family membership involving minors, please reference our Minor Membership Policy.
As a privilege of membership, paid members have 24/7 access to the MCS.
Every paid member is issued a key fob. Members may not allow anyone else to use their key fobs.
There is a $20 replacement fee for lost fobs.
If you lose your key fob, contact Josh Casey at email@example.com.
Only members, class instructors, or club leaders may lock/unlock the MCS.
Members are not obligated to unlock the door to anyone and should not provide access to anyone who does not have a key fob unless they are a member guest (see Guest Policy below).
Equipment for community use, including safety equipment, will be pointed out at your orientation. If it’s not communal or yours, don’t use it.
Use appropriate safety gear and ask for spotters whenever you feel uncertain. Always err on the side of caution!
Never use an apparatus you are not qualified to use. Be realistic about your knowledge and experience. Never make assumptions about equipment or your abilities. If you have doubt, ask for guidance.
Always inspect a piece of equipment before using it to make sure it’s safe and functional.
Don’t use any communal equipment or apparatus in a way inconsistent with its design.
Use your best judgment when buying, selling, or trading equipment or when allowing others to use your own equipment. You enter into any such agreement at your own risk.
Passing a basic aerial safety assessment and receiving approval from the MCS aerial representative are prerequisites for using any aerial rig points or aerial equipment at MCS during non-class time (unless supervised by an instructor).
If you are interested in participating in aerial arts as an MCS member, please reference our MCS Aerial Membership document.
German Wheel and Cyr Wheel
Receiving approval from a wheel representative on the board is a prerequisite for using German wheels at MCS during non-class time (unless supervised by an instructor). Some Cyr wheel experience (either a formal class series or consistent training at Cyr Wheel Club) is required for MCS Cyr wheel membership. All wheel membership applicants must provide two references and answer a series of basic safety questions about a self-guided practice.
Each membership includes the option to pay for use of a locker or cubby area, when available.
Storage of items larger than what fits in a locker must be authorized by the MCS board. Some communal storage is included with your membership fee.
Keep all equipment in storage areas and labeled with your name when not in use. The MCS strongly encourages members to label all of their personal equipment. MCS is not liable for any damage or theft of equipment.
Read the complete storage policy.
Music, Sound, and Lights
Clubs and classes that have reserved the MCS in advance have priority for music, sound, and lighting choices during their reserved time.
If no clubs or classes are meeting, members will need to share and negotiate music, sound, and lighting choices with other members present.
Dogs (other than A.D.A. Service Animals) and other animals are not permitted on the MCS premises, except under special circumstances when authorized by MCS.
You are responsible for damage caused by any animal you bring onto MCS property.
The MCS is proud of its community and encourages members to share it with family, friends, and guests. You are welcome to provide a guided tour to any guest that accompanies you.
All guests MUST sign a liability waiver/release form once they pass the lobby. Members are responsible for making sure their guests sign a waiver and for filling out a sign-in sheet for guests.
You must accompany your guest(s) at all times. As a member, you are responsible for their behavior and actions while in MCS. Guests must follow all MCS policies.
Guests may observe activities for free at any time when accompanied by a member.
With membership, each member receives two complimentary guest passes per month for guests who wish to use the MCS space or communal equipment. Beyond that, guest passes may be purchased for $10/day per person, payable via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, at madisoncircusspace.com/guest or in cash to the wooden lock box.
Paid guests may use communal MCS equipment under member supervision only.
Members with guests who would like to use the German wheel or aerial equipment must either be supervised by an instructor or obtain written instructor permission.
The standard MCS membership fee is $55/month for ground memberships and $65/month for aerial memberships.
A family membership fee is $85/month for ground training or $95/month for aerial training.
For a prepayment of one year of membership fees, we will provide a 10% discount.
Membership is billed automatically as a recurring payment. You may cancel your membership at any time.