Fastrack To Professional – 1 Year Full-Time Course


DATES: February – December 2021

  • This is our flagship course!
  • Created by two renowned circus schools with 30 years industry experience
  • You will gain a skillset in a wide vocabulary of circus arts, a teacher training certificate, a solo specialisation act, a top showreel ready to enter the professional circus world


“I wanted to tell you I started my new job last week at Cirque du Soleil! It’s my biggest dream come true and I wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you. If you hadn’t been such wonderful teachers perhaps I wouldn’t be where I am today!”

– Beth Alvarez


Ascension Byron Bay + Circus Arts Australia

We are a unique collaboration between two renowned circus schools from Australia and the UK and two circus families with over 30 years experience in everything circus!

Ascension Byron Bay founded Aircraft Circus in London, directly leading 17 full-time circus training courses to fruition, with students joining the worldwide circus industry including Cirque du Soleil.  

Circus Arts Australia is an internationally renowned circus school in Byron Bay that boasts a massive 12000 sq m indoor training space and venue with an incredible array of circus equipment. 

FASTRACK TO PROFESSIONAL course covers all the aerial and acrobatic arts and a range of exciting specialist skills with top performers. We offer the amazing grande volant flying trapeze which is in-house. There is ample opportunity to perform at showcases and at national festivals, and a teacher training certificate to support your performance work in the community. 

All this and you get to train in the paradise that is Byron Bay! Spend your weekends surfing or lying on the beach, a 10 minute walk from the school.


Get it all done in 1 year, invest in your future and FASTRACK your professional circus career. This unique course gives you all the tools you need to succeed. The course is composed of the Foundation to Intermediate and of Intermediate to Professional courses.

MODULE 1:  Foundation Skills in Circus Arts/ Teacher Training Level 1

MODULE 2:  Foundation Skills Development/Specialist Skills/Performance Skills. Foundation Graduation.

MODULE 3:  Intermediate Solo Specialisation/Act Creation/ Teacher Training Level 2

MODULE 4:  Professional Ensemble Show, Showreels. Professional Graduation.

The Course runs 5 days a week 9.30-3.30pm with a minimum of 25 hours teacher contact time.


The entry is by an audition at Circus Arts Byron Bay, Sydney, Brisbane and at an additional location in Melbourne. The audition dates will be released shortly.

Video auditions are open for overseas students. Please complete the enquiry  form below.

To join the course you will need to show the following attributes:  

  • a strong desire to learn
  • a good level of fitness
  • some circus experience is preferred 

Age range:

This course is primarily designed for adults 18-35. There is no upper age limit.

Too young? You will be considered if you are between 16-17 and:

  • have a background in youth circus
  • have attended a stage school
  • have a background in competitive gymnastics

The course is open to Australian and international students. 

The Fastrack to Professional course is currently a private training programme and fees apply. Enquire about the fees by emaling


The Foundation Module: focuses on conditioning and learning beginner skills across all disciplines as well as theory, complementary classes and tasters in specialist skills such as stilt walking and doubles aerials.

The Development Module: will be the continuation of that learning with less focus on conditioning and more focus on expanding the vocabulary on each apparatus. Alongside theory, complementary classes and more tasters in specialist skills such as fire and sideshow. The development module includes our Level 1 Teacher Training Course in Circus Arts (link). Performance skills are now introduced and you will be working towards your foundation graduation performance.

The Solo Module: sees the beginning of the intermediate course where you focus in on your favourite equipment or modality and create and perform your solo act and are assigned a mentor.  This will culminate in our Fastrack to Professional in-house Cabaret. The solo module includes our Level 2 Teacher Training Course in Circus Arts (link).

The Show Module: Show Creation and learning how to perform in a professional ensemble utilising all your physical performance and production skills. This show creation process will culminate in a full ensemble graduation show. This term also sees the creation of your showreel and professional headshots ready to launch you into the industry or elite training schools.


Aerial Core – Static Trapeze, Flying Trapeze, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), Silks (Tissu), Rope (Corde Lisse), Doubles and group aerials.

Acrobatic Core – Tumbling, Handstands, Acrobalance (partner acro), Trampolining, Wall Tramp.

Specialist Skills – Fire, Sideshow, Roving Street Performance, Juggling, Tightwire, Stiltwalking, Spanish Web, Cloudswing, Counterweight, Aerial Spiral.

Performance – Makeup, Costumes, Solo Act Creation, Ensemble Show Creation, Physical Theatre, Movement, Clown and Slapstick.

Technical Skills – Safety and Knots, Rigging Awareness, Show Production: prop, sound and light

Theory – Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Marketing, Showreel Creation, Journalling, History of Circus

Complementary Skills – Yoga, Weight and Resistance Training, Conditioning, Warm up, Flexibility and Contortion.

Teacher Training – 2 Intensive weeks covering skill specific warm ups, core aerials and core acrobatic teaching.


You will come away with a skillset in a wide vocabulary of circus arts, a teacher training certificate,  a solo specialisation act, a top showreel ready to enter the professional circus world or enter an elite circus school.

Performance and Career Opportunities:

We have plenty of opportunities to perform within the course:

  • at the Circus Arts Australia termly showcases
  • the Mullum Circus Festival
  • the Australian Circus Festival
  • Bluesfest Byron Bay and Splendour in the Grass
  • as well as the opportunity to join the books of ACA – the Australian Circus Agency

Learning circus was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only has it allowed me to achieve things I had never thought possible physically, but it has finally put me together with a family of wonderful misfits for whom  I have been searching for my whole life.

Laura Daniel

It’s difficult to find the words to convey what a phenomenal impact this has had on me. You need to experience it to know what I mean! I can’t rate it highly enough! The inclusive and accepting style and wholehearted encouragement have meant so much to me. I know I speak for many others.

Sue Yates

I wanted to tell you I started my new job last week at Cirque du Soleil! It’s my biggest dream come true and I wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you. If you hadn’t been such wonderful teachers perhaps I wouldn’t be where I am today!

Beth Alvarez


Unlike other schools, we cover a range of exciting specialist skills with top performers such as: grande volant flying trapeze, fire skills, sideshow arts, stiltwalking, roving street performance and specialist aerials such as aerial spiral and vertical dance.

The students will have extensive opportunities to perform both in-house and national festivals. You also gain a teacher training certification to support your performance work within the community.


Entries by auditions only. Either in-house at Circus Arts Byron Bay or via a video audition.

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