Circus classes at Auckland's Premier Aerial School

The Dust Palace holds aerial classes and circus training at our studio 1/739 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland and wants you to come and join the fun!

We’d love to teach you what we know: aerial silks, trapeze, hoop, rope, adagio, acrobatics, handstands and a bunch more mad circus skills.

Build confidence, co-ordination, strength and release your inner cirque star!

For enrolments and more info email classes@thedustpalace.co.nz or call 09 579 8373

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Our circus lessons ignite a love of fitness in adults, young adults, and kids by providing excellent coaching, community & support for residents of East, South, West, and North Auckland.

We’ve got introductory classes for beginners, adept aerial classes, private one-on-ones, an open circus training program—you can even just grab a group of friends and have a play with us!





Term 1

Monday January 23rd - Sunday 16th April (12 weeks)

Term 2

Monday 17th April - Sunday 9nd July (12 weeks)

Term 3

Monday 10th July - Sunday 1st October (12 weeks)

Term 4

Monday 2nd October - Wednesday 20th December (11 weeks + show week)



Term 1

Monday 30th January - Sunday 16th April (11 weeks)

Term 2

Monday 1st May - Sunday 9th July (10 weeks)

Term 3

Monday 24th July - Sunday 1st October (10 weeks)

Term 4

Monday 16th October - Wednesday 20th December (9 weeks + show week)

Kids Aerial Classes

More often than not, kids have great strength to bodyweight ratio. The key is to keep them safe, and teach them proper technique so they don’t get ahead of themselves with their own bravery!! We work together through our aerial grading system to make sure all kids retain the terminology, technique, and safety instruction. This enables us to cater for the different rates of learning present in any class environment.

Beginners are welcome to start at any time, and we also offer school holiday programs! See the timetable above for kids’ classes and contact mike@thedustpalace.co.nz or call 09 579 8373 to check availability and enroll your child!


Adults Circus Classes - Aerials (90 mins)
(30mins of combined class conditioning)

Initially, we work to develop a basic foundation in all aerial apparatus. This includes movement technique, body awareness, and basic performance work. Predominantly aerial silk classes, these sessions move through material and endurance training all students should find that they are able to create a short performance after only 20 weeks of training!

We've developed a grading system, similar to martial arts. This allows each student to work at their own pace through the grades; creating a safe, structured environment where the total beginner can work alongside an experienced performer!


Hand Balance (60min)

A great core and strength work-out, this class at our circus school is one hour of handstand training and conditioning.

Contortion (60min)

Aimed at all levels, this 60-minute class will hone body awareness, and deeply improve flexibility at the core skill-base of the circus performer via a system of innovative stretching techniques.


“Train, don’t strain”

Arthur Lydiard

“If we did all the things we were capable of,
we would astound ourselves”.

Thomas Edison   



1/739 Great South Rd
Penrose, Auckland 


to get in CONTACT call

ph. 09 579 83 73

or email


Beginner, intermediate and adept aerial classes for both kids and adults cover a range of equipment alongisde strength and flexibility work and performance creation and practise.

All circus classes are fully structured with a set curriculum of learning and fun!


Each class begins with a fun and educational warm up. Warm ups take 10 -15 mins and differ from week to week in order to maximize learning of basic anatomy and strategy. A combination of aerobic games, mobilization techniques and stretches will ensure all bodies are firing, limber and ready for the challenges of circus.

With all kids circus classes conditioning is a vital part of the 10 min warm down. Strengthening the muscles is so very important to keep joints and ligaments safe, especially in growing bodies.


Open Training at our Aerial School

We are so happy to be able to offer open circus training at The Dust Palace.  In order to get the most out of your circus training, and in order to develop faster, time on the gear is paramount!

Each open training session has an experienced monitor in charge to ensure safety on the aerial equipment.

We're open 7 days, and centrally located just off the motorway in Penrose, so whether you’re looking for circus classes in the South, West, East, or North Shore of Auckland, pop in any time to check out the space, or txt Eve on 021822236 or call 09 579 8373 if you want to come in for a trial class!



Circus arts is dangerous by nature. This is why we like to watch it and why most of us like to perform it... it wouldn't be the same if it weren't dangerous. However, when you're learning you want to be sure you're in the safest environment to do so.

There is always someone onsite with first-aid training and a first aid kit is readily available. The safety rules of the space are not negotiable and we will ensure they are clear, readily available and adhered to at all times.


Friday 16th December (technical rehearsals and dress rehearsal)

Saturday 17th December (matinee and evening show)

Sunday 18th December (matinee and evening show)

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