Fall Dates to be Announced by August 6th


If you are interested in the next time this course is offered or if the times of the course don't work for you, please email me at [email protected]


Hi! And Welcome

I am Emily Scherb a Doctor of Physical Therapy with an insatiable curiosity for learning combined with over 30 years of circus experience as a student, instructor, and performer.


In this 6 week course, I want to share the knowledge I have gained with the community that helped me learn it! Join me in learning how we can best support circus bodies.


Starting Monday SEPTEMBER 6 we will meet once a week for six weeks at 9 AM PDT (check your time zone) for 2 hours. The course will be lecture based with tons of time for Q&A and peer learning.

(note: there will be no class on October 11. The final class will be held on October 18)


The course will be recorded, but you will get the most out of it if you are able to join live and participate. Please be able to attend the majority of the sessions.


There are limited spots available to allow for ample discussion and plenty of time for questions and answers

Circus Bodies are Different


We know circus bodies can be incredible instruments of performance and strength. But, when we look to other sports, art forms, and science to guide our training and practice we can see how different the demands of circus are. This course will help you pick apart the knowledge that helps our artists train well and get stronger, and the data that just doesn't apply (and WHY).


We'll touch on everything from how artists approach their training and their body, what training should look like, what flexibility is "normal", how (and when) artists present with injuries, what the most common injuries are, and what to assess in circus skills on the ground and in the air to keep artists safe.


Oh and did I mention WHY! We will discuss WHY each of these things are important for circus bodies to train safely..

Train Circus Smart


When I started doing circus over 30 years ago there were only a few schools and very little in the way of resources for instructors or students. What was there was passed down from instructors to students and to each other. Now, we have seen circus explode in popularity and knowledge is being shared and gained from around the world and across the internet, BUT how do we decipher what information is best for students who are learning, and what has been changed through years of playing telephone or wasn't solid advice in the first place?

Who is this course for?


  • Instructors who want to know the WHY behind what they are teaching
  • Instructors who wonder what they could be doing to help students continue to progress without getting "stuck"
  • Instructors who are open to learning and collaborating with their peers to push us all to the next level
  • Instructors who want to be a the forefront of the industry with biomechanically sound teaching practices
  • Instructors who are ready to boost their knowledge and career to the next level


Prerequisites: 

  1. Basic anatomy knowledge. We will review some concepts, but this is not an anatomy course. 
  2. Teaching circus for a minimum of 1 year. I envision this as a collaborative group with active discussion and I hope we'll all have stories to share and examples to reference as we cover different topics.



Movement Patterns

Recognize faulty mechanics and learn which components matter and WHY.

Circus Injuries

What does it mean when a student's body hurts? When do you need to tell them to seek care? What can be corrected with technique?

Training and Exercises


What is the best way to train? How can we help artists achieve their goals. We will discuss the science of training and the best pre-hab for warm up and prevention of circus injuries.

Example Curriculum

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Enrollment in this course is currently closed.


Have questions?

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Feel free to reach out and ask! Email me at [email protected]

I'm always available for questions.