c/o Commonwealth Circus Center
8 Brookley Rd
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 U.S.A.


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Commonwealth Circus Center

Fridays 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Pay What You Can Fridays aims to help improve access to circus arts education for teens in Boston, while bringing teens from different socioeconomic backgrounds together under one roof to share circus and life together.











All classes have been cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Stay healthy!

*Class schedule is posted/updated approximately each month; please check at the end of each month for the upcoming dates.


The coaches for Pay What You Can Fridays are Vania Chan and Kellyn Morrow!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

All staff, students, and community members are asked to help cultivate this safe, welcoming, and positive environment for circus learning. As part of this effort, Circus Up and C3 (the host studio) require all community members in attendance at Pay What You Can Fridays to follow the below guidelines:


Co-created Circus Up Community Agreements:

  • Agree to and abide by all Studio Safety Policies of Commonwealth Circus Center and Circus Up listed below. Any student who does not follow class guidelines for safety may be asked by any staff member to take a break or leave the studio.

  • Treat people, equipment, and facility with respect.

  • Students are expected to listen to the directions of the coach(es) for the physical and emotional safety of all students. It is up to the discretion of the coach whether this expectation is being met. If not, the coach reserves the right to ask for changes in the class as necessary.

  • All Circus Up students and staff come into the studio with different backgrounds, abilities, and levels in circus experience. All are welcome and valued for their unique contribution.


Studio Safety Policies of Commonwealth Circus Center and Circus Up:

  • Questions? Ask the supervising instructor! Reminder that Circus Up and C3 staff have the final say on all matters pertaining to safety and keeping the culture of the environment safe for all.

  • Do not teach skills to other students, regardless of your perceived risk or difficulty of the skill.

  • Only use equipment that you have been properly trained on, and always use proper matting, rigging, and safety equipment.

  • Listen to instructions. Do not touch equipment until a coach has instructed you to do so. If a student cannot follow instructions they will be asked to take a break from class until they are ready to rejoin the class.

  • Students may arrive anytime between 5-6:00 p.m. In order to participate in the class student must complete the late warm-up posted in the studio. Warming up ensures that all students are safe during their circus training and this is non-negotiable.

  • Ask fellow students before offering feedback, and respect a student’s desire to decline feedback.

  • No headphones while on the equipment. Students may use headphones if they are working on a stationary discipline, such as juggling or flexibility.


Studio Rules:

  • No shoes in the studio.

  • No food or drink in the studio. You are allowed to bring a non-glass water bottle in the studio.

  • Equipment must be put back in its storage spot after use.

  • For the safety of the equipment, students, and staff please take off jewelry and accessories prior to class. No clothing with zippers permitted or anything with exposed metal- because metal and zippers can damage the circus equipment.

  • Be mindful of volume while in the studio.

  • All students must wear a shirt while in the studio.



Pay What You Can Friday’s is designed to welcome all students regardless of what they are able to pay. Please keep in mind that Commonwealth Circus Center charges $10-30 for regular open practice time/class. Consider paying on the higher end of this scale if you are financially able, in order to help further Circus Up's Mission of "using circus arts to overcome social barriers and build community with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities." This is how we bring circus to as many as possible. Thank you!