Studio policies


ARRIVAL: Arrive to the studio 10 minutes before your scheduled class, providing enough time to park, get dressed and ready for class. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late to the studio will not be allowed to attend class and will not be refunded.

ATTIRE: For all beginner level classes at Arkansas Circus Arts, leggings and a t-shirt/tank top with no metal (zippers or buttons) are appropriate attire for class. As a student progresses, leotard and leggings are recommended in all aerial arts classes with the exception of pole, where shorts are recommended for a better grip on the pole. Please wear class appropriate attire in the studio and be fully clothed when entering or exiting the studio grounds. Wearing undergarments only is not allowed during pole activities. Street shoes must be removed before entering the classroom. Pole heels and “dressing up” are always optional and welcomed if desired.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Arkansas Circus Arts will follow the Little Rock School District's inclement weather policy. If LRSD is closed, Arkansas Circus Arts is closed. We may open the studio if conditions improve during the day. Please check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for the most up to date information.

CANCELLATIONS: If within two hours of a scheduled class and two students or less has signed up, Arkansas Circus Arts reserves the right to cancel the class. Students will NOT be charged for a class that they are signed up for if ACA needs to cancel due to low sign ups, instructor emergency, or inclement weather. If you need to cancel a class or private lesson reservation, please do so at least 12 hours before the scheduled appointment to avoid being charged.  Student will have the option to convert the class to a private lesson or Open Gym. If you are unable to cancel before the 12 hours leading up to your reservation, you will lose that class credit and therefore will not be refunded.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons must be paid in full, in advance to reserve studio and instructor time. A cancellation notice of 24 hours must be given to receive a full refund. The student may reschedule their private lesson for another date and time. You may email, text, or call to schedule or cancel your private lesson. Any cancellations made in less than 24 hours will not receive a refund.

STUDIO PARTIES: Studio parties must pay a 50% non-refundable deposit in advance to reserve studio and instructor time. Once a deposit has been received, your date and time will be reserved. Private parties must give a cancellation notice of at least 48 hours for a full refund. Parties that cancel less than 48 hours of their scheduled appointment will not receive a refund.

SKILL PROGRESSIONS: Arkansas Circus Arts offers class based on skill level. Each level and class type has its own skill progressions. Ask your instructor for more information on these skills required to move to a higher level class. For all required progression skills, you must be able to execute each skill cleanly and without prompting or review from the instructor. For all strength requirements, it is important that you know how to maintain proper body positioning for your safety. Clean form is equally important as your ability to execute the skill.


Adult Classes

DROP IN STUDENTS: We accept drop in (walk in) students if there is space available in class. We strongly encourage students to sign up online ahead of time to secure a spot in class.

OPEN GYM: Teaching, student to student skill share, and learning from the internet is strictly prohibited during open gym time.  If you have a question/concern about a skill that you learned in class, feel free to ask the open studio host. Only trained staff members may rig or handle aerial equipment, ask for assistance from a staff member if you need equipment adjusted for you.

18 AND UNDER: Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parental guardian to sign a consent waiver upon their first studio visit or have their parental guardian complete a student account for them online through our website. All regular adult classes are for students ages 16 and must be approved prior to attendance. We offer youth and teen classes throughout the year. Please register your child for age appropriate circus classes.


Youth & Teen classes

TUITION: All Classes must be paid for in advance. Tuition is due by the 1st of each month and must be paid monthly by check or credit/debit card draft. There are NO refunds for missed or dropped classes - tuition is based on enrollment not attendance. WRITTEN notice must be given to drop a class. The only exception is Circus Camps, Intensives and Special Workshops as these are one time fees. Paid tuition is non-refundable.

LATE FEES: A $15 late fee will be applied on the 10th of each month if tuition is not paid in full. 

MONTHLY PAYMENTS: Tuition is paid by monthly credit/debit card draft or by check.  The credit card information we have on file will be used to pay your tuition and fees at Arkansas Circus Arts. After your account is approved, registration and tuition fees will be charged. All recurring tuition fees are drafted on the 1st of every month. You may change your card at any time by logging into the student portal or at the ACA Front Desk.

REFUNDS: NO credits, adjustments or refunds will be given. There are NO refunds for missed or dropped classes.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Class attendance is essential and determines the success of our student’s progress, sense of accomplishment, technical development and confidence. While we love 100% attendance, we understand that is not always possible. If your child will be absent for any reason, please notify the studio by phone or email. If available, your child may attend a make-up class.

MAKE-UP CLASS POLICY: Make-up classes may be scheduled at the time you notify the studio of your child’s absence. Please be note, there is NO guarantee that your child will be able to make-up a missed class. Make-up classes are based on available space.  

WITHDRAW POLICY: You may withdraw from classes at any time. Drop requests must be submitted in WRITING and must be received by Arkansas Circus Arts personnel before the 1st of the month. If we do not receive the written request, tuition will continue to be billed.

DISCOUNTS: Families who have 1 or more students enrolled at Arkansas Circus Arts will receive a 20% discount on their monthly tuition.