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New! Hand to Hand Intensive! 5 days, June 2018

New! Hand to Hand Intensive! 5 days, June 2018

Pitch Catch Fall
october 16 - Nov 17

Pitch Catch Circus School is thrilled to offer its 8th annual Fall Program in Asheville, NC. Join coaches Niko Douwes, Blox, Christine Moonbeam, Ryan Hamity, Micah Ellinger, Cassie Preyss, Ariel Mihic and Z Farrell for a 5-week partner acro intensive.


We’ll be offering 3 concurrent tracks for intermediate, advanced, and proficiency track studentsStudents are encouraged to attend the full 5 weeks, but may attend as little as 2 weeks. One week minimum for returning students. Arrangements can be made for half days or partial weeks to accommodate locals or remote work schedules.


The 30-hr per week program focuses on standing acrobatics including hand to hand, group acro and optional Icarian modules. Partner acrobatics training is rounded out by instruction in tumbling, handstands, flexibility, pre-hab/conditioning. Students also receive a minimum of 30 minutes per week in private instruction. Classes will run from 8:15am - 4:15pm, Monday - Friday. Open gym will occur on Saturday evenings 4:30 - 8:30pm. Click here to see a sample weekly schedule.

Please note, because social justice is an essential value of Pitch Catch, we do require all students who benefit from white privilege to attend a training on power dynamics, and we also offer additional trainings conversations throughout the program.

Fellowships and Scholarship for BIPOC Students: 

We recognize that the very quality of our programs depends on the diversity of our students, and in order to provide recompense for that value, we are offering up to 12 fellowships to the program for students who identify as black, Native American (Indian), First Nations, Latinx, Asian, and/or mixed race. This fellowship provides full access to the program at zero or reduced cost.


Additionally, we will be offering up to 3 scholarships that include a housing/travel stipend for BIPOC students that have financial need. For more information and to apply, click here to fill out a  brief application. Please note you will also need to fill out our full application form.

New this year -- we will also be offering 1 "hardship" scholarship to someone who may not fit into the categories above but has experienced significant hardship in their life -- this may be someone who has served jail time, recovered from addiction, lives with a disability, or is making it work as a single parent. This scholarship will cover full tuition, and may also be eligible for a housing stipend. Click here to fill out a brief application. You may be asked to submit financial documentation.

Helping Acrobats

In order to best support our less experienced students, and to provide a way to make the program more economical for some students, we are accepting applications for up to 8 helping acrobats. Helping acrobats must have a high level of proficiency in spotting and performing advanced standing skills (i.e. you must easily meet the requirements for the advanced track).  It is most ideal if helping acrobats have taken Pitch Catch courses previously, but a sufficient knowledge of standing skills can substitute. Helping acrobats offer their support in up to 5 lower level classes per week in exchange for a significant discount.  Click here to fill out the helping acrobat application. You will also need to fill out our full application form

Work Trade

We offer a very limited amount of work trade opportunities for students that are unable to afford the bottom of the sliding scale and do not fit into any of the above categories. Work trade tasks may include cleaning, child care, social media and hosting open training sessions. If you would like to apply for work trade, please email

Where:  Asheville, NC

Level:     Intermediate, Advanced, Proficiency

When:    October 16 - November 17th

Facility:  Osega Dream Academy

                  260 Rutledge Rd, Arden, NC 28704

Cost:       SLIDING SCALE -- early bird through July 1st!  (see below for more info on sliding scale)

                   5 Weeks: $1,625 - $3,425

                       4 Weeks: $1,380 - $2,775

                       3 Weeks: $1,125 - $2,425

                       2 Weeks: $800 - $1,675               

Coaches: Blox, Ryan Hamity, Cassie Drew,  Niko Douwes, Christine Moonbeam, Jeremy Martin, Micah Ellinger, Z Farrell, Ariel Mihic, Ilana Blankman

COVID Policy

We have decided to open the program this spring to non-vaccinated people. We will still ask for testing prior to (and potentially during) the program, and may request masking or quarantining as the COVID situation calls for at the time of the course. 

Intermediate Track

Our intermediate program is designed for students working toward mastery of standing hand to hand and other higher level standing skills as well as Icarian and group acrobatics. The intermediate track will run weeks 1 - 3. Students who join weeks 1 or 2 or who have attended Pitch Catch before may stay through the end of the program--we will run a melded track weeks 4-5. 

Advanced Track

Our Advanced track program is designed for students experienced with standing hand to hand. We will focus on dynamic hand to hand entrances (ie: inlocates, relocates and more), toe pitching, swinging, banquine, extended h2h/f2h, knots, mono skills and more.

Proficiency Track

Our Proficiency Track (Pro Track) is for students working on dynamic skills (i.e. cascades, corbettes, etc) and/or high level skills (one arms, extended entrances/exits to h2h, etc), who are experienced acrobats. It is most suitable for folks that have already taken 5 weeks of the advanced track, but  others working at a similar level are welcome to join. The Proficiency program will include both structured classes and autonomous training time. It is strongly recommended though not required that students on the Proficiency track come with a partnership or training group. We cannot guarantee you will be able to train consistently at your level if you come without a partner/group, however we will do our best to help students without training partners connect with others on this track prior to the program. Also, please note that we will be unable to run the Pro Track without a minimum of 10 students. If we do not have sufficient students to run this track, we will offer a discounted rate for private lessons, handstand/tumbling training and training space.



At Pitch Catch we strive to make circus accessible to all types of people with skill and heart regardless of their economic  background. We ask that you accurately access your income-making POTENTIAL (i.e. not just your monthly earnings, but assets, education, etc.) when paying for this program. If you are able to pay more for the program, your contribution supports our BIPOC scholarships and helps grant access to others who may not otherwise be able to enjoy the benefits of circus. It also helps ensure we are able to continue offering this program in years to come. We strive not to turn folks away for lack of funds, so if the cost of the program is a major obstacle, be in touch with us.

Here is a rough guideline, recognizing that it may vary quite a bit based on how many people you support with your income and/or what assets/debt you have.       

If you need additional helping conceptualizing this, we really like the graphic to the right.

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Who should apply?

This year's program is for intermediate, advanced and proficiency level acrobats. 

  • Show proven dedication and discipline to training as well as a positive team attitude

  • Looking to improve their professional skill set and/or committed to raising their personal practice to the next level

  • Hoping to gain a greater level of technical understanding​

  • Excited about building and strengthening their acro community in an inclusive way

  • Interested in working with others collaboratively rather than competitively

  • Interested in delving deeper into foundations and technique of having a healthy acro practice


Photo credit: Alex Giordano

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