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

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

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Pitch Catch Spring
March 7 - April 8, '22

Pitch Catch Circus School is thrilled to offer its 7th annual Spring Program in Asheville, NC. Join coaches Niko Douwes, Blox Acrobatics, Christine Moonbeam, Ryan Hamity, and Cassie Preyss for a 5-week partner acro intensive.


We’ll be offering 3 concurrent tracks for intermediate, advanced, and proficieny track students. Students 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, adagio, group acro and optional icarian modules. Partner acrobatics training is rounded out by instruction in tumbling, handstands, flexibility, pre-hab/ conditioning and dance. Students also receive a minimum of 30 minutes per week in private instruction. Classes typically run 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday, with open gym time on Saturday afternoon. Click here to see a sample weekly schedule.

BIPOC and Trans Fellowships and Scholarship: 

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  8 fellowships to the program for BIPOC and trans students. This fellowship provides full access to the program at zero cost to the student, and is not based on financial need, but rather in recognition of the value that these students bring to the program.


Additionally, we will be offering 2 scholarships that include a housing and food stipend for a BIPOC and/or trans student that demonstrates financial need. Click here to fill out a very brief application.

Helping Bases and Flyers

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 bases and flyers. Helping Bases and Flyers offer their support in up to 5 lower level classes per week in exchange for a 75% discount. If you are interested in being a helping base/flyer, please fill out this brief application.

Where:  Asheville, NC

Level:     Intermediate, Advanced, Proficiency

When:    March 7 - April 8th.

Facility:  Fearless Athletics

Cost:       SLIDING SCALE (what is this? see below)

                     5 Weeks: $1,375 - $3,250

                       4 Weeks: $1,100 - $2,600

                       3 Weeks: $825 - $2,250

                       2 Weeks: $550 - $1,500

                       *cost for proficiency track is 30% less

Coaches: Ellio Blox, Ryan Hamity, Cassie Drew, 

                    Niko Douwes, Christine Moonbeam

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 adagio and group acrobatics. This level is also an excellent place for acrobats who may have already mastered these skills but have stepped away from training during the pandemic and want to rebuild strength and confidence

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 and one arms.

Proficiency Track

Formerly known as the alumni track, our Proficiency 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 and want a more self-directed experience. It is most suitable for folks that have already taken 9 weeks of the advanced track, but we also want to make it accessible to others working at a similar level. The Proficiency program will include both structured classes and also autonomous training time. It is recommended though not required that students on the Proficiency track come with a partnership or training group. We will do our best to help students without training partners connect with others on this track.

Who should apply?

This year's program is for intermediate, advanced and advanced plus 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


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/Trans 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. Thank you for training 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.

Per Week Income                 Per Week Payment

Over $1,800                            $700

$1,200 - $1,800                       $450 - $700

$800 - $1,200                         $350 - $450

$600 - $800                           $300 - $350

Under $600                            $275 - $300              

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


Photo credit: Nate Northey


At this time, while we would prefer to be more inclusive and understand there are many reasons people choose not to be vaccinated, we are currently only admitting students who are fully vaccinated, unless a student has a medical exemption and can show evidence from their healthcare provider for such. Students will be asked to show proof of vaccination and obtain a negative COVID test before joining the program. Students with a medical exemption will be asked to undertake additional quarantining and testing precautions.