For community members who have demonstrated sufficient skill level, safety awareness, and an ability to share the space in a respectful manner, we are happy to offer the ability to train here on your own as Individual Users.





  • Contact the Student Services Team by e-mail or phone (415-759-8123) during our open hours (Mon-Thurs 9:30am-8:30pm, Fri 9am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, & Sun 9:30am-8:30pm) about starting an application.

  • Once you have filled out your section of the application, you will need to receive instructor approval for your skill level in one of three ways:

    • E-mail the Student Services Team ( a video of yourself training or performing the skills you would like to be approved for. The video should be at least 3 minutes in length and clearly feature yourself rather than a group of individuals.

    • Attend an introductory or all-levels class and talk to the instructor (time in class permitting)

    • Schedule a Private Lesson with an instructor

  • If you are applying to be approved as an Aerial Individual User, a rigging lesson is required in order to rig any equipment. This lesson covers the inspection of your personal equipment and important safety practices, rules, and regulations. A rigging lesson fee of $35 applies. To request a lesson, speak to the front desk about setting an appointment.

  • Once your application is fully approved, you must pay a membership fee. Anyone in a training space, whether they are training, rehearsing, volunteering, spotting, holding ropes, or giving feedback, is considered an Individual User. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and not proratable for holidays, gym closures, or any other reason.

  • If you are approved for IU but are away from Circus Center for more than 6 months, you MAY be required to gain approvals again.


  • Single Day: $10

  • One Month: $40

  • Three Months: $100

Individual Users who are also current Circus Center students receive a 20% discount off these rates (i.e., $8/day, $32/month, $80/three months). You must have active, unexpired classes on your account in order to qualify.


To reserve space, contact the Student Services Team by phone (415-759-8123) or e-mail Please DO NOT turn up in the lobby without a reservation and expect to get the space you want. We are a very busy facility and it is best to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.

A few resources to help you in the booking process:

  • Our hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 8:30 pm, Friday 9 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday 9:30 am – 8:00 pm. Some classes may extend beyond these hours, but all Individual Users are not permitted to train outside these stated hours.

  • The facility is unavailable for Individual User training during Youth Training, 4 - 6:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
  • To see what classes are offered at what times, check the Schedule page.
  • To see what else might be going on (like parties, workshops, performances, and building closures), check the Circus Center Official calendar right below.

  • For a map of the points and stations in the main gym, check our Main Gym map right below.

  • As a school, we give classes, parties, and private lessons booking priority over individual users.


Student training with straps | Circus Center

Student striking a pose on the static trapeze | Circus Center



Main floor

second floor




Map of the Main Gym | Circus Center | San Francisco





  • Follow our safety rules and regulations. Spotting is not included in your membership fee.

  • Use mats. An 8” crash mat is required under all apparatuses.

  • Get approved for each apparatus you use.
  • Don’t touch our rigging without prior approval. Only our rigger may approve and perform rigging changes.



  • Leave our facility in the same or better shape than you find it. Use the posted “Resting State” photos to ensure that all items are returned to their proper locations.

  • Tell us which point(s) you’re using or reserve a point in advance.

  • Take your personal equipment home. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged belongings.



  • Stay positive.

  • Abide by our Behavior And Personal Conduct policy.

  • Report dangerous behavior or equipment immediately to staff.
  • Refrain from impromptu training (receiving instruction from a staff member outside of a class or Private Lesson). It is strictly prohibited.

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