It’s time to update circus practice and bring it to the 21st century.

What do you really have to take into account in circus training, pole dancing, hand balancing and other physically demanding situations that require great skill?

What does scientific evidence say about training, skill acquisition and injuries?

Deal with your training like a pro and learn things you never learnt at any school. Instructors: Atte Niittykangas, Henri Hänninen and Mikko Rinnevuori

Preliminary program and content

Day 1: ”The foundations”

Klo 12.00-12.30 “Why Circus 2.0?”

Klo 12.30-14.30 Modern strength- and mobility training for circus arts – How to guarantee a long career as a bullet-proof circus artist – Henri Hänninen

Klo 14.30-15.30 Lunch-break

Klo 15.30-18.00 Modern rehab: Healing, pain, and when to get back to performing – Atte Niittykangas

Klo 18.00-18.30 Snacks + Coffee/tea + Healing the participants’ traumas

Klo 18.30-20.00 Modern skill training: Extremely difficult skills and programming your skill training – Mikko Rinnevuori

Day 2: “The next level”

Klo 9:00-11:00 Long-term training strategies: Injury prevention, quantifying and monitoring the training load, and programming your training. – Henri Hänninen

Klo 11.00-12.00 Lunch-break

Klo 12:00-14:00 Long-term injury prevention: Tests, methods that work, and recovery – Atte Niittykangas

Klo 14.00-14:30 Snacks + Coffee/tea + The teachers own opinions on the subject of Circus 2.0

Klo 14:30-17:00 Long-term learning methods and –strategies: Differential learning, non-linear pedagogy, metacognitions and learning narratives – Mikko Rinnevuori


Atte Niittykangas, physiotherapist, headmaster, circus artist

”I know how a bulletproof circus artist trains. Shoulder- and knee pain don’t need to be a part of everyday life.” – Atte

Henri Hänninen, B.Sc. (science of sport coaching and fitness testing), S&C coach, circus artist

”Mobility training doesn’t mean doing your warm-up and/or cool down by sitting in splits for 30 minutes.”

Mikko Rinnevuori, M.A. (education), author, circus artist, headmaster

”Did you know that the scientific consensus seems to be that the monotonous repetition of difficult skills doesn’t make you more skilful? Instead you should periodize your skill training.”

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