About NICA Rec
Start your own circus adventure and join one of NICA Rec’s exciting offerings for the public in the best custom-built circus training facilities in Australia!
Improve your fitness, coordination, strength and flexibility while building confidence in a fun and supportive environment. You can learn the basics or specialise in any number of aerial and ground-based circus skills, including handstands, trampolining, tissu, tumbling and straps. There is something engaging and challenging for all ages, body types, skill and fitness levels to enjoy.
Term classes, school holiday programs, workshops, birthday parties, private tuition and come & try circus days are some of the ways to experience the joy of circus and get involved in NICA’s recreational circus community. All courses are taught by experienced trainers and industry professionals.
For professional circus artists we provide access to safe and affordable training space through our Open Training and NICA Alumni Training Programs. These programs are by application only – click through to our Training pages for more information.
And if you’re looking for somewhere to hold a special event or access a rehearsal space, various NICA spaces are available for hire.
For further queries, please contact our NICA Rec team:
T: (+613) 9214 6585
After hours: 0424 067 602
How to book classes and workshops
All term, holiday program and come & try circus class bookings can be made online via our NICA Customer Portal – a secure, online portal you can access from any web device at your convenience. Once you’ve set yourself up with an Account and Student record, the portal will allow you to easily view class options, your account information, enrol in classes, and view and make payments.
Our COVIDsafe policy
View our COVIDsafe policy here.
Our classes, programs & events
Adults, teens & kids
Get fit while having fun and learning impressive new tricks! Term classes allow you to progress and achieve.
Try something new
come & try day
Dream of mastering a handstand? Our Come & Try Circus Day is the perfect opportunity to see what it's all about.
Energetic and interactive fun
Looking for a fun and dynamic activity this school holidays? Join us for NICA’s fun-filled circus holiday program.
Team building & activities
Circus training is loads of fun! Share in the benefits of circus with a workshop developed specifically for you.
In custom circus facilities
Providing a safe training space for NICA students, staff, graduates and other circus professionals.
Polish your performance
Can’t get enough? Offered for a variety of skills and skill levels, private tuition will take you to the next level.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Our term classes follow school terms and are held after school/business hours on Monday to Thursdays and Saturdays. Our school holiday programs for kids and teens aged 5 to 17 years old are available Monday to Friday for two weeks over the school holidays. Come & Try Circus Days for adults are held four times a year on a Saturday during each of the school holidays.
Learn the basics or specialise in any number of aerial and ground-based skills, it’s up to you! All classes will start with a warm-up and stretch, followed by circus skills and a cool down.
Definitely! You can book a single class provided there is room and time left in the term. Trial classes must be booked in by the NICA Rec team so reach out and we’ll get you started.
No worries! Check with our NICA Rec team first and if we have the space and capabilities your fee will be adjusted to account for the remaining weeks.
We offer courses for beginners through to advanced participants of all ages, body types and fitness levels! Choose from one-off through to ongoing classes for anyone aged 5+.
Unfortunately, make-up classes are not always possible. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they’re available for all enrolled classes. We understand that things come up that prevent you from attending so we will try out best to accommodate in another suitable classes within the same term!
If you know you will be absent from a class in advance, please record this in the NICA Customer Portal and we’ll generate make up tokens for you.
Please wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in! We suggest tracksuit pants, short or leggings with a close-fitting T-Shirt or singlet and a jumper or jacket for between activities. Long hair must be tied back, and we ask for all jewellery to be removed. Bring a water bottle – no glass please!
For specific class requirements reach out to the NICA Rec team.
For safety reasons, friends and family are not permitted in the training space once a class has commenced.
Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult prior to classes starting and not left alone in the building at any time.
Don’t worry, we’re experts at this now! All classes cancelled due to lockdowns will be refunded or credited for the value of the affected sessions.
NICA is located at 39-59 Green Street (Corner Green & Thomas Street Prahran VIC 3181). Please note that both streets are one-way.
You can enter NICA via the main glass foyer off the forecourt on Green Street, about half-way down the building.
The roads around NICA have limited 1, 2 and 3 hour street parking. The nearest metered car park is on Union Street (131 - 133 Union Street, Windsor) and opposite the Windsor station on Chapel Street. The Prahran Square carpark is open 24 hours 30-40 Izett Street, Prahran.
Yes! From Flinders Street Station take the Sandringham Line train to Windsor or Prahran Station. Tram Routes 78, 6 or 72 all have stops close to NICA. Tram Routes 5 and 64 run along Dandenong Road – A short walk from NICA. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for timetable information.
All class bookings can be made through our NICA Customer Portal, a secure and online portal that you can access conveniently from any web device. Through our portal you can view all classes, your account information, enrol in classes, and view and make payment. Lost the link? Head back to the NICA website to access it.
All NICA Rec courses must be paid upfront and in full prior to attending.
Our re-enrolment process through the calendar year, is to provide a convenient and seamless booking experience for you. Around 2 weeks before the end of each term we will automatically re-enrol you into the same class for the new term unless you have submitted a class drop request to discontinue your enrolment or are currently enrolled in an excluded class, such as our mini-term classes. All enrolments will be dropped at the end of term 4 allowing for a fresh start for the coming year.
We offer discounts for families enrolling more than one student per term or students enrolling into multiple term classes. A discount of up to 10% will be automatically applied to the second and subsequent booking/s at your checkout in the NICA Customer Portal.
We also provide a 5% discount for Come & Try Circus Day participants to apply to their new term enrolments. Cool, right?
“Thank you ALL so much for such a wonderful year of circus classes this year for our daughter!”
“We were very happy with everything arranged on the day. Will highly recommend NICA to families and friends.”
“Thank you for sending such quality trainers to work with our students, especially with such short notice.”
“I had such a great time on the come and try circus day! The straps class was marvellous!”
"A HUGE thank you for curating such a perfect experience this morning. People have been talking about it all morning and one of the team members who has been here for 10 years said that it was one of the best experiences she's ever had at REA.... and REA does all kinds of fun things! So that's a huge deal."
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