Classes - What's On
Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July

All Classes $25
Shows $15 - $20
Festival Package $52 includes LEFT
+ 2 other shows or workshops
purchase via box office only 9754 8723

Burrinja Circus Festival

Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July
Nine days of circus fun for everyone!

See the full Festival Program here.

Workshops with Ruccis!

Learn amazing skills and tricks with the Ruccis Circus Team!

Image: Tania Pendelbury

Image: David Wyatt

Circus All Sorts
This class covers a huge range of skills: juggling, acro-balance, trapeze, silks, tumbling, hula-hoops and more! If you’re looking for a taste of all things circus, this is the class for you.
Mon 29 June, 10 am – 11:30am  (3-5 year olds)
Mon 29 June, 12noon – 2pm (5-8year olds)
Thurs 2 July, 12noon – 2pm (5-8 year olds)

Circus Aerials
This class gets you up in the air! Learn to climb, spin, wrap and fling yourself in circus style. The skills covered include trapeze, silks, aerial ring, cloud-swing and hammock.
Mon 29 June 2pm – 4pm (7-12 year olds)
Thurs 2 July 2pm - 4pm (5- 8 year olds)

Fun With Stilts
Become a giant! This class teaches students how to master the art of stilt walking.
Tues 30 June 10am – noon (all ages)
Weds 1 July 2:30pm -4:30pm (all ages)
* A parent helper is required for each student.
*you will need to wear closed toe shoes

Tightrope and Globe Walking
Find the perfect balance. In this class you will learn the technique for walking the tightrope and balancing on a giant ball!
Tues 30 June 12:30 – 2:30pm (all ages)
Weds 1 July  12:30 – 2:30pm (all ages)
* A parent helper is required for each student.

Circus Tumbling
For stuntmen and stuntwomen in the making! This workshop will teach you to roll, flip and fly through the air; covering rolls, cartwheels, handstands and basic mini-tramp.
Weds 1 July 10:30 – 12noon (5-8year olds)

Circus Buddies 
This parent and child class uses partner activities to explore the circus arts: trapeze, tumbling, juggling and more! A unique way of family bonding that promotes physical activity and improves co-ordination.
Thurs 2 July  10am – 11:30am (3-5 year olds)
* A parent helper is required for each student.


Burrinja Circus Festival Shows!

Extraordinary circus experience for the whole family!

Image: Robert Blackburn
Winner of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe People’s Choice Award, LEFT is a breathtaking, risk-taking, heartbreaking circus. Joyous, funny, heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring, a show all about the importance of community, what it takes to build them and what happens when someone suddenly leaves or is lost.
Show deals with issues of loss and grief,  suitable for all ages
Sat 4 July, 6:30pm
All tickets $20, Concession/Jarmbi $16,  Family 4+ $16ea
More info

Dream Big

Settle in and get comfortable as the students of Ruccis take you on a journey through the land of dreams.
Saturday 27 June, 6:30pm (students who train on Tues & Wed)
Sunday 28 June, 6:30pm (Students who train on Thurs & Sat)
Adult $20. Concession/Jarmbi $16
More info

Lucid is a student produced cabaret of contemporary circus arts including aerial silks, hand balancing, walking globe and much much more!
Sunday 5 July, 2pm
Adult $20. Concession/Jarmbi $16
More info

Roll up Roll up! Run away to the circus with this fun and physical show by Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff!
With Hula-Hoops, Unicycle, Magic and Spinning Plates Luth takes children aged  3 – 5 on a madcap circus adventure, with plenty of help from the audience!
Friday 3 July, 10:30am  (45 minute duration)
All tickets $15 (Ideal for children 3-5 years old)
More info
30 June - 3 July

Early Bird Discount $17 (until June 26)
*T.shirts $24, E. Bird, $20

Burrinja Childrens' Holiday Art Classes

Tues 30th June
10.30am–12pm Watercolours Reflections
1.15pm-2.45pm Fantasy Trees, Leaf Rubbings dyes textures

Wed 1st July
10.30am-12pm Watercolour Birds
1.15pm-2.45pm Fun Drawings with Dyes, Straws

Thurs 2nd July
10.30am-12pm Felt shoulder bags *sewing skills required
Wool twists, plaiting, decoration
1.15pm-2.45pm Tie Dyed T.shirts & necklaces or cartoons $24, E. Bird ($20 until 26/6)
* Adults welcome. BYO t.shirt, make a necklace or cartoon

Fri 3rd July
10.30am-12pm Drawings of Owls with pastels and pencils

For bookings contact : Bev 0449 654 343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Term Three
Wednesdays15 July - 16 September
Thursdays 16 July - 17 September


Black Box Studio

Rainbows and Sparkles

An art group for preschoolers with an emphasis on parent/carer participation.

Children and adults have fun exploring creative activities together such as singing, movement, playing musical instruments and making art using a variety of media.

Classes are facilitated by Gill Cruikshank who ran this popular group for several years prior to building works. Gill also works with Dee Whittington and her ‘movement’ groups on creative support for performances.

For your first Rainbows and Sparkles we recommend a $10 trial. Call the Box office to make a booking!

Time: Wednesday/Thursday @ 10am - 11am

Wednesdays 15 July - 16 September
Thursdays16 July - 17 September
Contact Burrinja Box office for availability

Cost: $100 for 10 Sessions

Limited spaces available
Bookings via Box Office only. Phone (03) 9754 8723


Saturday 18 July 2015
(3hrs: 12.00pm – 3.00pm)


Burrinja Arts Workshop


$50 per student

Smash and Chat

Do you want to get creative with crockery?

The long awaited 'one off' Mosaic Workshop is finally here...
This workshop serves as a 3 hours window of opportunity to mosaic on whatever personal project you may have currently brewing ... This session provides the opportunity to 'drop in' and get creative on any mosaic project you have started or plan to start, with a group of fellow mosaic enthusiasts.

Jessie Journoud-Ryan will be thrilled to assist and advise you with your current projects and a selection of crockery, adhesives and basic tools will be available to you. Please come also prepared with your own crockery, tools and own prepared surfaces to mosaic.

Please note that you do not need to be an expert, but this is not a comprehensive beginner's workshop, but rather, this is a drop in Mosaic session.

Please note that an extra charge of $10 is applicable (and payable on the day) if you need to purchase a prepared (scored and primed) surface to Mosaic.
A selection of the artist's own tile and crockery collection and adhesives will be available.

Book Online here, or contact the Box Office on 9754 8723



Term 3:
Thursday 30th July
Thursday 17 Sept


Black Box Studio


1:30pm - 2:30pm

Rainbows and Sparkles | Monthly Craft Play Date

Play Dates are perfect for 3 - 4 year olds who just want to spend time getting messy with art experiences and a favourite adult!

As with Rainbows & Sparkles, this is a parent/carer participation class and is an ideal opportunity for an hour of quality mess making time without the clean up!

Bookings and payments in advance are essential.
Limited spaces available.

$12 per class | Suitable ages: 3 – 4 year olds


upcoming class dates
announced soon


Black Box Studio

Creative Movement and Drama Classes

Classes are facilitated by Dee Whittington who has many years experience with children and youth of all ages in the areas of creative movement, drama and music, with fabulous outcomes for the participants.

Play Up at Burrinja (Ages 5-6 years)
The emphasis for this age group is on creative play and improvisation. Classes are designed to stimulate the imagination of young children, through participation in various drama, music and movement activities.
When: Wednesday 4-5pm.

Act Up at Burrinja (Ages 7-9 years) 
These fun filled classes are designed to encourage children to become confident in presenting their own ideas and to work together in a group. This is achieved through movement, poetry, songs, scripts and theatre games; providing safe, supported performance opportunities.
When: Wednesday 5-6pm.

When: Term 2 runs from 15 April - 24 June
Cost: $143 for term 2 (11 weeks)

Advance Troupe (By invitation only) 
This class is for students showing the commitment to work within certain guidelines enabling them to extend their drama experience and skills.  It will be a class requiring focus and dedication and within these guidelines each student should have a fully rounded drama experience, still full of creativity and enjoyment but supported by focused behaviour and extended by more advanced scripts, monologues & movement. 

When: Wednesdays 6:30-8.00pm

When: Term 2 runs from 15 April - 24 June
Cost: $220 for term 2 (11 weeks)



Thursdays 30 July - 10 September


$90 (7 weeks)

Creative Writing workshops -
for kids who love to write!

Practical and fun, these workshops give students feedback on their writing and a chance to learn more about editing and writing processes. The facilitator is Pauline Hoskin, a local playwright and author with many years experience teaching English and drama.

Writing fantasy, science fiction and horror! Create imaginary beasts, invent fantastic works and describe terrifying adventures!
Suitable for ages 8 - 11
When: Thursdays, 30 July—10 Sept
Time: 4:15—5:15pm
Cost: $90 (7 weeks)

Limited spaces—so get in quick!

Book online or phone 9754 8723.


Sunday 16th August (1pm -3pm)
Saturday 22nd August (12pm - 3pm)
Sunday 23rd August (12pm - 3pm)
Sunday 30th August (12pm - 3pm)


Burrinja Arts Workshop


$250 per student

August Mosaic Workshop 2015

This workshop of 4 classes will walk you through the creation process step-by-step to create your own small mosaic art piece.

If you are a Beginner wanting to learn the basic skills in order to apply them to larger Mosaic projects in the future, this is the class for you... If you have dabbled in Mosaics before, this may be a refresher opportunity and a means of further experimenting with the medium in order to inspire you for more ambitious pieces in the future.

Classes are run by Studio artist and qualified teacher Jessie Journoud-Ryan
Most materials and tools used on site are provided, but you will need to provide your own crockery, protective gloves for grouting, an old towel and a hammer.

Most materials are supplied, including a selection of the artist's own tile and crockery collection and a descriptive easy to follow 10 step guide to creating your own mosaic artwork.
On completion of the workshop you will have a completed and grouted mosaic, ready to hang up at home.

Book Online here, or contact the Box Office on 9754 8723



Ongoing Classes from
30 January 2015


13A Erica Avenue, Boronia

Nicole Rizio has moved to 13A Erica Avenue, Boronia

Learn to play Piano the Simply Music Way.

Simply Music Piano
Simply Music Piano is a remarkable, Australian- developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens adults and seniors playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment piano pieces from the first lesson.

Soul Journey
Realise the hidden potential within. A journey of self discovery that introduces you to your creative abilities in both music and art.
Using simple piano improvisation techniques, learn to add your own personal sound-track to your paintings created in class.
No piano or drawing experience necessary.

Drum Circle
A fun dynamic way to discover your musical abilities through rhythm.
No experience necessary.

Tuition is also available for: Piano accordian, flute, violin, clarinet and tenor sax
Group and private lessons available

More Info at: www.harmoniousmelodies.com.au
Bookings: via Nicole on 0417 844 590

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 November (10:00am - 4:30pm)
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 November (10:00am - 4:30pm)
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 November (10:00am - 4:30pm)

Burrinja Arts Workshop


$450 for 6 day intensive workshop (6hrs per day)

The Artist's Journey

The ‘The Artist’s Journey’ workshop explores what prevents us from working creatively by identifying the issues faced by all ‘creatives’ and how we can manage them.  Using simple techniques which assist us to develop ideas & respond intuitively to materials, participants can learn to overcome blocks & begin their creative process with confidence.
This workshop is important for artist’s working across many creative disciplines, encouraging exploration, observation, permission to ‘play’ to discover new inspiration,  and teaches you a design process which will take you from the ideas stage through to realisation of work which is stimulating & expressive. Design Elements & Principals underpin all workshop activities.

This residency will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure participants get plenty of attention. Register early to avoid missing out!

The workshop fee includes:

36hrs of face to face workshop/teaching
Kit of basic materials
Comprehensive workshop notes, presented in workbook form
Tea & coffee available in studio am & pm
Lunch from Burrinja café (set choices)
Free entry to three slide lectures
12hrs consultation time with residency artist


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Tel: 9754 8723. Burrinja: Tues–Sun 10am – 4pm,
Café Burrinja: Tues – Sun 9am – 5pm