A Chance to Run Off and Join the Circus — in JP!

Ever been tempted to learn to juggle, walk on stilts, fly through the air on trapeze or master aerial silks? Here’s your close-to-home chance: Commonwealth Circus Center is looking to launch circus classes in Jamaica Plain later this year.

The space, according to the circus’ Indiegogo fundraising page, is a 5,000-square-foot warehouse with 26-foot ceilings located between the Forest Hills and Green Street MBTA stations. Boston magazine reports the warehouse is a former Boston Globe distribution center located at 4 Brookley Road.

The circus hopes to hold a grand opening Sept. 4. In the meantime, it plans to open in August for youth programs. Per the Indiegogo page:

Our vision at the Commonwealth Circus Center is to build a school where students of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn circus. Our recreational programs will feature over 70 classes per week in disciplines ranging from partner acrobatics to aerials and more. In addition to these classes we will be partnering with nationally recognized local social circus organization Circus Up to offer free and reduced cost classes at our space and at local community centers and schools for youth who would not otherwise have access to circus.

The group says it needs $80,000 to open its doors, and between private loans and personal investments are well on their way to funding the cost of renting and renovating the space. In addition, the circus sought to raise $10,000 through its online fundraiser — a goal they already surpassed since launching the effort in April.

Ready to run off (at least as far as Brookley Road) and join the circus? Visit the Commonwealth Circus website for more information.