Class Descriptions

trapeze-whooshYour aerial journey begins with learning some basic poses low to the ground, so don’t be intimidated! Some students may benefit from taking Aerial Fitness or Aerial Yoga prior to Level 1; for others Level 1 is an appropriate starting place. The instructor works with you to ensure you move at a pace that is best for you, and you’ll get your own personal skill sheets to track your progress from class to class.

Kids & Teen Classes

If you child loves hanging upside down and climbing around anything he/she can, then do a favor for both of you and bring them to aerial class!  We offer one class kids ages 8-12, and another for teens ages 13-17. In both classes, students will learn the basics of aerial silks and trapeze, and/or sling in a supportive environment with lots of spotting, feedback and drills. They will build strength, flexibility, confidence, and friendships!  No Prerequisites

Aerial Yoga

If you’ve done yoga, many of the poses will be familiar, although modified to incorporate the hammock. If you’re not currently practicing yoga, don’t worry–the instructor demonstrates each pose, and circulates through the room to assist you. We teach a Vinyasa style flow at a medium pace, incorporating both strengthening poses and lengthening stretches. And the gently suspended Savasana is sure to leave you very relaxed.

Aerial yoga can also be arranged as a private group class, or individual lesson. It’s a great activity to try with friends or co-workers.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with yoga is helpful but not required. You should be comfortable coming to seated on the floor from standing and vice versa. PREREGISTRATION ONLINE IS REQUIRED FOR AERIAL YOGA DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF HAMMOCKS.

Aerial Fitness

This strength and flexibility class that prepares you for, or supplements aerial arts training. We do strength building drills using variety of aerial apparatus, and end the class with some flexibility drills to keep those newfound muscles limber.  Some examples of what we might do are: TRX style moves using the silks, holding core and/or glute strengthener positions on the equipment (release and repeat) and various pull ups, knee hangs, and muscular balances on the lyras or trapezes.

If you are interested in aerial arts, but feeling your level of fitness isn’t quite there yet — or you are currently training in aerial arts but feel you’ve hit a plateau, this class is a great way to meet your goals in a fun, challenging, and positive environment! Everything can be modified to your level.  For example, you can do a pull up type exercise with your feet still on the foot, lifting as much weight as you’re able to into your arms with your feet still partially touching the floor. No Prerequisites

Aerial Apparatus Classes happy-inversion

Level 1:

Level 1 is about building a level of comfort with the aerial apparatus. On silks, we’ll work through “bunny knot” moves, introduce footlock moves, and learn the fundamentals of climbing. We use trapeze bars and lyras from 3 to 6 feet from the ground. On both horizontal apparatuses (trapeze and lyra) we learn basic mounts and simple poses on and underneath the bar. Students with a strong physical background may progress from Level 1 to Level 2 fairly quickly (1-2 months). Others may work in Aerial Fitness or Level 1 classes for some time before moving on.

Prerequisites: Stand on 1 leg, while lifting other leg for 15 seconds, hold plank with good form for 45 seconds, 5 pushups, hold boat pose for 15 seconds

Example Skills:

  • Silks: Flying Dutchman, Rebecca Split (full sequence) Regular, Russian & Switch Foot climbs, Double Footlocks, Georgia Twist, Single Tick-tock, Hipkey in the knot
  • Trapeze: Solid Basket Entry, Mermaid to Star, Standing Balances, Pullover to Hiphang, Upward Arrow, Spotted Knee Hang,
  • Lyra: Single Leg Mount, Horse, Stag, L-Sit, Craddle, Mermaid, Pullover mount, Arabesque,  Man in the Moon, Coffin, Wine Glass, Scissor Seat, Spotted Knee Hang

Prerequisites for each level are completion of the prior level’s skills with good form on both right and left.

Level  2:

In level 2, we work (a lot) on building our strength as we progress into more challenging inversions and poses.  We start building short sequences with attention to technique and transitions.  Level 2-3 students are always welcome to come to Level 1 classes to review basics, learn variations, and work on sequencing.

Example Skills:

  • Silks: Fancy Russian, Spiral Climb, Bicycle Climb, Half Monte, Pullover in high knot, Crossback Straddle, Crochet Climb, Brazilian, Dancer Footlock, Egg Roll, Double Ankle Hang, Ability to do 4 Level 1-2 moves in sequence.
  • Trapeze: Straddle back, Gazelle, Candlestick , Solid Knee hang, Knee Beats, Front Balance to Seated, Rock & Roll, working towards Hands-free Front Balance, Egg in the Ropes, Working transitions around the bar, Ability to do 5 Level 1-2 moves in sequence.
  • Lyra: Straddle back, Low Angel & Reverse Angel, Solid Knee hang, Knee Beats, Straddle Mount, Side Mount, Basket Mount, Gazelle, Front Amazon,  Hollowback Back Balance, Ability to do 6 Level 1-2 moves in sequence

Level  3:

Photo by Glenn Murray

Photo by Glenn Murray

At this level we alternate between pinpointing skills that need refining and finding a creative aerial flow. As you build confidence, strength, and body awareness, you will progress into more exciting moves, including small drops. You will learn new ways of transitioning and be encouraged to create your own choreography on the apparatus. Woohoo!  Level 2-3 students are always welcome to come to Level 1 classes to review basics, learn variations, and work on sequencing.

Example Skills:

  • Silks/Rope: Catchers, Hipkey, Figure 8, and S lock (from ground) Variations on Catchers and Hipkey, Straddle Up in the Air, Thread the Needle, Crossback Straddle variations, Belay, Single Ankle Hang, Ability to do a 3 minute sequence with smooth transitions.
  • Trapeze: Montreal, Half Mill Circle, Crucifix, Skin the Cat, Cowgirl, Amazon, Footflags, Front Balance, Smooth transitions all the way around the bar (Seated to front balance and back to seated), Ability to do a 3 minute sequence with smooth transitions.
  • Lyra: Gazelle variations, Hip Hold (tuck, pike & Straddle), Ankle Hang, Back Balance on the bar, Pike to the Top,  Standing Archback, Scorpion, Reverse Splits Away, Diameter Split, Splits under Top, Ability to do a 3 minute sequence with smooth transitions.

Level 4:

At this level, our curriculum centers on development of endurance and fluidity for choreography. We will continue to take inventory of our skills, aiming for high level technique in our poses and tricks, and beauty in our transitions.

Example Skills:

  • Silks/Rope: S-lock splits, Back Balance, Windmill, Standing Split, Single Star, Scissor Hipkey, Straddle Climb, Stork, Bat Hang, Ginger Drop, Straight Leg Straddle Up, Man in the Moon
  • Trapeze: Handstand, Flag, Front Roll to Seated, Back Balance, Russian Roll, Single Knee Hang, Seahorse Sequence, Bird’s Nest in the Ropes, Lasso, Cowgirl Sequence, Slide to Ankle Hang
  • Lyra: Single Knee hang, Shoulder Stand and variations, Reverse Man in the Moon, Cartwheel, Hiphang drop, Illusion Straddle, Russian Roll, Mill Circle, Flag, Top Straddle Back

Level 5:

At level 5 we learn drops, dynamic skills, and skills that require a high degree of strength, balance, and/or flexibility, and integrate those “tricks” into our sequences. Level 5 is offered occasionally by workshop.