Class Descriptions

Your aerial journey begins with the basics, working low to the ground. Some students may benefit from taking Aerial Fitness or Aerial Yoga prior to Level 1; for others Level 1 is an appropriate starting place.

Youth Aerial

We offer a teens ages 13-17, which is a version of our adult class, but limited by age so that teens can feel more comfortable and connect with one and other.  The teen class is mixed level 1-3 on silks and lyra.

We also offer kids class for ages 8-12 in 4 week sessions, giving kids a taste of different aerial apparatuses. This class is a beginner level aerial sampler class, incorporating basic skills on Silks, Lyra, Trapeze, and Aerial Sling.  There are tons of skills at the beginner level, and we mix it up for each session, so it is totally appropriate for kids to take this series again and again.   No Prerequisites

Aerial Yoga

If you’ve done yoga, many of the aerial yoga poses will be familiar. 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 medium paced flow class appropriate for most levels, 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. PREREGISTRATION ONLINE IS REQUIRED FOR AERIAL YOGA DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF HAMMOCKS.

Aerial Fitness

Aerial fitness is a great place to start and aerial journey, or a great place support an existing aerial practice.  We use a variety of apparatus (silks, trapeze, lyra) as well as some floor work and props to build strength to support you in the air. Moves can be modified to your level.  For example, you can do a pull up type exercise with your feet still on the floor, lifting as much weight as you’re able to into your arms.

This class also introduces the basics of the aerial apparatus, such as shoulder shrugs, footlocks, bunny knot inversions, climbing stances, basic trapeze and lyra mounts, knee hangs, and various balances.  If you are already familiar with the basics, there are always new ways to make them more challenging!  Class is limited to 5 people in order to allow for multi-level work.  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 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 for 30 seconds, hold plank with good form for 30 seconds, hold boat pose for 30 seconds, 5 pushups (they don’t have to be perfect)

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, Birdsnest, Spotted Knee Hang,
  • Lyra: Single Leg Mount, Horse, Stag, L-Sit, Craddle, Mermaid, Arabesque,  Man in the Moon, Coffin, 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 refining skills and finding a creative aerial flow. As you build strength, and body awareness, you’ll progress into more exciting moves, including small drops. You will explore 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 aim 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.