Class Descriptions

Class descriptions for our youth aerial programs, aerial yoga, and all adult aerial dance classes, levels 1-5 on Silks, Trapeze and Lyra!  Scroll down to find more info.

Youth Aerial

TiltWe offer a teen class for ages 13-17 on Thursday afternoons, which is a mixed Level 1-2 class on Silks and Lyra.  The skills are similar to our adult class, but limited to teen age range to allow for the best learning environment.

We also offer kids class for ages 8-12 in 4 week sessions, giving kids a taste of different aerial apparatuses. We have Level 1 and Level 2 kids classes, incorporating basic skills on Silks, Lyra, Trapeze, and Aerial Sling. These classes are specifically designed for younger students with an interactive warm-up and smaller sized equipment.  However, Like the grown-ups, kids have a variety of experience levels and progress at different rates, so we generally use the same prerequisites as Adult Level 1 and Level 2 classes. 

Aerial Yoga

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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 Apparatus Classes 

Level 1:

Level 1 is about building a level of comfort with the aerial apparatus, and with your body. On silks, we’ll work through “bunny knot” Private Party 3moves, 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: Open to anyone. Experience with movement arts and/or an average (or better) level of fitness are advantages, but those without movement/fitness experience are welcome in Level 1. Please be aware that aerial arts can be strenuous.

Example Skills:

  • Silks: Flying Dutchman, Rebecca Split (full sequence) Regular & Russian climbs, Double Footlocks, Georgia Twist, Single Tick-tock, Hipkey in the knot
  • Trapeze: Tearndrop Mount, Mermaid, Star, Standing Balances, Birdsnest, Knee Hang, Gazelle
  • Lyra: Delilah Mount, Horse, Stag, L-Sit, Lion, Dragonfly, Man in the Moon, Knee Hang

Level  1.5

Level 1.5 is an accelerated version of level 1, and will introduce some level 2 skills as appropriate.  We will climb and work Level 1 skills higher from the ground, and with stronger muscular engagements, linking poses to create short sequences. Also appropriate for any level 2-3 students who want to refine basics – we can always add new challenges and technical improvements to our foundation!

Prerequisites: 3+ years of consistent yoga/dance/gymnastics/ Pilates/ martial arts or strength training, or 12+ prior aerial classes.

Example Skills:

  • Silks: Switch foot climb, Footlock climb, Bent/Straight Arm hangs, Level 1 skills higher from the ground, link Level 1 phrases into longer sequences.
  • Trapeze: Strong Basket Mount, Knee beat technique, Pullover technique, Hands-free Gazelle, Front Balance,  connect Level 1 phrases into longer sequences
  • Lyra: Strong Basket Mount, Knee beat technique, Pullover technique, Spin from Delilah mount, Level 1 lyra sequences with a slight spin.

Level  2:

toes on trapIn level 2, we focus on building strength as we progress into more challenging inversions and poses.  We continue to build sequences with attention to technique and transitions.  A goal of many students at this level is to participate in one of our student showcases!  You may progress to Level 2 from either Level 1 or Level 1.5.

Prerequisites: completion of all Level 1 skills with good form on both right and left.

Example Skills:

  • Silks: Mermaid Climb, Bicycle Climb, Ankle hang, Double leg wraps on one/both legs, Splits Roll up, Hipkey from Russian Climb, Crossback Straddle, Crossback knee hang, Egg/eggroll
  • Trapeze: Straddleback,  Knee Beats, Pullovers, Dragonfly/Dragoncatcher, Tippy Splits, transitions to Can Can (aka half hip hang).
  • Lyra: Straddleback,  Knee Beats, Pullovers, Angel Splits, Wine Glass, Leg Block, Rock Star, Melissa Rollthrough

Level  3:

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At this level we solidify the “rockstar basics” such as long hang work, strong balances, and good inversion technique, which allows us to explore more creative sequences as transitions. As you build strength, and body awareness, you’ll progress into more dynamic moves including small drops. Woohoo!

Prerequisites: completion of all Level 2 skills with good form on both right and left.

Example Skills:

  • Silks:  Crochet climb, Brazilian drop, Fancy Russian Climb, Spiral Climb, Belay, Croissant, Mermaid, Splits Confusion, Footlocks and Legwraps from long hang (straight arms)
  • Trapeze: Seahorse, Corkscrew Pullover, Footflags, Cowgirl, Horse Circles, Pop-on, Superman, Long hang beats to Basket, Arrow, and Hiphang, 1/2 Russian Roll
  • Lyra: Straddle Mount, Spin to Basket Mount, Inverted Prow, Long hang/snakeup,  Amazon, Amazon Splits, Running Man, 1/2 Russian Roll, Wabam

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.  Students can explore some of the vertical (silks) moves on Corde Lisse at this level if they wish.

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, Lasso, Cowgirl Sequence, Slide to Ankle Hang, Hip Circles
  • Lyra: Single Knee hang, Single Arm hang, Prow 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.