Classes

New Participant Workshop

(This course has not yet been re-opened)

There are no prerequisites for joining this workshop. However, participants need to be prepared to be presented with physical challenges such as mounting a trapeze, hanging upside down, climbing silks, and performing some basic calisthenics.

Learn the basics of aerial movement in a safe, encouraging environment. This session is structured to introduce basic movement on a low-flying dance trapeze and on the silks. The session is taught in a comprehensive manner, preparing participants to enter more advanced aerial classes. (This class is recommended prior to participating in other aerial sessions at the training center, especially for those with little-or-no previous training).

Participants should wear athletic clothing, including running tights or other athletic wear that covers the legs. It is preferred participants take class barefoot.

Minimum Requirements:

  • None

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Basic Body Conditioning

(This course is currently offered, online, via Facebook Live - Sunday 12 Noon & Wed 4PM)

There are no prerequisites for joining this class. However, participants should be prepared to be challenged by a variety of physical activities (such as rope jumping, handstands, push-ups, jogging, and more).

This class is a workout intensive. Strength, endurance and flexibility are increased through guided group sessions. Exercises include movement derived from calisthenics, acro-balance, yoga and dance.

Required materials: bottled water, towel, proper exercise wear.

Minimum Requirements:

  • None

Beginner Aerial Trapeze

Tuesday 12:00 Noon
Monday 6:00 PM

This class presents a comprehensive track of basic poses and transitions on the low-flying trapeze. Weekly repetition of exercises take place to build strength and confidence on the equipment.

Basic physical engagement includes the ability to hold ones own body weight in challenging poses, proper form in handstands against a wall, multiple pull-ups and push-ups, and exercises that build strength and endurance on a low-flying trapeze six feet above the ground.

The Monday section of this course is a session that primarily uses the "dance trapeze". This is a single point, rotating trapeze.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of the New Participant Workshop

Mixed Level Aerial Trapeze

Sunday 12 Noon
Tuesday 6:00PM

This aerial class combines the best of all practices. An intense warm-up, balancing poses, strength building on the aerial equipment and low-flying trapeze practice. Participants who have regular attendance in a level I class, or gain permission of instructor, may sign-up for this class. The class is typically filled with participants from a range of intermediate to advanced levels.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Regular attendance of Level 1 Aerial Trapeze

  • Ability to mount the trapeze in a variety of approaches

Advanced Aerial Trapeze

Wednesday 6:30 PM

This class offers a fast-paced, challenging and professional experience in aerial movement training and maintenance. Each session begins with a group warm-up and demanding conditioning exercises, presentation of new poses and transitions, routines on the equipment, and concludes with opportunity for everyone to work independently with the instructor and other participants present to aid with spotting and coaching movement.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Regular attendance of any Mixed Level Aerial Trapeze class

  • Ability to perform advanced poses and combinations on the trapeze

  • Ability to do a pull-over without assistance

  • Instructor approval

Mixed Level Aerial Silks

Tuesday 7:30PM

This is a mixed level class. There will be beginners, with some experience, and also more advanced participants. (For an absolute beginners experience in silks, please consider attending one of our New Participant Workshops). Additionally, the Tuesday evening 6PM class is a multi-device session, where the silks are occasionally used on a rotating schedule).

This session is a group class where the technique of performing on aerial silks is presented at a pace appropriate for beginners or those who are interested in improving on existing basic skills.

There are no prerequisite requirements to enter this class, however, participants should join with the understanding that all aerial movement techniques require physical stamina, endurance and a minimum ability to perform several basic physical actions (these include actions such as push-ups, pull-ups, supporting ones own weight while in a handstand at a wall, etc).

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of the New Participant Workshop

Advanced Aerial Silks

(This class has not yet been re-opened)

This session is a challenging group class where participants should expect to experience advanced techniques oriented towards performance skills.

This class is taught at an elevated pace and is not for beginners as strength and a fearless attitude will be necessary.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Regular attendance of Level 1 Aerial Silks

  • Previous experience on the silks

  • Ability to perform compound exercises, drops, and poses

  • Proficiency in climbing

  • Instructor Approval

Mixed Level Aerial Hoop

Saturday at 11:00AM

This session is a challenging experience on the Aerial Hoop / Lyra. It is recommended participants have a basic skill level prior to mounting the equipment, but all levels are welcome.

Participants should be prepared for a challenging experience. Wear clothing appropriate for safely and effectively using the equipment. This generally is met by covering the backsides of the knees and having well-fit athletic clothing or dancewear.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Basic skill level experience in other aerial dance techniques is helpful, but not required

  • Ability to mount the Lyra in a variety of approaches

Multi-Aerial Equipment Training

Tuesday 10:30 AM

  • This class presents a comprehensive track of basic poses and transitions on a variety of aerial equipment. Weekly repetition of exercises take place to build strength and confidence on the equipment. Equipment includes: static trapeze, dance trapeze, silks, lyra, and corde lisse. Each specific equipment is worked on for 3-4 weeks at a time.

Basic physical engagement includes the ability to hold ones own body weight in challenging poses, proper form in handstands against a wall, multiple pull-ups and push-ups, and exercises that build strength and endurance on a low-flying trapeze six feet above the ground.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of the New Participant Workshop

Varied Apparatus Aerial

Thursday 6:00PM

This aerial class combines the best of all we do: an intense experience in using a variety of aerial equipment. Focus will be placed on ONE aerial device for several weeks, advancing on to OTHER DEVICES as weeks progress. These primarily include trapeze and silks, with other devices introduced as participants master primary skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • physical competency mounting aerial devices, performing pull-ups, ability to sustain a handstand (at a wall), ability to climb a suspended rope several yards high.

Open Gym

(This class has not yet been re-opened)

Open Gym sessions will be monitored by a staff member with sole purpose of observing the use of the space for safe practice, fielding general questions, and, in most cases, rehearsing their own skills independently.

No instruction is given.

No instruction should be expected nor solicited from other fellow participants.

No instruction should be offered by the Instructor/monitor.

All participants agree to attend as an open session where they can hone skills independently (ie. work on moves learned in class sessions/rehearse choreography, etc).

Minimum Requirements:

  • Prior experience on aerial dance equipment

  • Confidence to work and train independently