INtro & Beginning Aerial cLASSES


All classes in this section are for adults (18+), please see "Youth Classes (ages 8-17)" for younger students. Please see the FAQ tab above for class pricing, class and cancellation policies, and other frequently asked questions.


Intro to Aerial Arts

Curious about circus, but don't know where to start? Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 90 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!

This class is held on the first Monday of each month.


Intro to Aerial Silks

Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, is a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, pose, and movements in the air.

If you are new to the aerial arts, it is strongly recommended that you take this introductory class before joining Beginning Silks. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic climb, foot lock, and hollow body position, and you may take it as many times as you like before moving on to Beginning Silks.


Intro to Static Trapeze

Static trapeze (also known as fixed trapeze) is a circus art performed on the bar and ropes of a trapeze hung from two points in the ceiling.

If you are new to the aerial arts, it is strongly recommended that you take this introductory class before joining Beginning Static Trapeze. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on mounting, dismounting, supported inversions, and hollow body position, and you may take it as many times as you like before moving on to Beginning Static Trapeze.


Beginning Aerial Silks

 This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination – and gain a few bruises in unusual places…!

This is a beginner level class which should be repeated until the student has mastered the skills necessary to be approved for intermediate level classes, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique.

PREREQS: It is strongly recommended, but not mandatory, that all students new to the aerial arts take Intro to Aerial Silks before attending Beginning Silks.


    Beginning Aerial Sling

    Aerial Sling (also known as aerial hammock), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination – and gain a few bruises in unusual places…!

    This is a beginner level class which should be repeated until the student has mastered the skills necessary to be approved for intermediate level classes, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique.

    PREREQS: It is strongly recommended, but not mandatory, that all students new to the aerial arts take Intro to Aerial Arts before attending Beginning Hammock.


    Beginning Static Trapeze

    This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the trapeze unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental trapeze vocabulary, technique, and sequences.  Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. 

    This is a beginner level class which should be repeated until the student has mastered the skills necessary to be approved for continuing level classes, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique.

    PREREQS: It is strongly recommended, but not mandatory, that all students new to the aerial arts take Intro to Static Trapeze before attending Beginning Static Trapeze.


    Beginning Lyra

    The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging.  It is strongly encouraged that students take at least one session of Beginning Trapeze, Aerial Boot Camp, or Beginning Aerial Silks before registering for Beginning Lyra (concurrent enrollment is ok).

    This is a beginner level class which should be repeated until the student has mastered the skills necessary to be approved for intermediate level classes, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique

    PREREQS: It is strongly recommended, but not mandatory, that all students new to the aerial arts take Intro to Aerial Arts before attending Beginning Lyra.