Aerial Classes


All classes in this section are for adults (18+), please see "Youth Classes" for everyone under 18. Please see Class Pricing for prices.


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 Silks

 This classs 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 continuing level courses, 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 (begins 11/14) before attending Beginning Silks.


    Beginning Hammock

    Aerial Hammock (also known as aerial sling), 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 continuing level courses, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique.


    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 courses, 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 (begins 11/13) 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 continuing level courses, and is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique


    Continuing Silks

    This course will expand upon the skills learned in Beginning Silks.  Students will focus on integrating new vocabulary into longer aerial sequences while also working to improve strength, technique and quality of movement with progressive conditioning exercises.   This class also provides students with the spotting techniques, discipline, and critical capacity to practice safely outside of class and begin working towards personal goals.  

    This is a mentally and physically challenging, multi-level class with curriculum designed to develop strength, artistry, and understanding of the discipline.  Students will need multiple sessions of Continuing Silks to master the breadth of vocabulary required for registration in Higher Silks.

    PREREQS:

    • French climb
    • Russian climb
    • Hand under hand descent
    • Straddle inversion in the air (bent or straight knees)
    • Leg crochet
    • Hip key
    • Single & double foot lock on & off in air
    • At least one X back sequence
    • At least one single foot lock sequence
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor directions

    Continuing Hammock

    This course will expand upon the skills learned in Continuing Hammock.  Students will focus on integrating new vocabulary into longer aerial sequences while also working to improve strength, technique and quality of movement with progressive conditioning exercises. This class also provides students with the spotting techniques, discipline, and critical capacity to practice safely outside of class and begin working towards personal goals.  This is a mentally and physically challenging, multi-level class with curriculum designed to develop strength, artistry, and understanding of the discipline.

    PREREQS:

    • Pull over
    • Invert from stand
    • Front and back body balance
    • Hock hang (single knee)
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor directions

    Continuing Static Trapeze

    This course will expand upon the skills learned in Beginning Static Trapeze, adding in adding in more advanced poses, climbs and foundational skills to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. This is a multi-level course which should be repeated until student has mastered the skills necessary to be approved for higher level courses. 

    PREREQS: 

    • Swing beats
    • Swing beats to pike up
    • Tuck & straddle inversions
    • Knee beats
    • Clean & controlled mount, come to sit, come to stand, and dismount
    • Come to a ball on the ropes
    • Front body balance
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor direction

    Continuing Lyra

    This course will expand upon the skills learned in Beginning Lyra, introducing more advanced conditioning and vocabulary.  Students will work towards increasing strength and flexibility through a variety of focused conditioning and stretching exercises. Continuing lyra students will begin to execute more complex sequences incorporating dynamic movements, swings, spins, drops, and holds.  

    This is a multi-level course, and will accommodate continuing level students and up.

    PREREQS:

    • Straddle up
    • Pull-over
    • Beats
    • Front & back balance
    • 5 skin-the-cats
    • Hock hangs (single knee)
    • At least 3 pull-ups/sit-ups
    • Splits (or regular progress towards flexibility goals)
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor direction

    Vertical Two

    This class will be explore a mix of silks and rope vocabulary mixed with daily conditioning exercises and is geared towards the intermediate silks student, beginner rope student. Shapes and basic concepts of momentum will be explored. Bring extra layers to protect your body, such as a long sleeve shirt, extra leggings, and socks with the toes cut out.

    PREREQS:

    • French climb
    • Russian climb
    • Hand under hand descent
    • Invert from floor (bent or straight knees)
    • Leg crochet
    • Hip key (does not have to be consistent)
    • Single & double foot lock on & off in air
    • Sequence 3-5 beginning silks poses
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor direction

    Higher Silks

    This is a faster-paced 90 minute class with emphasis on technique, skill-building, and conditioning. Choreography will focus on movement efficiency and refinement, endurance, and artistry. Students new to this level will work toward building the strength, flexibility, and vocabulary needed to execute complex sequences. More experienced students can expect to develop a personal vocabulary of movement with mental and physical exercises designed to develop aerial problem-solving skills, (safe) experimentation and discovery, and development of critical capacities.

    PREREQS:

    • Mastery of all Continuing Silks prereqs
    • Mastery of at least 3 climbs, in addition to french & russian (with at least one inverted climb) 
    • S-Wrap
    • Back and front balances 
    • Consistent straight-legged straddle inversions in the air 
    • Hip key sequence 
    • Mastery of at least 3 drops 
    • Master of at least two ways into X back 
    • Dancer wrap foot locks 
    • At least 3 minutes endurance in the air 
    • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor directions

    Higher Static Trapeze

    This is a faster-paced 75 minute class with emphasis on technique, skill-building, and conditioning. Choreography will focus on movement efficiency and refinement, endurance, and artistry. Students new to this level will work toward building the strength, flexibility, and vocabulary needed to execute complex sequences. More experienced students can expect to develop a personal vocabulary of movement with mental and physical exercises designed to develop aerial problem-solving skills, (safe) experimentation and discovery, and development of critical capacities.

    PREREQS: 

    • Instructor permission
    • Mastery of all Continuing Static Trapeze prereqs
    • 2+ years consistent aerial practice
    • 5 consecutive straddle ups
    • 5 consecutive skin the cats