What Do I Need to Know About The Aviary?
WE LOVE CIRCUS AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO PLAY WITH YOU! We work hard to create and continue a supportive, safe, and welcoming culture for all and, as a new member of our community, we ask that you be able to agree to the following:
I will listen to my body, celebrating its accomplishments and respecting its limitations
I will respect my instructors and fellow students
I will adhere to the rules and policies of The Aviary, as they are in place for the safety of both myself and the studio
Do I Need Upper Body Strength to Take Class?
Nope, that's what classes are for! Our beginner classes are geared towards absolute newbies and are designed to build strength, flexibility, and confidence. You don't need to be able to do a pull up to begin aerial training.
Is There a Minimum Fitness Level Required?
All levels and all body types are welcome! Persons with very limited mobility may find the pace of group classes too challenging and may prefer one on one training. It is recommended that everyone check with their physician before beginning a new exercise program, but students with the following conditions must consult their doctor before participating in aerial acrobatics: pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (exp. shoulder, eyes, back, hip, band, or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, vertigo, osteoporosis/bone weakness, head injury, cerebral sclerosis, fainting/vasovagal syncope, carpal tunnel, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or degenerative disc disease, recent stroke, artificial joins, radiculitis, sciatica, severe muscle spasms.
What Level Class Should I Take?
If this is your first foray in the aerial arts, welcome! You should sign up for a beginning level class, regardless of your physical condition and/or previous non-aerial experience. Students will stay in beginner level classes until they have mastered the skills necessary to participate in a continuing level class. This process is individualized and may require many classes in the same level before you are physically and mentally ready to level up. We recommend taking conditioning classes to accelerate your progress and checking in with your instructor to determine when you will be ready to move up to the next class level. If you have previous aerial experience, please review the class prerequisites to determine your level, and then Contact Us with the course you wish to take and your home studio contact information so that we may grant you permission to register in our scheduling system.
When Does The Next Session Start? Can I Try a Single Class?
All classes are available for single class registration and are continuously running. Please register for all classes you wish to attend; popular classes tend to sell out quickly and classes/workshops with low registration will be cancelled. Please see our Class Schedule for this week's availability.
How Much Does It Cost?
Please see our Class Pricing page.
Do I Have To Register For Class?
All student must register in our Mindbody scheduling system, either click the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page for the full website or use the Mindbody mobile app. If you have a Mindbody account with a different studio, you will still need to create a new one for The Aviary. It is strongly preferred that students register for all classes they wish to take before arriving to the studio, as we do not have support staff or a cash register onsite. Preregistration is also preferred as some classes sell out quickly, while classes with low registration will be cancelled.
Download the mobile app here
What Should I Expect When I Arrive For Class?
Please see our Class Policies page.
What Should I Wear?
For Aerial Classes:
Please wear comfortable, close-fitting clothing that allows freedom of movement and covers backs of the knees, underarms, and waist when hands are extended above the head. It is strongly recommended that persons with external genitalia wear briefs, not boxers. Bring a water bottle, you will need it! Bare feet – please make sure they are clean and fresh. Long hair tied back. No jewelry, rivets, zippers, or anything else which could catch on or damage the apparatus. No hand lotion (it will interfere with your grip), and please no heavy fragrances, natural or otherwise. Students will be most comfortable practicing on an empty stomach, a light meal or a two hour window between your last meal and class is recommended.
For Balance, Dance, and Conditioning Classes:
Please wear comfortable, close-fitting clothing that allows freedom of movement, remove jewelry, and tie back hair. Please bring a water bottle, you will need it! Bare feet – please make sure they are clean and fresh. No hand lotion (it will interfere with your grip), or heavy fragrances, natural or otherwise.
Do You Offer Children's Classes?
Yes, we do! At the present time, our class selection is limited. Please see our Youth Classes page for more details. We hope to expand our children's program in the near future.
Can My Child Register for Adult Classes?
No, only those 18+ may register for adult classes, regardless of their physical condition and/or previous experience. We believe that deep play is an essential part of happiness and health, one which is often left behind as we age. As there are many opportunities for young people to be challenged and supported in a playful, creative, and physically active environment, we ask that you respect our studio policy and our mission to provide adult only spaces for play. Please do not ask us to make an exception for your child.
What If I Have to Miss a Class?
Please cancel your reservation online by signing into your Aviary MindBody account, going to the "My Schedule" section of your profile, and clicking "cancel" next to the class you will not be able to attend. Please see our Cancellation Policy page for more details.