Aerial Workshops

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  • All Aviary workshops are adult (18+) only unless otherwise noted.

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Registering multiple students?

All students must have their own separate account in our scheduling system - all accounts must be created and the included waiver signed by the participating student (or their parent or legal guardian if under 18). We can link family and friend accounts so that you only have to remember one password, can share credits, and sign everyone up for class from one account. Please contact us (once all accounts have been created) to be linked! 

Charlie Faraday - 8/13/19!

Hammock & Static Trapeze Technique


Designed for the beginning student, this workshop explores details of body position, body orientation, momentum, strength efficiency, and counterbalance as they pertain to trapeze technique. In it several common trapeze skills and concepts are dissected with special focus given to beat/tempo techniques.

This workshop also examines body shapes, transitions, spins, and drops on the hammock and explores ways of working on the hammock that are particularly beneficial for performing in venues with low ceiling height and for long atmospheric sets. Students will use their own unique skills and talents to develop unique hammock sequences.

PREREQS: Ability to invert

Active Flexibility (Bendiness Training for the Unbendy)


Designed for all students, with special love for those that find flexibility training unbearable, impossible, and unproductive. Whether students are working on a flat back or foot to head, this workshop approaches flexibility from a non-intimidating perspective.

PREREQS: None! This is an all levels workshop

$65 for a single workshop, $120 for both!

Meet your instructor!
Charlie Faraday is an acrobat currently in the Cirque du Soleil and Marvel Universe Live casting databases, won Best Artistic Performance at the 2012 Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, has performed for Disney, Quixotic, Emerald City Trapeze, Cirquetacular Entertainment, and Airealistic, and has been featured on AMC’s Showville, ABC7 Los Angeles, KCCI Des Moines, and The Des Moines Register. She created Darker Marker Productions to provide exceptional live entertainment for events in the Des Moines area and around the country, specializing in crafting entertainment solutions to logistical challenges for corporate events. She offers private lessons in circus arts and has created a circus education program specifically catered to students between the ages of 12 – 18. 

Charlie began her career as a biochemist-turned analytical software developer. She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification and co-authored a US patent for a computational molecular genotyping algorithm. She is constantly using her scientific background to design more efficient training techniques for her students. Check out her blog to see what she’s working on now!