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Aerial Handles allow you to train your grip strength and more at home. All you need is a standard pull-up bar. Aerial Handles were developed for those students who wanted to train their grip strength at home, so their endurance would be better in class. Aerial Handles are made from recycled aerial fabric. They are designed to train grip strength in separate fabric holds as well as hand over hand holds. Recommended exercises include shrugs, pull-ups, leg lifts, hollow body hangs, and more. Purchase your Aerial Handles here.Read more →
A Look Ahead to 2015 We love starting a new year. It’s the perfect chance to set new goals, leave the old behind, and embrace the new. We could do this at any time (and we do!) but there’s something special about a new year when the energy around us supports new endeavors. We wanted to give you a sneak peak ahead at some highlights we’re looking forward to in the upcoming few months. JANUARY 2015 – NEW CLASSES, STUDENT & STAFF SHOWCASE, MENTORING PROGRAM New Classes: Intro to Aerial Series – starts January 5th and 6th. Aerial Kids Classes, age 7 and up – start Monday and Thursday at 4:30pm the first week in January. Aerial Core – a new class with Julianna Hane, starts Thursday mornings at 10am starting January 22nd. Beginners welcome! Student & Staff Showcase Two showings, Friday and Saturday night at 7:00pm, January 23rd and 24th Mentoring Program We will be bringing our mentees to gigs in January and February, and accepting new students into our choreography class (the first step in our mentoring program) in January 2015. FEBRUARY 2015 – NEW MORNING CLASS, CHRISTINE VAN LOO WEEKEND New Classes Intro to Aerial Series – starts February […]Read more →
We often get questions about our aerial classes, so we’re creating videos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in each class we offer. The seventh in the series is Handbalancing & Acro. We love handstands and acrobalance. We started teaching acroyoga in 2006, and we think of acroyoga as part of our circus roots. Handstands and acro work all of the pushing muscles, which is a great balance to all of the pulling we do up in the air. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to be an aerialist or a yogi to do handstands and acro. Our class is appropriate for all levels, including absolute beginners. Our handstand and acrobalance class time is split half and half. We teach the circus style handstand, which is a super straight line from the hands through the shoulders and hips right into the feet. We start beginner handstanders off at the wall, and even have crash mats for those afraid of falling over. As students progress they learn how to use the wall as a tool rather than just a crutch, then how to move away from the wall, and eventually weight-shifting and mobility skills. The beginner acrobalance […]Read more →
We often get questions about our aerial classes, so we’re creating videos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in each class we offer. The sixth in the series is Trapeze. Static Trapeze is one of the most classic and oldest of the circus apparatuses. It is familiar to many of us because it shares some similar characteristics with the playground monkey bars, but it is truly a sophisticated apparatus all to its own. Moves can be done below the bar, on the bar, using the bar and the ropes, or above the bar using only the ropes. Practice and playing on the trapeze quickly builds grip strength as well as upper body and core strength. Don’t worry…you don’t need to be able to do a pull-up to get on the bar. We will teach you the techniques of static trapeze, including how to easily get on and off the trapeze, how to hang and do beats from under the bar, how to use the bar and the ropes to support weight and transition smoothly into gorgeous positions, and eventually how to play in the ropes and do exciting momentum moves. We work over thick crash mats […]Read more →
We often get questions about our aerial classes, so we’re creating videos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in each class we offer. The fifth in the series is Aerial Hoop (Lyra). The aerial hoop is a great apparatus for people whose brains like to think in circles and whose bodies love to roll, twist, or spin. Aerial Hoop is often called lyra. It is a steel hoop with a diameter big enough to sit inside comfortably. It can be hung with two ropes or one rope. We focus on the single-point, one rope style. An aerial hoop practice builds upper body and core strength just like all the other apparatuses. Working on the hoop teaches us to use our full body to control and manipulate the hoop. We will teach you the techniques of aerial hoop, including various ways to easily and beautifully get on and off the apparatus, as well as learning how to support and counterbalance the body across the hoop. We work over thick crash mats and a soft gymnastics floor. As a beginner you will work low to the ground learning a variety of movements like rolling, shifting, sliding, and twisting. […]Read more →