I don’t think I’m strong enough. Can I really take these classes?
Aerial arts can be enjoyed by recreational students and professionals alike. There’s no need to be able to do a pull-up or a split to start learning aerials at a recreational level – you’ll develop strength and flexibility through our classes. All you’ll need is some pluck, determination, basic fitness/mobility and shoulder health, and a sense of adventure & humor. With our gentle, encouraging approach and a fun, supportive community of learners beside you, your work will feel like play and you’ll begin performing feats of strength and grace you never thought possible. Please be sure to begin with one of our newbies classes, or contact us to inquire about Open Level.
What’s the difference between the ‘newbies’ level and ‘open level’, and which class should I take?
Our newbies classes aim to help students develop comfort and independence in basic positions, and move safely between them. Students work toward supporting their own full body weight in the air at a pace appropriate to each person individually. These classes are the place to start for most beginners, particularly those without a strong background in a transferable fitness modality such as gymnastics or dance.
Our open level classes assume that students are safe and oriented while moving in and out of basic positions (which differ for each apparatus), and that they are safely able to support their own weight in the air when hanging from the hands. Students should also be able to invert safely and with control from standing on the floor. (Inversions in the air are not required). Students ready for these classes will have either some prior aerial experience, or a comparable athletic background. Please reach out to us before registering for Open Level if you are new to our studio.
What should I wear?
The ideal clothing for most classes consists of:
- leggings or other snug pants that extend well below the knee and are fitted around the ankles.
- a snug, long shirt that can tuck into leggings/pants, or a leotard
- a long-sleeved shirt to put on for certain tricks or rotations, to protect armpit and inner elbow skin from irritation
- Please note that ALL JEWELRY MUST BE REMOVED with the exception of small stud or closed-hoop earrings.
How should I prepare for class?
We suggest that you prepare in the following ways:
- Avoid eating a heavy meal immediately prior to class
- Dress properly (see above)
- Know that you will need to remove all jewelry (very small stud and closed hoop earrings excepted) for class. Please consider leaving valuables at home or attach a carabiner to your keychain to hold them securely.
- Bring a liter water bottle
- Remember that skills in aerial arts, like all physical endeavors, take time to develop. Come with a beginner’s mind and an appetite for adventure! Everyone was a beginner once – you have to start somewhere!
- If you are new to the studio please either take a ‘newbies’ class or give us a call to talk over your readiness for an ‘open level’ class.