Circus Classes

Circus Classes on Mixed Aerial Apparatus:

Get stronger, more flexible, more confident, and have fun while learning skills and tricks on a variety of aerial circus apparatus. This is a fun alternative to fitness classes and strength training. You will build upper body, core, and leg strength as well as increase mobility in hips, legs, and shoulders. The Circus class is taught with a classroom lab concept, with personal one-on-one attention for beginners and independent exploration for continuing students. Advanced tricks and combos will be taught with approval and supervision of the instructor. 

Circus Apparatus Classes: lab classes change each month with a different apparatus or theme

  • classroom lab teaching approach (independent work teacher instruction)

  • learn and practice foundations for tricks and transitions

  • strength drills on floor and on apparatus

  • beginning to advanced, all levels

  • learn sequences and how to put moves together

  • monthly apparatus circulation: learn one apparatus each month (apparatus of the month)

  • circus equipment: lyra (hoop), rope, silks, loops, cloud, sling, and trapeze

  • play, explore, & learn: one-on-one instruction with independent exploration

Silks Classes: these classes occur weekly

  • structured class to learn the basics of each trick

  • work at your own pace

  • all levels and abilities

  • work on climbs, wraps, drops, and dives (at your own pace)

  • learn how to tie tricks together to create a sequence

  • conditioning and strengthening skills

  • work from the floor up

Circus Apparatus Class Schedule

The circus schedule is tentative. Please check the online schedule before coming to the studio. Pre-registration for circus class is required. All circus classes are limited to 6 people per class for safety and for better class experience. Walk-ins to class will only be accepted if there are open spots and on a first come basis.

November 2018: Lyra/Hoop 

December 2018: Cloud

January 2019: Trapeze

February 2019: Rope and Pole

March 2019: Steel Apparatus

April: Lyra/Hoop

May 2019: Cloud

Circus Class Schedule (click on Circus classes on the schedule)

Class days/times:


Circus Lab - 6:45 - 7:45 pm


Silks 6:45 - 7:45 pm


Circus Lab - 6:45 - 7:45 pm


Circus Lab - 10:30 - 11:30 am


Circus Lab - 10:00 - 11-00 am

Silks 11:15 am - 12:15 pm



Lyra (Aerial Hoop)

A steel hoop suspended from the ceiling, rigged from one tab or two tabs to offer different hand placements and different acrobatic skills. The hoop can spin, swing, or stay static while in use. Moving around the hoop, above and below, inside and outside, the aerial artist creates a strong yet graceful dance while spinning and swinging in the air.

Tissu (Aerial Silks)

Silk fabric suspended from the air and split into two ribbons. Aerial artists use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. The basic moves on aerial silks include: climbs, wraps, and drops. Climbs, wraps, and drops are woven together to create a beautiful dance in the air.

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Corde Lisse (Smooth Rope)

Aerial circus skill that involves acrobatics on a vertical rope. Working on the rope includes a combination of held postures, and drops. The ropes are made out of soft cotton, strongly braided and woven to create a thick, smooth rope. Basic climbs, wraps, and drops are some of the main skills practiced on the rope. Grip strength and spatial body awareness are important in this art.


Corde Volante (Static Cloud)

A rope suspended from the ceiling in the shape of a "U" or "V" at a lower level than the traditional Mexican Cloud Swings used in the circus. The static cloud swing offers less front to back swinging movement for safer and slower exploration of acrobatic skills. The cloud swing is made of soft cotton rope which resembles the smooth rope (corde lisse). The cloud swing is a relatively newer apparatus in the aerial arts, and adopts many of its poses and moves from the static or swinging trapeze.


Static Trapeze

The Static Trapeze is an aerial apparatus consisting of a bar hung from ropes. Unlike the flying trapeze, this one generally stays in place. Climbing, inverting, rolling and turning every which way on these apparatuses, students discover their center of gravity in many different positions. You will learn how to move from different positions with grace and ease while gaining strength and control. On the trapeze you will learn to use the bar and ropes to pose, invert, balance and transition into different positions.

Aerial Chinese Pole

The Aerial Chinese Pole is coated in rubber to provide more traction for circus acrobatic tricks. This is not a dance pole. Shoes should be worn on the pole to work on climbing, hooking, and basic sits. Transitions are taught slowly on this apparatus. It is a mobile pole, so movement is more challenging than a fixed pole. You will learn to invert and transition once the basic principles of this apparatus are learned and you are confident in your control of the pole.