Circus Classes on Mixed Equipment:
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 bulk of your work in this class will be strength and conditioning with time provided in each class to try aerial tricks and transitions, building towards sequences and personal styling on each apparatus.
Circus Conditioning Classes:
- 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
- mixed circus equipment: lyra (hoop), rope, silks, straps, cloud, and trapeze
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
Saturdays at 9:15 am
Sundays at 10:00 am
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.
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.
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.
The aerial loops are cotton straps suspended from the ceiling like ribbons. By wrapping your hands around the loops you can twist, turn, invert and maneuver your body around in aerial poses and tricks. Most straps have hand loops on a single strap, but our straps are one big loop so you can invert your whole body in the loops and wrap up and twist around with even more dance and aerial possibilities!