Aerial arts combine the grace of dance with the strength and daring of gymnastics to create new forms of physical expression. For Aerial Silks, fabric is suspended from rigging points high above the ground and is used to support dancers as they climb, swing, spin and drop, creating dramatic sequences that captivate audiences and empower performers. Other forms include aerial hoop and static trapeze.
Our aerial silks classes place priority on proper technique, safe movement practices, and exploration of movement. Each class becomes a community, and dancers are encouraged to develop a supportive attitude and to see everyone's success as their own. Apparatuses are shared among the students, and students are encouraged to take notes on what they are learning. Students usually spend three sessions or more to attain proficiency in each level before moving up to the next.
Students who take both dance and aerial classes will find that the two classes work together to give them a wonderful dancing (on the ground and in the air) experience!
Students may be able to join a class mid-session, depending on available spots. These students must take at least two Test Drive classes for assessment and skill-building before enrolling in any classes.
What does an aerial silks class look like? Classes begin with an on-the-ground warm-up, followed by a warm up in the air. We then focus on technique-building activities on the silks, and we reserve some time for creative movement explorations. Each section of class is designed to support the next section, with principles and skills learned on the ground supporting our work in the air. Classes end with a bow and applause for a job well done!
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING_
Aerial Test Drive Tuesdays allow students to gain the basic skills they need in order to enroll in an Elementary 1 level aerial silks class, once a session is underway.
Aerial Add-On: 7 to 8 years is open to students who are in our Junior Dance program. The training works in concert to help students develop the requisite self-regulation to take on this challenging art form.
Aerial Silks Elementary Level is open to students ages nine and up. The focus here is on foot locks and the primary tier of foot lock-based skills. We include conditioning and strength-building to support more complex maneuvers. Choreographic elements are explored to enhance the student's movement explorations. Elementary 1 is for students new to aerial arts, and Elementary 2 and 3 are for students who are working towards completing the level and moving on to the next.
Aerial Silks Intermediate Level is open to students who have mastered the skills at the Elementary level to the instructor's satisfaction, or with permission from the instructor. Building on knowledge gained in the previous level, we focus on inverted skills, work on the next tier of wraps and introduce drops . We investigate the elements that keep us airborne, and explore the distinction between movement sequences and choreography.
Aerial Open Gym is for students 13 and up who are currently enrolled in another aerial class in the same session, where they can work on and practice skills they have already learned in class; it is supervised but there is no instruction. Bring your log book!