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The Aerial Silks (aka Aerial Fabric, Aerial Tissue) are one of the most popular and well known Aerial apparatuses. Silks are known as a vertical apparatus because you must climb to achieve the desired effect. The Silks are made of one piece of heavy duty nylon fabric draped into two tails that the Aerialist uses to climb, wrap, and create locks that allow for beautiful poses and jaw dropping tricks! ACA offers beginner through advanced level Silks classes for every level of fitness. In a Silks class you'll learn proper form, technique, conditioning, climbs, wraps, tricks, poses, drops and more! Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced level classes available.
The Aerial Hammock is one of the most accessible apparatuses for beginners and is considered a cross between a static trapeze and silks. The Hammock is made from the same type of fabric as the Aerial Silks but is tied in a "U-shaped" loop that the Aerialist can sit on, hang from, or stand in. Hammock is a great starting place for those who want to build strength and technique before progressing on to other apparatuses. Hammock is also a great pick for those who love to spin or would like to focus more on Aerial Dancing. Even if you don't love spinning (YET!) , you'll learn poses, tricks, drops and more in a Hammock class! ACA offers beginner through advanced level classes.
The Lyra (aka Aerial Hoop) is a steel apparatus in the shape of a hoop or ring and usually rigged from one or two points near the top. The Aerialist bends their body around the hoop to create poses and shapes. This is another apparatus that's great for those who love to spin! Even if you're not a fan of spinning, you'll learn tricks, transitions, rolls, balances, and sequences to fill your aerial addiction. ACA offers beginner through advanced level instruction on Lyra. Beginner and Intermediate/Adv level classes currently offered.
The Trapeze is a well known, traditional Circus apparatus that consists of a steel bar and two nylon or cotton ropes. At ACA, we offer static trapeze classes on a single point and double point. The Aerialist executes poses and tricks hanging from the bottom of the bar, sitting, or standing on the bar and using the ropes. Dynamic movement is also achievable with rolls and beats performed by the Aerialist. Beginner level class currently offered.
Handstands For All
Handstands are the foundation of all circus and acrobatic movement and provide incredible body awareness, core strength, shoulder stability, and wrist strength. This all-levels class will target strength, conditioning and flexibility needed to get into your handstand and stay there! All levels are welcome, including beginners or those with no handstand experience. You'll create personalized goals for your handstand and handbalancing journey! Whether your seasoned or brand new, handstands are for you! Private or group private lessons available.
AcroYoga mixes the mindfulness of Yoga, the excitement of Acrobatics, and the compassion of therapeutic flying to create an incredible practice rooted in play, communication, and community. You'll learn flying, basing, and spotting techniques as well as how to support another's Acro experience. No acrobatic or gymnasticcs experience is necessary! This class explores partner balancing, counterbalances, Thai Massage, therapeutic flying, standing acrobatics, L-basing techniques, and performance Acro. Beginner level and intermediate level classes available.
What is pole dance? A combination of dance and acrobatics centered around a vertical barre. Pole dance will build strength, flexibility and endurance involving athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and inversions. Build your upper body and core strength in this class while having fun. Get your aerobic and anaerobic workout on! We now offer beginner and intermediate pole dance group classes and private lessons at ACA.
Hula Hooping has become a popular way to exercise in the last few years, but this class takes it to a new level! Learn modern day hoop tricks, transitions, techniques, and sequences with a focus on performance and finding your "flow". In Hoop Dance you'll do more than learn tricks, you'll get lost inside your hoop and find your new addiction! No experience needed and any level of fitness can take this class. Beginner level group class and private lessons available.
In this all levels conditioning class, you'll use a variety of Aerial apparatuses including the Silks, Lyra, and Trapeze to build strength and proper technique in the air. This is a great class for Aerialists of any level and beginning Aerialists to build and/or maintain a fitness level to safely and efficiently execute moves in the air. This class also incorporates floor conditioning and flexibility, teaching you ways to prevent injury, treat muscle soreness, and feel awesome in your aerial process! We recommend this class to any dedicated Aerialist or those who are looking for a fun, new workout.
In Aerial Flexibility, an experienced instructor will lead you through mobility and flexibility poses and exercises designed to target your specific flexibility needs related to your Aerial practice. This class features a combination of exercises/poses on various Aerial apparatuses, floor conditioning, and active flexibility. This class is perfect for the seasoned Aerialist or the newcomer with little to no experience. No experience needed.
Improving your flexibility not only adds years to your life, it will also make your circus practice better! This class will focus on splits and leg flexibility, shoulder mobility, and back flexibility. All levels are welcome in this class! Your instructor will give modifications or challenges based on your level of flexibility.