Class Descriptions

Introduction to Aerial Arts Classes

This introductory class is designed for brand new beginners and will cover the foundational skills for silks and hoop.

In Introduction to Aerial Arts, you can expect to learn skills like climbing, foot knots, straddle inversion in the knot, and basic foot knot skills low to the ground on silks. You will learn how to properly mount and dismount the hoop as well as basic poses in the hoop.

There are no prerequisites for beginning Introduction to Aerial Arts if you are physically capable of the skills.

Progression into Level 101 classes will require the following:

  • The ability to mount the hoop cleanly without heavy spotting.
  • The ability to string 2-3 skills together while staying up in the air on both hoop and silks.
  • The ability to hold your body in a bent arm position on the hoop and silks with proper form for 10 seconds.
  • The ability to take 1-2 climbs on silks.
  • Working knowledge of the introduction to aerial arts skills.

 

Level 101 Classes

To move into this level, you will have successfully completed the skills in Introduction to Aerial Arts and/or you will have instructor approval.

In Level 101, you can expect to build on the foundational skills you learned in the intro series and begin exploring new progressions and skills based on basics like foot knots, hip keys, front balance, back balance, catcher’s wrap/position, crochet, and x-back. On hard apparatuses, you will build on basic skills on the top bar and ropes and begin learning more complex sequences and skills that require moving in and around the apparatus.

Progression into Level 102 classes will require the following:

Silks

  • Two strong bent-arm inversions in the air.
  • The ability to remain in the air for two minutes.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of hip keys, catcher’s wrap, crossback straddle entry, Rebecca wrap, and multiple climbs.
  • The ability to climb up and tie a variety of foot knots (regular, single regular, dancer’s).

Hoop

  • The ability to mount and dismount the hoop cleanly and with control.
  • The ability to stay on the hoop for two minutes.
  • Working knowledge of hoop skills under and in the hoop as well as familiarity with skills on the top bar.

 

Level 102 Classes

To move into this level, you will have successfully completed the skills in Level 101 classes and/or you will have instructor approval.

In Level 102, you can expect to build on the foundational skills you learned in the 101 level classes and begin exploring new progressions and skills based on basics like foot knots, hip keys, front balance, back balance, catcher’s wrap/position, crochet, and x-back. You will start to learn basic drops like front dive and single star and work on progressions toward hip key roll-ups and windmill. On hard apparatuses, you will build on basic skills on the top bar and ropes and begin learning more complex sequences and skills that require moving in and around the apparatus. You will also start to learn basic drops and more dynamic skills and transitions, like hip and mill circles.

Progression into Level 103 classes will require the following:

  • Four strong bent-arm inversions in the air or from the top bar of the hoop.
  • One straight arm inversion in the air on silks or from the top bar of the hoop.
  • The ability to remain in the air for three minutes.
  • Consistent and clean knowledge and execution of hip keys, catcher’s and reverse catcher’s wrap, and crossback straddle entry.
  • Consistent and clean knowledge of skills like ankle hang on the top bar, upside down man on the moon, and rolls like mill circles, hip circles, and drops.