TERM CLASS DATES 2017
14 September - 9 December 2017
(half term - no classes - 26-28 October)
4 January - 31 March 2018
(half term 15-17 February)
19 April - 14 July 2018
(half term 31 May-2 June)
WHICH AERIAL SKILL SHOULD I START WITH?
Generally, we recommend new students begin aerial classes by learning trapeze or hoop. This allows the new student to become accustomed to being in the air (aerial awareness), being upside down and supporting one’s own body weight upon different body parts. Both trapeze and hoop are accessed from the floor and allow students without great strength to get onto the equipment and move into shapes whilst supported by the equipment.
Gradually, as students work to improve aerial awareness and strength, they may then try and succeed with the other disciplines of Straps, Silks and Rope. These disciplines require good upper body strength to enable a student to enjoy and perform the skills safely.
Potential students with experience in Dance, Rock Climbing or similar disciplines to Aerial, such as Gymnastics or Pole Dance may initially learn aerial skills quickly. Previous physical experience often suggests level of physical awareness and strength which are valuable for aerial classes. Physical experience may allow a new aerial student to start in any of the aerial classes that we offer.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN AERIAL CLASSES?
Aerial Days classes are suitable for many different body types, and for all sexes from 7 years old.
The early moves that students will learn on the equipment require less strength and flexibility than many students expect. Coming to class with some strength and flexibility is helpful but it is not a prerequisite. From the first class, the beginner aerial student may be able to perform a selection of moves on the trapeze or hoop. As aerial awareness and strength and confidence develop, so too does the complexity, quality and amount of positions on the equipment.
Whilst we can develop and improve fitness by regular class attendance, it is important to talk to us about pre existing conditions or injuries you have, so we can guide you to the correct class and when is a good time to start or resume classes.
CARNET, 4 WEEK BLOCK OR SINGLE CLASS?:
The single class is good if you want to try out our classes before committing to longer. (Adult £24, Youth £15).
The 4 week block is 4 consecutive adult classes in the skill of your choice. The start date is up to you, but the classes are taken for 4 weeks consecutively. If you want to change one of the dates, this can only be done before you start your first class. (Adult £84)
The carnet is our most cost efficient and flexible way to attend classes. It allows you to come to any class, thursday or saturday and in different skills if you prefer. You can book online all the way to the end of term and are able to cancel up to 24 hours before. It is valid for 4 months.
All classes begin with a group led warm up for the body and mobilisation of the joints to get the body ready for aerial work. We include core and body conditioning to support the body and gain and maintain strength. The aerial conditioning is the first part of each class on the equipment. In the skills part of the class, students first learn basic moves and later learn to link them together to create sequences. In all classes, strength, confidence and aerial ability develop gradually. As they develop, students can then learn harder moves, drops and perform sequences.
Part of the familiarity is getting used to being in the air, being upside down and supporting your own body weight with different parts of your body.
Students are guided to work at their own pace, fully supported by the teachers.
WHAT COULD I LEARN:
With practice, students enjoy gains in strength and flexibility alongside developing exciting aerial skills and fitness. Strength is the most obvious benefit but also co-ordination, alignment, spacial awareness and confidence.
In all classes strength, confidence and aerial ability will develop gradually. So too does getting used to being in the air, being upside down and supporting your own body weight on different parts of your body. With regular attendance, students can learn more complex or more dynamic moves and link them together to perform sequences. Further along in aerial training, the skills a student may learn are some of the same skills seen in professional circus or aerial performances.
WHAT TO WEAR TO CLASS:
Leggings, close fitting tracksuit pants or something comfortable that you can move in that covers the backs of your knees. Nothing too loose or baggy so it won’t fall down or get caught. On your top half, we recommend wearing a t-shirt or leotard that is long enough so it covers your mid-section and doesn’t go over your head when you go upside down. The venue has heating but working on the aerial equipment can be hot or cool so different layers are a good idea. Thick socks, leg warmers or ankle straps (like the elastic or neoprene ones for ankle sprain) to cover and protect your feet are good to bring, especially when repeating certain moves. If you are doing straps then bring some protection for your upper arms such as Tubi grip.
Clothes without zips are preferred. We ask students to remove rings, watches and bracelets. Leaving jewelry and strong perfumes at home is good idea.
CHALLENGES OF AERIAL TRAINING:
By helping students develop strength, confidence and allowing the student to develop at one’s own pace, the student becomes more familiar with aerial skills and they get used to being in the air. We understand that being upside down in some positions can be confusing at first. Learning gradually to support one's own body weight with different parts of your body (e.g. hanging from your ankles), may cause discomfort. We encourage students to take it slow at first and to wear clothing to protect certain parts of the body.
While there are toilets and changing facilities, there isn't a drinking fountain onsite, so bring some water with you. Please be aware the venue is not wheelchair accessible as there are many stairs and no lift.
Parking is free and possible in front of our venue, as well as on the surrounding streets.
If you cycle, you can bring your bicycle into the courtyard.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.