We offer a wide variety of aerial, circus and yoga classes at Air Temple Arts. Whether you have a driving interest to learn the circus arts, or want to add variety to your current workout, we have something for you!
Circus classes offer a full body workout, focusing on gaining both strength and flexibility in equal measure. Circus classes also have the added benefit of helping you train towards specific skill-based goals as opposed to a number of reps.
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100 Level (Introductory): This level is for students who are brand new to aerials, or who are still working on getting comfortable with aerial equipment. Students in this level may not yet be able to climb the fabric or invert on the apparatus without significant help from the instructor. 100 Level classes are for gaining familiarity and comfort with aerial equipment, and learning how your body works in space.
150 Level (Beginner): This level is for students who are able to climb the fabrics and perform foot locks either on the ground or from a climb. Lyra/trapeze students should be comfortable with knee hangs, sitting based poses and inverting from the ground without instructor’s assistance, but with the aid of jumping or their feet if necessary. Students in this level have either completed level 100 at ATA, or have had basic instruction elsewhere, and have the basic body strength necessary for aerial arts. 150 level classes are for learning more complex poses, learning to invert on the fabric, and learning ‘core’ principles of aerial work.
200 Level (Intermediate): This level is for students who are comfortable inverting with minimal ‘cheating’. Fabric students should be comfortable with climbing, performing footlock from several climbs, and climbing into a hip key from a same side knee hook. Lyra/trapeze students should be comfortable with knee hang beats and front balances, and should be able to tuck under the bar without assistance, and move around the apparatus smoothly. 200 level classes are for learning to invert comfortably in the air, building stamina, as well as basic dives and rolls on fabric, and working on dynamic movements on trapeze and lyra.
300 Level (Advanced): This level is for students who are comfortable with being in the air and performing short sequences easily. Silks students should need no assistance to invert in the air, and should be familiar with with drops and dynamic movements. Trapeze/Lyra students should be comfortable with beats, single knee hangs, have a solid front balance, and should be able to invert in the trapeze ropes or tuck up to the top bar on lyra. 300 level classes are for learning to create choreography, learning complex drops and sequences, and building greater strength, stamina and flexibility.
Advancement to the next level of classes is at the discretion of the instructor. To advance to the next class level, students should be able to easily complete any sequences they have learned in a level without verbal coaching from the instructor. Additional qualifications based on strength, stamina, flexibility and mental clarity will also be taken into consideration when deciding what level class students should be enrolled in.
Class levels are based on skills, progressions, and concepts that students must master before moving on to the next level. One session does not equal one level. Many students will spend several sessions in one level or another; everyone moves at a different pace, and a lack of advancement does not mean you’re not learning!