Have you ever wanted to feel like you are part of Cirque du Soliel or try an art form while getting an incredible workout? In our Aerial Silks program, you will safely learn fundamental skills while building body awareness and strength. Take your workout to the next level with our boot camp classes or advance your current knowledge of aerial silks in our upper level sections. Sign up and hang out with our amazing instructors that will take your circus skills to new levels. Confused about the silks levels and what they mean? Here’s a key:
Silks Level 1: Have you ever wanted to run off and join the circus? Learn how to hang upside down in the air? Beginner silks offers an introduction to aerial silks, including basic climbs, tricks, and sequences from single and double foot-locks. Moves and poses from slipknot and hand ties will also be explored. Prerequisites: None.
Silks Level 1.5: Silks 1 allows students who have already taken Beginner silks to improve their fundamental aerial technique and learn additional skills. This class also focuses on building strength and stamina required for aerial inversions. In Silks 1 students will also learn how to link basic skills into fun combinations. Prerequisites: Beginner silks.
Silks 2: Building on the foundations learned in Silks 1, Silks 2 offers an introduction to more advanced silks skills including inversions in the air and more advanced wraps. This class has a focus on technique and strength in the air, and will help you build confidence on the silks. Prerequisites: Climb to the top of the tall silks (~20 ft) and descend safely. Single and double foot locks in the air, as well as mastery of candy cane and split roll-up. Students must also be able to invert and return to the ground in a controlled fashion (from hand-ties or in a slipknot). These skills will be evaluated on the first day of class — those who do not meet the prerequisites will be encouraged to enroll in a more appropriate section (Silks 1 or Bootcamp).
Silks 3: Silks 3 further develops the fundamental silks skills, including foot ties, crochets, hipkeys, and straddle-based skills. This class will focus on sequencing and endurance, as well as more intricate wraps and skills. Drops and new climbs may be introduced. Prerequisites: Students must be able to climb to the top of the tall silks (~20 feet) twice using two different climbs (such as standard/wrapped and Russian) as well as demonstrate solid hipkeys and crochets in the air. In addition, students must be able to do a X-back straddle and demonstrate a straddle inversion from at least one climb off the ground. These skills will be evaluated on the first day of class — those who do not meet the prerequisites will be encouraged to enroll in a more appropriate section (Level 1, Level 2 or Bootcamp).
Level 4: This course covers more advanced skills in aerial silks, including drops, inverted climbs, and sequencing, and is designed for students who have completed the Beginner series and are looking to advance their practice. This mixed-level course constantly introduces new skills and variations, and provides a challenge for students at a variety of levels. There is a focus on strength, stamina, and the development of sequences incorporating new skills. Prerequisites: Students must be able to climb to the top of the tall silks two times in a row without touching the ground. They must also be able to demonstrate the following with straight legs, pointed toes, and good form: hipkeys, straddle-up scorpions, crochet knee hang sequence, single foot-locks on both feet, double foot-locks from both iron cross AND regular hang. Students must also be able to perform a 5-trick sequence involving at least three different fundamentals (foot-locks, hipkeys, straddle inversion, crochets) in the air. These skills will be evaluated on the first day of class — those who do not meet the prerequisites will be encouraged to enroll in a more appropriate section.
Learn the art of silks acrobatics just like what’s performed in Cirque du Soleil. This unique activity helps develop core strength, endurance and flexibility.
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These classes follow the Beginner 1 curriculum but stress core conditioning and strength that is needed to advance in the aerial silks acrobatics classes. No experience is necessary.
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