Class Descriptions

Group classes are offered every day of the week on a variety of apparatuses and techniques. Classes are offered for all levels from beginners to advanced performers, all ages (+9 years old and up for regular classes), and all athletic and/or artistic goals - no weight, height, or age limits! Most classes begin with some warm-up stretching and conditioning. Children ages 4-9 are welcome to join our special Kids Aerial & Acrobatics class (see below for details) or can begin in private lessons for one-on-one attention until they are old enough to attend group classes.

Interested in something that isn't offered as a group class? Private instruction is always available - just ask us and we will try our best to accommodate your request. *Contortion and other specialty training available by private/semi-private request only. Contact us for details.


Aerial & Acrobatic Classes

Aerial and Acrobatic group classes include: Absolute Beginner Aerial, Beginning Aerial, Silks, Trapeze,Lyra, Rope/Corde Lisse, Straps, Partner Aerial, Kids Aerial & Acrobatics, Partner Acrobatics, and Handstands

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER AERIAL

Want to join the world of aerial arts but have no idea where to start? Or, maybe you want to shake your fitness routine with something exciting and fun? This is the place to be. This one-hour class is broken up into 2 parts for Trapeze and Silks to provide a solid foundation for all aerial work. Learn the basis of these apparatuses while getting a full body work out. No experience needed and all levels of fitness are welcome.

Prerequisite: None.


BEGINNING AERIAL

Learn fundamental aerial technique on the aerial silks (fabric) and trapeze. Students will work through a progression-based curriculum to develop foundational stability, strength and bodily awareness for the greatest success in all aerial work. This class will have an emphasis on proper body position as we learn beginning skills and shapes on these two apparatus. All students must completely pass out of this class before taking any level 1 aerial class (that usually means taking this series more than once).

Prerequisite: None.


SILKS

Silks (also called aerial tissue, tissu, aerial fabric, etc) is a specialty fabric students use to climb, wrap, twist, bend, and drop in a variety of positions and movements. Fabrics can spin, swing, or remain static depending on how the student manipulates the silks. While there are different types of fabric used, KCAA uses low-stretch nylon tricot for classes.

LEVEL 1
This class will expand on technique, poses, and conditioning from Beginning Aerial. Emphasis will be given to ideal form, double foot locks, crossbacks, and hip keys. Basic choreography will also be taught to help students lean how to start linking different moves together.

Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval.

LEVEL 2
This class is for the advanced beginner. Students will learn silks conditioning, how to climb and descend the silks safely, single foot locks with poses. Students will also explore some aerial sling drops and poses as well.

Prerequisite: KCAA Silks Level 1 and approval of instructor.

LEVEL 3
This class will expand on techniques learned in Level 2. Students will work on perfecting basic drops, inversions, and S-Wraps. Students at this level should be able to climb and descend with ease, and focus will be given to intermediate conditioning for fluidity in movement.

Prerequisite:  KCAA Silks Level 2 and approval of instructor.


LYRA

Lyra (also called aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a large steel hoop that is suspended from a single point on the ceiling. Static, spinning, or swinging movement is incorporated with this apparatus. While there are several varieties of lyras, KCAA uses "single tab" hoops for instruction.

LEVEL 1
This class will expand on technique, poses, and conditioning from Beginning Aerial. Emphasis will be given to ideal form, and technique, and safety on the apparatus. They will start to develop the unique strength and flexibility required for aerial acrobatics.

 Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval.

LEVEL 2
This class is for the intermediate beginner. Students will expand on the basics of various moves, ideal form and technique, and safety on the apparatus. They will continue to develop the strength and flexibility required for aerial acrobatics as well as working on the foundation for fluidity and musicality in the air.

Prerequisite: KCAA Lyra Level 1 and approval of instructor. Must be able to get up to seated with good form, be comfortable inverting, and be able to hang from one knee unassisted. 

LEVEL 3
This class is for intermediate Lyra students who have mastered the basic moves on the Lyra and have demonstrated adequate strength and flexibility to move around on the apparatus. At this level, students will begin to build on their skills by learning more moves, gaining strength and endurance, and developing the experience to start identifying how moves can be connected in fluid ways.

Prerequisite: KCAA Lyra Level 2 and approval of instructor. Must be able to pull up and over to belly unassisted, be comfortable spinning with both or one hand, and should be able to complete 3 minutes of choreography/improv in the air with good form.


TRAPEZE

Trapeze is a steel bar with ropes attached to a single point or two points on the ceiling. While there are many styles and types of trapeze movement, KCAA focuses on static and dance (single point) trapeze instruction.

LEVEL 1
This class will expand on technique, poses, and conditioning from Beginning Aerial. Students will expand on the basics of various moves, ideal form and technique, and safety on the apparatus. They will continue to develop the strength and flexibility required for aerial acrobatics as well as working on the foundation for fluidity and musicality in the air.

Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval.

LEVEL 2
This class is for the intermediate beginner. Students will expand on the basics of various moves, ideal form and technique, and safety on the apparatus. They will continue to develop the strength and flexibility required for aerial acrobatics as well as working on the foundation for fluidity and musicality in the air.

Prerequisite:  KCAA Trapeze Level 1 and approval of instructor.

LEVEL 3
This class is for intermediate trapeze students who have mastered the basic moves on the trapeze and have demonstrated adequate strength and flexibility to move around on the apparatus. At this level participants will begin to build on their skills by learning more moves, gaining strength and endurance, and developing the experience to start identifying how moves can be connected in fluid ways.

Prerequisite:  KCAA Trapeze Level 2 and approval of instructor.


ROPE/CORDE LISSE

Rope (also called corde lisse), is a thick specialty rope covered with a grippy webbing. In this class, students will climb, lock invert, and use beats on the rope to set the groundwork for advancing through technical rope work. Students will learn how to move efficiently on the rope as well as condition for stability and proper engagement.

LEVEL 1
In this class, students will climb, lock invert, and use beats on the rope to set the groundwork for advancing through technical rope work. Students will learn how to move efficiently on the rope as well as condition for stability and proper engagement.

Prerequisite: Any Level 2 or above of any apparatus at KCAA OR be able to hold weight in hands for 5 seconds minimum, invert off the ground AND climb in a standard climb 15 feet.

LEVEL 2
Prerequisite: KCAA Rope Level 1 or have a personal evaluation by the coach, Georgeanna Layton

 

SLING/HAMMOCK

Aerial sling/hammock is a shortened piece of aerial "silks" fabric that has been tied up into either a single point or double point configuration. Spinning, swinging, and dynamic movement can be incorporated in this apparatus


STRAPS

Aerial straps are two lengths of high-strength webbed material (usually nylon or other speciality synthetic fiber) in which feats of strength, flexibility, and agility are showcased. Swinging, spinning, and explosive dynamic movment are often incorporated on this challenging apparatus.

LEVEL 1
In this class, students will set the foundation to build the strength and body awareness required for developing/progressing technical straps work. Basics for shoulder injury prevention will also be introduced as we progress through the different drills and exercises. While this is an introduction to technical straps, this is not a beginner aerial apparatus.

Prerequitie: must feel comfortable executing meathooks, skin-the-cat, inverted pike hold, straddle ups with straight arms/legs AND have instructor permission.

LEVEL 2
Continuation of technical straps development including preparation for switches/transfers, rollups and rollup variations, applications of spinning, and flights. Attention to proper body alignment and engagement will be miticulously addressed as well as building on conditioning drills and safe practice technique.

Prerequisites: KCAA Straps Level 1 and approval of instructor

 

PARTNER AERIAL

In this introductory course diving into the world of aerial partnering, students will learn basic partner tricks on trapeze, lyra, and silks. Students will work closely with classmates to increase strength, improve technique, and learn partner etiquette. All students will be expected to lift and be lifted by another human being. A partner is not needed ahead of time.

Prerequisite: any KCAA Level 2 aerial class or higher AND have instructor permission from either Elena or Kelsey.


KIDS AERIAL & ACROBATICS

This late afternoon recreational class is designed specifically for children ages 4-9 (classes are divided into two age groups - please check the schedule for ages 4-6 and 7-9). Each week they will have the opportunity to work both on the ground (tumbling, partner acrobatics) and in the air (trapeze, silks, lyra). At the end of the session, students will have a basic understanding of beginning level aerial and acrobatic arts.

Prerequisite: None.


PARTNER ACROBATICS

In this class we will learn the basics of partner acrobatics with exercises geared to build strength and trust between bases and flyers.  You don't need to bring a partner for this class, but please make an effort to attend all the classes as your classmates will be relying on you to train their new tricks!  Skills will progress more quickly with a dedicated partner or group of partners willing to take on both the role of base or flyer.

Prerequisite: None. 


HANDSTANDS

In this beginner-friendly class, we'll work to develop arm and core strength, proper body alignment, and confidence while working upside-down.  If you are actively training in hand-balance, we will work on getting you to the next level and meeting your goals by holding for time, and moving through different positions and eventually prepping for one arms. Drop-ins welcome!

Prerequisite: None. 


ACT DEVELOPMENT

We will develop new movement qualities using the skills and techniques you already have from your aerial and ground classes.  We will discuss what makes a good act and why, play games to find new ways of moving, and hone improvisational and sequencing skills.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval required, not for beginners.


Fitness Classes for Aerial

Our fitness classes include Aerial Conditioning and Deep Stretch.

AERIAL CONDITIONING

Run similarly to a circuit training class, aerial conditioning will push your cardio and strength to their fullest capacity. Students will alternate between an aerial apparatus and floor work doing exercises targeted at the specific muscle groups that will help you move in the air with ease. From beginners to advanced aerialists, this class is open to anyone looking to build muscle, endurance, and even flexibility.

Prerequisite: At least one aerial class or have instructor approval.


DEEP STRETCH

This class is suitable for all levels. If you're an aerialist in pursuit of better lines, if you've always wanted to be a contortionist but never knew where to start, or if you've just wanted to be able to touch your toes, this class is for you. We'll focus on developing controlled range of motion in the legs, hips, back, and shoulders in this class.

Prerequisite: None.


Open Gym

Open gym is for students who wish to work on developing/practicing their skills learned in their group classes or private lessons. These sections have coaches on-site, but no new skills will be taught during this time. Instructor approval is required to attend these classes. All apparatuses will be available during this is time for current students to work on perfecting moves, techniques, and poses learned during classes. This time can also be used to work on conditioning, endurance, flexibility or developing acts. While instructors will be available to spot students while working, no new material will be taught during Open Gym. We also ask that students DO NOT use Open Gym to teach others or work on skills that have not been directly taught to them in the their regular classes. If you are at an Open Gym session that overlaps with a regular class or private lesson, you may be asked to move to a different point to allow the class to run - regular studio classes will take priority over all Open Gym sessions so there might be limited access to equipment and space during high volume class times.

Please read our Studio Policies page for specific Open Gym policies.

Prerequisite: Registration in any KCAA Level 1 class (determined as of 8/20/18) or higher AND instructor permission. If you are not a regular KCAA student, we ask that you meet with an instructor prior to Open Gym for a skill check and approval.