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

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 one or two times).

Prerequisite: None. This is where you start!


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
In Silks Level 1, students will expand upon their foundation acquired in Beginning Aerial and begin to dive into silks-specific skills and technique. You will begin to explore some of the most common silks wraps as well as build the stamina required to safely engage in basic sequencing.  This class is designed to prepare you for Silks Level 2.

Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval.

LEVEL 2
Silks Level 2 is for the advanced beginner.  Once you reach this level, your progress accelerates drastically.  This class, while conditioning-heavy, uses your Level 1 skills to venture into some more complex wrapping, sequencing and (the most-sought after) DROPPING.  Students at this level should already be able to climb, descend and invert with ease.  This class is designed to prepare you for Silks Level 3.

Prerequisite: KCAA Silks Level 1 and approval of instructor.

LEVEL 3
Silks Level 3 is reserved for the intermediate/advanced silks artist. In this class, you will spend a significant amount of time in the air exploring some more “advanced” drops and strength-based shapes and movements.  At this level, you will begin to discover performance qualities, like musicality, stylization, and movement exploration.

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 the foundations of aerial technique and conditioning from Beginning Aerial. Emphasis will be given to ideal form, technique, and safety on the apparatus while exploring fundamental lyra skills including an introduction to sequencing and spinning.

 Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval. 

LEVEL 2
Students will expand on the basics of foundational lyra (including variations and stylistic elements), while working towards stronger body awareness on the apparatus. A greater emphasis on sequencing & developing transitions between skill phases will be explored. Spin tolerance and conditioning endurance will be emphasized. 

Prerequisite: KCAA Lyra Level 1 and approval of instructor. Must be able to invert unassisted, be comfortable spinning with both or one hand, and should be able to complete 2 minutes of sequencing/improv in the air with good form.

LEVEL 3
Emphasis in this class will be on developing artistry in the air through sequencing, improvisation, and musicality. At this level, students will begin to work on dynamic/momentum based skills in addition to upping spin tolerance and conditioning endurance. Students at this level should also be working on furthering flexibility in addition to strength. 

Prerequisite: KCAA Lyra Level 2 and approval of instructor.


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/advanced 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

LEVEL 1
In this class, students will use their new-found body awareness to become light yet strong in the aerial sling/hammock. We will learn with basic sling positions and transitions, entrances, exits and spins. Along the way we will begin learning how to combine these elements to create smooth movement sequences.

Pre-requisites: Mastery of Beginning Aerial and instructor approval.

 

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.