Aerial silks as a practice is composed of poses and transitions sequenced together to form an aerial dance. Inversions and flips bring in an acrobatic element. The fabrics are a strong, 2-way stretch polyester and nylon blend that come in different lengths, widths and stretch type. In a beginner’s silks class we introduce proper form while supporting your own body weight, ground level inversions, simple climbs and footlock poses that allow you to be supported in the air without having to hold your body weight. We start with the basics, on the ground, and work our way to more challenging poses and executions in the air. A strong aerial practice is about 80% conditioning the body and muscles for strength and flexibility, and about 20% learning new “tricks” and poses. We focus on tricks and poses in our beginner’s workshop, while incorporating much needed conditioning and strengthening in our on-going series classes. We consider our beginner’s workshop to be a ‘crash course’ in aerial silks, allowing you to execute some acrobatics and challenge your physical strength while trying something new. This is a great introductory option to the aerial silks practice. For those who wish to explore a more rounded training, our on-going six week series classes allow you to progress while building muscle and flexibility and focusing on muscle control, proper form and technique.
Benefits of an aerial silks practice may include:
+ Increased grip and core strength
+ Increased flexibility, agility and balance
+ Stress relief and better focus
+ Overall muscular strengthening
+ Increased self-esteem by conquering fears
+ Increased brain functioning by building new neural pathways through movement
+ Increased creativity, fun and exploration
+ Deeper body awareness
+ Weight management/weight loss
- Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to settle in.
- Do not eat at least one hour prior to class.
- Bring a water bottle with a lid.
- Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing that allows you to move. We request a fitted T-shirt with sleeves (covering the armpits) that will stay in place shall you go upside down and pants/capris that cover the thighs and back of the knees.
- No perfumes, lotions or jewelry please.
- We will be barefoot.
- For maximum comfort, we request a weight limit of approximately 250 lbs.
Contraindications: Please consult with a doctor if you have any of these conditions. While this is an extensive list, it may not be comprehensive:
Easy onset vertigo, Inner ear problems, Severe balance issues, Severe muscle spasm, Severe neck or back pain, Recent surgery, Osteoporosis or bone weakness, Glaucoma, Very high or low blood pressure, Propensity for fainting, Recent head trauma, Obesity, Severe arthritis, Head cold, flu or sinusitis, Hiatal hernia, Disc herniation, Pregnancy beyond the 1st trimester, Recent stroke, Radiculitis, Cebral sclerosis, Trauma, Botox within 24 hours