Class Descriptions

Flying Trapeze – All Levels

Our generic flying trapeze class is “mixed ability level.” You could be in your first class alongside a training professional. If it is your first time on the flying trapeze, we will take the first 5-10 minutes of the class to give you an on-the-ground introduction into what you will be doing.  During this time we will go over safety procedures and flying trapeze etiquette.  Once you’ve completed the introduction you will spend the remainder of the class taking turns on the trapeze attempting various tricks and then dropping into the net.  We allot the last portion of the class to attempting to catch the tricks that you have been working on.  As a general rule of thumb, we dictate the speed of the class on each individual’s ability and comfort levels.  If you are afraid of heights and just want to swing and drop, that is perfectly acceptable and we will help you progress at your comfort.  If you are picking up the tricks quickly, we will allow you to move on to something different.  Since this class is for mixed ability levels, you may be learning your first trick while someone else in the class has been working on the same trick for several classes.  During the portion when we are attempting catches, there are a lot of variables aside from ability level – so, if, in your first class, you are not able to make a catch, please do not think this reflects poorly on your ability for you may be overcoming more obstacles than others!  Our primary goal is to enjoy yourself – if we can teach you a little circus in the process, that’s just bonus!

This class has a maximum of 10 people.  Classes with 6-10 people booked will run for the full 2 hours. Classes with 1-5 people booked will run for 1 hour. Either way, the class structure will be the same, with time allotted for catches at the end.

Flying Trapeze – Intermediate Level

This flying trapeze class is for our students who have taken more than 3 classes, are working on a one-handed take-off, and working on a swing. The students may fly on a gauze bar if everyone in the class agrees. This class may or may not have a catcher scheduled – feel free to check with the staff in advance if you want to know before you sign up.

This class has a maximum of 10 people.  Classes with 6-10 people booked will run for the full 2 hours with a 5-10 minute break between the first and second hour. Classes with 1-5 people booked will run for 1 hour.

Flying Trapeze – All Levels Express

Our express flying trapeze class is 1 hour long with a maximum of 5 people.  This class is “mixed ability level.” You could be in your first class alongside a training professional. If it is your first time on the flying trapeze we will take the first 5-10 minutes of the class to give you an on-the-ground introduction into what you will be doing.  During this time we will go over safety procedures and flying trapeze etiquette.  Once you’ve completed the introduction you will spend the remainder of the class taking turns on the trapeze attempting various tricks and then dropping into the net.  We allot the last 15-20 minutes of the class to attempting to catch the tricks that you have been working on.  As a general rule of thumb, we dictate the speed of the class on each individual’s ability and comfort levels.  If you are afraid of heights and just want to swing and drop, that is perfectly acceptable and we will help you progress at your comfort.  If you are picking up the tricks quickly, we will allow you to move on to something different.  Since this class is for mixed ability levels, you may be learning your first trick while someone else in the class has been working on the same trick for several classes.  During the last portion when we are attempting catches there are a lot of variables aside from ability level – so, if, in your first class, you are not able to make a catch, please do not think this reflects poorly on your ability for you may be overcoming more obstacles than others!  Our primary goal is to enjoy yourself – if we can teach you a little circus in the process, that’s just bonus!


Aerial Overview

Our Aerial Classes are a complete mix of apparatuses and ability levels.  If you’re unsure of what level you should join, feel free to reach out to an instructor – they should be able to guide you after a quick conversation.  Aerial Silks classes teach you all of the different movements possible with specialty fabric rigged from our 32′ aerial crane.  Lyra is the aerial hoop apparatus that tends to involve more spinning!  Aerial Hammock is made out of the same material as aerial silks but made with one continuous piece of fabric looped at the bottom (instead of two tails).  Aerial Straps are two pieces of strict fabric with loops at the end for hands and feet, and are meant for inversions, beats, and spinning flares. Dance trapeze is a type of static trapeze. Corde Lisse is our aerial rope that is specifically designed for comfort and grip – this is similar to aerial silks but different in various ways.  Spanish web is made out of the same material as Corde Lisse, but with a hand-loop – this apparatus is designed for the most intense spinning!  Cyr Wheel is a giant metal hoop which you stand in and make it spin like a coin.

 

Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga is an artistic flying yoga practice. In this class we combine elements of traditional yoga with an aerial hammock to build strength, flexibility, and mind body connection. This class is great for all fitness levels!

Chinese Pole

Learn how to climb, slide, drop, and more on Chinese Pole, an apparatus centering on strength and body control. Classes will focus heavily on proper body position and alignment while beginning to learn the fundamentals. Part of class will also focus on conditioning exercises to get the students prepared for more advanced moves.

Lyra – Beginner

Welcome to the land of lyra or aerial hoop! This class will teach you the basics: how to invert, how to spin, and how to do some simple sequences. Whether you are brand new or getting back into circus, this class is perfect for you. All levels welcome.

Lyra – Intermediate

This class is a good fit for those that have had some lyra training and are ready for bigger moves. In this class, we will start working on dynamic lyra work and getting more comfortable with spinning and sequencing. We will work on progressions for illusion straddles, hip circles, and penny drops, to give you a sense of the level. Students must be able to invert comfortably. 

Lyra – All Levels

Welcome to the land of lyra or aerial hoop! Whether you are brand new or getting back into circus, this class is perfect for you. All levels welcome.

Silks – Beginner

Whether it’s your first ever aerial class or you’ve been doing silks for years and want to focus on the basics, this class is for you. Total beginners will learn how to climb, foot knots, and some basic poses and spins! As students progress, we will work on building strength and control for moves such as hip keys and inversions, as well as more intricate sequences like belay knots and secretary. All abilities welcome!

Silks – Intermediate/Advanced

This class will focus on sequencing skills together, learning new and unique tricks, as well as experimentation with aerial theory within the content learned in each class. Students must be comfortable with inverting in the air and staying in the air for a few minutes at a time.

Silks – Advanced

This class is for students who already have a strong background on silks or rope and are ready to work on more high-level skills. We will work on progressions for larger and more difficult drops, release moves, act development and more! We will also continue to build strength and stamina to achieve those skills. Students must have multiple straight legged inversions and a windmill.

Silks – All Levels

This class is open to any and all aerialists no matter what skill level. Advanced students may be revisiting basic skills they first learned at the beginning of their aerial journey, and beginner students can observe higher level tricks in action. There is an emphasis on choreography and expression during the sequences taught by the instructor.

Hammock – Beginner

If you’re looking for a beginner friendly apparatus, aerial hammock is highly recommended. It is a great introduction to beautiful poses and gentle drops. Hammock allows students to develop grip and inversion strength while learning new skills. Whether you are an advanced aerialist or beginner, this class is fun for everyone! 

Hammock – Intermediate/Advanced

After some work in the beginner class, intermediate/advanced hammock allows students to take the next step in their training. Introduction into higher level drops and choreography sequences start here. Students will be challenged with strength drills, flexible movements, and proper form with poses in order to continue their improvements as aerialists. 

Rope – Beginner and Intermediate classes

These classes focus on building strength, sequencing skills together, learning new and unique tricks, as well as experimentation with aerial theory on the rope. Students must be comfortable with inverting in the air and staying in the air for a few minutes at a time.

Straps – Conditioning

Students will develop strength needed for basic skills and positions on aerial straps including inversions, meathooks, back flags (reverse meathook), front and back levers (planches), and rollups. This class is best suited to students who have some experience with aerial or background in calisthenics or strength training.

Dance Trapeze – Beginner

This class is for folks who have some aerial exposure. We hone in on trapeze fundamentals, movement styles, and beginner transitions. Come with an open mind and ready to learn!

Dance Trapeze – Intermediate

This class is for folks who have some prior aerial experience. We will explore pathways, transitions, and different movement styles on the single-point dance trapeze. This is a space where you will be given the tools to harness your creativity and express yourself through dance trapeze. Come with an open mind and ready to explore!

Ground Apparatus Overview

To explore more types of mobility, there are classes designed to help with engagement in the air and body awareness. Trampoline is a web tramp bed made for high jumps and safe landings- similar to the feeling of landing in the trapeze net. Handstands are a step towards becoming more aware in your own body. Conditioning classes focus on strength and active flexibility that help with injury prevention. 

Cyr Wheel

Cyr wheel is a ground apparatus that revolves around spinning and rolling with a large metal hoop. Classes involve both on the wheel and off the wheel movements, and can be scaled to any student’s experience level. Great way to build proprioception and endurance!

Trampoline

Whether you’re looking for a cardio work-out or you’re trying to expand your acrobatic skills to compliment your other training, our experienced coaches and olympic caliber trampoline are able to fit your skill level and goals!  This is a mixed abilities class – we will work with whatever skill level you’re currently at.  You may be taking your first trampoline class next to a training professional – we’ll cater our coaching to each person.

Handstands

In this class we will be learning all the tools to build your handstand! With drills on core engagement, shoulder stability, and body positioning, we will help you reach your handstand goals. All levels are welcome, whether it’s your first handstand class or you already have a comfortable handstand and are ready to work on shapes, entrances, and flowing.

Advanced Open Gym

Unsupervised training time for our advanced students. Sign up for an approximate start time (listed in 5 minute windows on bookeo) and you may stay up to 3 hours (as long as the building is open).

Please note: You will be asked to select your expected arrival time (set to 5 minute windows), but this does not guarantee a point will be available at that time.  Please take a look at our schedule to see how busy the gym will be.  Our instructor led classes will get priority on the rigging points (3 points for each class). You may need to share with other open gym students or come back at a less busy time.

You must have taken a class with one of our aerial instructors and been signed off for open gym.  Please contact the office to verify that you are able to sign up for open gym.


 

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Mike moved to Addison in 2014 as a career stepping stone in Facilities Management. He discovered flying trapeze because of his sport rock climbing community at the beginning of our 2015 season and quickly fell in love. He became one of our best lines pullers and even stepped up as General Manager during our 2016 season. While he has since devoted his attention back to his Facilities Management career (after receiving a significant promotion that requires FAR more hours) he still picks up the occasional trapeze class. Consider yourself lucky if you get to have him teaching one of your classes!

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Mackenzie was working as an engineer for a renewable energy start-up when she took her first recreational flying trapeze class and fell in love with it! The exhilaration and freedom of flying combined with the physical and mental challenge of learning new tricks had her hooked from the start. Mackenzie graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas, received her B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA and has worked in breadth of industries, from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. As luck may have it, a temporary engineering assignment brought her back to Dallas where she could enjoy flying trapeze full-time! When that project ended she decided to take a break from the traditional career path and pursue her newfound love. She has been with us since 2015.

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