Dallas Circus Center
Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Flying Trapeze

Our generic flying trapeze class is two hours long with a maximum of 10 people.  All of our flying trapeze classes are “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 30-45 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 all of our classes are 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 half hour 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 aparatus’ 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!  Corde Lisse is a our aerial rope that is specifically designed for comfort and grip – this is similar to aerial silks, but different in very key ways.  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).  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.

Beginner Lyra

Welcome to the land of lyra, or aerial hoop. This class will teach you the basics how to invert including straddle mount, side mount, tuck mount and pullover. We will also learn how to spin as well as some simple sequences and poses including but not limited to: person on the moon, mermaid, and gazelle. Whether you are brand new or getting back into circus this class is perfect for you. All levels welcome! 

Intermediate Lyra

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. 

Advanced Lyra

This class is for those that have a consistent lyra practice and are ready to take their training to the next level. Students should have advanced body awareness, multiple inversions comfortably with straight legs and working on straight arms, as well as front and back balances. This class is for preparation and execution of advanced dynamic work, therefore strong shoulders are a must. Skills that have been taught in this class include: top to bottom, zipper pops, armpit pullovers, penny drops, and pop to back balance. Please contact the instructor before registering to ensure you are a good fit for this class.

Beginner Silks

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!

Intermediate Silks

This class is for students who have a regular silks practice and who have gained the strength, mobility, and body awareness to move past the basics. Students should be comfortable inverting in the air as we will be learning various climbs and drops such as saltos, back dives, stars, and more! We will also build stamina and quality of movement as we work on sequencing tricks together.

Intermediate/Advanced Silks

This class is for students who have a regular silks practice and who have gained the strength, mobility, and body awareness to move past the basics. Students should be comfortable inverting as we will be learning various climbs and drops such as saltos, back dives, stars, and more! We will also build stamina and quality of movement as we work on sequencing tricks together. Students who are ready will work on more advanced skills such as beating and unlocked drops.

Advanced Silks

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 roll-ups, beats, larger and more difficult drops, release moves, 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.

All Levels Handstand

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.

Aerial Conditioning & Technique

Let’s get stronger together! This class is designed for aerial students who are looking to level up with targeted exercises to build muscle and endurance, with a focus on form. In each class, we will be doing High Intensity Interval Training or a circuit with both aerial and ground exercises. Must have some aerial experience. All abilities welcome!