Beginner’s Flying Trapeze and Aerial Classes

Flying Trapeze for Beginners

Emerald City Trapeze Arts offers an incredible experience for first time flying trapeze students! No experience is necessary, and it’s fun for students of all ages!

Founded by the incredible Jules Leotard, Flying Trapeze brings together artistry, athleticism, and a whimsical sense of circus. Jules Leotard discovered Flying Trapeze while training at his father’s gymnasium. He strung up a cord and bar above the pool and practiced his newfound tricks.

Since the days of flying over a swimming pool, Flying Trapeze has evolved into one of the most famous circus acts. Performed by nearly every major circus production company, it reigns as one of the most impressive and awe inspiring acts.

Many people believe that learning flying trapeze is difficult and requires a tremendous amount of strength. Emerald City Trapeze makes learning trapeze easy and fun! We have had everyone from 6 to 89 years old take a swing on the flying trapeze. It requires much less strength, flexibility, and coordination than you might think! All students will be in a safety harness and assisted at all times by our incredible staff.

Flying Trapeze Classes for Beginners

2-Hour Introductory Class

Are you ready to take the leap? Our introductory flying trapeze class will take you through 15-20 minutes of ground school where you will become familiar with the harness, calls, and body positions. From there, your instructor will guide you through your first knee hang on our flying trapeze rig. After your first swing, you will perfect your positioning in order to achieve a coveted cowbell! By the end of the class, you may have the chance to try for a catch with one of our professional catchers!

Pre-requisites:

  • 6 years or older; under 250lbs

Rate: $60 unless otherwise noted

Beginners are welcome to all classes, excluding “Frequent Flyer” and “Tricks & Locks” classes.

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Whether you are signing up for this package or giving it as a gift, the 1-2-3 Beginner’s Flying Trapeze Package is perfect for anyone who is interested in getting on the rig for the very first time! The class will focus on technique, safety, form, and fun! By the end of three classes, you will feel confident flying through the air, performing tricks, and being caught by one of our professional catchers.

Rate: $150 
Save $35 by booking this special introductory package!
Package includes three 2-hour lessons.

Pre-requisites:

  • No experience necessary
  • 6 years or older; under 250lbs

Beginners are welcome to all classes, excluding “Frequent Flyer” and “Tricks & Locks” classes.

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Aerial for Beginners

Have you been dreaming of Aerial Silks, Lyra, and Rope? Whether you have recently seen a show at Emerald City Trapeze or Cirque du Soleil, the Aerial Arts play a magnificent role in today’s circus world. This romantic form of artistry employs strength, flexibility, and creativity. Emerald City Trapeze Arts offers an incredible experience for first time flying trapeze students! No experience is necessary!

Aerial Silks:

  • Acrobatics performed using Aerial Silks. Students will learn to climb, pose, and perform tricks using Aerial Silks (also known as tissue).

Aerial Hoop:

  • Acrobatics performed in the air using a hoop. Students will be guided through the basics of learning how to use this spectacular apparatus.

Aerial Rope: 

  • Learn the powerhouse artistry of Aerial Rope. Students will learn to use their body to climb, articulate, and perform tricks.

Aerial Classes for Beginners

A blend of a physical and creative exercise, cardiovascular endurance and yogic flexibility, aerial is an art that is a challenge for even the most skilled athletes (which is why we all love it!). Dance or no dance background, upper body strength or not – this is the class for you, the curious and striving beginner. We will utilize a variety of apparatus’ in this class to diversify your aerial arsenal!  We will explore how your current (or growing!) vocabulary can be applied to a new apparatus, or give you the opportunity to try a new one if you are looking to hone your study.  Class will focus on building strength, cross-training, and clean technique.  Apparatus used may include: Silks, Hoop, Rope, and Static Trapeze. Suitable for all levels!

Pre-requisite: Must be 12 years or older

Rate: $30

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Whether you are aspiring to hang like Pink at the Grammy’s or simply improve your strength and grace, Introduction to Silks is a fabulous introduction into the world of aerial arts! In this class, you will learn basic climbs, locks, hangs, inversions and wraps. Class begins and ends with conditioning drills, dance technique, and flexibility training. We learn to move safely, confidently and beautifully on the fabric.

Prerequisite: Must be 12 years or older

Rate: $30

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Are you new to aerial? Have you tried a silks or trapeze class but want to explore another apparatus? Try Aerial Hoop! This single point hoop class will cover basic poses, smooth transitions, sequencing and an introduction to spinning. We will focus on clean technique, strength building and increasing flexibility.

Pre-requisite: Must be 12 years or older

Rate: $30

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You will learn the fundamentals of this beautiful vertical apparatus. Class will focus on basic climbing, inverting, wraps, drops and gaining the confidence needed to build your skills.  Your core strength will be challenged and flexibility improved along the way!  This class will offer you the key elements you need to build your aerial strength and stamina to keep you on higher ground! Although similar to silks in terms of technique, rope does produce a bit more friction. Please make sure that your lower back and knees are covered.

Pre-requisite: Must be 12 years or older

Rate: $30

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Circus for Beginners

Acrobatics have been around for centuries; the word is derived from the Greek words akron and bainein (which translate literally to “walking on tiptoe”). Today, acrobatics can take many forms, including juggling, tightrope, tumbling and contortion.

Beginner Classes

Traditional Acrobatics:

Dive into the world of acrobatics with Traditional Acrobatics. You will learn cartwheels, round-offs, dive rolls, and hand springs in this invigorating class! As you begin your journey, you will learn to take movement to the next level by incorporating proper Acrobatic technique and language into your skill set. Once you dip your toes into Acrobatics, you will find the whole circus world opens up!

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Cyr Wheel:

The Cyr Wheel has existed as a gymnastic sport since 1925, recently growing in popularity due to its exposure as a circus apparatus.  A smooth learning curve allows students to progress at their own pace as you learn to understand the movement of the Cyr Wheel inside and out.  Students will learn to balance on a single pointed spin and eventually learn to maintain speed and master new tricks.

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Beginner Trampoline:

Calling all new (or ‘new-ish’) bouncers! Jump-start your skills with this comprehensive beginner trampoline class. Class begins with a gentle warm-up and bouncers will move on to drills, skills and thrills. With a focus on form and fun, new bouncers will learn how to safely jump on the Euro-trampoline and perform basic tricks like the Seat Drop, the Swivel Hip, Back Drop, Front Drop, Cradles and Cruise. Get ready to bounce your way to better balance, a stronger core and a ton of fun! Socks must be worn on the Euro-trampoline at all times.
Prerequisite: Must be 6 years or older

 

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Pole for Beginners

You will learn how to how to fluidly transition in between movements, execute a set of beginner pole moves with grace, and prepare your body with conditioning exercises that will help you progress to more advanced tricks quickly. Prepare to have fun, sweat, and challenge yourself.

Beginner Classes

Intro to Static Pole:

Level 1 is for students new to pole, students returning after some time away, or students who wish to review the basics of static and spinning pole. Classes focus on safely engaging the upper body and core, putting together simple tricks and transitions on the floor and around the pole, and learning the basics of climbing and pole sits. Prerequisites: none.
Pre-reqs:
Must be 18 years or older

Rate: $25

What to wear: Students are required to remove any body jewelry for their own safety as well as prevent damage to the poles. Skin contact with the pole is necessary in order to provide grip and hold for pole moves. We recommend clothing that provides the best opportunity for contact with the pole; shorts and a tank top generally work great for this. Also, it’s best to refrain from using lotion and/or oils on days that you intend to take a pole class.

Pre-requisite: Must be 12 years or older

Rate: $30

 

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