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This Could Be the Day You Fly!

Whether it’s your very first time on a trapeze bar or you’ve been practicing your aerial skills for decades, or  we offer a broad spectrum of classes available to all skill levels.  The thrill of hopping off a platform 30 feet in the air, the challenge of balancing in your first handstand, the satisfaction that comes from completing that last pull-up you thought impossible… all can be realized within the playground of Emerald City Trapeze Arts.

Taught by circus professionals, our classes are designed to accommodate people from every type of athletic background (or none!).  Our confident and capable instructors will supportively encourage you to achieve your personal goals, no matter how lofty! We’re ready to walk with you into the wild and wonderful world of the circus… sign up today and begin the journey!

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Available Classes at Emerald City Trapeze:

Please scroll down the page for specific class information!

Frequency Cards & Class Packages:

If you love circus arts as much as we do (and that’s a lot!), you may find yourself interested in one of our Frequency Cards. We offer Class Cards in 5, 10 and 20-punches for our Flying Trapeze, Aerial, Circus, and Fitness Classes. Get yours today to save a bundle on classes, and maximize your fun!

*Note: Frequency cards are for individual use and cannot be shared between students*

Update:

  • Existing Frequent Aerial Credits will work for any non-fly class.
  • Any Existing Fly Credit will pay for any fly class!

Frequent Flyer Cards – (Valid for any 2-hour flying trapeze class, 24-hour cancellation policy in effect):

  • 5-class card – $261
  • 10-class card – $419
  • 20-class card – $738

Frequent Circus Card – (Valid for any $25 class, such as Aerial Flexibility, Fitness, Tumbling, Trampoline, Pole – 24-hour cancellation policy in effect):

  • 5-class card – $133
  • 10-class card – $233
  • 20-class card – $404

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Class Cancellation Policy:

Please note: For the Aerial Session (4-class courses) cancelation policy, please see the Aerial Session section for the full details. 

All classes at Emerald City Trapeze are non-refundable; however, you may reschedule your class free of charge as long as you give us more than 48 hours notice. There is a rescheduling fee of $20 for Flying Trapeze, $10 for Aerial Arts, and $25 for Date Night if notice is provided 24-48 hours prior to the start of class. We do not allow a class to be rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice. To reschedule, or if you have additional questions regarding our policy, please contact our front desk at (206) 906-9442. Groups reserving a specialty or private class are required to provide 48 hours’ notice. Failure to provide sufficient notice causes the participant to be liable for 100% of the cost of the scheduled appointment (we will charge your credit card or mark all relevant coupons as “redeemed”).

Class Minimums:

Emerald City Trapeze requires a minimum of 3 students to run a Flying Trapeze class and 3 students to run an Aerial Class. If we do not have enough students signed up to run a class, we will give 24 hours’ notice to any students already registered, and we will do our very best to re-schedule them into a running class.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Little girl on Flying Trapeze in Seattle - Emerald City Trapeze Arts

High Flying Trapeze

From absolute beginner to aspiring circus professional, we offer Flying Trapeze classes for all levels. First-time students are welcomed into the fold and inducted into the world of flying trapeze through our Ground School, a 20-30 minute introduction to the rig, take-off techniques, flight, their first trick, and their dismount into the net. During the remaining 90 minutes, students will take turns flying through the air on our full-sized trapeze rig, practicing the knee-hang trick, and if they are ready by the end of class, even ‘going for the catch’ with one of our experienced instructors. As students advance and gain confidence (which is generally by the end of their first class), we introduce new tricks that develop spatial awareness. Returning students build their repertoire of tricks, learn to properly and powerfully swing, work ‘in hands’ with the catcher and return back to the bar, eventually remounting the board.

Prerequisites: We encourage students of all athletic (or not!) backgrounds and abilities to give it a try. It requires much less strength and flexibility than you can imagine to have a fun and successful first class! Students must be 16 years or older and under 250 pounds to fly. Beginners are welcome to all classes, excluding “Frequent Flyer” and “Tricks & Locks” classes.

COVID: Please note that class times and sizes have been reduced due to Covid-19.

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Flying Trapeze (Open Level)

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:

  • No experience necessary!
  • Beginners are welcome to all classes, excluding “Frequent Flyer” and “Tricks & Locks” classes
  • Students must be 16 years or older
  • Under 250 pounds to fly.
  • To ensure the safety of student and instructor, participation may be at the discretion of the instructor

View schedule and rates at the link below! 

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You loved your first class, and you can’t wait to come back for more? Great news! If you plan on coming regularly to learn new tricks or train on the flying trapeze, we offer a frequency card with all kinds of perks. Our Frequent Flyer Card gives you a discounted class rate and access to our exclusive Frequent Flyer (FF) classes!

Frequent Flyer classes are open to any student who has purchased one of our Frequent Flyer cards (except for Thursday’s Advanced Frequent Flyer class – see prerequisites listed in Advanced Flyer Classes).

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This class is for our most advanced level of student flyers with the goal of completing round-trip-tricks out of safety lines. To this end, students will practice throwing various tricks out of lines, learn to turn to the net, execute fly-outs, work in hands with the catcher, return to the bar, and remount the board.

Prerequisites:

  • Students must be throwing at least one trick out of safety lines and must be working on their half-turn (trick), in or out of safety lines (Please contact the studio directly if you have questions about prerequisites for this class).

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Want to improve your overall fitness? Need to take your circus training up a notch? Open to all fitness levels, first timers and circus students. This class is designed to blast the muscle groups commonly used in flying trapeze. The exercises are specific to developing more strength and control on the trapeze bar. Conditioning exercises are geared toward generating power in the force out, fine tuning the muscles used to keep legs straight and together, as well as building a strong, secure core for stability and control. This is an excellent opportunity to build the strength to fine tune your swing, and fly higher!

No experience necessary!! Be ready to sweat! Please bring water and a towel.

Rate: $25

Prerequisites: none.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate

*Can be treated as a conditioning workout or even a warm-up for your already scheduled Flying Trapeze or Circus class.

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Aerial Silks at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle

Aerial Arts

Find your center of gravity in our acrobalance class, or learn to swiftly and gracefully climb the silks!  From hoop to dance pole, we’ve got many options for you to try something new, or master your existing skills.

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NEW Aerial Sessions (4-Class Course)

Session Length: 4 weeks (1 class per week) 

What are Aerial Sessions? 

 Emerald City Trapeze Arts is excited to introduce Aerial Sessions! Each session will include four classes which will take place over the course of four weeks. You and your pod of fellow students will build upon your current foundation each week with an emphasis on flow, endurance and strength training. With a consistent structure and plenty of examples, students will gain a better understanding of how to transition between skills in order to create a more intimate relationship with their apparatus. We will be offering a variety of sessions, including Aerial Silks and Rope.

Session Rate: $100 (4 Classes | One class per week)

Cancelation Policy: No refunds will be given for classes missed. If you miss a class due to COVID exposure or serious illness, the missed class will be credited to your account and can be used on a future drop-in aerial class. Session classes cannot be rescheduled.

In the event of a studio cancellation, we will make every reasonable attempt to reschedule the remainder of the session and credit your account with the number of remaining classes if that is not possible.

Aerial Session Classes: 

  • Aerial Silks Beginner – Level 2
  • Aerial Silks Intermediate – Level 3
  • Aerial Rope Beginner – Level 2 
  • Aerial Rope Intermediate – Level 3

Ready to climb higher? Come to Level 2 Silks! This class will build on the skills learned in Level 1 Silks. Focus will be on building the strength and confidence to taking your tricks higher and staying in the air longer. We will introduce more complicated wraps and begin to sequence tricks together.

Prerequisites: Single & double footlocks, straddle inversions from the ground, standard & Russian climbs, working on hipkey, candy cane, and split roll-up

Age: Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

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In love with silks and want to learn more? Build on the vocabulary and skills learned in Level 2 Silks. This class will increase your stamina, strength, and spatial awareness in the air. We will introduce drops, longer sequencing, and smooth transitions. Learn how to dance in the silks!

Prerequisites: Eggbeaters & dancer locks, footlocks in the air, crossback straddle, hipkey in the air, straddle inversion in the air, catchers lock, front & back balance, same & opposite side knee hooks

Age: Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

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This class will be designed to build off the skills from beginning rope to get them to build a better foundation for advanced rope skills. This class will introduce the fundamentals of transition zones as well as basic drops and wraps. We will begin setting introductory dynamic moves to prep for advance rope as well. Strength building will be larger part of this class as the requirement for safe straddle inversions will become more frequent.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to get upside down safely by this point as well as have a solid knowledge of basic climbs foot locks and entry level aerial rest positions.

Age: Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!
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Students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortlessness on the vertical rope. We practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, in flashy hand movements and slack drags. We will also practice building large drops, c-shape to roll up, and original movement sequences.

Prerequisites: 1-year of rope or tissue training, 4 pull-ups, 2 straight-arm straddle-ups, or instructor consent

Age: Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

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Aerial Silks Classes

Introduction to Silks – Level 1

Level 1 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: None.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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Beginner Silks – Level 2

Ready to climb higher? Come to Level 2 Silks! This class will build on the skills learned in Level 1 Silks. Focus will be on building the strength and confidence to taking your tricks higher and staying in the air longer. We will introduce more complicated wraps and begin to sequence tricks together.

Prerequisites: Single & double footlocks, straddle inversions from the ground, standard & Russian climbs, working on hipkey, candy cane, and split roll-up

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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Intermediate Silks – Level 3

In love with silks and want to learn more? Build on the vocabulary and skills learned in Level 2 Silks. This class will increase your stamina, strength, and spatial awareness in the air. We will introduce drops, longer sequencing, and smooth transitions. Learn how to dance in the silks!

Prerequisites: Eggbeaters & dancer locks, footlocks in the air, crossback straddle, hipkey in the air, straddle inversion in the air, catchers lock, front & back balance, same & opposite side knee hooks

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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Advanced Silks – Level 4

Taking silks skills up to a whole new level! Students will push and expand what they have learned from previous classes. They will explore more advanced drops and begin working on open drops. Strong grip is a must at this point. We will build upon stamina in meat hook positions and push towards back flags!

Prerequisites: Any single rotation drop, any slack drop, hipkey roll-ups, S-lock, flamenco grip, same & opposite side climbs, inverted double crochet x silks behind back, 10 second bent arm hang.

Students must be 14 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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Aerial Hoop Classes

Introduction to Hoop – Level 1

Intro to hoop will build your strength and skills to prep you for Beginner Hoop – Level 2. This is for first time hoop/new students that will cover the basics of entering/exiting the hoop, inverting, knee-hangs, learning to spin. We start with a warm up and then conditioning exercises. You will learn the basics and gain a strong foundation for this apparatus.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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Aerial Rope Classes

Introduction to Rope – Level 1

Never tried rope?! No problem! This class will be for those who have never climbed a rope before. It will focus on learning climbs, locks, and rest positions on and in the rope. Conditioning will be saved for the end to build up stamina and strength for inversions for level two.

All skill levels welcome!

Pre-requisite: None.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Beginner Rope – Level 2

This class will be designed to build off the skills from beginning rope to get them to build a better foundation for advanced rope skills. This class will introduce the fundamentals of transition zones as well as basic drops and wraps. We will begin setting introductory dynamic moves to prep for advance rope as well. Strength building will be larger part of this class as the requirement for safe straddle inversions will become more frequent.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to get upside down safely by this point as well as have a solid knowledge of basic climbs foot locks and entry level aerial rest positions.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Intermediate / Advanced Rope – Level 3/4

Students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortlessness on the vertical rope. We practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, in flashy hands-free moves or moments of suspension. We will also practice building large drops, using body shape to roll up, and original movement sequences.

Prerequisites: 1-year of rope or tissue training, 4 pull-ups, 2 straight-arm straddle-ups, or instructor consent

Students must be 14 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Rope Strength – Open Level

Class will focus on building the upper body, core and grip strength, and stamina on rope. This class will focus on those conditioning exercises you know and love (or loathe)! As we will still do some wraps and drops, please ensure your lower back and knees are covered.

Students must be 14 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Additional Aerial Classes

Intro to Aerial Hammock

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – (but not really.) Aerial hammock is a fun and different way to ulitize silks skills, some of which you thought were just for conditioning. This is a beautiful apparatus with some wonderful flows and drops.

This class focuses on strength based conditioning and foundational building blocks of aerial technique. We will explore different ways to enter the hammock, beginner sequences, and spins.

Prerequisites: None

Students must be 16 years or older.

Rate: $30
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Welcome to Level 2 Aerial Hammock where we will explore how to utilize spin to create beautiful flowing sequences. Exploring unique sequences to add to you aerial arsenal.

Prerequisites: instructor approval, and straddle up.

Minimum Age: 16 years old.

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Conditioning classes at Emerald City Trapeze Arts

Circus Fit

We offer a wide variety of Shakedown classes to help get your body into the best shape possible.

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This high energy class will challenge you in a new way! Deon Fox will help you get into performance shape with this cardiovascular, endurance, and coordination work out. This class is high energy and explosive and aims to activate your fast twitch muscles, get your blood flowing, and translate into your powerful movements in the air and on the ground.

Age Minimum: 16 years old
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This is a ground based class is geared toward getting more comfortable upside down to expore a new world of inversions. We will focus on building shoulder and core stability, body spine and head alignment, fundamentals, and seemless articulation on the ground to transfer to the air. (Once covid protocols are normalized, low aerial points may be used.) This class is all about building the correct technique and strength for safe and effective aerial inversions.

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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This class is designed to blast the muscle groups commonly used in flying trapeze. The exercises are specific to developing more strength and control on the trapeze bar. Conditioning exercises are geared toward generating power in the force out, fine tuning the muscles used to keep legs straight and together, as well as building a strong, secure core for stability and control. This is an excellent opportunity to build the strength to fine tune your swing, and fly higher! The goal for this class is to provide you with the tools to improve your flying through mobility, flexibility, and strength training. We will use resistance bands, dumbbells, a trapeze bar, and your body to build strength and awareness to improve your flying through fundamentals that will transfer to the trapeze bar.

Be ready to sweat! Please bring water and a towel and an extra mask or two during this opening phase.

*This 30 MIN conditioning class is scheduled after a FLY class, keeping in mind you are already warm and slightly fatigued.

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This class is designed to help students seeking greater active and passive flexibility for improved athletic and artistic performance. Exercises will be adjusted for students of all levels, from complete beginners to athletes ready to achieve a professional look for the purpose of a career in the circus arts. By using the most effective stretching techniques including Assisted, Isometric and PNF to target tight muscles groups, we will work towards opening our backs, splits and straddles.

Age minimum: 16 years old

Rate: $25

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Want to improve your overall fitness? Need to take your circus training up a notch? Open to all fitness levels, first timers and circus students.
This class is designed to blast the muscle groups commonly used in flying trapeze. The exercises are specific to developing more strength and control on the trapeze bar. Conditioning exercises are geared toward generating power in the force out, fine tuning the muscles used to keep legs straight and together, as well as building a strong, secure core for stability and control. This is an excellent opportunity to build the strength to fine tune your swing, and fly higher!

No experience necessary!! Be ready to sweat! Please bring water and a towel.

Rate: $30

Prerequisites: none.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate

*Can be treated as a conditioning workout or even a warm-up for your already scheduled Flying
Trapeze or Circus class.

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Date Night at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle

Acrobatics

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.

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This class is designed to explain the shape, alignment, and theory of the handstand. Our goal is to prepare your mind and body for a successful hand balancing pathway. Please note that this will be a conditioning and flexibility program with little to no inversion. We strongly suggest this class as a prerequisite to handstand 1 and will explore body alignment, stacking, wrist shoulder and core stabilitiy, and strength building for pressing to handstand.

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Handstands – Level 1

Tip your world up-side-down with our beginner handstand class. Are you just starting to put those toes in the air? Not sure how to position your hands? This is the class for you! Our handstand class will guide you through all of the basics! Very first time hand-standers are welcome!

Rate: $25 / class

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Have you ever craved the perfect splits or beautiful lines? With active flex you will learn to better hold your splits on the ground and in the air. This class is perfect for any aerialist who is looking to improve their flexibility, lines, and body position. Active Flex will help you reach your goals through partner stretching, elastic work, and strength exercises.

Students must be 16 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $25

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