Classes

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 1.5-hour flying trapeze class, cancellation policy is in effect):

  • 5-class card – $320
  • 10-class card – $600
  • 20-class card – $960

Frequent Circus Card – (Valid for any $30 class, cancellation policy is in effect):

  • 5-class card – $143
  • 10-class card – $275
  • 20-class card – $540

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Visiting Professional?

Open Gym Pro

We now have unsupervised Open Gym for pro-track and advanced aerialists! It’s during open hours. It costs $25 for a two-hour session or $100 for a monthly unlimited pass, and participants are required to do a certification prior to attending.

The certification costs $10, and can be done on Thursdays at 5pm or Saturdays at 10:30am. If you purchase a monthly membership, your $10 certification will be put toward your first month’s membership. Call the front desk to schedule a certification, and once you’ve passed the certification, to schedule unsupervised Open Gym sessions or to purchase an unsupervised Open Gym monthly pass!

Prerequisites:

  • 2 climbs to the top of the apparatus for silks and rope
  • 3 pull overs, 3 pull ups, and 3 straddle ups (straight armed, straight legged straddles)
  • 3 beats to sitting (for hoop only)

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Please view the full Open Gym Pro Policy here: Open Gym Pro Policy and Details


Open Gym Student

Open Gym Student is available for ECTA students age 16 & up who have instructor permission to attend, (No flying trapeze or Trampoline during OGS). There is no coaching or instruction during open gym, but there is a coach available to facilitate, rig, answer questions, and help with equipment. All rigging must be done by the facilitator only. Students are expected to work only on the material they are learning in classes and lessons that they can execute safely.

Anyone who pre registers for a minimum of 4 classes each month is eligible for Open Gym Student. Failure to participate in the 4 required classes every month results in cancellation and disqualification of future OG access.

Price: $15 per point, per hour

Times: Tuesdays and Fridays | 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Please view the full Open Gym Student Policy here: Open Gym Student Policy and Details

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 $10 for Flying Trapeze, $5 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 4 students to run a Flying Trapeze class, 3 student to run an advanced Frequent Flyer 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

Girl Trying First Flying Trapeze class in Seattle
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 15-20 minute introduction to the rig, take-off techniques, flight, their first trick, and their dismount into the net. During the remaining class time, students will take turns flying through the air on our full-sized trapeze rig. 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 12 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 along with certain activities have been reduced or limited due to Covid-19.

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ECTA Three Week Intensive **Jordan & Blair**

One group of 8 intermediate to advanced level flyers meeting twice per week for 3 weeks. Each week consists of 4 hours of flying plus one hour of video review where we will discuss trapeze theory, technique and the physics of flying. We strive to help participants improve their overall awareness and understanding flying trapeze, and with that knowledge they can become more confident and empowered with their own practice.

Prerequisites: Must swing without safety lines and have at least one backend trick. Please feel free to inquire about meeting requirements

Session Start Dates:

  • Session 1: Starts October 18th
    Monday, October 18, 2021 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Monday, October 25, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Monday, November 1, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 4, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble
  • Session 2: Starts November 8th (Please note: Due to Thanksgiving, the final class will be on Wednesday, Nov 24th)
    Monday, November 8, 2021 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 11, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Monday, November 15, 2021 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Monday, November 22, 2021 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Jordan Tribble
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jordan Tribble
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jordan Tribble

Monday’s Class:

  • 7:30-9:30 – 1st Flying Session

Thursday’s Class

  • 7:00pm-8:00pm – Video Review
  • 8:00pm-10:00pm 2nd Flying Session

Cost $600/person (Max 8 people)

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Catchers Workshop:

Created for the flying trapeze student who wants to see what things are like from the other side of the rig, our Catching Class will teach students the fundamentals of catching. You’ll start off with the basics of a catch lock, including static strength and conditioning exercises before going up on the catchers’ trapeze itself. As you advance, you’ll begin to catch the other members of your class and improve your knowledge of height, timing, and adjusting both of them while in your lock to adapt to the flier.

Once your skills have reached a sufficient level, you’ll move onward to catching basic level flying trapeze classes under supervision, and then the sky’s the limit!

PREREQUISITES:

In order to join this class, students must be able to work their own board and perform basic flying trapeze tricks, such as the kneehang or set tricks such as a straddle whip or a planche.

Cost: $330.00

 

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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 12 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 the schedule at the link below! 

~ $68 per person

(Make sure you check out our catch and return card on the day of your first class to receive a 2 for 1 discount on your next class)

Book Classes Before October 10th

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Book Classes After October 10th (Classes will change to 2 hours) 
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Got your swing out of lines?  Awesome!  Now what?

This one-hour class allows you the time and mental space to work solely on your swing.  Working with one of our instructors, students will focus on the technical and mechanical aspects of the swing, as well as learning how to serve themselves the bar.

In this 6-student-maximum class, students must be out of lines, comfortable on the board, and prepared to serve other students the bar as well as retrieve the bar with the noodle and hook.

Take your swing to greater heights!

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Friday Evenings!

Need a twist on the usual dinner and a movie? Throw in an Acrobatics class followed by some Flying Trapeze and take your relationship to a whole new level! No experience is necessary!

In the first part of the evening, couples learn acrobatic maneuvers that are wholly supported by each other’s hands, arms, legs and feet. And don’t be surprised when you end up in a compromising position. It’s kinda like Twister, for adults. Your instructor will cover the basic building blocks necessary to develop skills in partner balance/acro yoga. Through a variety of postures, instructors will focus on the efficient use of the body, resulting in strength conditioning and increased flexibility. Not to mention a variety of moves to practice (spice up) at home!

The second part of the evening involves Flying Trapeze! You will learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease! In trapeze ground school, you’ll learn the basics of what it takes to safely climb the ladder, grab the bar (take a breath) and take the plunge. Let go of your inhibitions and trust that your date will hold the camera steady! This is your chance to fly!

Pre-requisites: No experience necessary! Must be 18 years or older and under 250 pounds. Please be prepared to use your upper body, arms, and shoulders during class. If you have a past or existing injury, please let your instructor know.

Rate: $125 per couple
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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).

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

  • 5-class card – $320
  • 10-class card – $600
  • 20-class card – $960

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Book Classes After October 10th (Classes will increase to 2 hours)
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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).

Rate: $56 per class or buy a Frequent Flyer Card! 

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

  • 5-class card – $320
  • 10-class card – $600
  • 20-class card – $960

Book Classes Before October 10th

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Book Classes After October 10th (Classes change to 2 hours)

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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 12 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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Tricks and Locks

Our Tricks & Locks class is for experienced flyers who would like to practice throwing tricks to different catchers, working in hands, and eventually returning to the bar and board.  It is also for new catchers who want experience catching a variety of students and tricks both in and out of lines, calling timing, and working in hands.

Rules

Our Tricks & Locks class is for experienced flyers who would like to practice throwing tricks to different catchers, working in hands, and eventually returning to the bar and board.  It is also for new catchers who want experience catching a variety of students and tricks both in and out of lines, calling timing, and working in hands.

Prerequisites:

  • Flyers: must swing out of lines
  • Catchers: must be trained and approved to catch at ECTA

Tricks and Locks: Catchers

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Tricks and Locks: Flyers

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Girls doing Aerial Hoop at Emerald City Trapeze
Aerial Silks at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle

Aerial Arts

Find your center of gravity and learn to gracefully perform on an Aerial apparatus! From Silks to Hoop and Aerial Rope, we’ve got many options for you to try something new, or master your existing skills.

All Aerial classes are $30/class

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Aerial Workshops

Act Creation Workshop
August 10th to September 14th

In the Act Creation Workshop, we will spend 6 weeks learning how to take our skills and sequences on our apparatus and turn them into moving art. Each week we will have a different focus for you to implement into your choreography.

Themes include: theatricality, simplicity, pace and anti-musicality, appearance (costume and makeup), movement language, entrances and exits, and connection.

The first class of each week will be mostly lecture and exercises to get comfortable, while the second class will give you the opportunity to practice and apply what you’ve learned in the air.

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Beginner Hoop – Level 2

This class is for those who have mastered basic skills and are ready for the next adventure. Students will expand their movement vocabulary learning new entrances and exists from the hoop, beginning to combine skills, building strength and start working on dynamic movement. Classes include a warmup and strength conditioning exercises.

Prerequisites: To join Level 2 hoop, you should be able to show proficiency in skills such as:

  • Able to enter and exit the hoop safely without assistance

  • Slow spin

  • Working towards a solid straddle up

  • Front and back balance

  • Single and double knee hang, above and below the hoop

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Intermediate Hoop – Level 3

This class is for those who have built solid strength and confidence in their Level 2 abilities and are ready to claim their power as an aerialist. Students will learn drops, one arm, and dynamic skills while increasing transition knowledge and strength. Spins will be faster and more challenging. Classes include a warmup and mega strength conditioning exercises.

To join intermediate hoop, you should be able to execute the following:

  • Graduation from Level 1 and Level 2
  • Controlled spin, fast and slow
  • A sequence of 3-4 tricks and transitions
  • Able to mount and dismount the hoop from various heights and spins
  • Or instructor approval

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Additional Aerial Classes

Intro to Aerial Dynamics Level 1

What’s up daring folks, this class is for any Aerialist with interest in dynamic theory, this class will explore the necessary strength and understanding to execute safe dynamic skills on any aerial apparatus. Our main focus will be breaking down basic beat pathways in an supported fashion to enhance the strength needed to perform the pathways on your specific apparatus. It is necessary to get instructors approval before going to Level 2 where we perform the same beats on our specific apparatus.

Prerequisites

  • Above head Pullover/Straddle up
  • Engaged Dead Hang

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Aerial Dynamics Level 2

In this dynamics class we will begin to explore what it feels like to move our dynamic theory from the hammock to our apparatus. The goal of this class is to connecting our beats together to create combos and breath taking sequences that everyone will enjoy. We will be focusing on beats theory and adding some basic hand movement to understand tempo and rhythm. Be prepared to end class with plenty of conditioning to enhance aerial strength and lets FLY!

Prerequisites: completion of Dynamics Level 1 or instructor approval

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Aerial Dynamics Level 3 (Vertical) 

Is this what youve been waiting for!? now that we have an understanding of the rhythm of our beats and can gain upward momentum, lets start letting go. In this dynamics class we will start exploring the fun world of hand slides, slack drags, and some simple release skills on our aparatuses. This class is mainly catered toward vertical apparatuses (Rope, Silks) but once theory is understood it can be translated across many apparatuses.

Prerequisites: Completion of Level 2 Dynamics

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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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 12 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: 12 years old.

Rate: $30

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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: 12 years old

Rate: $30

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Introduction to Straps

In Introduction to Straps, we will start exploring the wonderful world of Aerial Straps and how to properly position our bodies to achieve greatness. In this class, we will be focusing on many different conditioning drills, strength building skills and basic spin technique.

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Movement for Aerialists

This ground-based class is designed to improve your lines and increase spatial awareness. Drawing from Ballet and Contemporary styles of dance, we will cover basic dance techniques and help you achieve a deeper connection with your body! 

Must be enrolled in at least 1 class per week at ECTA

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Date Night at Emerald City Trapeze Arts

Date Night

Need a twist on the usual dinner and a movie? Searching for a fun way to rekindle the love? Join us on Friday evenings for Date Night at Emerald City Trapeze! Book in advance to reserve your space!

Date Night

Looking for a great new date idea? Dip your toes into the world of circus with our Date Night Package!

Need a twist on the usual dinner and a movie? Throw in an Acrobatics class followed by some Flying Trapeze and take your relationship to a whole new level! No experience is necessary!

In the first part of the evening, couples learn acrobatic maneuvers that are wholly supported by each other’s hands, arms, legs and feet. Your instructor will cover the basic building blocks necessary to develop skills in partner balance/acro yoga. Through a variety of postures, instructors will focus on the efficient use of the body, resulting in strength conditioning and increased flexibility.

The second part of the evening involves Flying Trapeze! You will learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease! In trapeze ground school, you’ll learn the basics of what it takes to safely climb the ladder, grab the bar (take a breath) and take the plunge. Let go of your inhibitions and trust that your date will hold the camera steady! This is your chance to fly!

Pre-requisites: No experience necessary! Must be 18 years or older and under 250 pounds. Please be prepared to use your upper body, arms, and shoulders during class. If you have a past or existing injury, please let your instructor know.

Schedule: Friday Evenings
Rate: $125 per couple

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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.

Book a Circus Fitness Class

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: 12 years old

Rate: $30

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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.

Rate: $30

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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: 12 years old

Rate: $30

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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 12 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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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.

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

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

Rate: $30

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate

Prerequisites: 3 pull ups, 3 leg lifts.

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Aerial Conditioning

Hi there! Falling in love with aerial but feeling like falling out of the air? This class will challenge your body to failure in a safe environment while building the strength needed to progress in aerial classes. Students will develop overall strength and stamina with particular focus on core and shoulders using bands, weights, bars, and body resistance. This class is intended for those who would like to progress more quickly in the air or simply enjoy feeling their body buzz. Most importantly, students will learn basic exercises to maintain their physical well-being.

Be ready to sweat! Please bring water and a towel.

Rate: $30

Prerequisites: none.

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate

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Strength and Flex – Drop-In

In this class, students use their own body resistance, bands, and blocks to accelerate flexibility while building strength. Increase your range of motion while lengthening muscles! Exercises will focus on shoulders, hips, back, legs, and feet. Classes will include a brief warm up and cool down. Come as you are but be challenged with goals or bring your own!

Rate: $30

Prerequisites: none.

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate

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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.

Rate: $30

Minimum age: 12 years old

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This class is a great chance for intermediate and advanced aerial students to discover some of the foundational skills of straps. We will work on flares, meat hook transitions, and progressions for more difficult skills. Even for those who are not interested in focusing on straps as their discipline, this can offer excellent cross training and aerial conditioning.

Prerequisites: 3 x (full) “Skin the cat”s, 3 x pull ups, and meat hooks

Rate: $30

Minimum age: 12 years old

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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, and contortion.

Book an Acrobatic or Circus Class

Spin, roll, and flow across the floor with cyr wheel(a large ring-shaped apparatus)! If you have never tried cyr wheel before, this class will get you comfortable with the wheel’s movement, and build your foundation to get you spinning. For returning students: as you progress and become comfortable with the basic waltz, this class will guide you through new tricks, and work towards smooth skill transitions for a choreographed act.

Prerequisites: none.

Minimum Age to Participate: 12 years old

Minimum Height to Participate: 4’11”

Attire: Athletic shoes (optional)

Rate: $30

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The focus is on taking spinning and rolling style movements to the next level. Will work towards forward-facing spin style tricks, center-spin positions, and the coin for example. Must have waltz to use as an entryway for new skills; consistency is key.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval from Level 1. Class max: 4

Minimum Age to Participate: 12

Minimum Height to Participate: 4’11”

Attire: Athletic shoes (optional)

Rate: $30

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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.

Rate: $30

Minimum age: 12 years old

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Handstands – Level 1

Tip your world upside down with beginner handstands! This class is designed to get you practicing handstands anywhere and everywhere with confidence. We will work on the strength and skill required to balance a handstand on your own, away from a wall!

Prerequisites: able to kick up to a wall with confidence. If not, please see handstand zero.

Rate: $30 / class

Minimum age: 12 years old

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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 12 years old or older to participate!

Rate: $30

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Want to improve/learn Layouts, 1/2 Turns, Suicides (Swan Dives) or Pirouettes?  What about just feeling more comfortable turning to the net?

In Tramp for Trap you will learn to use the trampoline in order to create rotation and lift. Ready to revolutionize your practice?? Through isolation of body-positioning and dynamic movement, learn timing and twisting with additional focus on bed-skills from your back or stomach (Kodys and Kabooms.)

All levels of experience with Trampoline or Flying Trapeze are welcome!

Prerequisites: none.
Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

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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.

Prerequisites: none.
Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

 

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You’ve learned to drop, swivel and cruise… now get ready to flip!  Intermediate trampoline classes will get you head over heels and safely back to your feet.  With tricks like the Front and Back Tucks, Pikes and Layouts on the menu, jumpers will be working on mastering their time in the air.  Classes will include a warm-up, drill of the day, floor stations and a cool-down.  A timed bounce during each class will give students a way to create a baseline of their skills and then measure their progress. Socks must be worn at all times on the Euro Trampoline.  

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginner Trampoline required skills or Instructor approval.

Students must be 12 years old or older to participate!

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Pole Dancing at Emerald City Trapeze Arts

Pole Dancing Classes

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 exercises that will help you progress to more advanced tricks quickly. Prepare to have fun, sweat, and challenge yourself.

Book a Pole Dancing Class

Level 1: Intro to Pole is for students new to pole, those returning after some time away, or those who wish to review the basics of static and spinning pole. Classes focus on safely engaging the upper body and core, combining simple tricks and floorwork, and learning the basics of climbing and pole sits.

Prerequisites: none

Appropriate class content includes but is not limited to:

  • Beginner/intermediate conditioning and flexibility focusing on safe engagement
  • Pole holds (tuck holds, lifts in grip variations, sits, etc)
  • Base conditioning (forearm stands, crunches, straddle-ups, etc)
  • Front and back hook spins
  • Fireman and pinwheel/firefly spins
  • Chair spin (one-handed to back grab appropriate)
  • Cradle spin
  • Any other basic spin (martini, pike, sword, etc)
  • Split Grip Conditioning
  • Pirouettes
  • Basic floorwork
  • Choreography combining any of these elements
  • Spinning Pole
  • No inverted tricks or power spins at this level

Rate: $30 | Students must be 18 years old or older to participate

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.

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Level 2: Beginner is for students who are comfortable controlling momentum and properly engaging shoulders and core in basic spins and climbs.  This class will focus on cultivating proper technique for inversions and muscle engagement that is specific to pole dancing.

Prerequisites: 3 pole crunches on each side, 6 basic spins, 2 climbs.

Appropriate class content includes but is not limited to:

  • Basic inversion technique/Inverted Crucifix
  • Bracket Grip Holds
  • Apprentice
  • Inside/Outside leg hangs
  • Jade/Duchess
  • Chinese & Thigh Climbs
  • Cupids
  • Shoulder mnt. Prep
  • Spinning Pole
  • Butterfly
  • Remi Sits
  • Genie
  • No reverse grab, ballerina, or ayesha

 

Rate: $30 | Students must be 18 years old or older to participate

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.

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