Increase your upper body and core strength! Check out IMPACT!’s specialty classes – Ascend Aerial Silks! IMPACT! Specialty fee-based classes are specialized instruction. 10% off for IMPACT! members! Kids 14 and older are welcome.
Aerial silks, also known as aerial tissue or aerial fabrics, are one of the newest and most challenging, yet most awe inspiring and versatile aerial art forms, combining elements of dance with acrobatic conditioning. Ascend aerial silks provides instruction that encompasses strength and flexibility training, skill acquisition, and technique. You don’t need any experience to be able to give aerial silks a go. Each class is structured so that you can progress, whatever your level**.
Straps, also known as aerial straps, are a type of aerial apparatus on which various feats of strength and flexibility may be performed, often in the context of a circus performance. It is a cotton or nylon web apparatus that looks like two suspended ribbons. By wrapping the strap ends around hands and wrists, the performer performs holds, twists, rolls and maneuvers, requiring extreme strength and precision similar men’s rings in gymnastics.
Aerial Introduction 1-Day 90 Minute Class – This 90 minute class is for those curious about aerial straps or interested in developing strong core and upper body with conditioning exercises. No experience necessary.
Aerial Straps Introduction – 1 Day 90 Minute Class – 1 class ($35)
Wednesday 9/17 – 8:30pm to 10pm – (Stacy & Ariel) – Purchase Now!
Aerial Straps (Open Level) – This is a mixed-level class for developing aerial strength and body control. Our class focuses on technique and strength building by combining conditioning exercises and aerial straps skills. Skills are taught in progression. NO previous aerial experience necessary.
Aerial Straps (Open Level) – 8 classes (Members $208 / Non-Members $230)
Summer Session – Wednesdays 8:30pm to 10pm – 7/23 – 9/10 (Stacy & Ariel) – Purchase Now!
Fall Session – Mondays 8:30pm to 10pm – 9/22 – 11/17 – No Class on 11/3 (Stacy & Ariel) – Purchase Now!
Introduction to Aerial – Beginner class for those curious about aerial silks or interested in developing strong core and upper body with conditioning exercises on and off the silks. No experience necessary. Try it once and you’ll be hooked!
Introduction to Aerial – 6 classes (Members $81 / Non-Members $90)
Fall Session – Sundays 12:00pm to 1:00pm – 9/21 to 10/26 (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now!
Introduction to Aerial – 8 classes (Members $108 / Non-Members $120)
Fall Session – Fridays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 9/5 to 10/24 (Elizabeth) – Full
Aerial Silks for Strong Climbers (Level 1) – This class focuses on basic climbs and fundamental aerial skills in the air. Students will learn basic poses and build confidence on the silks. Students enrolling for this class MUST have had previous experience on Aerial Silks. Instructor permission required.
Aerial Tissue for Strong Climbers (Level 1) – 6 classes (Members $121.50 / Non-Members $135)
Fall Session – Sundays 1:00pm to 2:30pm – 9/21 to 10/26 (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now!
Aerial Tissue for Strong Inverters (Level 2) – Expand your aerial repertoire by emphasizing complex sequences, dynamic moves, and new ascents. Students enrolling for this class MUST have experience on Aerial Silks. Instructor permission required.
Aerial Tissue for Strong Inverters (Level 2) – 7 classes (Members $142 / Non-Members $158)
Fall Session – Tuesdays 8:30pm to 10pm – 9/9 to 10/21 (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now!
Aerial Tissue for Strong Inverters (Level 2) – 8 classes (Members $162 / Non-Members $180)
Fall Session – Sundays 5pm to 6:30pm – 8/31 to 10/19 (Elizabeth) – FULL
Aerial Silks: Form & Function (Open Level) – Learn the basics of aerial silks, go from knowing a lot of moves to being able to do them beautifully, and start learning to make up your own repertoire. Each week we will concentrate on a specific class of poses, focusing on basic troubleshooting, form and technique, variations and transitions, and adding your own personal flair. This class is for ALL levels. No experience necessary.
Aerial Silks: Form & Function (Open Level) – 8 classes (Members $162 / Non-Members $180)
Fall Session – Tuesdays 5:15pm to 6:45pm – 9/2 – 10/21 (Elizabeth) – FULL
Aerial Silks: Form & Function (Open Level) – 10 classes (Members $135 / Non-Members $150)
Fall Session – Thursday 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 8/21- 10/23 (Elizabeth) – FULL
Note: Space is limited. Once class begins there are no refunds and no make up classes. We require a minimum of 6 students to hold a class. Instructors will spot all participants for safety purposes. The instructors will ask your permission to touch you, but in dangerous situations, permission will be implied in order to keep you safe. Participants must use the crash pads during aerial silks classes at all times.
Participants must be in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in aerial silk activities. Anyone with the following physical limitations should consult their doctor before participating in aerial silk specialty classes: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute, discogenic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours).
INSTRUCTOR – Elizabeth
Elizabeth Finn first ran away to join the circus when she was five years old; training in acrobatic gymnastics for five years and winning the Level II Mixed Pair National Competition in 1996. Since then she has been a springboard diver, a dancer, and a gymnast. She first fell in love with aerial dance during college, and has been an aerialist since 2005; training with Aloft Aerial Dance in Chicago and Acrosports in San Francisco.
She taught at Stanford starting in 2010 and served as aerial fabrics manager from 2012-2013, developing curricula for all levels, especially helping advanced students to take their skills to the next level. She taught at Poletential in Redwood City in 2011, and has developed and debuted several classes there. She is thrilled to bring the joy of aerial silks to a new group of aerialists!
INSTRUCTORS – Stacy & Ariel
Stacy & Ariel began aerial training at UCLA, and later studied aerial silks under Shayna Swanson, aerial straps under Andrew Adams. They both performed in Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo and taught Aerial and Tumbling at MSA & Circus Arts and Aloft Loft in Chicago. They also performed Duo Aerial Straps, Bungee, Lyra, double-point harness and original apparatus with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.