Specialty Classes – Ascend Aerial Silks!


Increase your upper body and core strength!  Check out IMPACT!’s specialty classes – Ascend Aerial Silks! IMPACT! Specialty fee-based classes are specialized instruction over the course of 8-weeks. 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.

Class descriptions

Aerial Introduction 1-Day 90 Minute Class – This 90 minute class is 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.

Aerial Silks: Form & Function  – 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. No experience necessary.

Intro 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!

Aerial Silks (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.  Instructor permission required.

Aerial Silks (Level 2) – Expand your aerial repertoire by emphasizing complex sequences, dynamic moves, and new ascents. Pre-requisite skills are covered in Aerial Silks (Level 1). Instructor permission required.

Aerial Silks – 3-DAY Mini-Camp – This 3-day “mini-camp” is a chance for you to learn the basics of aerial fabrics or beef up your repertoire in aerial dance.  Novice students will learn basic safety, wraps, poses, and movements on a silk knot and on the silks. Advanced students will learn transitions, variations, and improve their quality of movement and dynamism in the air. And everyone will leave with several pictures or short videos to share.  You can choose to participate in 1, 2 or 3 days of camp.


Aerial Silks: Form & Function – 8 classes (Members $108 / Non-Members $120)
Spring Session – Tuesdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 4/29 to 6/18 (Elizabeth) –  In Session
Summer Session – Fridays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 7/11 to 8/29 (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now!

Aerial Silks: Form & Function – 10 classes (Members $135 / Non-Members $150)
Summer Session – Tuesdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 6/24 to 8/26  (Elizabeth) – In Session
Summer Session – Thursdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 6/5 to 8/7  (Elizabeth) –  In Session

Aerial Introduction – 1 Day 90 Minute Class – 1 class ($35)

Aerial Silks – Intro to Aerial – 8 classes (Members $108 / Non-Members $120)
Summer Session – Sundays 12:00pm to 1:00pm – 7/20 to 9/7 (Rachelle) – Class is Full – In Session

Aerial Silks (Level 2)  - 10 classes (Members $135 / Non-Members $150)
Summer Session – Tuesdays 8:30pm to 9:30pm – 6/24 to 8/26 (Elizabeth) – Class is Full – In Session

Aerial Silks (Level 1)  – 8 classes (Members $108 / Non-Members $120)
Summer Session – Sundays 1:00pm to 2:00pm – 7/20 to 9/7 (Rachelle) – Purchase Now!

Aerial Silks – 3-DAY Mini-Camp – $35 for one day, $65 for two days and $95 for all three days!
Summer Session –  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 3:00 – 4:30pm – July 23 – 25th – Purchase Now!

*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.

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 has been teaching at Poletential in Redwood City since 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!


Rachel-ImpactIMPACT’s resident ninja and Aerial Silks Instructor, Rachelle, is very excited to bring aerial silks to the IMPACT family! When she is not flying high on the silks, she can be found kickboxing, cycling, dancing, or working in the Radiology department at Stanford University. Rachelle began dancing at the age of 10. She is keenly interested in all levels of fitness, and holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Rachelle became inspired and fascinated with aerial acrobatics after seeing her first Cirque de Soliel show. Given the opportunity to act on that inspiration, she began her aerial arts career at Stanford in 2009, and trained to be an instructor.  Currently, Rachelle teaches aerial silks  at Stanford University for all skills levels with expertise in aerial conditioning, static and dynamic aerial silks. She has developed curriculum that are specific to introductory level students of all ages, and is thrilled to share this amazing aerial workout with her fellow kickboxing ninjas!



Kristin initially tried aerial silks because it looked cool, but what keeps her coming back is the combination of strength and grace that the discipline requires.  The only thing she loves more than hanging out on the silks is teaching others. Kristin has been teaching aerial silks for over two years and specializes in getting novices off the ground.


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).

12 thoughts on “Specialty Classes – Ascend Aerial Silks!

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  3. Having taken classes taught by Rachelle before, I’d highly recommend her for any level of aerial training.

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  8. Hi! Would absolutely love to sign up for a class, however I missed your spring session. Is there a way to get e-mail on when new classes come available? Please let me know when there will be a summer session for Aerial Silks: Form & Function. I’d love to get started!

  9. I’m taking classes with both Elizabeth and Rachelle. They are both great with beginners! They are patient and clear with instructions while making sure we build strength and proper technique. I highly recommend these classes!

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