Specialty Classes – Ascend Aerial Silks!

tumblr-elizabeth-finn-2Increase 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.


Class descriptions**

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 (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) 6 classes (Members $150 / Non-Members $168)
Current Session – Mondays  8:30pm to 10pm – 11/24 – 12/29 (Stacy & Ariel) – Purchase Now!
Note: For this session only, drop-ins and the ability to select specific class dates is available for purchase.

6 sessions  $150 M/$168 NM
5 sessions  $130 M/$145 NM
4 sessions  $108 M/$120 NM
3 sessions  $86 M/$96 NM
2 sessions  $58 M/$65 NM
drop-ins      $35

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  – 1 Day Class – TBD

Introduction to Aerial – 6 classes (Members $81 / Non-Members $90)
Winter Session – Sundays 12:00pm to 1:00pm – 11/2 to 12/14 – No Class on 11/30  (Elizabeth)- FULL

Introduction to Aerial – 7 classes (Members $142 / Non-Members $158)
Winter Session – Fridays 5:30pm to 6:30pm – 10/31 to 12/19 – No Class on 11/28  (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now!

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. The minimum requirements for taking this class is the ability to:

  • Footlock from the air
  • Climb at least 10 feet and descend with control
  • Safely perform a sequence of 5 moves without assistance

Preferably, students should have some experience with hip key and straddle up, though they are not expected to be proficient yet.

Aerial Tissue for Strong Climbers (Level 1) – 6 classes (Members $121.50 / Non-Members $135)
Winter Session – Sundays 1:00pm to 2:30pm – 11/2 to 12/14 – No Class on 11/30  (Elizabeth) – Full

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)
Winter Session – Tuesdays 8:30pm to 10pm – 10/28  to 12/16 – No Class on 11/25  (Elizabeth) – Full

Aerial Tissue for Strong Inverters (Level 2)  – 7 classes (Members $142 / Non-Members $158)
Winter Session – Sundays 5pm to 6:30pm – 10/26 to 12/14 – No Class on 11/30 (Elizabeth) – Purchase Now

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) – 7 classes (Members $142 / Non-Members $158)
Winter Session – Tuesdays 5:15pm to 6:45pm – 10/28 – 12/16 – No Class on 11/25  (Elizabeth) – FULL

Aerial Silks: Form & Function (Open Level) – 7 classes (Members $142 / Non-Members $158)
Winter Session – Thursday 5:15pm to 6:45pm – 10/30 to 12/18 – No Class on 11/27  (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-finnElizabeth 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

Ariel-Stacy-headshotStacy & 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.



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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