Aerial silks, also known as aerial tissue or aerial fabrics, is one of the most challenging, and versatile aerial art forms, combining elements of dance with acrobatic conditioning. Ascend Aerial Arts 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 try.**
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.
HOW THIS WORKS: Aerial Silks Classes at Ascend are offered as a series of classes that last 2-3 months. Drop-ins are available for specific classes including Aerial Straps. Space is limited. Want to try it out first? Be on the lookout for our 1-Day Intro to Silks Class as they are scheduled periodically. Email Tammy@impactkbf.com if you want to join a class already in session.
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Aerial Membership – $99/year — Click here to purchase — select MEMBERSHIP from the drop-down menu and you will see “Aerial Membership”
- Receive Member Pricing for session classes & guest aerial workshops
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- Enrollment Priority. You’ll be able to sign up for classes once it is scheduled first before the classes are offered to the general population!
Drop-In Classes. No makeups are allowed for drop-ins. Select specific class dates is available for purchase for this class ONLY. Drop-in Pricing are on a sliding scale as shown below. Email Tammy@impactkbf.com to schedule demo and observation as appropriate. Click here to view our Ascend Skill Levels.
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 Intro 1-Day Class – This One-Day 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. Try it once and you’ll be hooked!
Aerial Silks: Pre-weekend Conditioning – This is where the magic happens! Come sweat it out, build your strength and aerial coordination, and reach your conditioning goals! This class will be like your secret weapon, rending the difficult finally easy! You get out of it what you out in. PREREQUISITES: Appropriate for all levels
Aerial Silks: Technique and Conditioning – This class will focus on form, technique, and strength building. Students will concentrate on precision, body awareness and specificity of movement more than learning new moves. Come ready to point with your toes and think with your brains! PREREQUISITES: Aerial art and technique lab is appropriate for those who have taken Intermediate 1 or 2, and/or those who have a clean hip key, a working vocabulary of aerial skills, and are comfortable inverting in the air. Students who are new to Ascend Aerial Arts or who have not taken Aerial Silks Intermediate 1 or 2 MUST come observe one class, and demonstrate with an instructor to obtain permission before enrolling.
Aerial Technique & Art Lab – In this class, we will introduce and break down the technique involved in a variety of aerial silk climbs, wraps, drops, and poses, and learn conditioning drills to build the strength and control necessary to perform these moves easily and efficiently. We will then explore the freedom of movement available in the skills we have mastered, experimenting with speed, shape, weight, focus, character, musicality, variations, and sequencing, to help bring out the inner artist in you. PREREQUISITES: Aerial art and technique lab is appropriate for those who have taken Intermediate 1 or 2, and/or those who have a clean hip key, a working vocabulary of aerial skills, and are comfortable inverting in the air. Students who are new to Ascend Aerial Arts or who have not taken Aerial Silks Intermediate 1 or 2 MUST come observe one class, and demonstrate with an instructor to obtain permission before enrolling.
Aerial Silks – Beginner – 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. Learn basic silks conditioning, climb and descend safely, and eventually expand to further techniques, proper form, conditioning. Students will learn poses and build confidence on the silks. Prerequisites: No experience necessary.
Aerial Silks – Beginner/ Intermediate – Each week we will concentrate on a specific class of poses and/or skills, focusing on basic troubleshooting, form and technique, variations and transitions, and adding your own personal flair. This class is for students that already have basic skills in aerial silks and have taken at minimum, 1 session of Aerial Silks Classes. Prerequisite: Beginner and Instructor Approval (by evaluation)
Aerial Silks – Intermediate – This class focuses on more advanced climbs and aerial skills in the air. Students will work on perfecting basic drops, hip keys, inversions, and S-Wraps. Students at this level should be able to climb and descend with ease, and focus will be given to intermediate conditioning for fluidity in movement. Prerequisite: Beginner/Intermediate and with instructor approval.
Aerial Silks – Intermediate/Advanced – This class is for the intermediate student who has mastered basic skills, shows progress in endurance and strength, and can easily chain together poses and transitions fluidly. Students will work on more advanced drops and climbs and will begin working towards a long series of choreography (up to a 4 minute routine). Focus will be given to conditioning and endurance as well as musicality in movement quality. Prerequisite: Intermediate and instructor approval.
***Space is limited. Once class begins there are no refunds and make up classes.
IF you purchased the FULL session, makeups are allowed only if there is space available during the current session and is not guaranteed.
**IMPORTANT. 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).