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Aerial Dance Classes

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Aerial Foundations for Beginners

New to aerial arts? Want to brush up on the basics? In this mixed apparatus class, we will work on the foundational skills necessary to gain the strength and body awareness to be safe in the air. This 90-minute class consists of a thorough warm up geared towards adults, technical instruction on both vertical and horizontal aerial apparatuses including fabric, rope, sling, hoop, and trapeze, and guided conditioning and cool down at the end. Skills covered in this course include foot climbs, foot locks, straddle inversions, pullovers, scissor hip key, and knee hangs. Once you have successfully graduated from our Aerial Foundations course, you may enroll in our Level I aerial courses.

Days and Times Offered: Sundays 9:30-11am, Wednesdays 7:30-9pm, Fridays 10:30am-Noon

Tissu (Aerial Fabric) Levels I II and III

Aerial Fabric: Level I with April McMorris

In this course, we will continue building on the basics of aerial fabric as we introduce new climbs, locks, inversions off the ground, simple drops, and longer sequences in the air. Some of the skills covered in this course will include double foot lock to cross back straddle, Rebecca split, S-lock, angel drop, and bicycle climb. Please note, this is a Level I course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations class is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Thursdays 7:30-9pm, Saturdays 10:30am-Noon

Aerial Fabric: Level II with Jenn Bruyer

In this course, we will introduce longer, more complex sequences and drops, fancier climbs, and variations on the basics on aerial fabric.  Please note, this is a Level II course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations and Aerial Fabric Level I classes is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Mondays 6-7:30pm

Aerial Fabric: Level III with Jenn Bruyer

In this course, we will explore sequences, dynamic work, beats, complex wraps, and integrate movement quality and fabric theory into our aerial fabric technique. Please note, this is a Level III course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations and Aerial Fabric Level I and II classes or a demonstration of the prerequisites is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Not Currently Offered

Aerial Sling Levels I and II

Aerial Sling: Level I with Charly McCreary

In this course, we will learn all of the basics of aerial sling on open, closed, single point and double point slings. Each week we will explore new vocabulary and start building sequences in the air. Some of the vocabulary we will cover in this course includes front balance, hip key, chair, dutchman, scissor roll, and catcher’s roll up. Please note, this is a Level I course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations class is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Tuesdays 6:30-8pm

Aerial Sling: Level II with Jenn Bruyer

In this intermediate-level sling course, we will learn drops, more complex wraps and sequences in the sling, and will begin incorporating spins, swings, and dynamic movements. Please note, this is a Level II course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations and Aerial Sling Level I classes is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Not Currently Offered

Aerial Hoop Levels I and II

Aerial Hoop: Level I/II with Charly McCreary

In this course, newer students will start to learn the mounts, poses, and sequences that are unique to aerial hoop and will explore spinning on hoop. Some of the beginner-level vocabulary we will cover in this course includes mermaid, gazelle, knee hang above the hoop, and arabesque. More experienced students will work on faster spins and more complex mounts and sequences on aerial hoop including amazon, vertical split in the ropes, skull crusher, and Russian roll. Please note, this is a Level I course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations class is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

Dance Trapeze

Dance Trapeze with Jenn Bruyer

In this class, we will explore skills that are inherently dance like in nature, both on the trapeze and using the trapeze to explore and relate to the floor. Students can expect to learn to spin, circle, ascend and descend, transition fluidly and with ease in the air as well as demonstrate classic and newer styles of trapeze vocabulary. Please note, this is a Level I course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations class is required before registering.

Days and Times Offered: Mondays 7:30-9pm

Dance, Flexibility, and Conditioning Classes

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Ballet

This class, taught by Warren Woo, is designed for movers at a beginner dance level. We will focus on fundamentals of vocabulary, alignment, and improving lines and flexibility. It is the perfect warm up for anyone looking to hone their movement skills on the ground, and a great warm up before aerial class.

Days and Times Offered: Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm

Open Level Contemporary Dance

Dive into the floor and swing your arms with an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement techniques woven together in this all level contemporary dance class taught by Warren Woo. Classes will include influences from Braindance, ballet, yoga, anatomical awareness, and spirals that will bring you into and out of the floor and develop your capacity to move with ease.

Days and Times Offered: Not Currently Offered

Circus Boot Camp

Ready to work cardio, strength, and endurance like a circus artist? This all-levels class is high energy and is designed to provide a full body workout inspired by circus performer training regimens from some of the highest level circus companies in North America. Our circus boot camp includes cardiovascular training, strength training, and even a bit of circus to keep things fun. Be prepared to work hard and have a great time in this class! Each class includes a guided warm up, small and large group strengthening exercises, and a group cool down and stretch.

Days and Times Offered: Not Currently Offered

Flexibility Technique with Gunnar

Flexibility is one of the key aspects of all circus arts including aerial dance. This class focuses on techniques for building flexibility. By combining passive flexibility and active flexibility, we will cover a vast range of flexibility training methods to help you discover your body’s custom flexibility regimen. This will be an intense class, please be ready to be pushed past your comfort zone. Please come to class with lots of water and wear layers of clothing to stay warm. Please note, two prerequisites apply for this course: All participants must be able to bend forward and touch your toes with knees straight and must be able to push up into a bridge on hands from the floor.

Days and Times Offered:  Thursdays 6-7:15pm

Open Studio, Pro Training, and Private Lessons

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Open Studio for Student & Professional Training

Want some time to review the skills you learned in aerial class? Are you a professional aerialist or movement artists who needs space to train? We welcome professional aerialists and aerial students in the community who have graduated from our Aerial Foundations course or equivalent to train at Arcadia. Open studio time is not a structured class. Students should come prepared to review skills you are already comfortable working on by yourself without a spotter or instructor. We will have a variety of equipment available for your use including aerial fabric, aerial sling, hoop, and single point dance trapeze. Professionals can bring their own equipment; we will help you rig it in our studio. Please read and accept our Studio Use guidelines on SmartWaiver prior to attending. Need to schedule an evaluation to get approved for open studio training? Please contact us at classes@cabiri.org to schedule.

Days and Times Offered: Wednesdays 7-9pm, Saturdays 11am-1pm, Sundays 11am-1pm

Private Aerial Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are available with any of our aerial instructors on the apparatus of your choice including aerial fabric, aerial hoop, dance trapeze, and aerial sling. We are happy to work with you to solidify existing vocabulary, introduce new level-appropriate skills, or refine existing sequences and choreography. Please contact us at classes@cabiri.org with the desired apparatus, instructor (if you have a preference) and a few dates and times that work for you. We require payment for private lessons in advance and if you need to cancel a scheduled lesson, please do so by contacting us via email at least 24 hours prior to the lesson in order to receive a refund. Credit card processing fees are not refundable.

Rates

Aerial & Specialty Courses (e.g. Flexibility):

Drop In – $25
5-Class Punch Card – $115
10-Class Punch Card – $220
5-Class Private Lesson Punch Card – $275 (one hour lesson with the instructor of your choice)

Circus Boot Camp and Dance Courses:

Drop In – $15
5-Class Punch Card – $65
10-Class Punch Card – $120

Please note, you can reserve or cancel your spot in any of our classes or workshops via the VAMP system up to three hours before the class start time.

Open Studio, Pro Training and Private Lessons:

Open Studio – $14/day
Pro Training – $10/hour
(contact us in advance to arrange)
Private Lessons* – $60/hour (1 student), $80/hour (2 students), $90/hour (3 students), $30/person/hour (4+ students)

* Guest instructors who teach at Arcadia may have private lesson rates that are different from those listed above. Please check with the instructor and/or email classes@cabiri.org if you have questions.

Studio Memberships

Want to join us for regular aerial and dance workouts? Monthly studio memberships are now available at Arcadia.

Purchase a monthly membership via your VAMP account under “Buy a Package.” Please pre-register for all courses you wish to attend via your membership in VAMP so we can ensure there is space for you in class. When signing in for class at the studio, select Punchcard as your payment method.

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Basic Aerial Membership ($99/month)

Ready to commit to one aerial class per week? Want to drop in on Open Studio to review what you learned? With our Basic Aerial Membership, you can attend one level-appropriate aerial or flexibility class of your choice each week (4 classes per month) and come to Open Studio twice a month. This package will help you stay consistent with regular aerial training and give you some time to build on the skills you’ve learned in class.

Arcadia Studio Membership ($189/month)

Are you ready to make training at Arcadia part of your weekly routine? With our Studio Membership, you can attend one level-appropriate aerial class OR flexibility class of your choice each week (4 classes per month), come to open studio once a week (4 open studio sessions per month), AND drop in on ballet once per week (4 classes per month). This balanced approach to your training is an excellent way to sustain your skill level and gently push yourself toward doing even more.

Arcadia Aerial Membership ($189/month)

With the Arcadia Aerial Membership, you can attend two classes per week — aerial or flexibility — (8 classes per month) and come to open studio once a week (4 visits per month). 

Aerial Beginner Membership ($225/month)

For beginners who are serious about jump starting their aerial training, this package includes two Aerial Foundations classes per week (8 classes per month) and one ballet class per week (4 classes per month). When you take advantage of this package, you’ll get stronger and more proficient at all things aerial in no time!

Deluxe Membership ($299/month)

Ready to up your game and get more serious about your training? Our Deluxe Membership includes two level-appropriate aerial classes per week (8 classes per month), as many open studio sessions as you’d like to attend per week, and your choice of one ballet barre, contemporary dance, or circus boot camp classes each week (4 classes per month).

Arcadian Membership ($475/month)

Are you an aerial addict? We understand and we’re here to support you in your habit. With our Arcadian monthly membership, you can attend as many level-appropriate aerial classes as your body and your schedule can handle, as many open studio sessions as you’d like, and any or all of our ballet barre, contemporary dance, and circus boot camp classes each month. We’re practically giving you the keys to the studio with this incredible membership package.