Thank you for your interest in our aerial dance, movement, and fitness classes at Arcadia, Ballard’s newest cultural arts center located at 943 NW 50th Street.
All of our classes are offered on a drop-in basis, but preregistration is strongly recommended to ensure there is space for you and to ensure the class is offered. You can register and/or cancel your reservation up to three hours before class starts.
Ready to reserve your spot in a class or workshop?
- Complete our online waiver and studio use agreement HERE.
- Creation of an online waiver will automatically create an account for you in our online course management system VAMP
- Next, go to the VAMP login screen and select “Forgot your password? Click to set up or reset your password.” You will then receive a temporary password via email.
- Log in to your account and you’re ready to register for drop in classes or workshops, buy punch cards, or memberships.
See below for our current course and workshop offerings, course descriptions and prerequisites, and information about open studio and private lessons and rates. Arcadia studio FAQ are HERE and an overview of our monthly calendar is available HERE.
Is there a class you’d like us to offer that isn’t already on the schedule? Is the class you want to attend filling up too quickly? We welcome your input, suggestions, and comments on our course offerings and schedule. Please email us at email@example.com.
Drop In – $25
5-Class Package – $115
10-Class Package – $220
Workshops with Guest Instructors – $35
Drop In – $15
5-Class Package – $65
10-Class Package – $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. Reserving a space in class does not obligate you to pay for the course.
Open Studio – $14/day
Pro Training – $10/hour
(contact us in advance to arrange)
Private Lessons – $60/hour (1 student)
with Cabiri Aerial Instructors* – $80/hour (2 students), $90/hour (3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Aerial Dance Classes
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 and II
Aerial Fabric: Level I
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 6:30-8pm
Aerial Fabric: Level II
In this course, we will introduce longer, more complex sequences and drops, fancier climbs, and variations on the basics on aerial fabric. Some of the skills covered in this course will include salto star, double star, windmill, and candy cane drop. 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: Thursdays 7:30-9pm
Aerial Sling Levels I and II
Aerial Sling: Level I
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 7:30-9pm
Aerial Sling: Level II
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: Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
Aerial Hoop Levels I and II
Aerial Hoop: Level I
In this course, we will start to learn the mounts, poses, and sequences that are unique to aerial hoop and will explore spinning on hoop. Some of the vocabulary we will cover in this course includes mermaid, gazelle, knee hang above the hoop, and arabesque. Please note, this is a Level I course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations class is required before registering.
Days and Times Offered: Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
Aerial Hoop: Level II
In this course, we 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. We will also explore the single point hoop (cerceau) in this class. Please note, this is a Level II course – graduation from our Aerial Foundations and Aerial Hoop Level I classes is required before registering.
Days and Times Offered: Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
Saturday Classes & Workshops Levels I and II
For our students who have graduated from Aerial Foundations, we have a rotating Saturday workshop and class selection. In March 2018, we will offer the following:
March 10th: 1-2:30pm – Sequences on Aerial Sling with Charly McCreary (register under Drop-In Classes on VAMP)
Got some basic sling vocabulary but ready to start putting the pieces together into longer, more complex sequences with interesting transitions? In this Level I and up workshop, students will learn some unusual mounts, shapes, and ways to get into and out of familiar shapes on aerial sling. We will also explore how sequences change as we add a spin or swing.
Prerequisite: Level I or higher
March 17th: 12:30-2:30pm – Cross Back Straddle Exploration with Jenn Bruyer (register under Workshops on VAMP)
Fabric has always been a crowd favorite. Understanding how to use some of the most recognizable visual elements [like cross back straddle] in a more integrated and compelling way can not only help expand your vocabulary but ultimately improve your audience engagement. In this workshop we’ll explore some of the unexpected and even bizarre ways to set up this quintessential aerial silks trick to keep your audience guessing, from highly complex and intricate to straightforward and dynamic! And once we’re there we’ll flip, dive, contort and wrap for some unusual exits.
Prerequisites: Level I or higher and proficiency with Cross Back Straddle and Eggbeater Footlocks
March 24th: 1-2:30pm – Aerial Strap Loops with Charly McCreary (register under Drop-In Classes on VAMP)
What happens when aerial straps or spansets are hung next to each other? An incredible tool for innovation, creativity, and unusual aerial artistry emerges! In this workshop, we will start to learn some of the basic vocabulary, mounts and dismounts, and sequences on aerial strap loops.
Prerequisite: Level I or higher
March 31st: 12:30-2:30pm – Follow the Rabbit through the Hole: Exploring Belays with Jenn Bruyer (register under Workshops on VAMP)
I’ve known what a belay was for a long time. And it never really interested me until I started using it in non traditional ways by delving into a deeper understanding of both the simplicity and the potential complexity of the structure. Students will leave with a greater understanding of tying, managing and manipulating knots using the whole body through a progression of drills, examples of construction methods and a brief exploration of a variety of applications.
Prerequisites:Pre-reqs: Ability to invert in the air and be in the air for up to 2 minutes in a supported position. Some introduction to belay is helpful but not required.
Days and Times Offered: Saturdays 1-2:30pm (time may vary slightly)
Dance, Flexibility, and Conditioning Classes:
This is not your gym’s barre class! This one-hour ballet barre class, taught by professional dancer Jaclyn Wheatley, 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: Sundays 10-11am, Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
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: Sundays 1:45-3pm (starting in April 2018)
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: Wednesdays 6:15-7:30pm
Beginning Contortion with Gunnar
This class is aimed to enhance your flexibility even further. Are you bendy but not quite a contortionist? Have a split that you’d like to make more active or even an over split? The main focus of this class will be over-splits active split drills, Increasing deepness of our backbends as well as bridge kick overs and walkover. Please come to class with lots of water, layers to stay warm, and an understanding that flexibility success cannot be achieved with merely once-a-week efforts. Open studio, and home training are crucial for the achievement of your goals. Please note, two prerequisites apply for this course: All participants must have square splits within a few inches from the floor and a full bridge on hands with chest against the wall and arms straight.
Days and Times Offered: Mondays 8-9:30pm
Flexibility Technique for Aerialists 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: Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
Open Studio, Pro Training and Private Lessons
Open Studio for Aerial Training
Want some time to review the skills you learned in aerial class? We are opening our studio for a few hours each week to our students who have been approved to train at our supervised open studio. We also welcome other aerialists and aerial students in the community who have been approved to attend our open studio training sessions. This is not a structured class; please 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. Be sure to read and accept our Open Studio guidelines at your free online account HERE prior to attending. Need to schedule an evaluation to get approved for open studio training? Please contact us at email@example.com to schedule an open studio evaluation.
Days and Times Offered: Saturdays 11am-1pm, Sundays 2pm-4pm
Private Aerial Lessons
Sixty-minute private and semi-private lessons are available with any of our aerial instructors on the apparatus of your choosing, including aerial fabric, aerial hoop, dance trapeze, and aerial sling. Private lessons are a great way to get personalized attention on the apparatus and skill set of your choice. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the desired apparatus, instructor (if you have a preference) and a few dates and times that work for you and we will work with you to get it scheduled.