AERIAL SILKS & LYRA – (Ages 7+) also referred to as; aerial tissue, tissu, aerial contortion, aerial ribbons, and “that Cirque du Soleil thing” is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Performers climb the suspended fabric utilizing only their own body, increasing strength, flexibility, and skill. This class is for all ages, from 7 years and older. Adults are more than encouraged to attend and actually make up the majority of students in these classes.
Our Aerial silks fabric is used to wrap, suspend, swing, and spin your body into and out of various positions. Aerialists use the silks to fly through the air and strike poses, expressing their flexibility and strength.
The foundation for silks can be broken up into climbs, wraps, and drops.
Climbs – The first step is getting up to the top. Slowly but surely, all practitioners are trained on how to properly gain the strength necessary to safely climb up and down the silk. Once you’ve tamed the basic climbs, our instructors will give you new and interesting methods of reaching the top. Whether you’re upright, or upside-down, climbing is the launching point and an amazing workout 15 minutes into the class.
Wraps – For the most complex poses, a good wrap will keep an aerialist safe and secure to pose as they wish. They can wrap one limb, two limbs, or their waist in order to get into different poses. Eventually, you can use wraps to roll and climb up the silk. Once you’ve found a handful of different ways to get up you’re ready to move onto…
Drops – One of the most dramatic movements in the art of aerial is the drop. After wrapping themselves high up in the air, a controlled drop unravels the aerialist into a safe secure pose.
Incorporating all three of these drops into a silk performance blends an elegant performance with incredibly strong body poses. Practicing aerial will help you gain strength, endurance, flexibility and confidence.
White Rank: Introduction to Aerial Silks. Beginner Climbs, Foot Locks, and Poses.
Orange Rank: Intermediate Climbs and Foot Locks. Beginner Sequences. Intermediate Poses. Introduction to Aerial Drops.
Green Rank: Intermediate/Advanced Climbs, additional intermediate Foot Locks, Intermediate Drops, and beginning to string multiple poses into sequences.
Blue Rank: Advanced Climbs Up & Down the Silks. Advanced Foot Locks. Advanced Poses and Sequences. Advanced Drops and Drop Sequences.
Watch our Intro video to learn more about Aerial Silks & Lyra. Or you can book a class and find out for yourself!