Class schedule effective Sept 1, 2019
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Aerials Program Classes
Introduction to Soft Apparatus: Silks & Sling
This class is for the absolute beginner, a 90-minutes class in which we will cover basic poses, shapes, and climbs on the silks and sling. You will work at your own pace in a fun and safe environment. At the end of class the instructor will evaluate you for eligibility for the Beginner series of soft apparatus classes. Intro classes may be taken as often as you like or need. Suitable for everyone.
If you have previous silks and sling experience you can submit a video of yourself working on the apparatus along with a brief description of your background for the instructors to evaluate whether you can skip the Intro class and go straight into the Beginner series.
Aerial Silks: Level 1
This class is for people who have taken the Introduction to Soft Apparatus course and want learn more about aerial silks. We will start to focus on all the little details to develop form, alignment, engagement and technique. We will work on skills and drills, and students will be able to expand their repertory and vocabulary with several different types of climbs, foot locks, inversions and wraps to create interesting shapes and poses. Skills evaluation at course completion to move to the next level.
Prerequisites: Intro to Soft Apparatus and instructor permission (see info under the Intro description).
Pre-requisites: Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate knowledge of Intro to Soft Apparatus curriculum skills, including: straddle back in slipknot without assistance, stand in standard wrap without slipping, comfortable in footlock.
Aerial Silks: Level 2
This class is for students who have completed Level 1 with a solid foundation in skills and technique and have Instructor approval to advance. In this class we will continue learning types of climbs, belays, S-wraps, drops, sequences and progressions to expand your aerials repertoire and prepare you for our Intermediate-level classes. We will continue working on technique, strength, and understanding of fabric theory including wraps and what is keeping us safe while we are in the air. Be prepared to be challenged and to work hard to achieve those pretty inversions you’ve been striving for.
Pre-requisites: Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate knowledge of Level 1 curriculum skills, including: Cross-back straddle without bent legs, 4 successive double footlocks (Figure 8 and Aerial Dancer), Hip lean with no hands, Hip key, Catchers and Cross catchers in the air, perform flow of six additional skills from the Level 1 curriculum.
Aerial Silks: Intermediate
This class is for students who have completed the Aerials Silks: Level 2 course and passed the evaluation test. In this level we will continue work on form, techniques and drills so that students can expand their repertory and vocabulary. We will work on entries, wraps and drops, as well as straight-arm inversions, controlled descents, and grip strength.
Pre-requisites: Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate knowledge of Level 2 curriculum skills, including: multiple (5) strong inversions in the air with straight legs, Star drop, back dive, s-wrap to wheel down, 1 minute straight arm hold, perform flow of 10 additional skills from the Level 2 curriculum. instructor reserves the right to request a student get more training if she/he believes they are not fit for the class.
Introduction to Hard Apparatus: Lyra and Trapeze
This class is for students who have never worked with aerial lyra or trapeze. It is a 90-minute class in which we will cover basic poses, working with both apparatus at a low height. You will work at your own pace in a fun and safe environment and finish the class with a new appreciation for aerials. At the end of class the instructor will evaluate you for eligibility for the Beginner series of hard apparatus classes. Intro classes may be taken as often as you like or need. Suitable for everyone.
If you have previous lyra and trapeze experience you can submit a video of yourself working on the apparatus along with a brief description of your background for the instructors to evaluate whether you can skip the Intro class and go straight into the Beginner series.
Aerial Lyra: Level 1
This class is for people who have taken the Introduction to Hard Apparatus course and want learn more. In this class we will work on form, shoulder engagement, skills inside and under the lyra, sequences and transitions. Drills will be fundamental in preparing students for the next level and for learning to put routines together.
Prerequisites: Intro to Hard Apparatus and instructor permission (see info under the Intro description.
Aerial Lyra: Level 2
Class Description: This class will focus not just on skills, but also on learning how to put things together and make it more like dancing and flowing into the apparatus. Come prepared to challenge your body and brain with new pathways and shapes.
Prerequisites: This class is for students who have completed our Level 1 Lyra and have been approved by instructors.
Class Description: What’s better and more fun than one person on the lyra? Two people on the lyra!
This class will focus on learning to share space and apparatus with somebody, working in, out, top and bottom of the lovely metal circle.
Prerequisites: Double knee hang on the top, hip hang, Gazelle, straddle back, Dragonfly, invert and pullover entry.
Aerial Trapeze: Level 1
This class is for people who have taken the Introduction to Hard Apparatus course and want learn more. In this class we will cover moves that are adapted from static and dance trapeze traditions and put together some short sequences. We’ll focus on body mechanics, conditioning and stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.
Prerequisites: Intro to Hard Apparatus and/or instructor permission (see info under the Intro description.
Aerial Trapeze: Level 2
Build on the basic skills from Trapeze: Level 1 and exploring different variations and transitions. We work on dynamics, flows, transitions, skills in the ropes, and balances.
Prerequisites: Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate sufficient mastery of Level 1 Trapeze skills, including: invert from the floor without toe-tapping or jumping, clean invert in the ropes, clean pullover to front balance, execute front balance and hold for 15 seconds, execute solid double knee hang, 1 minute flow demonstrating Trapeze 1 curriculum (min 6 skills).
Aerial Sling: Level 1
Aerial Sling: Level 2
Fabric Flow and Transitions
Take more ownership of your technique in this choreography and sequencing focused class led by Gwynne Flanagan.
Prerequisites: Requirements are footlocks in the air and a clean inversion in the air. You must have be a Monara Level 2 (or higher) Fabric student for at least 2 months in order to build a sufficient skill base. Alternately send a video with a flow of 10 or more skills without coming off the fabric. Instructor permission required.
Dance trap is the quintessential apparatus to practice ease, transition-creation, and work on directional changes within spinning and swinging choreography. It can be lyrical or percussive; dynamic or static. The possibilities are endless!!
Bring some ginger!
Prerequisite: Invert under the bar without tagging feet. Invert in the ropes.
Splits, splits, splits
Were you able to do the splits when you were younger and now find yourself as stiff as a board? Do you have a three block over-split but cannot control that flexibility in the air? Either way, this class is for you. It will teach effective and safe techniques to increase or stabilize your range of motion for front splits, middle splits, tilts, and scales. This class combines tissue and joint mobilizations, static stretching techniques, and end-range strengthening exercises needed to achieve the splits of your dreams. This class is designed for all levels and abilities.
Beginner Juggling and Object Manipulation
Learn the technique behind a three-ball cascade and other forms of object manipulation in this fun and engaging class. Gain comfort in juggling and explore your own style as you break down your patterns into simple, achievable steps. Enjoy the mental and physical challenge of this classic circus skill while boosting your confidence as a performer.
Belly Dance Foundations: Isolations, Geometry, and Alignment
The intrigue of modern belly dance lies in the extraordinary way that the dancers control their bodies. Undulations, shimmies, pops, and locks paint magical landscapes for the observer. In this series, learn basic movements for belly dance through standing isolations and traveling drills. Strengthen your core and posture using exercises developed to create clear shapes and precise movements with the hips and torso. Explore themes in dynamics, timing, and spatial awareness with short dance combinations.
Prerequisites: No experience necessary, but prior dance experience is helpful. All levels welcome.
|Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, around early 16th century.
Want to get bendy? Neglect your own promises to stretch properly? Have a flexibility goal? New Years resolution? In this class, you will not only work on your overall mobility, range of motion and flexibility from head to toe but each month a specific muscle group will be highlighted: leg/front splits, shoulder/back backbends, the ever-elusive hips/middle or straddle split, etc. This 1-hour, guided stretching class is a great compliment to any training program and all levels of flexibility are welcome. Active, static and partner stretching techniques will be employed as there is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to flexibility.
Defy gravity and become weightless. Aerial Yoga is a fusion of aerial silk sequences and yoga. In this class, the aerial hammock becomes an extension of you and enables you to go deeper into poses, dangle upside-down, or reach the ultimate handstand! Whether you are an aerial enthusiast, yogi, or a complete beginner, this class will help to deepen stretches, increase flexibility, and leave you feeling weightless.