Classes

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

lyra

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: Build on the basic skills from Lyra: Level 1 and continue exploring different variations and transitions.  Work on top of the lyra, and learn rolls and other challenging skills.

Prerequisites:  Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate sufficient mastery of Level 1 skills, including: invert from the floor without toe-tapping or jumping, execute front balance and hold for 5 seconds, execute solid double knee hang.

Lyra Flow

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.

Duo Lyra

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.
You may take some weight of the person you are working with, but we are not going to be working on partnering skills. This class is suitable for mostly everyone but you must be able to execute the following skills.

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

This class is for people who have taken the Introduction to Soft Apparatus course and want learn more about aerial sling. In this class we will work on entries, poses with closed and open sling, leg and hip wraps, twists, and inversions. Drills will be fundamental in preparing students for the next level. Skills evaluation at course completion.

Prerequisites:  Intro to Soft Apparatus and/or instructor permission (see info under the Intro description.

Aerial Sling: Level 2

In this class, sling students will further develop their skills, technique, form, endurance and performance presence. This curriculum includes: drops, climbs, wraps, spinning, dynamics, balances & crossover skills.

Prerequisites:  Regular grip (no wrist wrap) pull over entry with 20-second Front Balance, Clean Straddle Invert off the loop, 5 consecutive tuck to inverted tucks, Single X knee hang, 1:30 minute flow demonstrating Sling 1 curriculum (min 6 skills)

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 Trapeze

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.

Skills Classes

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.

Fitness Classes

Capoeira

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.

Flexibility

flexibility

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.
All equipment (straps, foam rollers, yoga blocks, stahl bars) are provided. Simply wear comfortable, non constricting clothing and bring a bottle of water (recommended).

Aerial Yoga

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.

Cancellation Policy

Non-members:  Classes must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance or class is forfeited.
Members:  Classes must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to class, or a $10/class no-show fee will apply.
Private lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance or lesson is forfeited.
Unless otherwise indicated, all class packages activate on the date of purchase, not on the first visit.
Students may cancel a class, private or semi-private lesson by emailing us directly at acoatzin@MonarcaInFlight.com, calling the studio at 571-384-6064 or by canceling through Mindbody. If you are unable to notify us in advance of your class or appointment per the deadlines above, please note that payment will be forfeit or no-show fee will apply.
It is always our intent to  offer our scheduled classes. That said, we sometimes have to cancel a class. Those who are signed up for a class we cancel will be notified as early as possible via email by the Mindbody system and will be able to reschedule for another class.  As a general rule, classes with 2 or fewer students enrolled as of 8 hours before class time will automatically be canceled.