Aerial Arts FAQs
1. What kinds of activities are considered Aerial Arts?
Our Aerial Arts classes are separated by apparatus, and we offer classes on Aerial Fabrics/Silks, Static Trapeze, and Aerial Hoop/Lyra. We also have a class called Learn to Be a Catcher by request only.
2. I have never done anything like this before! I am a little nervous…is it okay that I am a complete beginner?
Yes! Actually, we specialize in teaching people from scratch! Although it is great if you have former gymnastics-related experience, the fact is that most of our students have NEVER done ANYTHING similar to this in their life. Each one of our coaches are very friendly and knowledgeable. We will work with you individually, and we encourage everyone to progress at their own comfortable rate.
3. Do Aerial Arts take a lot of strength? I’m afraid I don’t have the upper body strength to participate…
Aerials classes are a great way to build strength, and it’s okay to start from the beginning! In your first class you will learn poses and moves right at ground level, and as you come more often your strength will increase along with your knowledge and you will move higher in the air at your own pace.
4. Is Aerial Fabrics different from Aerial Yoga?
While they might look similar at first, Aerial Yoga and Aerial Fabrics are quite different. Aerial Fabrics is a circus performance art with choreographed sequences and dynamic movements using two separate ribbons, and is more related to dance or gymnastics than yoga. They are both used to build strength and flexibility, so if you have enjoyed Aerial Yoga you will love our Aerial Fabrics classes!
5. What is the weight limit, age limit, and height restrictions?
Our age limits are 6 – 150 years old! We have a strict 180 pound weight limit, but there are no height restrictions. Just like any sport, if you have any pre-existing medical concerns, please obtain a doctor’s approval prior to participating in our activities. If you have a previous history of shoulder related injury or pain, you must contact your physician before attempting Aerial Arts. You may not participate if you are pregnant or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
6. What should I wear to the lesson?
We encourage you to dress in athletic attire, like yoga or dance clothing. Leotards are good, or t-shirts and tank tops if they are tucked in or fitted enough that they will stay in place when you are upside-down. Yoga pants, yoga capris, runner’s tights, leggings, and compression pants are great for bottoms. Sweatpants are fine as long as they are not too loose or extremely baggy. It is best to wear pants that cover the backs of your knees. Street pants, dress pants, jeans, and khakis are discouraged. Socks or tights that cover the feet are not recommended for aerial silks, but may be worn for lyra or static trapeze. We have changing rooms and restrooms at our facility.
It is also important to tie any long hair in a ponytail, braid, or bun. Please remove all jewelry including large hair clips as they can break (rings are OK if you cannot remove them, but it’s better if you can). For prescription eye-glasses, we recommend wearing a head-strap or glasses-strap.
7. What do I need to bring with me to class?
We recommend bringing a water bottle, a notebook and pen to keep notes on the moves you’ve learned, and definitely a CAMERA!
8. Do you take Walk-ins for Aerials classes?
No, reservations are required for Aerials classes. Reservations are easy, just follow this link to pick a class and reserve your spot today! Class Calendar
9. What if I am the only person signed-up for class?
Aerials classes do not cancel for low enrollment, so we will run class even with only 1 student. However, you should be prepared to pace yourself and take breaks throughout class! When you don’t have to wait for other students to have their turns, it’s easy to get tired out quickly so it’s important to rest a few minutes between moves.
10. How are the classes split up? Do you have any classes just for kids? How about just for adults?
Our Aerial Fabrics classes are mixed ages but separated into Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced sections. To sign up for Intermediate/Advanced, we ask that you have approval from one of our instructors first. All of our other classes are mixed levels and mixed ages. There is often a mix of adults & kids in the same class.
If you prefer to be in a class all to yourself instead of a group lesson, please feel free to book a Private Lesson with us. Send us an email at info@FearlessTrapeze.com to schedule your Private Lesson.
11. I want to get REALLY REALLY good! How often should I come?
Most teachers agree that it really depends on the individual. Some people are faster learns, and some people are slower learners, both are OKAY. If you stick with any sport long enough, then you will eventually get good. It’s a proven fact.
Typically, we suggest coming once per week, or if you can’t, then once every other week at least. Obviously, the more you practice the better you get, but it also depends on your schedule of availability. A few of our students have even turned PRO and they went on to do big things in the performance world, but that requires a high level of time & commitment to attain that level of skill. At the end of the day, we encourage you to come to class as often as you want. It is entirely up to you!
12. What are the benefits of practicing Flying Trapeze and Aerials Arts regularly?
If you or your kids participate in athletic sports or other movement arts, then the benefits of training in Flying Trapeze or Aerial Arts are enormous. Whether you’re an athlete or not, training in acrobatics improves your strength, flexibility, balance, body coordination, rhythm, endurance, proprioception, artistry, and listening skills. And it’s a lot more fun than going to the Gym.
Are you a current (or former) gymnast, dancer, spring-board diver, tumbler, cheerleader, yogi, or martial artist? For these folks, Flying Trapeze & Aerials Arts are ideal activities when cross-training in a related sport. Our classes keep you in shape all year-round and can also give you a competitive edge.
Learning flying trapeze & aerial arts also increases your confidence, will power, and self-assurance. We’ve had students tell us that trapeze helped them conquer their fear of public speaking! They rationalize that becoming an Aerialist is much harder than doing a public speech, and that gives them more confidence for the task at hand. So you see, the benefits of learning acrobatics are numerous!
13. I have a few more questions. How can I contact you?
We’d love to answer all of your questions! Please send us an email at info@FearlessTrapeze.com . We typically respond within 48 hours.