Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Flow Arts?
Flow arts can refer to a variety of movement training. A state of flow is best described as movement meditation. Building your own flow is finding an inspired pattern of movement that is unique to you.
What is Aerial Art?
Aerial art is a fusion between acrobatics and dance that is performed suspended in the air on a variety of apparatus. Aerial is becoming increasingly popular in the US and many benefits have been seen by offering aerial training to the general population.
Is it dangerous?
There are always risks involved with any physical activity but aerial dance is really no more dangerous than any other sport or movement training. Ascend and its instructors work hard to manage any risk and keep students as safe as possible. We have a structured curriculum that allows students to progress at a safe pace and focuses on proper technique and injury prevention. Proper mats are used and equipment is inspected frequently. Beginners work very close to the ground and our studio is floored with padded gymnastics carpeting. Your safety is always our first priority.
What kind of fitness background do I need as an adult?
While we do get a lot of students with dance or gymnastics backgrounds we get just as many with no physical fitness background at all. No fitness background is needed to start adult classes, if you are able to hang from a pull up bar you are able to start a beginner course. However, if you feel you want to build strength we recommend starting in Aerial Yoga classes.
What if I am afraid of heights?
Do not worry! It is surprising how many professional aerialists are afraid of heights. We have very small class sizes and our instructors are sensitive to working with students who have issues with heights. Beginners work right off of the mat and moves are spotted by instructors.
Are there age restrictions?
We can currently only accept students over the age of 9 in our youth courses. Our adult classes are generally 18 and up. Students between the ages of 16-18 may be placed in our adult classes with permission from both the studio and the parent. We do not believe you can be too old to learn. If you have specific health issues that you are concerned about please feel free to discuss those with us.
How much does it cost?
Classes are very affordable and all run between 20-25 dollars for a 75 minute class. Main aerial Instruction on Silks, Trapeze, and Hoop will run in 6 week sessions only. We teach a progressive curriculum so that each week builds upon the previous. A six week session costs $140. Once you are a member of the studio there are cheaper rates for extra practice time or multiple classes.
Private lessons are 60/hr for a single person and 70/hr for two people.
I have a promotional discount code. How do I use it?
If you have a promotional code for a free or discounted class you must still register through the scheduling software to reserve your space in the class. Once you make an account there will be an area to enter your code and receive your discount. If you need any help scheduling a class contact us and we can assist you.
What should I wear?
Fitted workout clothing that allows for free movement such as yoga pants or leggings are always best. You will want fabric covering the backs of your knees and your waist to avoid fabric burns. Layered shirts that can be tucked in or leotards are recommended. Please avoid any zippers, buttons, snaps, jewelry or anything that could damage equipment.
What are aerial classes like?
Aerial classes are 75 minutes long generally consist of 15 minutes warm up/stretch and split time on the equipment. For example, If you are taking Fabric/Trapeze 1 you will spend 30 minutes on Trapeze and 30 minutes on silks. This time will include conditioning, skill building, and cool down. Class sizes are very small and are limited to 6 students so each student will receive a lot of individual attention.
Why are classes split between two apparatus? What if I only want to learn skills on one piece of equipment? What if I want to learn all three?
Our courses consists of half static trapeze or aerial hoop and half aerial silks. These are great combinations for beginners to start out with as it teaches the fundamentals of both a vertical and horizontal apparatus. Trapeze/Lyra generally takes less strength and stamina to start learning moves and helps build up strength needed for aerial silks. Training on both apparatus at once helps build a balanced body and keeps students from hitting a plateau in training. While we do not teach one single apparatus in our classes, many students choose to take 2 classes a week so they can learn all three. Our classes are structured for this since silks takes longer to learn than bars.
Can I sign up for student practice without signing up for a course?
No! Student Practice is designed specifically for our students to practice the moves they learned from us in a safe and supervised environment. It is not appropriate for learning new tricks or practicing outside curriculum. You MUST be currently enrolled in a course in order to participate in open practice. Current students should review the Open Practice Policies and be sure to follow these guidelines in every practice.
Is there a way to try out a class before committing to a full course?
We do offer a one time workshop for new students who are beginners. If you would like to try a 1.5 hour workshop before committing to a whole course please sign up for our Introduction to Aerials Workshop. This option is only available to beginners. For safety reasons you must commit to a 6 week course to go any further in our curriculum.
I am an absolute beginner, where should I start?
As an absolute beginner signing up with us our recommendation would to sign up for Fabric/Trapeze 1. However Fabric/Hoop 1 is also available for beginners with no prior experience. If you are hesitant about taking a 6 week course you can choose to try out our Introduction workshop first, but it is not necessary to begin classes. For more details on the above classes please see Class Descriptions.
How do I sign up?
What if I am interested in taking classes but I can’t find a class/time that works for me on the schedule?
If you are interested in a class or time that is not currently being offered please fill out this form. We are always willing to add a class if we are able and it has enough interest. This form also allows us to adjust the schedule next session to accommodate as many people as possible.