CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING
"Just when you think you've challenged your body and know your limitations, leave it to the folks at Aloft to change your perspective."
I have never done this before! Where should I start?
We require that all students who plan to enter into aerial classes start in our Aerial Basics Classes to learn the ropes (get it???). This class will cover all the info that you need to jump into any Beginner level aerial class (trapeze, silks, rope, lyra). You'll stay in this class until you've mastered the basic skills needed to move up.
If you are interested in a non-aerial class you can begin in any "Beginning Level". If you have questions, feel free to reach out.
If you have previous circus experience, please reach out to us so we can help you decide what level is best for you!
Can I take a makeup class?
Yes! If you cancel your class with 48 hours notice you may take a makeup class in your regular level and class, subject to availability. If you late cancel (less than 48 hours) you can still do a make up, but only as an open gym or for a drop-in class. If you no call/no show, you lose your makeup for that class. Make-up classes never expire as long as you remain enrolled in classes at Aloft!
Do you have classes available on a Drop in Basis?
Yes! While it's more expensive for you to pay for classes on a drop-in basis, we have several great classes available for drop in students. Yes, these classes are available to beginners! Please check our current class schedule for days and times. Beginning Stretching and Flexibility, Aerial Conditioning and Aerial Yoga are all currently available as drop-in classes. Visiting out-of-town students may attend level appropriate classes but must be approved before hand. Please email us for approval and let us know about your training history.
Aren’t I too old/out-of-shape/afraid of heights to take aerial classes?
Nonsense! Many of Aloft’s students are in their 30s, 40s, 50s and more and several of our professional company members didn’t start taking lessons until then! All sizes and types of people can benefit from lessons. The most important thing is to be patient with yourself. When we were kids it took us a long time to learn things from walking to reading to playing our favorite sports. However, as we have grown up in an age of instant gratification we have forgotten that things take time and perseverance. You might not get your legs up on the trapeze for weeks, but you will still be getting better every time you come to class. Learning aerial work teaches more than just physical skills—you will learn a lot about the way you deal with challenges! As for a fear or heights, Aloft sets trapezes at a variety of levels for our classes and you are welcome to move up as you feel comfortable.
What should I wear and bring?
You should dress in layers that protect your skin as much as possible. Tights or leggings and a leotard are the best, but sweatpants and a t-shirt will do if the pants have a drawstring and the shirt can be tucked in. Also, bring tall socks and/or leg warmers and anything to keep your body warm. A water bottle is recommended, and you may wish to bring a small snack, especially for longer classes, or if you are taking back to back classes.
What ages go in what classes?
We have kids classes for kids and adult classes for adults. All classes are for adults 18+ unless otherwise specified.
None of these times are good for me! My friends and I want to learn something you don’t offer right now. What can I do?
Aloft can start a new class with a minimum of 5 students. Email us if you’re interested in a time and date not currently scheduled.