Descriptions and Levels
All classes at CSA are now on an individual class or class card system. You must RSVP ahead to reserve your spot. If there are not at least 3 students signed up, classes may be cancelled and you will be notified.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes may be added or deleted depending on enrollment and coach availability.
NEW! Teen Contortion / Elevate into Flexibility
This class will focus on improving flexibility by isolating different areas of the body-legs/hips, shoulders, and spine. We will utilize the aerial hammock as a way to work with gravity to decompress the spine as well as different techniques to strengthen core. Groundwork will include contortion, hand balancing and basic introduction to the canes. Whether you want to improve your flexibility or become a contortionist, this class is perfect for you! All levels are welcome.
Adult Circus Taster
For the newbie/apprehensive student who just isn’t sure if circus acrobatics is something for them. Feel free to try one class or several classes to get a taste of all the apparatuses that we have available: Trapeze, Silks, Lyra, Rope, Hammocks, Low Wire, Rolling Globe Walking, etc. This is a one hour drop-in class that requires 48-hour prior reservation.
Learn to flip, balance, juggle, and fly! Our youth circus classes offer training in many different areas of circus arts, including mixed aerials, rolling globe walking, partner acrobatics, juggling, and more! We foster a safe and non-competitive environment where your child will learn to work in a team, build strength, and gain confidence, all while having a blast!
Please Note: As much as we’d like to, for safety reasons for ALL of our youth students, we are not equipped to handle kids with some disabilities to be merged into our regular youth classes. Arrangements can be made (upon availability as space is limited) for individuals or groups of special needs kids to come with a support staff in a separate group–in fact we would LOVE this opportunity!
This class will give you a taste of several different aerial art forms, including fabric/silks, trapeze, lyra/hoop (a circular apparatus that is often seen spinning), rope/corde lisse (a braided or twisted rope), and sling/hammock (a fabric loop). Great for someone who loves to try a little bit of everything!
Aerial Silks / Fabric
Aerial Silks (also known as aerial fabric, aerial ribbons or tissu, depending on regional preference) is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Performers climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines, and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety. They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, drop, spin and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. Join this class to build strength and endurance using this dramatic apparatus!
Aerial Asana Yoga
The perfect introduction to suspended exercises as alternative fitness. Aerial yoga is an accessible practice that combines acrobatic arts and anti-gravity asana. There are great therapeutic healing benefits of aerial yoga for the mind and body. Our certified yoga instructors will lead you through a series of exercises utilizing an aerial hammock. This apparatus is a fabric that is hanging only a few feet off the ground and rigged from two points. The sequences will involve stretching, balancing, core-strengthening, and all around body conditioning.
The static trapeze is a horizontal bar suspended from the ceiling by two ropes. If you have a passion for this classic apparatus, hone your skills in this class focused entirely on trapeze. We will work under, on, and above the bar, including work in the ropes. At more advanced levels, students will learn skills that use momentum and dynamic movement.
Aerial Hoop / Lyra
The aerial hoop (also known as the lyra, aerial ring or cerceau/cerceaux) is a circular steel apparatus (resembling a hula hoop) suspended from the ceiling, on which circus artists may perform aerial acrobatics. It can be used static, spinning, or swinging. The students will learn how to safely explore movements through spins and poses that will help build strength, flexibility and endurance as well as choreographic skills.
Rope / Corde Lisse
Corde lisse is an aerial circus skill that involves acrobatics on a vertically hanging rope. The name is French for “smooth rope”.
Circus Hula Hooping
Students will learn the art of spinning single hula hoops, multiple hula hoops as well as hula hooping while walking and balancing on the Rolling Globe! Open to all ages and levels. Available for private lessons only.
Aerial Presentation and Staging Level II / III with Todd Bailey
Body movement methods and dance techniques for presentation/staging to enhance and refine your aerial performance. This class will help you develop confidence and greater virtuosity in your aerial act from “floor-to-air-to-floor” providing your audience with greater appreciation of your performance and evidence of your growing skill. By appointment only.
What Level Am I?
Class level designations are meant to be a guide to help students find the right class and allow our staff to plan classes more effectively. If you have any questions, please e-mail us.
Level 1 Skills:
- Very little or no experience. Welcome, newbies!!
Level 2 Skills:
- Completed at least one session of classes (8 weeks or more consecutive classes)
- Comfortable inverting in the air
- Can climb to the top multiple times.
- Working on drops and straight arm inversions
- Comfortable with pull-ups and pull-overs
- Inverting in ropes
- Solid beats
- Beginning to work on dynamic skills
Level 3 Skills:
- Multiple sessions of classes or permission of instructor. Good memory for tricks (both execution of skills and names), completing full sequences (endurance).
- Strong straight leg inversions
- Ability to do multiple pull-ups
- Working on strength moves and drops beyond a single star
- Beginning to pick tricks apart and build own sequences
- Starting to work on open drops
- Strong inversions (tuck throughs and pike throughs) and skin the cats
- Comfortable with all beats (including ankle beats)
- Mastery of some dynamic moves
- Working on strength moves and dynamic skills.
Level 4 Skills:
- Completed multiple sessions or permission of instructor. Beginning to work on building routines. Solid knowledge of apparatus (can get yourself unstuck/problem-solve if a wrap gets tangled).