Workshops & Series Classes

Maker’s Lab 4 Week Series

with April Skelton

Starts Monday October 1st 7:15pm

What do you want to make with all your beautiful tricks? Better yet, what creative impulses already exist inside you can grow into your own movement signatures or stories? In Maker‘s Lab, participants will work through exercises that teach how to build sequences, analyze movement and provide feedback, and take us beyond posing and into dancing. Students enrolled in Maker‘s Lab will have an opportunity to build toward a performance in the form of bimonthly shows at the studio (Maker‘s Lab students will have first dibs on spots in the shows). Those who don’t wish to perform but want to create are welcomed, as the exercises are equally satisfying for those who crave participatory art or performance art. Students are welcomed to enroll as soloists or duos, and any apparatus, including pole, is acceptable for working in Maker‘s Lab. Questions should go to April Skelton:
Prerequisites: Students should be a Level 3 or above in the apparatus on which they want to create.
$50 for the series

Jayne Bernasconi

Guest Instructing at Empyrean Arts September 24th-28th 2018

A lil bit about Jayne…
Jayne Bernasconi, M.A., E-RYT 500, is the founder and artistic director of Air Dance Bernasconi, an aerial dance company based in Baltimore since 1999. From 1995-1999 she danced with Frequent Flyers Productions based in Boulder, CO where she worked with aerial pioneers Nancy Smith, Terry Sendgraff and Robert Davidson.  She has also taught and participated in the international Aerial Dance Festival since it’s inception 20 years ago where she founded aerial yoga and mixed ability aerial dance.  Jayne danced in NYC for 8 years with post modern dance companies and choreographers including:  Pooh Kaye, Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio.  She worked closely with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, to develop Forces Of Ability a dance company working with mixed ability populations from 1992 – 1999.  She co-authored the book/DVD “Aerial Dance” with Nancy Smith.  Jayne’s choreography has been seen throughout the US and abroad. She is adjunct dance faculty at Towson University teaching aerial dance and yoga since 1999 and is the owner of Yoga On York, ( where she teaches both aerial and traditional yoga. 

Use your existing class credits to attend these classes with Jayne…

Monday September 24th
6:00-7:00pm – Aerial Yoga
7:15-8:30pm – Inward Aerial (all levels)
Tuesday September 25th
1:00-2:00pm – Beginning Aerial Arts
6:00-7:15pm – Trapeze Sequencing (beginning-advanced)
7:30-8:30pm – Aerial Yoga
Wednesday September 26th
4:30-5:45pm – Silks Sequencing (intermediate/advanced)
6:00-7:15pm – Inward Aerial (intermediate/advanced)
7:30-8:30pm – Beginning Aerial Arts
Thursday September 27th
1:00-2:00pm – Aerial Conditioning (all levels)
6:30-7:45pm – Silks Sequencing (intermediate/advanced)
8:00-9:15pm – Aerial Choreography (mixed apparatus – intermediate/advanced)
Friday September 28th
12:00-1:00pm – Aerial Yoga

Roxie Valdez Workshops

Sunday, September 23rd @ 4:45 – Sequencing and Spins on Lyra 

Description: Join NYC performer Roxie Valdez in this 90 minute intermediate – advanced Lyra workshop. Take your Lyra flows to the next level and learn signature sequences, plus get tips and tricks for the fastest spins! Prerequisites: Minimum 1 year of Lyra training. Must be comfortable with inverts in the air unassisted, single knee hangs, meat-hooks and working on top bar.

Monday, September 24th @ 4pm – Partnering on Lyra

Description: Join NYC performer in this introduction to Lyra partnering workshop. This workshop will begin with a partner warmup on the ground as well as in the air. Students will then learn both mirrored and balance duo moves that we will put together into a beautiful sequence. Prerequisites: Ability to invert in the air unassisted and comfort in working on the top bar. Must be comfortable mounting and dismounting the Lyra multiple times throughout the 90 minute workshop.

$40 per workshop

Roxie Valdez is a native and resident performer of NYC. As an aerialist she specializes in aerial hoop with additional skills in aerial fabric, rope, stilt walking, duo hoop and duo acro with partner Lola Carter.

Beginning her training at The Sky Box at The House of Yes in 2011, she spent the winter of 2012 studying at The Seaview Performing Arts Center in Pahoa, Hawaii and teaching for the HICCUP children’s circus. Returning to New York she has performed at such places as The Box NYC, Company XIV, Diamond Horseshoe, Liberty Theater, Duane Park, The Slipper Room, and House of Yes, as well as internationally at The Box London and aboard the Grand Celebration Cruise Line.

Look what Roxie can do…

Empyrean Arts now offers a complete Beginning and Intermediate Level Aerial Arts Teacher Training through Aradia Fitness USA!

Heather Poole and Waverly Jones co-teach the aerial arts teacher training on Silks and Lyra currently. Training is held at Aradia Fitness in Cary, North Carolina or at your studio location. This training will provide you with beginning or intermediate level aerial curriculum’s, one total body beginning or intermediate level warm up, conditioning exercises and level ups for good student progression, introduction to aerial rigging information, and how to be an effective teacher for your students.

For more information and to register email Dakota Fox at