Class Descriptions

POLE DANCE & FITNESS CLASSES

INTRO TO POLE

Intro to Pole is the perfect introduction to Pole Dance & Fitness! Students will be taken through a thorough full body warm-up, then students will be introduced to foundational pole dance techniques & exercises, and then ending class with a short pole dance. Intro to Pole is 60 minutes and all are welcome.

BEGINNING POLE

This 60 minute multiple level pole class is perfect for brand new to pole students, students with a little bit of previous pole experience, or students wanting to refine foundational pole spins, skills, and tricks. Students will learn and explore the Chair Spin, Dip Spin, Ballerina Spin, Fireman Spin, and many more spins, and will be introduced to pole climbing, sitting, and inverting.

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with an instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what pole level you’re in or are you ready to “level up”? Ask your pole instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills and graduate you to the next higher level pole class, or help you work towards those level requirements at your own pace.

INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED POLE

This 75 minute multiple level pole class is for students who have “leveled up” into Pole 3 and beyond, or for students with previous/recent pole experience who are comfortable with working on inversions (going upside down) and climbing. Students will work on the pole more than in the previous beginning pole levels continuing to work on inversions, and different types of pole sits, poses, hangs, and holds. Students will work on sequencing tricks and skills together on and off the pole to build endurance.

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with an instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what pole level you’re in or are you ready to “level up”? If so, simply ask your pole instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills and graduate you to the next higher level pole class, or help you work towards those level requirements at your own pace.

POLE DANCE

Pole Dance is a 75 minute choreography focused class that fuses floor work and dance with pole skills and tricks. Class will start with a total body warm up that also teaches students various floor work techniques. Afterwards, the instructor will start breaking down little chunks of choreography that will be repeated several times and then added upon as class progresses. Students will leave each class with a choreographed pole dance segment that can be used to dance to any of your favorite songs with. Heels are optional for this class. We recommend taking 8-10 Beginning Pole classes or having some previous pole experience before attending this class.

POLE SPINS & COMBOS

Pole Spins & Combos is a 60 minute multiple level class where students will focus on pole tricks and skills sequencing and movement exploration. Students will be encouraged to put their own “spin” on combinations learned in class. Some classes will be building towards an entire routine throughout class, and other classes will be combining skills together into smaller combinations. Heels are optional for this class. We recommend taking 8-10 Beginning Pole classes or having some previous pole experience before attending this class.

BEGINNING SPINNING POLE

Begin to explore Spinning Pole or come learn and play with new spins and variations in this 60 minute all levels class. Many poles can be set to both “spin” and “static” modes by easily removing or replacing a pin in the base of the pole. The pole will freely rotate by removing this pin allowing for more spin to happen. Students will be encouraged to put their own “spin” on combinations learned in class. In some classes we will focus on learning a sequence, and in other classes we will be working on skills and technique. No experience necessary, all levels welcome, heels optional.

AERIAL ARTS CLASSES

INTRO TO AERIAL

Intro to Aerial is the perfect introduction to Aerial Silks, Sling, Trapeze, and Lyra (aerial hoop). Students will start with a thorough full body warm up on the ground, progressing to warming up on the aerial equipment with stretching and conditioning exercises, then learning foundational tricks and skills on the aerial apparatuses. No experience needed…seriously.

YOUTH CIRCUS: AGES 5-12

This 60 minute class is the perfect introduction to circus arts for the younger folks aged 5 to 12. Students will develop better body awareness, coordination, strength, flexibility, and self esteem in a fun, safe, and supportive movement environment. Classes will start with a floor based warm up, followed by learning new movements on both the ground and in the air on aerial apparatuses. The last part of class will be supervised playtime for students to have fun and explore on both the ground and in the air. All levels welcome, no experience required.

BEGINNING AERIAL ARTS

This 60 minute multiple level class is perfect for the brand new to aerial arts student, those with a little bit of previous aerial experience, and those desiring to review aerial arts foundational skills and tricks. Students will learn and refine the necessary skills for building a good and safe foundation on Silks, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, and Rope. No experience needed…seriously.

TRAPEZE & LYRA (ALL LEVELS)

This 75 minute all levels class will build aerial vocabulary on Single Point Dance Trapeze, Double Point Static Trapeze, and both Single and Double Point Lyra (aka Aerial Hoop). This class is designed to work with the absolute beginning student all the way through to the advanced level student. Beginning level students will focus on mounting the apparatus safely, building tolerance to hanging from different parts of the body, and finding balance while in the air. Intermediate and Advanced level students will work on inversions, intricate wraps in the ropes, drops and beats, and will learn how to piece skills together for effortless movement sequencing.

SILKS (ALL LEVELS)

This 75 minute all levels class will give new aerial students a fun experience with Aerial Fabric (aka Silks), and will provide good progressions for building strength and stamina for higher level skills and tricks. New and beginning level students will learn and work on entry level climbs, poses, simple sequencing, and getting comfortable with moving the body while being upside down. New students will be pleasantly surprised at what they are already capable of! Intermediate and Advanced students will learn many new ways to climb, descend, “hang out” in the fabrics, as well as learning drops and creative movement sequences. Inversions in the air will be worked on heavily as students progress in the curriculum. Wearing ankle length cotton leggings and a shirt that can be tucked in are recommended for this class.

INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED SILKS & LYRA

This 75 minute multiple level class is for students who have “leveled up” into Level 3 and beyond with Silks and/or Lyra, or students who have previous/current aerial experience who are comfortable with aerial inversions and climbing. Students will learn tricks, skills, climbs, and sequences appropriate to their skill level and on different aerial apparatuses.

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with an instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what aerial arts level you’re in or are you ready to “level up”? If so, simply ask your instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills and graduate you to the next higher level, or help you work towards those level requirements at your own pace.

AERIAL ROPE (ALL LEVELS)

Aerial Rope class focuses on developing a thorough understanding of fundamental vertical aerial technique. Students can expect to learn the different grips, wraps, and postures that are the foundation of both rope and fabric vocabulary, and build on these same principles as they progress through the curriculum. Beginning students will work on entry level climbs, poses, and movements as they work towards inverting in the air, while intermediate and advanced students will begin to learn moves uniquely suited to rope, including rolls, beats, partial releases, and open drops. Bring multiple layers for your legs and midriff, and ankle protection or wool socks.

AERIAL SEQUENCING

This 75 minute class focuses on creating aerial choreography on different aerial apparatuses. Students will explore and find unique and surprising pathways between different tricks and skills, and will work on making their movements look seamless. Recommended for students in Level 2 + or having some previous aerial experience.

FLEXIBILITY, ACROBATICS & CONDITIONING CLASSES

FLEXIBILITY - CONTORTION

At Empyrean Arts we strongly believe in sustainable athletic training because we really love what we do and want to continue doing so for a long, long time. We encourage both our staff and our students to train both strength and suppleness for a balanced body. Our flexibility-contortion classes are open to all levels of students desiring to increase their mobility from the absolute beginner to the performing contortionist. Having mobility and flexibility is having the quality of moving and bending freely and easily without breaking. In our flexibility-contortion classes students will learn safe and effective exercises to increase range of motion without compromising strength or function. Students will learn and participate in Active, Passive, Assisted, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching and strengthening techniques. Together we will work on bringing balance to the body by lengthening our muscles and connective tissues, correcting muscle imbalances, and building strength for flexibility that can be used.

PILATES

Classical Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates and is a core/abdominal centered exercise. Originally call “Contrology,” Pilates teaches you to use your arms, legs and entire body from a place of strength: your core! It also strengthens alignment, stability, and balance. It’s not only an abdominal workout; it’s a full body exercise.

Pilates mat classes are performed on a yoga or Pilates mat where the instructor guides practitioners through a progression of exercises that warms the body and lungs, mobilizes the spine and joints, and strengthens the core and body. This class is accessible for all bodies and ages. No experience required.

HANDSTANDS

Do you want to up your handstand game & condition like an acrobat? This 75 minute class will focus on the strength, flexibility, partner work and spotting required to obtain, maintain and improve your handstand. This will be a fast moving class full of strength drills, core work, flexibility work and technique drills. Most of this class does not require inverting.  Students will be introduced to skills that will help strengthen the muscles needed to embody a straight body handstand! This is a great class AND a great workout! The ability to kick up to a handstand at the wall or with a spotter is strongly encouraged.

IRON CORE

Iron Core is a 45 minute conditioning class that brings you functional, total body exercises to boost your performance no matter what your choice activity is. This quick paced class uses music inspired movement that will push you to your limits and beyond. Targeting the hips, shoulders, and everything in between will make your core as hard as iron! All levels welcome.

PARTNER ACROBATICS

Partner Acrobatics is a 75 minute class designed to introduce you to the foundations of partner balance.  Class will start with a light warm up followed by some flexibility work that is key to “acro”.  Following a brief handstand training session (a foundational acrobatics pose), we will focus on learning foundational poses to partner acrobatics.  Class will introduce you to both L basing and standing acrobatic poses, showing you various entrances and exits to these skills as well as training exercises to level up your strength and flexibility both in and out of acro.  No partner or experience is required.  

ROLL & RESTORE

This 30 minute express class is perfect for students wanting to soothe their overworked muscles, prevent injuries, and improve range of motion. Students will learn myofascial release, self massage techniques, and gentle stretches intended to relax areas of the body that often need more attention.

DANCE CLASSES

FLOOR THEORY

Floor Theory is a 75 minute open level class that fuses different elements of flexibility and strength conditioning with dance techniques to provide a total mind and body movement experience. This class starts with a thorough warm up for the entire body that progresses into learning choreographing generating exercises and/or dance sequences, and ending with free dance time to practice things that were taught in class or to explore one’s own dance. Students are encouraged to bring knee pads and to dress in layers.

BREAKDANCE

Breakdance is a 75 minute all levels class that focuses on teaching the footwork that makes “Breaking” a unique dance.  Class starts with a total body warm up to prepare the body for bearing body weight in different ways. Students will go back and forth between practicing footwork and learning short breakdance specific sequencing each class. Bring clothing to layer, knee pads, and comfortable sneakers.

POLE DANCE

Pole Dance is a 75 minute choreography focused class that fuses floor work and dance with pole skills and tricks. Class will start with a total body warm up that also teaches students various floor work techniques. Afterwards, the instructor will start breaking down little chunks of choreography that will be repeated several times and then added upon as class progresses. Students will leave each class with a choreographed pole dance segment that can be used to dance to any of your favorite songs with. Heels are optional for this class. We recommend taking 8-10 Beginning Pole classes or having some previous pole experience before attending this class.

CHAIR DANCE

Our Chair Dance class is a choreography-based jazz class open to all levels. Each class will begin with a thorough warm up and instruction on basic chair skills relevant for the class’s choreography. The choreography will vary from class to class, but in general, expect to learn a styled dance (sensual, flirty, upbeat, channeling your inner diva) involving chair work, floor work, and street jazz. No experience necessary, heels optional.

OPEN STUDIO

OPEN STUDIO

Open studio is a supervised time in which any student can utilize the studio to practice, play on the equipment, and meet fellow students and Empyrean staff. Open studio is an excellent resource for improving strength and technique, and perfecting tricks and skills that you have learned from an instructor. There is no instruction or skill sharing during open studio. Sign up and come hang out with your fellow students while practicing your art at your own speed. Feel free to film or take photographs during open studio time, but please be respectful of other people in the studio while doing so.

The studio currently has the following equipment available for use during open studio session:

  • single point dance trapeze
  • double point static trapeze
  • double point lyra
  • single point lyra
  • tab-less lyra
  • sling
  • static fabric (low stretch silks)
  • dynamic fabric (high stretch silks)
  • rope (corde lisse)
  • one 16 foot high brass spin/static pole
  • three 16 foot high stainless steel spin/static poles
  • crash mats
  • stretching mats
  • foam blocks
  • therabands
  • straps
  • foam rollers and myofascial balls
  • stall bars
  • ankle and wrist weights
  • training/reference books