INTRO TO POLE FITNESS
Intro to Pole Fitness is perfect for brand new to Pole students, students with a little bit of previous Pole experience, and Pole students wanting to learn or review entry level skills, tricks, conditioning, and technique. This class combines our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with our Pole Fitness 1 curriculum. Students can move into Pole Fitness 2 or other Level 2 classes after Intro to Pole Fitness. We recommend that students take 8-10 Intro Pole classes before moving on to higher levels.
This is a 60 minute class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards, students will learn and practice various entry level spins, poses, and skill and trick combinations using the Pole.
Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Pole Fitness instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what level you’re in or feeling ready to “level up”? 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.
POLE FITNESS 2/3
Pole Fitness 2/3 is a 60 minute beginning-intermediate level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards, students will learn and practice more challenging spins, poses, tricks, and transitions than in the previous Intro level. Students will be introduced to climbing, sitting, and inverting in this level.
POLE FITNESS 3/4
Pole Fitness 3/4 is a 75 minute advanced beginning and intermediate mixed level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Students are introduced to flying high in this class as we continue to practice inversions (going upside down) and learn and practice different ways to climb the Pole. Static aerial holds using different parts of our body, such as inner thighs and hips are introduced and practiced in Levels 3 and 4. The spins, transitions and strength work become increasingly more challenging as we continue to prepare students for advanced levels.
POLE FITNESS 4+
Pole Fitness 4+ is a 75 minute intermediate – advanced mixed level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. This class is a high flying composition of challenging new thigh and hip holds, impressive spins, and new strength building techniques. Students will learn new ways of climbing and inverting on the pole as well as truly acrobatic aerial static holds. This class will challenge you with exciting new feats of athleticism!
Pole Fluidity is for the dancer at heart. In this class learn how to sequence pole skills together and move fluidly. This class will focus on the transitions to get from one move to another and will teach students how to make their own sequences and choreography. Class will start with an instructor led full-body warm up, and will end with a free dance where students can practice the sequence or try out their own. Using the floor and the pole, students will explore movement in their own way. Classes can use both static and spin pole. This class is appropriate for students in pole 2+ or those with previous pole experience.
Learn a sweet choreographed pole dance in this 60 minute class! Designed for all pole levels, dance your heart away while learning new moves, dance styles, rhythm, and spin control. This class will use various pole dance styles, focusing on a different style each month. This class may also use chair dance, floor work, and heel work in the choreography. Students need to be in Pole 2+ or have instructor approval.
Sultry Pole is perfect for students with a little bit of Pole experience and higher level Pole students wanting to learn and explore the sultry side of Pole dance. This 60 minute class blends floor work, dance, pole skills and pole tricks together.
Class starts with a total body floor based warm up that includes floor work techniques that can be used later on for our pole dance. After the warm up, we will start breaking down little bits of sultry choreography that will be repeated several times, and then built upon as class progresses. Students will leave each class with a sultry pole dance sequence that can be used to dance to any of your favorite songs with. Heels are suggested but optional for this class.
Aerial Conditioning will use a full-body active range of motion warm up to prepare students for exercises designed to help students achieve some of the biggest milestones in aerial and prevent common compensations and injuries. Maintaining a healthy shoulder, developing pushing and pulling strength in the arms, finding core control that incorporates the breath and pelvis, confidence in inversions, and power in the hip extensors and glutes for hanging from the lower extremities. There is no strength or skill prerequisite and the instructor will tailor instruction to the level of attendees.
AERIAL KIDS - 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.
* This class is not currently being offered. Stay tuned!
Come enjoy a unique flexibility class! In this class, students will use our comfortable aerial yoga slings to find new postures and stretches within the body. Each class will have a warm up and a flow of stretches in the sling to work up to an ultimate goal pose at the end of class. Classes will also end with a cocoon pose that promotes relaxation, as well as including inversions in the sling that will promote healthy brain function and blood distribution throughout the body. The yoga slings are accessible to all experience levels and bodies, and it’s benefits are galore with this class!
BEGINNING AERIAL ARTS
This 60 minute mixed beginning level aerial arts 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, practice, and refine the skills for building a solid and safe foundation on Aerial Silks, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, and Rope. This class begins with a thorough total body warm up led by the instructor and continues onto the apparatuses for some conditioning exercises. After the warm up, students will be introduced to different skills and tricks on different aerial apparatuses. Class will end with a brief cool down. This class is accessible to all bodies and abilities.
BEGINNING SLING TECHNIQUE
Sling is one of the most versatile aerial apparatus. It can be an accessible starting point for building a foundation of strength and knowledge for other apparatus, but it is also a beautiful discipline in its own right. In Beginning Sling Technique, we will use single point fabric sling to learn a vocabulary of foundational movement that we can build on for more complex phrases, and focus on the building blocks of moving in the sling: mounting, transitioning, climbing, folding, and weight shifting. Preparation for inverting will be a frequent focus of classes, as students work toward building the strength to turn upside down with assistance and later on their own. However, beginner sling students can expect lots of beautiful skills to be learned at this level without requiring inversions.
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.
TRAPEZE - ABOVE THE BAR (INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED)
Trapeze – Above the Bar is a 75 minute class that will focus on building grip strength and competence with trapeze tricks in the ropes and above the bar. This class is designed to explore intermediate trapeze curriculum such as drops and balances in the ropes of the trapeze and beginner rope curriculum such as balances, holds, foot locks, roll outs and hangs. Students will build the strength and confidence to maintain “air time” above the bar. Students will need at least a level three core knowledge of trapeze to join this class. The goal of this class is to develop the stamina to stay in the air for at least 2-3 minutes,
with above the bar work for approximately half that time.
SILKS & LYRA (INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED)
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.
SILKS & ROPE (BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED)
Beginning – Intermediate Silks and Rope – Beginning students will explore the fun and challenging vertical world, focusing on building solid technique and form, including entry level climbs, poses, simple sequencing, and getting comfortable with moving the body while upside down and working toward inverting in the air. New students will be pleasantly surprised at what they are capable of! Intermediate students will learn new ways to climb, descend, link skills together, and enter familiar skills in unfamiliar ways. The contrast between the single strand and sturdiness of rope and the split strand and fluid possibilities of fabric will be emphasized as students begin to understand the aesthetic and functional strengths of each apparatus.
Intermediate – Advanced Silks and Rope – Intermediate students will focus on stamina and technique in the air, and especially on strong inversions, as well as be introduced to new climbs, single rotation drops, and interesting new ways to link skills together, including unfamiliar entrances to familiar skills. For advanced students, skills requiring increased strength, including single arm strength, multiple rotations, theoretical understanding of wraps and setups, and dynamic skills and releases will be taught. Students may develop a preference for the the single strand and sturdiness of rope or the split strand and fluid possibilities of fabric. Endurance and supervised invention and creation will be goals for the advanced student.
This 60 minute floor based class focuses on different arm balances and inversions. Each class will have a custom tailored warm up for the poses being taught in class that day. How to use props such as blocks and the wall for assistance, and the importance of proper form and alignment will be a focus of each class. No matter where you are at in your inversions and arm balancing practice, this class will teach you how to safely balance on your hands and other parts of your body with more confidence!
Work up a sweat and then stretch it out! Fit happens is a 60 minute combination of total body conditioning and flexibility. The first half of the class will target and strengthen your legs, arms, and core while simultaneously building stamina. The second half of the class will open your hips, hamstrings, back, and shoulders and provide an extended cool down before you head off to enjoy the rest of your day. All levels welcome.
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.
Floor Theory is a 60 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.
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.
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”. Class will start with a full body warm up, and 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.
SLITHER SESSIONS aka LOW FLOW DANCE
This class focuses on a dancer’s relationship with the floor with a goal of getting ones self out of their mind and into their body. Students will learn base movements and will then explore those movements to find their own dance. We will explore the “Underground” area between the floor and a low hanging aerial apparatus,”Basework” using the pole, different props to discover new movements, and in some classes we will focus solely on exploring the floor as our main apparatus. The focus of class will change each time while staying within the confines of movement exploration.
This class is accessible to all bodies and abilities, and no dance experience is required to attend. Students should wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and that does not restrict any movement possibilities and bring socks – dressing in layers is good to figure out what works best for your movement style.
Flaunt your body lines, embrace your sensuality, and radiate confidence through movement in this choreography-based dance class, Sultry Jazz! This class teaches a Sultry/Sassy/Flirty/Feminine-style choreography that blends elements of hip hop, street jazz, and burlesque and may occasionally incorporate floor work and chair work. Whether the vibe is slow and sensual or upbeat and feisty, it is sure to bring out and empower your inner performer like you’re the star of your own personal music video. Heels are optional (but highly recommended), all levels are welcome, and no dance experience required.
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: