CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

ONLINE CLASS INFORMATION

ONLINE CLASSES

  • To access our live streaming online classes you will purchase class credits(s) and sign up through your student account – our online classes will be noted as such on the schedule
  • Fifteen minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, your instructor will email you a link to join into class with. You will need to download the Zoom app if using your phone or create an account through Zoom’s website if using a computer.
  • These are live interactive group classes so students can see and interact with each other, and the instructor, if desired, through their individual audio and video settings – but this is not required to attend and enjoy classes – you can choose to disable your video and audio settings for a private class experience as well. There is a chat function so that students can write in questions and comments that may come up during a class either privately to the instructor or to the entire class.
  • We love feedback! Email us and let us know how your class experience was, how we can improve it, and what classes you would like to see on the schedule.

POLE CLASSES

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.

INTRO to POLE DANCE

Intro to Pole Dance is perfect for brand new to Pole students, students with a little bit of previous Pole experience, and higher level Pole students interested in learning our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with a focus on the dance side of Pole. This class combines our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with our Pole Fitness 1 curriculum with the added bonus of introductory movement exercises for dancing with and around the Pole. Students can move into Pole Fitness 2 or other Level 2 classes after completing the class curriculum. 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 dance 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.

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.

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 3/4

Pole Fitness 3/4 is a 60 minute 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 new spins, poses, tricks, holds, and transitions than in previous levels. Students will be introduced to new climbs, leg hangs, and aerial inversions in this class. This class will challenge you with exciting new feats of athleticism!

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 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!

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.

POLEOGRAPHY 3+

Come dance it out and learn a sweet choreographed Pole Dance every Friday night! Designed for level 3 Pole students and higher, dance your cares away while learning new moves, dance styles, rhythm, and spin control. This class may also utilize chair dance, floorwork, and heels in the choreography. Dress however you’d like and in what allows you to move freely and feel good in your body.

POLE CONDITIONING (ALL LEVELS)

This class is perfect for all pole levels! Students will participate in a thorough full body warm up then we will go through various exercises intended to keep the body conditioned for pole dance and pole fitness. Class will end with an instructor led cool down. Everyone welcome!

AERIAL CLASSES

BUILDING STRENGTH for SILKS (ALL LEVELS)

This class is all about safely creating, building and maintaining the foundational strength that Aerial Silks demand! The instructor will set up the drills and technique builders and you set your own pace – with the option of receiving individualized attention to address each individual body and skill level. This class strives to honor the strength-building process of each student with minimal unnecessary pressure, and is great for everyone – aerialists making a return to the air after a long break, brand new to aerial students, and folks looking for a good workout! Let’s get strong together!

BEGINNING SILKS, TRAPEZE, or LYRA

This 60 minute beginning Aerial 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 the Aerial Arts equipment. 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 Silks, Trapeze, or Lyra depending on the class being taught. Class will end with a brief cool down, and is accessible to all bodies and abilities. This class encompasses our Intro to Aerial, Level 1, and Level 2 Beginning Aerial Arts curriculums.

SILKS 3+

This Intermediate/Advanced aerial class is for students in Silks Level 3 or higher, or with an Empyrean Arts instructor approval prior to the start of class. 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.

Unsure of what level you are in? Ask your Empyrean Arts instructor at the studio or shoot us an email at info@empyreanarts.org.

SILKS CONTORTION 4+

In this class, students will learn how to integrate contortion techniques, tricks, and shapes into their Aerial Silks repertoire. Students will learn and practice contortion style stretch and strengthening drills, silks-focused conditioning, contortion-inspired aerial silks skill development, and sequencing for choreography. Students should be comfortable in a bridge and be close to having flat splits, and meet the pre-reqs for Silks level 4 (not sure what level you’re in? Email us at info@empyreanarts.org).

TRAPEZE 3+

This intermediate-advanced level class will build aerial vocabulary on Single Point Dance Trapeze and Double Point Static Trapeze. 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. Students must be Trapeze level 3 or higher to attend this class, or have instructor approval before the start of class.

FLOOR CLASSES

EXOTIC FLOORWORK

Come roll around on the floor and explore your sexy side in this floor dance class! Inspired by Liquid Motion and Hip Hop dance styles, this class will let students explore a fun style of sensual dance and floor-work that can also be used with aerial or pole! In this class, students will start with a thorough full-body warm up, and then students will learn a short floor-based choreography made by the instructor, taking it step by step. All levels welcome! Shoes or socks recommended!

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.

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.

HEADSTANDS & FOREARM-STANDS

Does balancing on your feet lack the luster and excitement it used to? Do you crave for a more invigorating and challenging balance experience? Come learn about alternative ways to balance and give those feet a rest! This class will teach a progression of strengthening and technique exercises for achieving a headstand and forearm stand. We will be building up our shoulder strength and inversion confidence as well as learning to find our perfect foot-independent ~balance~. All levels are welcome, strengthening and drills for beginners as well as form critique for more advanced students will be provided.

PILATES

This is a Classical Pilates mat class with fun variations and appropriate modifications. Classical Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates and is a core/abdominal centered exercise. Originally called “Contrology,” Pilates teaches you to use your arms, legs and entire body from a place of strength: your core! It also strengthens, stretches, aligns, stabilizes, and balances. It’s not only 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 warm the body and lungs, mobilize the spine and joints, and the strengthen the core and body. Appropriate for all body-types and ages. No experience required. Wear comfortable workout attire. You will need a yoga or exercise mat and a large bath towel. If you do not have a mat you can use two towels or a folded blanket.

SLITHER SESSIONS

Slither Sessions is about releasing and connection – releasing the body through a variety of different methods, releasing the mind through movement, and reconnecting the body, mind, and spirit. This 75 minute class focuses on one’s relationship with the floor with a goal of getting ones self out of their mind and into their body. Students will learn tricks, skills, and transitions on the floor, with apparatuses, and other props – and will explore those movements to find their own dance. Classes will explore the “underground” area between the floor and a low hanging aerial apparatus,”basework” using the pole low to the floor, 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. Loose, comfortable pants with socks and kneepads and dressing in layers for the upper body is ideal attire for this class.

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