Class Descriptions

POLE DANCE & FITNESS CLASSES

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.

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.

SULTRY POLE

Sultry Pole is a beginning level pole class that blends floor work, pole dance, pole techniques, pole skills, and transitions together. Class starts with a total body warm up that includes movements that translate into floor work techniques that can be used later on for choreography. After the warm up, we will start breaking down chunks of choreography that will be repeated several times, and then built 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 suggested but optional for this class. We recommend taking 4 – 8 Beginning Pole classes, or having some previous pole or floor work experience before attending this class.

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 CHOREO

This 75 minute class will begin with a floor-based, total body warm up. For the remainder of the class, students will learn set choreography that fuses dance with pole skills and tricks. Be prepared to also move away from the pole, as choreography may incorporate the floor, wall, chairs, etc. From week to week, this class will explore a wide range of dance repertoire including Exotic, Contemporary, Broadway, and more! Performance qualities such as clear transitions, unison movement, and theatrics will be addressed throughout the choreography. We recommend taking 8-10 Beginning level Pole classes or having some previous pole experience before attending this class. Heels are optional.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AERIAL YOGA

Aerial Yoga will introduce you to support and suspension with low hanging Slings designed to comfort and stabilize the body. This 60 minute class is appropriate for all levels – absolute beginners to advanced aerialists and fitness enthusiasts. Classes will focus on learning to work with the Sling to support your body through different postures, including inversions. Students will find deep stretches while toning and strengthening the mind and body.

AERIAL CONDITIONING

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.

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.

SILKS & ROPE

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.

AERIAL SEQUENCING

Beginner – Intermediate Aerial Sequencing – This class introduces choreographed aerial sequences on a variety of apparatus. A single apparatus will be the focus of each month–with attending students learning a portion of the choreography each week. Students will build stamina and start developing a sense of transitions between movements. Ability to invert is not necessary, but students should be able to confidently get onto and off of the apparatus without assistance, and be able to maintain weight-supported aerial positions for 1-2 minutes at a time.

Intermediate – Advanced Aerial Sequencing – This class focuses on choreographed aerial sequences on a variety of apparatus. A single apparatus will be the focus of each month–with attending students learning portions of the choreography each week. In addition to building stamina and developing smooth transitions, attention will be given to movement clarity, expression, phrasing, and musicality. Take your aerial artistry to the next level. Students should feel confident in their ability to retain and repeat more complex sequences, should be able to stay in the air while moving through skills for 2-3 minutes at a time, and have consistent inversions without assistance.

AERIAL PERFORMANCE 4 WEEK SERIES

In this 4-class series, enrolled students will work together to learn and polish an ensemble aerial piece for performance at Empyrean’s Birthday Party. Apparatus will be selected in conjunction with participants, given enough notice. Students will be given a framework for the act, and will work with others in the class to personalize the act. Instruction in expression, musicality, phrasing, and artistry will be part of the journey to polishing the work for performance in front of a live audience. Appropriate rehearsals closer to the date of performance will be hosted for participants. Students must commit to attendance at all sessions of the series.

INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED AERIAL

In this 75 minute mixed apparatus class, students will learn a variety of skills and techniques on the major aerial apparatuses. Fundamental body forms used in all aerial disciplines and common skills will be central to the instruction, including: inversions, balances, rotations, releases, dynamic motions, and hangs. Stamina and cognitive understanding of the connections between one apparatus and another will be goals of the class. Students need not have intermediate/advanced experience on every apparatus, but should be comfortable inverting above the bar on trapeze or from the air on fabric or rope, and able to stay in the air while moving through a sequence of skills for 2-3 minutes at a time.

TRAPEZE - INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED

Students will work on both dance trapeze (single point or low-flying trapeze) and static trapeze to learn vocabulary and technique that builds on the abilities of the intermediate trapeze practitioner. Dynamic skills, including beats and rotations, will be included, along with inversions above the bar, use of the ropes as part of the dance space, and creative entrances and exits from the apparatus. Students should be in Trapeze level 4 and above for participation in this class, or have comfortable pullovers and inversions (straddle) in the ropes of the trapeze.

TRAPEZE - ABOVE THE BAR

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.

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.

RESTORATIVE STRETCH

Join us in setting an intention to melt away the week through total body deep restorative stretching using athletic stretch sequences and yoga postures to help melt away bound up muscles and fascia. This class is perfect for students wanting to soothe their overworked muscles, prevent injuries, and improve range of motion. All levels welcome.

AERIAL CONDITIONING

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.

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.

BALLET BARRE

Ballet Barre is a 60 minute follow-along, beginner level class for anyone interested in building ballet technique and vocabulary.  Combinations will be given in order to strengthen the core, legs, and feet, while also building stamina. In addition to basic technique, this class will also focus on performance qualities, such as straight legs, pointed feet, turnout, line enhancement, etc. These concepts can be applied to various other movement arts, such as pole and aerials! Ballet slippers or socks required.

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.

BOOM! TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING

This class is a high intensity sweat fest to finish off your week right! Total body conditioning will have your muscles shaking and heart thumping for 45 minutes of go time! Lunge, crawl, push, pull, crunch, twist, hold, repeat. This class will highlight movement patterns and exercises that delivers strength and stamina results for any athlete. All levels welcome.

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.

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.  

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.

SULTRY POLE

Sultry Pole is a beginning level pole class that blends floor work, pole dance, pole techniques, pole skills, and transitions together. Class starts with a total body warm up that includes movements that translate into floor work techniques that can be used later on for choreography. After the warm up, we will start breaking down chunks of choreography that will be repeated several times, and then built 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 suggested but optional for this class. We recommend taking 4 – 8 Beginning Pole classes, or having some previous pole or floor work experience before attending this class.

POLE CHOREO

This 75 minute class will begin with a floor-based, total body warm up. For the remainder of the class, students will learn set choreography that fuses dance with pole skills and tricks. Be prepared to also move away from the pole, as choreography may incorporate the floor, wall, chairs, etc. From week to week, this class will explore a wide range of dance repertoire including Exotic, Contemporary, Broadway, and more! Performance qualities such as clear transitions, unison movement, and theatrics will be addressed throughout the choreography. We recommend taking 8-10 Beginning level Pole classes or having some previous pole experience before attending this class. Heels are optional.

BALLET BARRE

Ballet Barre is a 60 minute follow-along, beginner level class for anyone interested in building ballet technique and vocabulary.  Combinations will be given in order to strengthen the core, legs, and feet, while also building stamina. In addition to basic technique, this class will also focus on performance qualities, such as straight legs, pointed feet, turnout, line enhancement, etc. These concepts can be applied to various other movement arts, such as pole and aerials! Ballet slippers or socks required.

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.

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.

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