Class Descriptions

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.

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 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.

POLE FLUIDITY

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.

POLE-OGRAPHY

Learn a sweet choreographed pole dance in this 75 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

Sultry Pole is perfect for students wanting to learn and explore the sexy side of Pole. This mixed levels 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 the 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.

Students need to be in Pole level 2 or higher to attend this class or have instructor approval.

MEN’S POLE FITNESS

This class is for all male identities and for all levels of experience. The best thing about pole is that it is an epic workout that feels like playing. Each month you will learn new skills and choreography, tailor made to stretch and strengthen your body and give you an extra boost of confidence. Please bring short shorts and knee pads if you have them. Heels are optional.

LOW FLOW POLE 3+

Low Flow Pole is all about transitions, floor work, and sass. In this class, students will learn a choreography that incorporates the bottom third of the pole with floor dance, as well as new “low flow” skills that are not in the Pole Fitness curriculum. Students must be in level 3 in pole or aerial to attend or have instructor approval. Classes will begin with a full body instructor led warm up and a brief free flow. There will be instructional time to learn choreography, and will end with a 5-10 minute cool down.

AERIAL CLASSES

AERIAL CONDITIONING

This class is appropriate for the student new to aerial or those working to increase their strength at any level. Students will participate in a full-body warmup as a group, then move through stations on the aerial equipment to build activity-specific strength and endurance. Class typically finishes together with floor exercise for building core strength and injury prevention.

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!

AERIAL FLEXIBILITY

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!

AERIAL YOGA - YIN & RESTORATIVE

All levels welcome in this unique 60 minute class. We will use the support of the aerial yoga slings for longer held postures to relax your body, mind, and spirit. Yin utilizes more gentle, passive stretching techniques, inviting you to soften into the support of the sling and your body for a deeper release in the tissues while improving flexibility. Both yin and restorative postures help to reset the nervous system so that you can leave this class feeling relaxed, restored and renewed.

BEGINNING SILKS & SLING or TRAPEZE & LYRA

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 DUO TRAPEZE

This 75 minute class will teach and work on aerial partnering communication, foundation duo transitions, tricks, and skills. Students need to be in Level 3 or higher in at least one aerial apparatus to attend Beginning Duo Trapeze. No partner required but students must be comfortable working closely with others.

EXOTIC LYRA

If you are attracted to the sexy vibes that come with pole dance, but you’re too in love with your aerial apparatus to add another discipline, this class is for you! Come explore your sensual side while comfortably holding tight to your Lyra. Be prepared for dim lighting, a bass-thumping warm up, and hot aerial sequences that will take your Lyra places it’s never been before. 

Scared of feeling awkward or not sure what a heel clack is? Don’t worry – this class will string aerial movements together in a way that allow each person to find their own personal erotic style. Nobody’s watching but you. 

Heels and/or socks encouraged. 

Students must be in Level 2 or higher in at least one aerial apparatus (pole included) to attend or have instructor approval.

LOW DANCE BAR

Find your ability to fly while staying connected to the Earth in this class that embraces the dance in dance trapeze! Using a combination of trapeze skills and theory concepts from dance and improvisation we will connect with the floor, bar, ropes and space around us. Come ready to explore. Perfect for students looking to develop performance and choreography techniques or hoping to connect to their aerial practice in a different way.

* Be sure to check the class schedule for possible prerequisites as sometimes this class is appropriate for all levels and sometimes it requires a level requirement.

LYRA + HEELS

Lyra + Heels uses a combination of floor work, aerial hoop skills, and choreography to create a cohesive sequence. This class explores how to use heels to add flair and emphasize body lines both on and off of the apparatus. Levels 2+ in any apparatus are welcome, and please bring heels that will stay on when you’re upside-down!

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.

TRAPEZE SEQUENCING 3+

Bring your favorite tricks and skills to life through Trapeze Sequencing! This class will include instructor generated sequences and guided exploratory exercises to help you create your own unique phrases. Students need to be in Trapeze or Lyra Level 3 or higher to attend this class or have instructor approval.

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.

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!

FIT HAPPENS

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 CONNECTION

Floor Connection is a dance practice that is focused on the majority of the body being low to the floor. Participants usually do not dance above kneeling height. This class is heavily influenced by a style of dance called “release technique.” Release technique is a dance style that is focused on body mechanics, flow, fluidity, efficient movement, and uses the entire body. Participants are encouraged to wear long pants, sleeved shirts, and socks. During class participants will start with a warm-up laying on their backs, next they will learn dance skills and movement patterns, and then they will apply these skills into a fun combination at the end of class. All levels are 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.

IRON CORE

Work up a sweat with this total body conditioning class! Iron Core is a 45 minute high intensity class that will increase your body’s strength, and is excellent cross training for aerialists, polers, dancers, contortionists, and other athletic disciplines. All levels welcome.

LIQUID MOTION

Liquid Motion is an 75 minute open level movement methodology dance class that teaches how to achieve seamless, natural quality of movement.  It utilizes elements of fitness, conditioning exercises, sensual movement, and dance theory to provide a total mind and body movement experience.  Liquid Motion focuses on flexibility and strength and provides tools to explore the body’s natural movement, build self-confidence, understand the body on a higher level, and build a stronger, healthier body.

Students are encouraged to dress in layers and bring knee pads. Heels are welcome, but optional. No dance experience needed to attend.

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”.  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.  

RELEASE & RESTORE

Athletes, Performers, and Movement Enthusiasts often neglect one of the most important aspects of training – which is self care and maintenance through tension release. Students will learn techniques using trigger point release tools like foam rollers, gentle stretches that calm the nervous system, and breathwork. Everyone welcome in this restorative class.

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