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 wanting to learn and explore the dance side of Pole. From week to week, this class will explore a wide range of dance repertoire including Sultry, Contemporary, Broadway, and more!
This 60 minute class begins with a floor based, total body warm up. Students will learn choreography that fuses dance with pole skills and tricks. Choreography may incorporate the floor, wall, and chairs – in addition to the poles. Performance qualities such as clear transitions, unison movement, and theatrics will be addressed throughout the choreography. Students will leave each class with a pole dance sequence that can be used to dance to any of your favorite songs with. Heels are optional.
INTRO TO SPINNING POLE
Intro to Spinning Pole 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 with a focus on spinning and sequencing tricks and skills. 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 spin side of Pole. 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.
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.
CONTEMPORARY POLE FLOW
Contemporary Pole Flow is perfect for students with a bit of previous pole experience and higher level Pole students wanting to work on sequencing and fluidity (Pole level 2+). This 75 minute class blends contemporary dance, pole dance, pole tricks, and floor work. Its goal is continuous, fluid movement easily transitioning from one move to the next with flair.
Class starts with a floor based warmup including conditioning and floor dance movement that prepares our bodies for the pole dance combo learned later in class. After warmup, we’ll break down more complex movement and learn a piece of pole choreography that will be repeated many times during class. Each student will leave with a new pole dance sequence and new ideas on how to dance with 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.
SPINNING POLE 2/3
Spinning Pole 2/3 is a 60 minute beginning mixed level class focusing on the spinning and sequencing side of Pole. This class combines our Pole Fitness 2 and Pole Fitness 3 curriculum’s with instructor created spinning sequences. Students can attend Pole Fitness 2 and Pole Fitness 3 classes or other Level 2/3 classes in addition to Spinning Pole if desired.
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.
SPINS & COMBOS POLE 2/3
Spins & Combos Pole 2/3 is a 60 minute beginning mixed level class focusing on the spinning and sequencing side of Pole. This class combines our Pole Fitness 2 and Pole Fitness 3 curriculum’s with instructor created sequences. Students can attend Pole Fitness 2 and Pole Fitness 3 classes or other Level 2/3 classes in addition to Spins & Combos if desired.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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 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.
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”. 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.
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: