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.

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.

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.

CURVY POLE

Curvy Pole is perfect for those with curves in all the right places who are brand new to pole or have some previous pole experience and are looking for a welcoming environment to learn how to Pole in. Developed by a curvy instructor for curvy students, this class blends fitness and dance aspects so you can be yourself, learn at your own pace, and build confidence.
This 60 minute class starts with an instructor led yoga-inspired total body warm up. The warm up will continue onto the poles for conditioning exercises that target muscle groups that will help curvy students progress in the curriculum by building strength and stamina. Students will then learn various pole skills and tricks progressing into learning a unique pole combo that can be used to dance too at the end of class.
Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Curvy Pole 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. Instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills.

SULTRY POLE

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.

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 DANCE 2/3

Pole Dance 2/3 is perfect for students in Pole levels 2 and 3, students with some 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

BEAST MODE POLE CONDITIONING

Have you been working towards perfecting clean inverts? How about that hands-free Gemini leg hang, or finally inverting from your Shoulder-mount? Do you have big Iron X dreams? It’s time to up your pole skills game. Beast Mode Pole Conditioning is the perfect class for you. Designed with your success in mind, Beast Mode provides students with a strong foundation to build off of for obtaining those tough pole skills such as climbing, inverting, shoulder mounting, handsprings, and more. Appropriate for all levels of pole enthusiasts, give Beast Mode a try for drilling the tough skills that have you confused or frustrated.

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.

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.

AERIAL CLASSES

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.

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.

ANTIGRAVITY® AERIAL YOGA

Explore the evolution of yoga into 3-dimensional space. Every asana and vinyasa sequence on the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock is taught with clear progressions. We will challenge the balance, length and strength throughout the body while connecting to the breath. Here we spend more time stretching and lengthening both standing and through inversions. Still toning and strengthening through long lean muscles, we will find poised extension at a moderate pace throughout this class.

ANTIGRAVITY® SUSPENSION FITNESS

These strength building exercises, enhancing the core and working the full body, will lengthen while strengthening. Some of the interwoven movements may be recognized from Pilates, TRX and abdominal workouts. We will gradually add more advanced movement and interesting inversions into practice to challenge your mind along with your body.

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 2/3/4

Students should be comfortable mounting the apparatus and meet the prerequisites for Trapeze 2 to attend this 75 minute mixed levels class. Trapeze 2/3/4 will focus on movements where most of the body’s weight is supported by the trapeze bar, as well as skills where the mover is hanging underneath the bar. Developing strength to invert independently in a variety of positions and beginning to incorporate dynamic movement into skills and phrases will be a focus.

TRAPEZE 4/5/6

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-advanced 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

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.

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED – Congratulations! You’ve graduated out of level 2 in our Silks curriculum (you can climb comfortably on both sides, feel good with various foot knots, have a clear understanding of basic silks skills / techniques, and can invert in the air) and are now in level 3. Expect to begin spending more time in the air building both stamina and strength as you start sequencing old and new silks skills. Learn the foundational parts of drops, or learn how to add variation to drops you already know in this 75 minute class. Expect a thorough full-body warm up, free time, and time to cool down.

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.

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.

INWARD AERIAL

Just as aerial can be a performing art, it can also be a movement practice, a place to find center, authentic voice, and restorative power. Join us for inward aerial, a class focused on exploration, improvisation, cultivating stillness and learning how to listen and witness. We will use aerial dance as the container for this class, participating in guided improvisations, connecting the inner self to the outward expression of the body, and honoring our bodies with restorative movement and exercise. This class is drop-in based, however, regular attendance will help us to better cultivate a sense of trust and support within the group.
Prerequisites: Participants should have aerial experience and be able to safely move on and with the apparatus of their choice without spotting for 3-4 minutes at a time. Participants may choose the apparatus they would like to use for some exercises; for others, we may all use the same apparatus for guided low-to-the-floor exercises. Participants should be willing to share with their classmates and hold space for others as a witness.

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.

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 PARTNERING

Partnering on Trapeze and Lyra will introduce partnering skills with partners mirroring one another on a shared aerial apparatus, as well as porter-flyer relationships. We will build technical skills, as well as communication and trust, the foundation of partnering. Students do not need to have a regular partner to attend class, but should be at least a confident level 2, or a new level 3 on trapeze or lyra to participate fully in the class or have instructor approval.

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.

FLOOR 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.

FLOOR THEORY

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.

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.

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.

SLITHER SESSIONS aka LOW FLOW DANCE

This 60 minute class focuses mainly on a dancer’s relationship with the floor. 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.

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.  

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