CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

ONLINE CLASS INFORMATION

ONLINE CLASSES

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

INTRO to POLE FITNESS

Intro to Pole Fitness is perfect for brand new to Pole students, students with a little bit of previous Pole experience, and Pole students wanting to learn or review entry level skills, tricks, conditioning, and technique. This class combines our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with our Pole Fitness 1 curriculum. Students can move into Pole Fitness 2 or other Level 2 classes after Intro to Pole Fitness. We recommend that students take 8-10 Intro Pole classes before moving on to higher levels.

This is a 60 minute class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards, students will learn and practice various entry level spins, poses, and skill and trick combinations using the Pole.

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Pole Fitness instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what level you’re in or feeling ready to “level up”? Ask your instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills.

INTRO to POLE DANCE

Intro to Pole Dance is perfect for brand new to Pole students, students with a little bit of previous Pole experience, and higher level Pole students interested in learning our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with a focus on the dance side of Pole. This class combines our Intro to Pole Fitness curriculum with our Pole Fitness 1 curriculum with the added bonus of introductory movement exercises for dancing with and around the Pole. Students can move into Pole Fitness 2 or other Level 2 classes after completing the class curriculum. We recommend that students take 8-10 Intro Pole classes before moving on to higher levels.

This is a 60 minute class focusing on the dance side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards students will learn and practice various entry level spins poses and skill and trick combinations using the Pole.

POLE FITNESS 2/3

Pole Fitness 2/3 is a 60 minute beginning-intermediate level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards, students will learn and practice more challenging spins, poses, tricks, and transitions than in the previous Intro level. Students will be introduced to climbing, sitting, and inverting in this level.

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Pole Fitness instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what level you’re in or feeling ready to “level up”? Ask your instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills.

POLE FITNESS 3/4

Pole Fitness 3/4 is a 60 minute intermediate level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. Afterwards, students will learn and practice new spins, poses, tricks, holds, and transitions than in previous levels. Students will be introduced to new climbs, leg hangs, and aerial inversions in this class. This class will challenge you with exciting new feats of athleticism!

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Pole Fitness instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what level you’re in or feeling ready to “level up”? Ask your instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills.

POLE FITNESS 4+

Pole Fitness 4+ is a 75 minute intermediate – advanced mixed level class focusing on the sporty side of Pole. Students will start with a thorough full body instructor led floor based warm up. The warm up will then continue onto the Poles with different conditioning exercises to help you build strength and stamina. This class is a high flying composition of challenging new thigh and hip holds, impressive spins, and new strength building techniques. Students will learn new ways of climbing and inverting on the pole as well as truly acrobatic aerial static holds. This class will challenge you with exciting new feats of athleticism!

Students must complete the curriculum for each individual level and “level up” with their Pole Fitness instructor when ready before moving into the next level. Unsure of what level you’re in or feeling ready to “level up”? Ask your instructor what the level up requirements are for your level. Our instructors can watch you during or after class for those “level up” skills.

POLE FLUIDITY 2+

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 2+

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 2+

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 when we 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 are encouraged to dress in however they feel most sexy (the studio has 2 dressing rooms).

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

EXOTIC POLE 2+

Learn the art of sexy, slinky Pole dancin’ in this sensual 75 minute class, and move your body like never before. This mixed level class blends sexy floor work, body rolls, hair flips, grinds, and pole tricks together for sequencing and choreography. Heels and dressing however makes you feel most sexy are encouraged (the studio has 2 dressing rooms for you to change in).

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

AERIAL CLASSES

AERIAL CONDITIONING (ALL LEVELS)

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 held weekly on Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm *

Parents Night Out is Friday 17th January 2020 6:15-8:00pm – $25/student

AERIAL FLEXIBILITY (ALL LEVELS)

Aerial Flexibility is a fun and unique 60 minute class. Students will use  comfortable, low hanging Slings to discover stretches and create strength within the body. Utilizing Slings in this way allows many stretches, poses, and strengthening exercises to be accessible that might not be as easily attained without this assist. Each class will be different and may have a specific focus for the day – one class may feel relaxing, while another might feel a bit more activating. Some classes will offer an inversion option for those students interested in exploring life upside-down. This class is very accessible to all experience levels, bodies, and abilities. If you are nervous about trying out our Aerial Arts or Flexibility-Contortion class offerings, then this class is a great place to start.

AERIAL CHILL & RESTORE (ALL LEVELS)

All levels and abilities welcome in this unique 60 minute class. We will use the support of Aerial Slings and other props for longer held postures to relax the body, mind, and spirit. Aerial Chill utilizes gentle stretching techniques, inviting you to soften into the support of the sling and your body for a deeper release in the tissues while improving openness and length. This class is focused on helping down-regulate the nervous system so that one can leave this class feeling relaxed, and at ease.

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 3+

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 2+

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.

LYRA + HEELS 2+

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!

SILKS & LYRA 3+

This 75 minute intermediate-advanced level aerial class is for students who have “leveled up” into Level 3 and beyond with Silks and/or Lyra, or have instructor approval prior to the start time of class. Students will learn tricks, skills, climbs, and sequences appropriate to their skill level and on either aerial apparatus.

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 1/2/3

This 60 minute beginning aerial class welcomes brand new to aerial students and students in Silks or Rope levels 1, 2, or 3. New students will be pleasantly surprised at what they are capable of! 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. Higher level beginning 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.
Unsure of what level you are in? Ask your Empyrean Arts instructor at the studio or shoot us an email at info@empyreanarts.org.

SILKS & ROPE 3/4

This 75 minute intermediate aerial class is for students in Silks or Rope Levels 3 and 4, or with Empyrean Arts instructor approval prior to the start of class. 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.
 
Students must feel comfortable with the entrance and exit of Double Footlocks and Double Dancer’s Locks aka “Egg Beaters”, a clean climb of choice (Basic Wrap or Russian Climb) and descent to the top on both sides, holding a split or closed fabric straddle invert for 3-5 seconds, and holding a long arm hang in the air for a minimum of 15 seconds. Unsure of what level you are in? Ask your Empyrean Arts instructor at the studio or shoot us an email at info@empyreanarts.org.

SILKS & ROPE 4+

This 75 minute Intermediate/Advanced aerial class is for students in Silks or Rope Level 4 and higher, or with Empyrean Arts instructor approval prior to the start of class. Students will focus on stamina and technique in the air, and especially on strong inversions, as well as be introduced to new climbs, single rotation drops, and interesting new ways to link skills together, including unfamiliar entrances to familiar skills. For advanced students, skills requiring increased strength, including single arm strength, multiple rotations, theoretical understanding of wraps and setups, and dynamic skills and releases will be taught. Students may develop a preference for the the single strand and sturdiness of rope or the split strand and fluid possibilities of fabric. Endurance and supervised invention and creation will be goals for the advanced student.

Clean aerial inverts on both sides are a requirement to attend, as well as clean execution and exit of Double Dancer’s Locks (aka “Egg Beaters”), Same Side Knee Hook to Thigh Hitch and exit (both sides), and knowledge of the 360 Salto Dive. Unsure of what level you are in? Ask your Empyrean Arts instructor at the studio or shoot us an email at info@empyreanarts.org.

SILKS & ROPE SEQUENCING 4+

This 75 minute Intermediate/Advanced aerial sequencing class is for students in Silks or Rope Level 4 and higher, or with Empyrean Arts instructor approval prior to the start of class. Students will focus on stamina, technique in the air, interesting new ways to link skills together, including unfamiliar entrances to familiar skills. This class is designed to get you thinking out of the box.. Endurance and supervised invention and creation will be goals for this class.

Clean aerial inverts on both sides are a requirement to attend, as well as clean execution and exit of Double Dancer’s Locks (aka “Egg Beaters”), Same Side Knee Hook to Thigh Hitch and exit (both sides), and knowledge of the 360 Salto Dive. Unsure of what level you are in? Ask your Empyrean Arts instructor at the studio or shoot us an email at info@empyreanarts.org.

SILKS 5+

This 75 minute advanced aerial class is for students in Silks level 5 and higher, or with Empyrean Arts instructor approval prior to the start of class. Students will focus on stamina and technique in the air, building single arm strength, multiple rotation drops, theoretical understanding of wraps and setups, and dynamic skills and releases will be taught. Supervised invention and creation will also be goals of this class.
 
Students must be comfortable with the following Aerial Silks skills – Solid, Clean Aerial Inversions, Same Side Knee Hook Climb to Single Star Drop (clean form, both sides), Double Ankle Hang (any wrap, both sides), 360 Salto Dive, and Crossback Straddle entrance and exit.

SLING SEQUENCING 2+

Curious about Aerial Sling? Want to learn more about how to sequence your favorite tricks and movements together? Interested in modifying familiar vocabulary from Trapeze or Lyra to work on Fabric? Sling Sequencing 2+ will explore these concepts and more with guided exploration and instruction on creating a cohesive series of movements. Students need to be in Trapeze, Lyra, or Silks Level 2 or higher to attend this class or have instructor approval.

TRAPEZE or 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 3+

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.

FLOOR CLASSES

EXOTIC FLOORWORK

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

FLEXIBILITY - CONTORTION

At Empyrean Arts we strongly believe in sustainable athletic training because we really love what we do and want to continue doing so for a long, long time. We encourage both our staff and our students to train both strength and suppleness for a balanced body. Our flexibility-contortion classes are open to all levels of students desiring to increase their mobility from the absolute beginner to the performing contortionist. Having mobility and flexibility is having the quality of moving and bending freely and easily without breaking. In our flexibility-contortion classes students will learn safe and effective exercises to increase range of motion without compromising strength or function. Students will learn and participate in Active, Passive, Assisted, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching and strengthening techniques. Together we will work on bringing balance to the body by lengthening our muscles and connective tissues, correcting muscle imbalances, and building strength for flexibility that can be used.

FLOORWORK TECHNIQUE

Floor Technique is a dance-based class that breaks down skills and movement patterns in an easy to learn format. Students will learn how to roll around on the floor in healthy and fluid ways that can be applied to Pole dance, Aerial Arts, other dance styles, or just for the fun of rolling around on the floor! This class will focus on connectivity, body mechanics, fluidity, efficient movement, creativity and will use the entire body. Floorwork isn’t just tricks – it is also a complete movement methodology. Students are encouraged to wear long pants, sleeved shirts, and socks. We will start with a warm-up laying on our backs that encourages fluid movement patterns, next we will learn technical dance skills and methods, and then we will apply these skills into a fun combination at the end of class. All levels are welcome. No equipment necessary. You will need enough space that if you were on your back you could make a snow angel.

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 ACRO LEVEL I & II

Partner Acro Level I & II is a 75 minute long class designed to teach you the beginning and intermediate foundations of Partner Acrobatics. Class will begin with a light warm up followed by flexibility training that is key to your acrobatic practice. Jackie and Chelsea 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.

SELF CARE

In this 60 minute class, students will explore using various therapeutic tools such as gentle stretches, breathwork, therapeutic massage balls and other myofascial release tools to assist in the release of the fascial tissue while restoring the body. This class is designed to loosen tight muscles, relieve pain, improve range of motion and down regulate the nervous system. Fascia is the connective tissue in the body that surrounds muscles, allowing them to move and glide. Fascial tissue can get stuck forming adhesion’s, which tends not only to limit our range of motion but can cause pain in the body. By practicing these therapeutic movements, you can leave this class feeling relaxed, restored, and more free in your own body.  Open to all levels and all bodies. No prior experience needed.

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