The aerial hoop is classically known as the ‘Lyra, which means "of the iyre or song", a name apt for its birth as a “lyric hoop" act first presented in 1893. It can be performed static, spinning or swinging, and artists are able to experiment with numerous poses and transitions using the entire solid frame. Although there are more variations to the shape these days, the traditional circular steel hoop is still the most universal of the lot.
The aerial hammock is derived from aerial silks, with the fabric forming a sling instead of two separate silk poles. While aerial yoga is a growing fitness trend these days, at Aerial and Floor, we specialise in teaching acrobatic and dance movements using this versatile apparatus.
The trapeze was developed by Jules Léotard, a young French acrobat and aerialist (and also invented the famous garment named after him in Toulouse in the mid-1800s. The name comes from the Latin word trapezium, following the geometrical four-sided shape made by the ceiling, ropes, and bar in a trapeze.
Aerial and Floor offers classes to teach the static trapeze - a fundamental instrument to master the techniques of aerial acrobatics!
Core aerial classes for all the apparatus are available in two separate formats:
Shapes & Transitions and Flow.
We also encourage students to join the supplementary classes:
Low Flow and Aerial Conditioning & Fundamentals.
SHAPES & TRANSITIONS
You are interested in trying out or keen on mastering the aerial artform.
Shapes and Transitions is the progressive syllabus that the aerial courses are based on. You will learn the techniques and tricks on the aerial apparatus of your choice. At the end of each term over 8 weeks, you will gain a whole new repertoire of tricks which include creating beautiful shapes on the apparatus and transitions between moves.
Intro (Open Class):
You are a beginner to aerial arts, and are looking to try out a fun and unusual activity or a new fitness regime.
At Aerial and Floor, we believe that students should establish a proper foundation for aerial arts by first learning and mastering the basic techniques. You will learn basic inversions, mounts and sits, as well as the proper form of getting into basic shapes and transitions on the apparatus.
We welcome anyone to join the introductory classes for the hammock, hoop or trapeze - you’ll fall in love with at least one of the them!
Basic (Term Class):
You enjoyed your first few experiences with the aerial apparatus, and would like to learn more tricks on it.
At the end of each term over 8 weeks, you will gain a whole new repertoire of tricks which include creating beautiful shapes on the apparatus and transitions between moves, demonstrating strength, balance and flexibility.
You will learn to spin on the apparatus, link basic shapes with transitional moves, and refine the fundamentals skills picked up from the intro level classes.
Trapeze students will be trained in the basic principles of the correct body posture on the trapeze, learn basic climbing techniques, simple figures under, on and above the bar.
The Basic S&T courses are also recommended for people who want to revise or refine their fundamental skills for all the apparatus.
Pre-requisite: Attended at least 4 Intro classes.
Intermediate 1 (Term Class):
You have mastered your basic tricks and would like to take on more challenges on the apparatus.
In the intermediate level 1 course, you will learn more advanced combinations of tricks that will requires more agility and flexibility. Some of the techniques in this level include simple rolls, hangs and balances on the apparatus.
Pre-requisite: Completed the S&T Basic term course.
Intermediate 2 (Term Class):
You are well on your way to becoming an advanced aerialist!
Levelling up is always exciting. Expect to learn more challenging rolls, hangs, balances, and drops with the apparatus - overall moves that requires greater strength and flexibility.
Pre-requisite: Completed the S&T Intermediate 1 course.
Advance 1 (Term Class):
You are now a committed aerialist ready for more thrills and action!
For Hoop Advance students, you will be flying higher with learning tricks on the top bar and strop, as well as other dynamic moves that will challenge your flexibility.
For Hammock Advance students, you will master the aerial invert, and learn various sequences starting with aerial inverts, along with complex wraps that will challenge both mind and body.
Pre-requisite: Completed the S&T Intermediate 2 course.
Advance 2 (Term Class):
Hoop Advance 2 is a continuation of Advance 1 with moves that will require more strength - build those muscles!
Pre-requisite: Completed the S&T Advance 1 course.
You have mastered the basic tricks on the apparatus and like the idea of stringing all the moves together in a fluid aerial dance.
The Flow class teaches a 3-5 minute choreographed routine over 8 weeks, focusing on musicality and artistry. It is also a form of cardio exercise that will train your stamina.
Basic (Term Class):
Put what you were taught in the Basic S&T course in a stylised choreography. You will also learn basic floor work, and transitions from the floor to the apparatus.
Pre-requisite: Completed the Basic S&T course and are able to do proper inversions.
Intermediate 1/ Intermediate 2 / Advance (Term Class):
You are sensing the performer blood in you, and are ready to unleash your creativity.
Complex sequences that are more challenging than in the Basic Flow class will be taught. You are encouraged to experiment with various shapes, and develop your own unique style.
Pre-requisite: Completed the corresponding Shapes & Transitions level course (for example, you need to complete S&T Int 1 before you are allowed to take Flow Int 1)
LOW FLOW (OPEN)
You want to learn more floor-to-apparatus transitions.
Through a short choreography each week, students get to explore new ways of styling basic aerial moves with floor dance movements using the apparatus (hammock, hoop or trapeze) as a prop. This class is a great supplementary to the Shapes & Transitions term courses for improving musicality and fluidity.
Pre-requisite: Completion of at least one Intro class is recommended. Students should be able to execute a supported straddle inversion comfortably.
AERIAL CONDITIONING & FUNDAMENTALS (OPEN)
You have been taking aerial classes, and want to maybe achieve that pull-up or invert that you’ve been struggling with, or work on your fundamental skills such as hangs, balances and rolls.
Aerial Conditioning is a supplementary open class that uses precise and effective exercises to strengthen your foundation and condition your body till it’s ready to tackle more advanced moves on the apparatus.
Expect a whole body workout that increases your strength, stamina, endurance and tone!
Recommended attire: Comfortable leggings (preferably cotton), tank or sleeved tops, socks, knee/elbow guards or leg warmers.