Aerial silk is a combination of sport and art
in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics and tricks while hanging from a special fabric or apparatus. Aerial Silks, Tissue or Fabric are two long pieces of soft fabric that hang from a single point. The three main categories of tricks are climbs, wraps and drops. Climbs employed by aerialists range from purely practical and efficient, such as the French climb, to athletic and elegant tricks of their own, such as the straddle climb. Wraps are static poses where aerialists wrap the silks around one or more parts of their body. In general, the more complicated the wrap, the stronger the force of friction and the less effort required to hold oneself up. Some wraps, such as the straddle-back-balance, actually allow performers to completely release their hands. Foot locks are a sub-category of wraps where the silks are wrapped around one or both feet. In a drop, performers wrap themselves up high on the silks before falling to a lower position. Drops can combine aspects of free fall, rolling or otherwise rotating oneself before landing in a new pose. Preparation for a drop can make for a pretty wrap, but the ultimate goal is the fall rather than the pose.
What You'll Do in Class . The adult classes include a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips, and stretching. As a beginner without deep upper body conditioning you will concentrate on core strength, shoulder and arm strength and flexibility. Beginners will also focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions, and basic balances. As students advance they will move on to a Beginning Aerial Silks Class*. As your strength and confidence increase, you'll be amazed at what you are capable of doing.
The children's classes are styled different than adult classes and the student to teacher ratio is 4:1. What to Wear
It is important to wear clothing that covers the backs of your knees and under your arms. You will want a shirt that can be tucked in to give your back protection. Long stretch pants or footless tights and a tight-fitting top are suggested. Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Shorts are not recommended, and loose clothing may get in the way. Jewelry and long finger nails are not allowed, they tear the silks and may get caught and cause injuries.Important Note
Class availability varies. Please check our schedule -- or contact us at Spokaneaerial@comcast.net to ask about availability.