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More Circus Charm School: Class Etiquette, Part Two

All right, so you’ve made it to the aerial studio on time and ready to go. What’s next? Let’s take a look at your behavior in class and how (in addition to making your instructor’s life difficult) you might be sabotaging your own training. For circus class conduct that will win you gold stars and get you great training results, keep reading!

Make Like a Scout

Come to class prepared! Make sure you’re ready for whatever your instructor chooses to challenge you with. That means arriving well-hydrated, with your (non-glass) water bottle, so you can continue to replenish fluids during class. Ideally, you’ve eaten something recently, so you’re not in danger of low blood sugar fuzzing up your brain and body, but you haven’t just downed a rich, four-course meal that will leave you feeling lethargic and possibly nauseated. And of course, there’s no alcohol or other substances in your body that could jeopardize your safety.

Dress to Impress

Another important part of preparation? Your clothes! Most aerial studios provide guidelines on what to wear — if you’re new to the studio or to a particular apparatus, we recommend sticking to the dress code! It’s there primarily for your safety and comfort, and to ensure your success. For example, silk burn on bare legs is no fun, so we recommend pants in silks class. Pole, on the other hand, demands bare skin for stickiness; you’ll have a hard time executing climbs and other skills without shorts. Once you understand the reasons for the dress code and determine your own level of comfort, you might (with studio permission) make some adjustments. For example, even though it’s recommended that backs of knees be covered in trapeze class, some students are more comfortable in shorts and don’t mind (or feel) any extra discomfort. There’s no safety issue here, so it should be fine.

Keep It Classy!

A few things to think about when you’re in class: first of all, this is your time, so use it wisely. Warmup, conditioning, and cool down are important parts of class that prevent injuries and increase strength and flexibility (helping you nail that big important skill you’ve been drooling over). Don’t skimp on them. Pay attention to your instructor, even when the lyra class across the studio is learning some super cool distracting spinny thing. Don’t attempt to teach or correct your fellow students — that’s your instructor’s job. It’s confusing enough when you’re upside down and backwards; only one voice should be telling you what to do next. Stay present, even when it’s not your turn on the apparatus — there’s much to be learned from watching how other students execute a skill, and a big part of class is celebrating each other’s accomplishments. Be there for your classmates when they nail something new, and commiserate with them when none of you is able to do the thing . . . yet. And remember, some days are not your day. It’s totally fine (and expected) that you’ll have an off day, be tired, be cranky, etc. Try not to take it out on yourself (or your instructor), but don’t stress too much if you’re not all sweetness and light 100% of the time. We’ve all been there, and we’ll all be there again — it’s part of the circus journey!

We’ll talk more about how to deal with training highs and lows in future posts. In the meantime, we hope the guidelines above will be helpful to you as you make your way through your first (or fifteenth or fiftieth) circus class. Come prepared, dress for the skill you want, and keep your eyes on the prize. See you in class!

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Circus Charm School: Class Etiquette, Part One

Whether you’re brand new to circus arts or you’re a seasoned student, you might have some questions about proper aerial class etiquette. Is it really a big deal if you’re a few minutes late? Is the dress code strictly enforced, or is it more of a recommendation? We’ve put together a simple guide to help you navigate your way through these and other important questions, so that you can spend your class time focusing on nailing that new skill rather than worrying that you’ve somehow stepped out of line. Look out below for part one of our etiquette guide, and tune in next week for even more tips.

Punctuality Pointers

We live in Austin, so we know that traffic is a beast. Your regular commute to the studio sometimes doubles in length for no obvious reason, and now you’re going to be late to your aerial class. What should you do? Call the studio (safely!), and let the front desk know about the situation. While the late arrival policy might differ from studio to studio, the reason behind it is the same: we want you to be safe, and being safe in the air requires a proper warmup. If you miss the warmup, some studios might let you warm up on your own and still join the class, others might give you a short grace period, and some might not be able to accommodate you. Again, they are all looking out for your well-being and focusing on the safety of all students. At Sky Candy, if you arrive within 15 minutes of your class’s start time, you’ll join in when you get there (though you might expect some extra burpees to ensure you’re nice and warm!). If you miss the 15 minute window, you’re welcome to stay and observe the class, so you can see the material, but you won’t be able to participate. If you think an exception is warranted, you can always request one — just don’t be surprised or upset if the studio chooses to stick to their stated policy. After all, they put that policy in place for a reason!

No-Show News is Good News!

One breach of etiquette is sure to ruffle your instructor’s feathers: if you can’t make it to class, please let us know. Call the front desk, cancel through the app, send a carrier pigeon — we don’t care how you do it, just let us know when you won’t be there. This is especially important for private lessons and drop-in classes, where you might be the sole reason your teacher is headed to the studio, but it’s a good policy for series classes too, just so your instructor knows what to expect and can plan accordingly. We get that life happens — you wake up with the flu, an important meeting gets rescheduled, your body or your brain is just screaming for an impromptu rest day — and we can serve you better when you keep us in the loop!

We’ve got much more to share with you on circus arts class etiquette, from proper attire to proper attitude, so check back with us next week for part two of this series!

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Safety First: Tips for the Traveling Aerialist

Once you’ve been bitten by the circus bug, it affects every aspect of your life — even your travel plans. A business trip or a long weekend away now necessitates a trip to the local aerial studio. But how do you find the best one? We definitely recommend searching the interwebs and polling any local circus friends for suggestions, but beyond that, what will ensure you end up somewhere safe? Here are a few points to consider and questions to ask when choosing a circus arts studio.

Sizing It Up

If you’re looking to join a group class, start by asking about the maximum class size but keep digging for more details. Find out about the student teacher ratio and how many points will be in use at any given time. There’s a big difference between a class of ten students where everyone has their own set of silks and a class of ten where only one student is in the air at a time. You’ll want to understand whether you’ll get individual attention and spotting as you try new skills or if it’s more of an “every aerialist for themself!” philosophy. And conversely, too many students to one point limits the amount of air time you’ll get and affects how well you learn and retain the information. Find a balance you feel comfortable with.

Keepin’ It Classy

You’ll also want to understand how the studio divides its students into classes. Is there a clearly defined level system that separates beginners from those at an advanced level? Can they easily tell you where you fit in? Keep in mind that some studios require an in-person or online assessment before allowing you to sign up for more advanced classes (and are well within their right to do so!), so if you’re only visiting for a short time, you’ll want to take this into account. If you’re signing up for an all-levels class, don’t be afraid to ask how the instructor makes sure that each student is appropriately challenged. Worried that you’ll wind up in a level that’s too difficult or too easy? Opt for a private lesson first, and if you plan to continue, ask your instructor which level is right for you.

Eyes on the Prize

When you enter a new aerial studio for the first time, take a good look around. Are there mats under every student at all times? Are the instructors paying close attention, offering verbal cues and hands-on spotting when needed? What does the rigging look like? Keep in mind that just because something is different from your home studio doesn’t mean it’s wrong. But you should feel comfortable making a polite inquiry about it. Why panel mats instead of crash mats? Maybe you’re looking at a beginner class that doesn’t include drops and that the harder panel mats encourage students not to bail out of skills when they get nervous or tired. That unfamiliar rigging is very likely perfectly safe, and the staff should be able to tell you about it and help you feel comfortable. If your spidey safety sense is still tingling, walk away.

Other things you might want to know include how long the studio has been in business, how much experience and what kind of training/certification their instructors have, what their reviews look like, etc. Remember, you can always start by asking your local circus arts studio for recommendations! The circus world is still small, and many of us have worked or trained together at some point. Wherever your travels lead you, have fun and train safely!

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Love Is in the Air: Planning a Circus Bachelorette Party

Your best friend has found the love of her life and is getting ready to tie the knot. She’s the one who holds your hand when you’re scared, holds you up when you’re having a hard time, and even holds your hair back when you’ve had a bit too much. You want to make sure her entire wedding is as special as she is, and that starts with an amazing bachelorette party. Anyone can plan a night of cheap cocktails sipped from sexually-suggestive straws; you want an experience she’ll never forget. Consider an activity that will get her heart racing, her adrenaline pumping, and even make her break a sweat. No, not that! We’re talking about a circus bachelorette party!

Party Like A Cirque Star

A circus bachelorette party allows the bride and her attendants to strengthen their bonds while they strengthen their bodies. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to focus on a single apparatus (aerial silks, static trapeze, even pole!) or you can take a sampler class that allows you to spend a short amount of time on several different apparatuses. You’ll literally be in good hands, as a trained, highly experienced instructor guides you and your group through each exciting skill. There’ll be plenty of pauses for pictures and videos, so you can share your amazing accomplishments (imagine, bachelorette party pictures you’ll actually want your family to see!). Afterwards, you might be ready for a nap, but you’ll still have the rest of the night to continue your celebration.

Be Prepared

To get the most out of your party, plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. You’ll want extra time in case you hit unpredictable traffic or have trouble finding the studio. Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily (similar to what you might wear to a yoga class). We recommend covering the backs of your knees (unless you’re doing pole, in which case shorts are best!). Bring water so you can stay hydrated — you’ll be working hard! It’s great to have something in your stomach, but you probably want to save the giant barbecue feast until after your aerial adventure. Same for the libations — you can absolutely toast your new accomplishments once you reach the ground, but you need to be 100% sober in the air. To save time on the day of the party, make sure everyone in your party signs a liability waiver in advance. You can do this online at skycandyaustin.com — just look for the red “Sign our waiver” button at the bottom of your screen.

All the Party People

Just to clear up any misconceptions: circus is for everyone! All body types and fitness levels are welcome. You don’t have to be super strong, exceptionally flexible, or a former dancer or gymnast in order to have a blast in an aerial class. Your instructor(s) will work with each student at their own level, providing as much support as needed to make sure everyone has fun and stays safe. You want the best for your bestie, so before she walks down the aisle, give her a chance to run away with the circus!

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It Takes Two: The Fine Art of Partner Aerials

Let’s say you’re an experienced Austin trapeze student looking to add a little variety to your aerial life. You could always add a new apparatus to your portfolio, or you could add a new person to your current apparatus! Partner aerial work opens up a whole new world of possibilities, forces you out of old habits, and consistently wows crowds at aerial shows. What do you need to know before diving headfirst into the wide world of partner aerials? Let’s take a look.

Not for Newbies

We hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s extremely important that you’re a strong solo aerialist before adding a partner to the mix. It’s imperative that you’re comfortable with basic vocabulary and know your way into and out of a wide variety of skills. If your knee hang is still a bit shaky, adding a partner’s weight could be extremely dangerous, or if you struggle with entering cross-back straddle consistently, you could put yourself and your partner at risk. If you’re unsure whether you’re sufficiently advanced for duo work, talk to your instructor.

Choose Wisely

Perhaps the most important part of duo is deciding whom to work with. Contrary to popular belief, your bestie might not be your best choice. Ideally, you’ll want someone close to the same skill level as you and who has a similar schedule (it will never work if you can’t make it to the studio together). Think about the type of partnership you want: do you need a strong base, so that you can show off your fabulous flying, or are you more interested in making symmetrical shapes with someone around your own size? Compare performance styles and goals. If one of you is looking to incorporate her modern dance background into your work and the other has two left feet when not in the air, you might not be the ideal pair. Similarly, if you’re interested in performing as much as possible and your partner has the worst stage fright and just wants to have fun in the studio, you’ll want to know that now. Make sure you choose a partner who’s responsible, who will show up for training (and potential gigs) on time and ready to go. 

Finally, keep in mind that duo work can get extremely intimate. There’s a pretty good chance that your head is eventually going to wind up in your partner’s crotch; be sure both of you can handle that. (As you can see, we’re really not kidding about the head/crotch thing!)

 

 

Duo Dos and Don’ts

The golden rule of great duo might be familiar to you from other relationships: communication is key. Short commands such as “Down!” or “Stop!” will be essential to keeping you both safe. Work out ahead of time which words you will use and remember that some positions make speech difficult; you might also try communicating through taps or other nonverbal cues. When trying a new position, add weight gradually and have a clear exit strategy if things go awry. In the same vein, warn your partner before coming out of a position, as the sudden loss of weight could make their position precarious. Finally, if you’re the first one off the apparatus, get out of the way immediately, so that your partner can also come down.

Duo aerials are an excellent way for Austin trapeze and lyra lovers, as well as fabric fanatics, to further explore their favorite apparatus while strengthening both their bodies and their communication skills. If you’re feeling a little lonely in the air, we encourage you to give duo a try!

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Fit for Flight: Our New Drop-In Schedule

If you’ve checked out our drop-in schedule lately you may have noticed that it’s chock-full of new classes. Going by names such as, “Dance Fit,” “Lyra Fit,”, “Silks Fit,” etc., these hour-long offerings are meant to build your strength and endurance, helping you make progress towards your circus goals. But the best news is that most of them are open to all levels, so even if you’ve never touched a trapeze before, you’re invited to come get your circus training on with us. What do these new classes look like? Let’s break down the details!

Not Your Average Gym

Our fitness classes are designed to make your daily workout more fun. Sure, you could hit the gym for a weight-training circuit and 30 minutes on the elliptical (again), or you could come to our Austin circus school for an hour on what many students refer to as our “adult jungle gym”. Your instructor will lead you through exercises designed to increase your endurance while strengthening all your muscles, especially your upper body and core (which are essential to our work as circus performers). You’ll discover that abdominal crunches are more fun if performed hanging from your knees on a trapeze bar, and leg presses are way more satisfying if you’re using them to propel yourself to the top of the pole. 

 

How Much Circus Will I Learn?

While you might cover some of the most basic skills (entrances and exits, climbs, etc.), you should not expect to build much vocabulary in a fitness class. We’re focusing on getting you a great workout, not training you to be a circus star. Think of our fitness classes like Popeye’s spinach — healthy green veggies to make you strong. For a more balanced meal, including dessert, check out our series classes, where you’ll focus less on conditioning and more on skills and sequences. Fitness classes are highly recommended for our current series students who have reached a plateau or want to continue building strength.

Just the Facts

All fitness classes are one hour long. They take place weekday mornings at 7 and/or 8am, as well as most weekdays at noon. There are also some evening and weekend classes. You can find the full schedule here. Only a few classes have prerequisites, which are noted alongside the class title. For example, “Trapeze Fit, Level 2+” is open to students who are approved for Sky Candy trapeze classes at or above level 2. If you’ve taken class at another studio and think you qualify for a class with a prerequisite, please contact our front desk staff to schedule a 30-minute assessment. Drop-in classes are $25/each or included with our Unlimited Drop-In pass, a fantastic deal that allows you to explore all the new drop-in classes for just $60/month.

We hope you’ll stop by our Austin circus school soon for a round of pull-ups, a climb on the silks, or a leg-shaking series of plies! We strongly believe that circus is for everyone, and we’re excited to change the way you work out.

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Aerial Yoga vs. Aerial Hammock: What’s the Difference?

“Do you guys teach aerial yoga?” It’s a question we often get from new Sky Candy students, so we wanted to take a moment to talk about the difference between our aerial hammock classes and aerial yoga. We discussed the different setups in a previous post, but to quickly review: in aerial hammock, the fabric is rigged from a single rescue-8 on a single point, while aerial yoga attaches the hammock to two separate rig points with some distance between them, giving students more room to stretch and extend.

Class-ification

Our Austin circus school approaches hammock the same way we teach any other apparatus. We start with basic vocabulary, helping students link beginner skills together into short sequences. As students advance, they learn more complicated skills and longer sequences. Those who are interested are encouraged to create and perform their own choreography. Aerial yoga, on the other hand, focuses on using the hammock to enhance the experience and benefits of a regular yoga class — opening up the body, quieting the mind, lengthening the muscles. Both will help students gain strength and flexibility, but the class experience will be very different. When teaching a new circus skill, the instructor will generally demonstrate the skill first, then lead students through it one or two at a time, which allows for individual feedback and hands-on spotting when needed. In aerial yoga, you’re more likely to see teacher and students move through a flow together, with the instructor relying mostly on verbal cues to help students transition from one static pose to the next. And while aerial yoga sequences are often graceful and fluid, they’re not typically designed to be performed for an audience. Those crazy rolls and drops are definitely circus, not yoga, skills!

A Matter of Mats

If you’ve seen video of an aerial yoga class, you might be concerned that students practice over regular yoga mats rather than the crash mats you’re used to seeing in our studio. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, because aerial yoga often focuses on standing poses where students keep one or both feet on the ground, having a stable surface to balance on is actually safer. Yoga students are also usually much closer to the ground and are performing fewer inversions and no dynamic movement.

Safety First!

As always, if you have concerns about a studio’s rigging or safety policies, we encourage you to talk to the instructor or studio manager. If they can’t answer your questions, keep searching for a studio where you feel safe. Beware of online retailers offering “complete aerial yoga setups” or similar packages to use at home. And remember that professional circus arts instruction is the only safe way to learn — trying to learn aerial skills from videos or on your own is not a good idea and could result in serious injury.

Because Sky Candy focuses on circus arts instruction, we don’t currently offer aerial yoga classes. But we’re a great place to learn aerial hammock! Our Austin circus school offers group classes and private instruction for students of all levels, from absolute beginners to aspiring professionals. Check our schedule for class times and registration. We hope to see you in the air soon!

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Flight Plan: A Guide to Finding Your Apparatus

We hosted a whole slew of Intro to Aerials classes this week and welcomed over one hundred new students to our Austin circus school! If you were one of them, you got the chance to test out some of our most popular apparatuses, including silks, hammock, trapeze, and lyra. While you may have found your favorite right off the bat, many new students need help narrowing it down. We’ve already examined each of these circus favorites in depth in other blog posts, but let’s take a look at some of the factors that lead students to choose one over the other. Keep the following questions in mind when signing up for your next series class.

Hard or Soft?

We generally break our offerings into two categories: hard metal apparatuses, such as the lyra and trapeze (and pole!), and softer fabric apparatuses, like silks and hammock (also rope and straps!). On a hard apparatus, you move your body around the metal bar (as it’s not going to move around you), while on a soft apparatus, you manipulate the fabric in various ways to wrap it around your body. Different bodies prefer different sensations — some students find sitting on the trapeze to be excruciating, while others don’t mind that, but hate the way the silks cinch around their bones in a footlock. There are also mental preferences — it can be challenging for some to (almost literally) wrap their brain around the many steps involved in setting up a drop on fabric, but no problem to remember exactly how their body moves through space for an equally complex lyra skill. You might also take into account the minor irritations associated with each category — hard metal advocates are more likely to sport bruises (aka, badges of honor) when learning a new skill, while fabric fans are prone to burns on improperly covered skin.

Vertical or Horizontal?

Another way we differentiate between apparatuses is dividing them by their orientation. Is it a thing you climb (silks, rope, pole) or a thing you sit or stand on (trapeze, lyra, hammock)? Don’t be fooled — both will build your upper body strength like crazy, but the foundational skills will vary based on your choice. For example, there’s no real way to train your front balance on pole, but it’s a very big deal on every horizontal apparatus. Likewise, you don’t do a lot of climbing on the lyra, but your training will stall out quick if you don’t master this skill early on in rope class. Even a universal skill, such as inversions, uses slightly different muscles depending on what you’re hanging from. Are your hands close together, at slightly different heights, pulling on the vertical silks? Or are they hip-width and perfectly aligned on a horizontal bar? Again, you might find your brain and/or body leading you down one path or the other, depending on your preferences.

Choose Your Own Adventure

While we hope this guide has been helpful to you as you select a first apparatus for your aerial journey, you by no means have to limit yourself. Many students at our Austin circus school pride themselves on being “poly-aerial”. You might spend months cultivating a deep, undying love for the trapeze, only to try out a beginning silks workshop on a whim and discover a hidden passion for all things vertical! We encourage you not to tie yourself down. In the words of one of our favorite Pixar films, “Never stop exploring!”

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A Taste of Circus History for Young Aerial Enthusiasts

At Sky Candy, our youth students are the future of circus and the arts in the Austin Community. We offer three levels of youth classes, where students explore a jungle gym of traditional and modern aerial apparatuses. These wonders of the air aren’t just a fun way to get fit, but they have a rich history too. Here is a taste of what our aspiring youth can look forward to learning.

Trapeze

The flying trapeze was invented by a French acrobat named Jules Leotard in the 1800’s. One of the most traditional apparatuses, the trapeze is a steel bar with ropes attached to each end and suspended from the ceiling. Most people will imagine the flying trapeze when they think about circus performers, but there are many types, including; static, spinning, swinging, and doubles trapeze. Our youth students love this swing like apparatus, as they learn to perform skills on or under the bar, and in the ropes of the static trapeze.

Lyra (AKA: Aerial Hoop)

The first recorded Lyra act was in New York in 1893 for an advertisement in the New York Clipper. At first glance, Lyra could pass for a hula hoop, but instead is made of stainless steel and affixed with either one or two points.  Lyra is a hit with our young students, as it allows them to spin, whirl and twirl through the air, almost like spinning on a merry-go round.

Silks

Created in 1959 by a French circus school student but not officially recognized until 1998, silks have recently been trending around the world. Some of the other names you may have heard for this apparatus include: fabric, tissu, or aerial ribbons. With bright colors and long flowing lengths of fabric suspended from the ceiling, silks can be stunning to the eye. Our students work first on climbing and wrapping the fabric to perform skills. This soft apparatus is a challenge to work with and requires patience and strength to move on to more advanced skills. It is a surprisingly hefty cardio workout, but as with every aerial apparatus, the gains are very rewarding!

Hammock

At first glance, hammock looks an awful lot like silks, with one major difference–it is tied up to create a loop, which makes it resemble its lazy cousin of the same name. It’s typically the most popular apparatus with our young students because it allows a number of moves while being supported in mid-air. You can wrap yourself up, climb, stretch, and form poses. Don’t let the name fool you, this hammock is still a big workout!

Acrobatic Pole

Originally from China in the 12th century, chinese pole was performed by circus professionals as a feat of acrobatic strength. Pole modernized in the US in the 1920’s and has since combined fitness, dance, and century-old techniques. Although not a primary focus in our youth classes, the pole is great for students who love to climb because it offers a solid, unmoving grip, unlike the silks. They also gain bragging rights at school when they can climb the underutilized pole to the second level of the playground!

Whatever your interest in aerial circus arts, Sky Candy has an apparatus for your kiddo… or you! Our Aerial Basics for Youth classes and Sky Camps try out all of our apparatuses. Then as youth students progress to the next levels of series classes, they choose from horizontal or vertical apparatuses in our Trapeze and Lyra for Youth or Silks and Hammock for Youth. Come join us at Sky Candy and become a part of the history of circus!

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Top Tips for New Aerialists

Have your New Year’s resolutions led you to our Austin aerial studio? Whether you’re looking to get stronger, try something new, conquer your fears, or fulfill your childhood dream of joining the circus, our faculty and staff are ready to welcome you in with open arms. We’ve put together a couple of things we wish we’d known when we were just starting out. Read on to get the inside scoop on what to expect as you start your circus training!

Safety First!

We want you around for the long haul, so we’re always looking out for your safety. Make sure you come to the studio well-hydrated. A light snack shortly beforehand is recommended to keep your blood sugar steady, but a heavy meal might make turning upside down uncomfortable. Intoxicants of any kind are strictly forbidden! If you’re ever feeling not quite right during class (dizzy, in pain, etc.), tell your instructor and take a break. Continuing to push through when you’re injured could exacerbate the problem and sideline your training for weeks. And remember, never train alone and never train without a mat. Even our instructors and professional performers use mats for most of their training and sometimes in performance as well. Don’t take unnecessary risks!

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Even in an intro level class, we have students from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. You never know if the person next to you has had decades of ballet training or is a champion rock climber. Find the joy in your own journey and celebrate every victory you make along the way. Don’t worry if you’ve just mastered a basic climb while your neighbor is already working on their first inversion. Progress is progress!

Drill those basics!

We understand the desire to learn trick after trick after trick. Everything is new and exciting, and you want to get as many skills under your belt as quickly as possible. As hard as you worked for that first inversion, by your twentieth, it’s bound to start feeling a little blah. But don’t stop practicing a basic skill just because you’ve learned something flashier. Climbs, inversions, beats and other foundational skills can and should continue to be part of your regular regimen. Keep perfecting them until the day you hand in your circus card.

Cross-Training Counts and Rest Days Are Real.

As tempting as it is to spend every day in the studio, you need variety! Other physical activities complement your circus training perfectly. Get in some cardio to boost your stamina for longer aerial sequences. Take a dance class to improve your fluidity (and learn to point your toes!). Try a handstands class to work on your pushing strength (as opposed to all that pulling) or drop in on a flexibility class to lengthen those muscles and put more advanced skills within your reach. And make sure you are taking at least one rest day a week (more if you need them!). Overtraining is one of the leading causes of injury.

Have fun!

You may have come to our Austin aerial studio for a wide variety of reasons, but we bet one of them was finding a workout you enjoy. We’re not gonna sugarcoat it: circus is hard. It can be painful, especially in the beginning. It’s normal to feel frustrated and want to give up. When things get tough, remember, you’re doing this because, even though it’s hard, it’s also a blast. For most of us, this is the most fun we’ve ever had, and we love sharing it with you. Those bruises are going to fade, you’re going to nail that impossible trick, and the reward is going to be better than you could have imagined. We believe in you.