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Grounded!: What to Do When You Can’t Make It to the Studio

Whether you’re away on a business trip, rehabbing an injury, or just plain busy, some weeks you can’t make it to class. We know many of you worry about falling behind or losing strength (don’t stress; you’ll catch up in no time) and want to know what you should be doing when you’re not in the studio. Behold! We’ve put together a handy guide with a number of different options for you. Choose the one that works best with what you’ve got going on, or mix in a little of each. These guidelines will keep you in top training shape for your next session.

Cardio-riffic!

Stamina is an important part of aerial training. If you want to be able to string a series of challenging skills together into a fluid routine (or if you just want to make it through end-of-class conditioning), you need lots of power to keep working hard. Cardio training is perfect for you. It can often be done in a short amount of time (great for busy schedules) and is usually a safe choice for the injured (for example, if you’ve sprained your wrist, you should still be able to take a brisk walk). Also, you can take this workout outside, which makes a nice change from the studio! So go for a walk, a run, or a hike. Swim laps. Take a dance class. Ride your bike. Cardio that targets the lower body is especially good for aerialists, as we use so much upper body in our training. 

Stretch It Out

Flexibility training can also be done at home or on the go and can take as much or as little time as you have available. Begin by making sure your body is warm, then work your way from head to toe. We especially like to target our shoulders, backs, and splits. Take notes in your next flexibility class on what stretches feel most beneficial to you, or ask your instructor for recommendations. You can find flexibility training online, but proceed with caution — anyone can put a stretching video on YouTube, and we’ve seen some with terrible form. Check out the instructor’s credentials to make sure they know what they’re doing.

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Strange as it may seem, you can do strength training without your silks and trapeze. Do you have a pull-up bar? (If not, get a pull-up bar. Seriously, they’re one of the most important exercises an aerialist can do.) Use your bar for shrugs, pull-ups (in a variety of hand positions), tuck-ups, and static holds. If you’re still working towards pull-ups, stand on a chair and use your legs to assist you. If you have a set of hand weights, use them for bicep curls, rows, flys, and overhead presses. Ankle weights can be used for leg lifts.

Don’t let a lack of equipment keep you from training. Work your way through static holds in plank, reverse plank, side plank, hollow body, and superman. Do all of the crunches, oblique sit-ups, and squats. There are plenty of options no matter what you’ve got on hand.

Movin’ On Up!

We hope we’ll see you back in the studio very soon, but we want you to stay happy and healthy while you’re gone! Focusing on any combination of cardio, flexibility, and strength training will keep those muscles working, so that you’re ready for class the next time your schedule allows. 

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Go for the Gold: The Ins and Outs of Competitions

Looking for an excuse to take your aerial training to the next level? Consider competing! Aerial competitions are a great way to achieve goals, build strength, and bond with your local circus community. Wondering if competition life is right for you? Here’s what to expect along the way!

Finding a Competition

Depending on your location, there might be a competition right in your area, or the nearest one might be several hours away. Do some online research or ask around at your local aerial studio to see what’s happening and when. Remember, most athletes train for months leading up to a competition, so even if it seems like the next one is a long way off, you can still start planning now.

If possible, talk to people who have participated in the competition before. Did they feel it was well-run and safe? Were their expectations met? If the competition promised something (professional photos and video, for example), did they deliver it in a timely manner? Keep in mind, sometimes things go haywire or are beyond an organizer’s control, but if you hear a series of horror stories from past competitors (especially with regard to safety concerns), walk away. There are plenty of well-respected comps out there — you’ll find one.

Play by the Rules

When preparing for a competition, read the guidelines thoroughly and ask the organizers about anything that’s unclear. Failure to adhere to the rules could mean losing points on your final score or being eliminated completely. Make sure you know the following:

  • Time limit. Most comps have a pretty strict window for this — make sure you follow it exactly. If your piece can be anywhere from 3:00 to 3:15 minutes, don’t assume it’s NBD if you go until 3:17.
  • Music choice. Many competitions have rules regarding sensitive language and subject matter.
  • Costume. Do certain body parts need to be covered? Do different apparatuses have specific requirements (no zippers on silks, for instance)? What’s considered a costume piece versus a prop? We know one young competitor who removed a hat at the beginning of her routine. Unfortunately, the comp had a strict policy about costume removal and considered her in violation of it. Make sure you’re 100% clear on what is and isn’t allowed.
  • Compulsory moves. Some competitions require you to execute certain moves — make sure you’ve got them in there! If you need to demonstrate two different climbs on silks or three spins during a pole routine, each one should be clear and distinct. Does that combo spin count as one or two? Don’t assume; ask!
  • Restricted moves. Similarly, some skills might be off-limits (i.e., no inversions for novice level competitors). Again, know what you can and can’t do, and structure your routine accordingly.

The Competitive Spirit

Preparing for a competition is a lot of hard work. Putting together an entertaining routine that meets all the requirements doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll train the same sequence of moves over and over again. You’ll put a reach move into your routine and take it out again when it’s not ready. You’ll train when you’re tired, when you’re sore, when you’d rather be out with friends or home on the couch. You’ll get sick of your music. You’ll hate the first costume you order. You’ll have a run-through where everything goes wrong and wonder why you signed up for this.

And then competition day will arrive, and you’ll be surrounded by aerialists from across your community. You’ll chat backstage and cheer each other on. You’ll go out on stage, give it your all, and bask in the crowd’s applause. Winning or losing isn’t important. You created something and put it out there for others to enjoy. You worked hard and put in all those extra training hours, building strength and stamina along the way. What the judges decide doesn’t matter — clearly, you’ve already won.

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A Private Affair, Part Two: Getting the Most from a Private Lesson

Last week, we talked about some of the reasons you might invest in private aerial lessons. This week, we’ll focus on how to maximize your time during those lessons. Whether you’re focusing on nailing a nemesis skill, building a routine, or just keeping in shape, having a clear plan in mind will ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Our advice varies based on your goals, but it boils down to two essentials: punctuality and preparation.

Be On Time

In fact, show up early. If you’re a seasoned student, you know how to warm up. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your lesson, do a little cardio to get your blood pumping, and work through your major muscle groups so that everything is warm and ready to go. When your lesson starts, you can go straight to warm-ups on the apparatus or your instructor might have some additional floor exercises for you depending on what you’re focusing on that day.

If you don’t feel comfortable warming up on your own, that’s okay! This might be the first thing you ask your instructor for help with. Show up early anyway to account for any possible traffic or parking issues and take a few minutes to mentally prepare for your upcoming lesson. You don’t want to rush in at the last minute (or after the lesson has started) stressed and frazzled because the parking lot was full.

Give Your Instructor a Heads Up!

If you want to spend the hour mastering meathooks, tell your instructor a few days ahead of time. It’s possible they have already have an entire plan for progressions, conditioning exercises, and stretches that will help make this skill easier. Or they might want to do a little research, revisit meathooks in their own practice, even talk to other instructors about how they teach this skill. Giving your instructor advance notice allows them to be better prepared to help you achieve your goals.

Do Some Routine Research

Maybe you want help with an upcoming routine. As we mentioned last week, it might be anywhere from nearly finished to just getting started. If it’s the former, bring your music and know what you want feedback on. Is there a messy transition you’d like to clean up? A section of choreography that doesn’t quite match the music? Do you just need someone to call out when you microbend your knees or stop pointing your toes? Let your instructor know what you want help with and what you don’t.

If you’re still in the beginning stages, put together a list of skills you feel very comfortable with, as well as one or two you haven’t quite mastered yet but would like to include. If you have music in mind, send it to your instructor in advance. If there’s a particular style you’d like to emulate, try to find a video that shows what you have in mind. Anything helps! If you’re having trouble deciding what type of routine you’d like to do, narrow it down to a few choices, then spend the hour trying them out with your instructor to see what feels most enjoyable and maximizes your innate abilities (or pushes you out of your comfort zone!).

Always Be Prepared

If you don’t have a specific goal in mind, it still helps to do some quick prep beforehand. Check in with your body — what’s sore today and could use some TLC? Is there a skill you can’t quite remember and want to revisit? Something you saw on Instagram that you’d love to learn? Having even a basic idea of what you want to get out of the lesson will help your instructor structure your hour.

Private lessons are a big investment. Showing up early and being prepared will help you capitalize on that investment and get you the payoff you’re looking for!

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A Private Affair: When’s a Good Time for a Private Lesson?

Learning to share is one of the first skills we’re asked to master as children. We might love the toy, or the swing, or having complete control of the TV, but if we want to have friends and be, you know, functional adults, we eventually have to let someone else have a turn. This is especially true in aerial class. There’s up to six of you, one instructor, and generally not enough trapezes that you can commandeer one for the entire length of class. But wait! There is a way that you can stake out a set of silks as YOURS ALONE, at least for an hour. Welcome to the wonderful world of private lessons, where sharing is no longer necessary.

As you might imagine, the price tag for a private lesson is a little higher than what you pay for a group class, but it can be worth it to have your instructor’s undivided attention. Here are a few scenarios where, if you have the extra dough to spare, investing in privates can make a huge difference in your training:

You’re Struggling with a Particular Skill

Are pullovers the bane of your existence? Have you been working on straight arm inversions for months and just not getting there? Booking a few private lessons can be extremely helpful when you’re trying to master a skill. During a private, you can dive way deeper into basic (and not-so-basic) skills, taking all the time you need to work through various progressions. Your instructor can target conditioning exercises to help strengthen the muscles you need and give you specific exercises to do at home to continue making progress.

A calmer, quieter studio can also make a difference — we all feel pressured when there’s a roomful of people watching us work through a challenge, even when we know they’re pulling for us. Plus, allowing your instructor to focus on you and what your body is doing gives them additional insight into how to help you achieve your goals.

You’re Working on Something Special

Planning on performing in the next student showcase? Need help stringing your ideas and skills into something cohesive? Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to give a finished routine that extra polish, private lessons are great preparation for performance. Your instructor can help you sequence moves together, find a character to play or a story to tell, and watch you run your routine over and over, offering encouragement and constructive criticism to make sure you shine in the spotlight.

Your Schedule’s Impossible

Sometimes our schedules just don’t align. If work has you in and out of town or your favorite series interferes with your kids’ bedtime, ongoing private lessons might be the best way to get regular instruction. If this is the case, see if you can rope a friend or two in with you to share the cost and make things more social — you might not want your own lyra (and all the pullups that come with it) for an hour. Private lessons can be a great way to stay in prime aerial shape even when life gets hectic and to keep up with curriculum, so you can hop back into series classes when your schedule permits. But be warned, some students find that private instruction is so beneficial, they decide to make it a permanent part of their training!

Interested in trying the private sector on for size? Contact the front desk or talk to your instructor about scheduling. And tune in next week, where we’ll talk more about private lessons and how to get the most from them!

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The Attitude Adjustment Bureau: How to Deal When You Don’t Want to Circus

In the words of the late, great Tom Petty, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” What to do when you’re having one of those rocky days — but you’ve got circus class that night? Trust us, we’ve been there. Whether you’re coming off a super stressful workday, experiencing turmoil in your personal life, or just dealing with a random case of the blues, here’s what we suggest when you’d rather crawl into bed than come to class.

Accentuate the Positive

It’s certainly cliche, and far from foolproof, but sometimes a gentle reminder of what’s going right in your life can be helpful. Consider your body, and the many wonderful ways in which it moves, the stories you can tell with it, the strength and grace you’ve gained so far on your journey. Remember that you live in a city where circus is accessible, where you have the opportunity to learn from wonderful teachers. You might even ruminate on the pure joy of being alive in a time when circus is enjoying its current renaissance; if we look back even ten years ago, schools were extremely few and far between, and prior to that, they were practically nonexistent.

Take One for the Team

Sometimes it helps to take the focus off of yourself. If you can’t find the motivation to come to class for your own benefit, consider coming in just to support your classmates. Make it your mission to cheer them on, celebrate their victories, commiserate with them when they struggle. Maybe they’re having a hard day too and could use a cheerleader or someone to vent with. Sharing our hard times with others often makes heavy loads easier to bear. And it’s possible just seeing that group of friendly faces you’ve bonded with week after week will raise your spirits before you even get airborne.

Find a Focal Point

If the thought of being in class right now feels overwhelming, try this: pick one thing to focus on and forget about the rest. This isn’t the day to worry about nailing that advanced trick that’s been eluding you, but maybe it’s the day you point your toes in every skill. Or concentrate on not making that weird face (you know the one). Or just pay attention to your breath and how it affects the quality of your movement. Let everything else go. This is all important work, by the way, and spending an entire class period prioritizing it is excellent training.

Give Yourself a Break

If you’re reading through this and it just isn’t resonating, that’s okay! Some days, it’s just not going to happen no matter what. If coming to class feels like too much to handle with whatever else is happening in your life right now, give yourself permission to take the day off. Let your instructor know you won’t be there (no explanation needed), and then reclaim that time however you wish. We’ll see you next week, and you can always schedule a catch-up lesson with your instructor to go over what you missed.

Rocky days happen to all of us. Many times, we feel better after a little air time, and we hope that showing up to class at the end of a rough day will help you shake it off or forget your woes for an hour or so.

Do you have a tried-and-true motivating factor that gets you to class when you’re not feeling it? Please share it with us in the comments!

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Rest Is Not a Four-Letter Word: The Importance of Rest Days in Circus Training

Have you been in the studio every day this week? Are you booking all your free time with drop-in classes and open studios? Do you laugh when your instructor recommends taking a day off? My friend, this post is for you. Take a seat and listen up. (No, seriously, get off the trapeze. Now. We’re not joking.) We’re here to talk about rest days, and why you might be sabotaging both your training and your overall health by not taking them.

All Work and No Play

First, let’s talk about muscle growth. Presumably, you’re training all the time because you’re serious about getting stronger. You know that you need to put in the hard work to get there, so you’re showing up every day, ready to push yourself to the limit. And that’s great — to a point.

It’s true you’re never going to make progress towards your goals without some serious time and effort, but if you don’t take at least one day a week to let your body recover, you’re actually working against yourself. The intense physical training we do tears our muscle fibers. When we rest, those fibers repair themselves, upgrading themselves to bigger and better versions, more equipped to stand up to all those pullups and inversions. Without rest, you don’t get the benefits — all that hard work for nothing.

An Ounce of Prevention

Overtraining can also lead to injury, which will definitely derail your plans. We all know circus is hard on your body. We put a lot of stress and strain on various body parts every time we’re in the air. Without adequate time off, the micro-injuries we inflict on ourselves develop into true injuries — a tweaked wrist, a wrenched back, a torn labrum. Any of these are enough to keep you out of the studio for weeks, so make sure you’re giving your body time to recover and repair itself.

Everything in Moderation

Aside from resting your body, it’s also important to rest your brain. Right now, you might be happy to eat, sleep, and breathe circus, and we don’t want to mar that enthusiasm in any way. In fact, we want to kindle it. So if you’re truly in this for the long haul, start working now to make circus a (big, important) part of your life without making it your whole life. Believe us, you will not be able to keep up this pace forever, and we want to help you avoid the inevitable burnout. So, go meet a friend for dinner. Have a date night with your partner. Visit your family for the weekend (without looking up the closest aerial studio). Incorporate your circus life into your daily routine, finding balance between this passion and all the other things and people you care about. Trust us, this will keep your love for circus fresh and fun, rather than turning it into a burden.

Rest Is Best!

So, what do you do on a rest day? Well, there’s no need to be completely inactive (though that’s certainly encouraged every once in a while!). Go for a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunlight. Do a little gentle stretching (emphasis on gentle). Take a dance class with a friend and focus on having fun rather than pushing yourself. Cook yourself a delicious meal. Do your laundry. Break out the foam roller. If you absolutely can’t stay away from the studio, check out our Self Care and Repair class and make your rest day into a social outing.

We love seeing you in the studio and want to keep you coming back for a long time to come. That’s why we’re encouraging you to spend some time away from us. Just a day or two a week will help keep your brain and body healthy and rested, so you can continue to tackle your training with gusto!

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Pole Pioneers: Spotlight on Women in Pole

When we think of strong circus women, pole naturally comes to mind. Women have been on the front lines of teaching and performing pole dance since the beginning, developing new skills, crafting curriculum, opening studios around the world, and performing everywhere from the gentlemen’s clubs to Cirque du Soleil. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re taking a look at some of the most influential pole dancers of the past two decades — a sort of who’s who of present day pole.

The Innovative Instructor

Australian Jamilla DeVille started her career studying various forms of dance, along with trapeze, silks, and corde lisse. She took up pole in 2000, and was crowned the first Miss Pole Dance Australia in 2005. Ever heard of the jade split? It’s named for her: ja[milla]de[ville]. Jamilla has also won a number of awards for her teaching — one of her biggest contributions to the pole world is a series of instructional DVDs, The Art of Pole. Before there was a pole dance studio in every major city, many aspiring dancers relied on Jamilla’s instruction to help them understand concepts like body alignment, balance, and grace on the pole. Check out her signature showgirl style here.

The Cirque Star

Jenyne Butterfly hails from Seattle, where she began pole dancing around 2005. Jenyne was the first US Pole Dance Federation champion, but she is perhaps best known for work with Cirque du Soleil. She originated the role of Dirty Diana in the cirque show Michael Jackson ONE, where she performed on a unique curved pole. Check out one of her famous YouTube videos here.

The Hometown Hero

Our next pole star, Natasha Wang, was born and raised in Austin and graduated from UT. She took up pole dance at the age of 30 — with no prior experience in dance or gymnastics. Natasha’s strength and grace, along with her incredibly creative storytelling soon shot her to fame. She’s won a slew of awards for teaching and performing and is the co-founder of X-Purr, a line of premium pet toys. Check out her famous Black Swan routine here.

The Sexy-Flexiest

Originally from Indiana, Alethea burst onto the pole scene in 2009 and was the US Pole Dance Champion in 2010. Known for her signature “sexy-flexy” style, Alethea’s raw and sensual performances are always crowd favorites. A few years ago, she “retired” to Nashville and opened her own studio, The Chrome Bar. However, she soon embarked on a new creative project: reimagining the pole dance competition by putting the emphasis on amazing performances, stage spectacle, and killer music. Her brainchild, Miss Pole Dance America, was a smash hit in 2015 and 2016. Check her out here.

The Diva

We’ll complete our list with an up-and-comer: Roslyn Mays, AKA Roz the Diva. A personal trainer and pole dance instructor based in New York City, Roz is perhaps best-known as the creator of the award-winning documentary Dangerous Curves: A Celebration of Plus Size Pole Dancers. She currently teaches “obnoxiously loud” classes at Body & Pole and Incredipole in NYC and has appeared as an actor and stunt double in a number of TV shows, including Law & Order: SVU. You might also recognize her from America’s Got Talent. Watch her work here (skip to the 3:00 minute mark).

We celebrate strong women like Jamilla, Jenyne, Natasha, Alethea, and Roz every day in our Austin circus studio. We hope you’ll take some inspiration from these influential women, and from all the amazing women who walk through our doors. From all of us at Sky Candy, Happy International Women’s Day!

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Why Can’t You Circus? (Spoiler Alert: You Probably Can!)

What do you need before embarking on your first circus class? We’d say proper clothing, a water bottle, and a waiver. What do people think you need? That’s a very different story. If we had a dollar for every time someone told us they were waiting to take their first class until (insert excuse here), well, let’s just say we’d have a lot of dollars, and we’d probably spend them on a new piece of circus equipment. Let’s take a moment to debunk some of the common myths about what you need to do before you can successfully take a circus class.

“I Need to Get Stronger!”

What a wonderful reason to come to circus class! Many of us had very little upper body and core strength when we first started our circus journeys. Pull-ups seemed like a distant dream, and inversions looked like some sort of sorcery. It’s perfectly fine to feel nervous or intimidated when you first walk into the studio, but remember that most new students are in the same boat you are — and the experienced students clearly remember their own early days. You don’t need to get strong before trying circus. Yes, certain skills will be easier if you are stronger. Yes, coming to class will help you get stronger, especially if you supplement class time with open studio and other training. But there’s no reason to wait until you pass certain benchmarks before beginning your training.

“I’m Not Flexible Enough!”

Just like strength, you’ll gain flexibility as you train, but please don’t delay your training until you’ve got an oversplit and can sit on your own head. Flexibility is at least partially genetic and is also impacted by your job and lifestyle, so everybody is coming from a different starting point. A bendier back or more open shoulders can help improve many aspects of your life (and yes, they will make certain skills easier and prettier), so we absolutely advocate for safe flexibility training, but you don’t need to touch your foot to your head before starting circus class. Heck, you don’t even need to be able to touch your toes!

“I Need to Lose Weight!”

No. No, you don’t. Our equipment is designed to handle tens of thousands of pounds. You’re just fine. Come to class.

“I’m Too Old!”

We’ve got students of all ages training with us, including a family that spans three generations. We may make some modifications for you based on your comfort level and safety, but you’re never too old for circus!

“I’m Injured!”

This is one excuse we will accept. Sometimes, we have to listen to our bodies (and/or our health professionals) and allow ourselves to heal. We strongly recommend getting that tight neck or cranky knee looked at before you start your circus training. Circus is hard work and uses a wide variety of muscles — make sure yours are in good shape before you come play with us!

You don’t need to wait until you’re more this and less that. If you’ve been inspired to try circus and your body is healthy, find your local aerial studio and make a reservation for an intro level class. Then get dressed, grab your water bottle, and fill out your waiver — that’s all you need to get started.

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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!