At Sky Candy, our first priority is making sure our students stay safe while learning in a fun, encouraging environment. To that end, we utilize the following prerequisites to determine advancement within our class levels.  Please be aware that our levels are designed to be taken multiple times, so if you’re feeling “stuck”, don’t fret – it’s totally normal.  We also encourage all of our teachers to change up the mix of skills they teach session to session, so you’ll be sure to get a solid mix of review and new skills with each class you take with us.

If you are joining us with prior aerial experience and want to know which level of class to take, or if you’ve been away from aerials for more than two months and are unsure where you fit, we recommend that you book a 30-Minute Assessment private lesson with the instructor whose class you want to enter. You can book your 30-Minute Assessment here.

If you have any questions about our class levels, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher or contact us at frontdesk@skycandyaustin.com or 512-800-4998. 

Sometimes exceptions can be made by individual teachers for individual students.  You need approval from both the teacher of the level you are currently in and that you are going into.


Intro (Aerial Newbie)

No prerequisites! Everyone is welcome to come try out the aerial arts in a safe, supportive environment.


Level 1 (Beginner)

All Apparatuses

  • Successful completion of Intro Level and teacher approval
  • Clear understanding of hollow body and shoulder engagement
  • Understand basic terms: pike, straddle, tuck, point, flex

Hammock

  • Straddle back in froggy
  • Gazelle
  • Trying pullovers
  • Tuck inversion from ground (tagging is okay)

Lyra

  • Can enter the lyra unassisted by method of choice
  • Familiar with and/or working on under bar entrance (tuck and/or straddle) and side entrance
  • Knee hang on the bar without hands
  • 10 second long arm hang
  • Short arm engagement with feet on the ground

Pole

  • Open to all students who meet general Level 1 prerequisites

Rope

  • Figure 8 Footlock on the ground
  • Standard Climb (at least halfway to ceiling at Main)
  • Russian Climb (at least halfway to ceiling at Main)
  • 10 second long arm hang
  • 10 second short arm hang with marching feet

Silks

  • Figure 8 Footlock (on the ground)
  • Standard Climb (at least halfway to ceiling at Main)
  • Russian Climb (at least halfway to ceiling at Main)
  • 10 second long arm hang
  • Straddle up from standing with split fabric (tagging okay)

Trapeze

  • Can get on the bar safely and without major assistance (tagging okay)
  • Good stand with barbie feet/demi-point
  • 10 second engaged long arm hang
  • Short arm engagement with feet on the ground
  • Knee hang on the bar without hands

Level 2 (Advanced Beginner)

All Apparatuses

  • Execution of Intro and Level 1 curriculum cleanly and without prompting
  • Teacher approval

Hammock

  • Able to transition from sitting to straddle back without touching the ground
  • Comfortable in front balance
  • 10 second long arm hang from the ground or from standing in the loop
  • Working on pullovers

Lyra

  • Can consistently enter the lyra unassisted
  • Can hold pike and straddle under the bar without spotting
  • 3 second short arm hang with good engagement

Pole

  • Able to hold hollow body in the air
  • Basic climb
  • Pole sit
  • One spin (any)
  • Pull up with a tuck
  • Able to invert or ready to start learning how to invert

Rope

  • Unassisted inversion from the ground with no toe tag and good “butt plunger” position
  • 10 second short arm hang
  • Climb twice consecutively to the ceiling at Main or once at Cesar Chavez

Silks

  • Working on double Aerial Dance Footlocks in the air
  • Split fabric tuck inversion from the ground (okay to tag toes)

Trapeze

  • Comfort in a knee hang and with baby knee beats
  • Can climb ropes to beats bar

Level 3 (Intermediate)

All Apparatuses

  • Execution of level 2 curriculum cleanly and without prompting
  • Teacher approval

Hammock

  • Comfortable with three quarter dive
  • Clean, consistent pullovers throughout class
  • Working on tuck inversion from standing

Lyra

  • Unassisted straddle up
  • Long hang beats with good form
  • Clean unassisted pullover from the ground

Pole

  • Strong chair spin
  • Inverted crucifix
  • Outside leg hang
  • Caterpillar
  • Consistent inversions throughout class (without jumping)
  • Ready to shoulder mount

Rope

  • Comfortable with universal straddle with extra leg wrap
  • Can get into catchers and hipkey comfortably from the ground
  • One clean bent leg inversion in the air

Silks

  • One inversion in the air (bent-leg and tagging are fine)
  • Two consecutive egg-ups

Trapeze

  • Can invert safely from the floor
  • Solid knee beats and working on long hang/fly beats
  • Working on ankle hang
  • 10 second engaged long arm hang
  • 5 second engaged short arm hang

Level 4 (Advanced Intermediate)

All Apparatuses

  • Execution of level 3 curriculum cleanly and without prompting
  • Teacher approval

Hammock

  • Comfortable with tuck and straddle inversion from standing in the hammock
  • One clean pull up from dead hang

Lyra

  • Clean unassisted pullover in the air

Pole

  • Strong shoulder mount
  • Extended butterfly
  • Iguana
  • Handspring/Ayesha

Rope

  • Fan kick hipkey
  • Three consecutive opposite side straddle climbs (with or without crucifix scoop)
  • One clean straight leg inversion in the air

Silks

  • Comfortable with universal straddle
  • Fan kick hipkey in the air
  • Two “one leg straight” straddle ups in the air
  • One pull-up from the ground with a clean let down

Trapeze

  • Solid knee beat
  • Solid pike and long/fly beats
  • Solid ankle hang
  • Solid front balance
  • Working on inverting in the ropes
  • Upright egg in the ropes

Level 5 (Advanced)

All Apparatuses

  • Execution of level 4 curriculum cleanly and without prompting
  • Teacher approval

Silks

  • Solid windmill
  • Solid open back balance
  • Consistent straight-leg inversions in the air

Trapeze

  • Ankle beats
  • Long/fly beats to 90 degrees
  • Solid crucifix
  • Comfortable on the high bar
  • Solid inversion in the ropes
  • Can lift legs to 90 degrees in long hang

Rope

  • Solid windmill both sides
  • Two consecutive straddle switches
  • Solid salto star
  • 5 second one arm hang
  • Consistent straight leg inversions in the air