Category Archive: Classes

  1. Trapeze, Silks, Pole, Handstands, and more… what we teach at Sky Candy!

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    Sky Candy is East Austin’s own aerial and circus arts studio! While most of the classes we offer are in the aerial arts, we also offer classes in a wide range of other circus and performance arts- check it out!

    Classes for Beginners

    Betsy hammock cropWhether you want to try the aerial arts for fun or take your first steps toward a professional circus career, Sky Candy’s got you covered! Our Intro to Aerial Skills Drop-in classes are the perfect no-commitment way to try out the aerial arts, and our Intro to Verticals and Intro to Horizontals Series classes will get you started on your aerial journey! We also offer birthday parties, bachelorette parties, private lessons and more- to inquire about our private party rates, e-mail!


    Aerial Apparatuses

    All apparatus silhouettesSilks, Trapeze, Pole and more… check out our Apparatus Overview for more information about the aerial apparatuses we teach!





    11134232_1577234255862992_1079502056_nHandstands are a great complement to aerial work, and a beautiful, challenging discipline in their own right. We offer a range of handstands classes, from the beginner-friendly Handstands for All to the more challenging Hand Balancing Conditioning.








    10314588_767597933301582_6431227972402491984_nWe’re head over heels for Tumbling, and we think you will be too! Never tumbled before? Sign up for our newbie-friendly Tumbling for Beginners Six Week Series!









    Wendy burlesque 3Get ready to explore your wild side with our burlesque classes! All levels are welcome in Burlesque Performance, 15-Minute Shimmies, 15-Minute Twerks, and 15-Minute Booty!








    PushUpWant to get stronger? We can help you with that! Our conditioning classes range from our $5 15-Minute Classes, including 15-Minute Abs, general conditioning and fitness classes including The Circus Circuit, TRX for Aerialists, and Aerial Bootcamp, and apparatus-specific conditioning classes, including Silks Conditioning and Trapeze Conditioning.


    11118569_1577234215862996_840803125_nWant to get more flexible? We can help you with that too! All levels are welcome in Mixed Level Flexibility and Alignment and Flexibility, and folks looking to push their flex to the next level are invited to join Creativity Using Flexibility and Advanced Flexibility.


    Hoop Dance

    VdayShowcase1.5Find your flow and get a workout too with Fitness Hoop Dance! Everyone is welcome in this fun, low-impact class that’s perfect for folks who want a gentler introduction to the world of the circus arts.




    Modern Dance

    2624_1119139495267_1130426567_30380649_7977838_nLearn what to do with your body when it’s not on an apparatus! Everyone is welcome in Modern Dance, a fun drop-in class that will have you discovering brand new ways to articulate your body and express your creativity through movement.







    Kids/Youth Classes and Summer Camps

    Sky Camp Spring Break 2Let the kiddos run away to the circus and be back home for dinner! Kids ages 6-9 are welcome in our Kids classes and summer camps, and teens/pre-teens ages 10-14 are welcome in our Youth classes and summer camps. Kids are eligible to join adult classes starting at age 12.

  2. Teacher Feature: Sami List

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    1001274_252851698226007_1537580574_nOur new staff spotlights continue with an interview with hoop dancer Sami List, who will be teaching a brand new Fitness Hoop Dance class with us starting this Wednesday!

    Sky Candy: How long have you been involved in the circus arts/your chosen discipline? How did you get started?

    Sami: I’ve been hooping for a little over four years now and couldn’t be happier. I actually found it by accident. I went to a studio to try another class and got scared so saw this thing called “hoop dance” on the schedule and decided to give it a try. I never hooped as a kid and had been inactive for several years after dancing for most of my childhood and adolescence. I couldn’t keep the hoop up for even a single rotation at first but something about it was so simple despite not being easy and I was determined to get the hang of it. The more I went the more I loved it!

    SC: What has been the hardest thing about being a circus artist? What challenges do you face?

    S: The hardest thing for me in the circus arts is not taking myself too seriously or overthinking the movements. Whether its hoop, pole, lyra or acroyoga I cannot help but laugh at my own frustration. It wasn’t always that way but I love the unintentional side-effect it’s had on my mental state as well as physical health. I work a desk job 40 hours a week so one of my biggest challenges has been to maintain my conditioning throughout the day. Little things like getting a good office chair and sitting up right, keeping proper posture while driving and getting enough food and sleep. The biggest challenges for me are always the smallest things. Big stuff is easy, it’s in your face reminding you constantly. Its the basics like eating right and drinking enough water that get forgotten sometimes.

    SC: What is your favorite thing about being a circus artist? What is your favorite thing about teaching the circus arts?

    S: The people, performances and opportunities for growth everywhere! There are so many options under the umbrella of “circus arts” and I love the constant stream of inspiration, motivation and talent! My favorite thing about teaching a circus art? Guess that would have to be the opportunity to introduce people of all ages to a movement form they might not have thought possible for them for whatever reasons. Particularly adults have a lot of stereotypes about themselves and what they can or should do, and I take great joy in breaking down those walls and opening doors to dance, movement and fitness to everyone I can.

    SC: What do you love most about your favorite discipline?

    S: Fitness Hoop Dance has been my gateway in to every other dance and circus art I do. I have several minor heart conditions (high heart rate, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and irregular heart beats) and because of how young I was when it all started my cardiologist always said my best option was fitness and cardio building classes. The problem was I couldn’t make it through a full hour of most of the classes I tried. Even holding back and trying to pace myself half to three quarters of the way through the class my heart rate would sky rocket and I had to stop completely. Because of the low impact nature of the cardio exercises in Fitness Hoop Dance not only can I make it through the full hour, I’m laughing and breathing steadily all the way through. The interval style that incorporates a slow warm up, focused strength building, coordination, pilates and a solid cool down stretch provides a good work out for any fitness level. But I can personally attest it has made my heart stronger and more capable in addition to slimming my waist line, building my confidence and making me a better hooper and dancer overall. Hooping has encouraged me to be okay with mistakes and the unpredictable nature of life and fitness. I am more considerate and open minded (and I thought I was doing pretty well before). Being able to “go with the flow” has made my improvisation and dance more fluid and enjoyable.

    SC: What classes will you be teaching at Sky Candy?

    S: I’ll be teaching-what else?- Fitness Hoop Dance! With the chance of a Hoop dance or Hoop performance series or workshop in the future. Come get silly and fit in a hoop!

  3. April/May Series Enrollment Tracker Fun Times!

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    It’s that time again… time to save some Series classes! 😀

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    The following classes are in the “danger zone” with two or fewer students enrolled, and need a brave soul or two to save them! This list will be updated daily until the end of the first week of the Series. Sign up here!

    Danger Zone!

    Intermediate Tumbling with Daniel Patrick, Sundays at 1:30pm
    *please note that the Tumbling classes start on 4/19*
    Intro to Verticals with Chelsea, Thursdays at 5:30pm (1 student needed!)
    Duo Lyra with Cory, Thursdays at 8:30pm
    Intro to Horizontals with Joanna, Saturdays at 1:30pm
    Clowning and Physical Theatre 102 with Joanna, Saturdays at 3pm

  4. Welcome to the Sky Candy family, VAMPS students!

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    Sky Candy is thrilled to announce that we will be taking over the lease of the beautiful VAMPS space on Cesar Chavez starting in early March! VAMPS owner Ember Ashe is truly excited that the space will continue to serve the aerial community, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for ensuring that her amazing space will continue to serve the aerial community.

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to the VAMPS aerial students who will be joining us- we know we do things a bit differently from VAMPS, so in order to make your transition to Sky Candy as smooth as possible, here are the answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting from y’all. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question that isn’t covered here- we look forward to seeing you in class! 🙂

    Q: How do I sign up for Sky Candy classes?

    A: You can sign up for Sky Candy classes using our online scheduler, Mindbody! Click here for a tutorial on how to create your Mindbody profile and sign up for classes.

    Q: What kinds of classes do you offer at Sky Candy?

    A: We offer three different types of classes at Sky Candy- Series Classes, Drop-in Classes, and Private Lessons.

    Series classes take place once a week for six weeks, and are mostly leveled apparatus classes (ie Silks 2, Lyra 1, Pole 3), with some more unique classes that also take place in Series format (ie Contortion Conditioning, Aerial Performance, Clowning and Physical Theatre). Each Series class costs $150 for six classes. We do not offer make-ups for missed classes- if you do have to miss a class, we recommend scheduling a private lesson with your instructor to make up the missed material. If you’re unsure as to which level classes are best for you, we recommend scheduling a half-hour assessment with the teacher whose class you would like to enter.

    Drop-in Classes are available on a drop-in basis, with no commitment required! We do recommend signing up in advance to ensure your spot in the class. Our Drop-in Classes focus on building your strength, flexibility and performance skills, and are a great supplement to our Series Classes. Our Drop-in Classes range from $5 to $30 depending on the length and focus of the class.

    Private Lessons are great for folks who want more one-on-one attention, or folks with wonky schedules- you get to pick the time, apparatus and teacher! Private lessons are $60 for one students, $70 for two students, and $90 for three students.

    Q: What about Open Studio, what’s the deal with that?

    A: If you are a current aerial student, you are welcome at Open Studio! Open Studio is a time to practice what you’re learning in class- it is NOT a time to teach others, try new things, or (heaven forbid) try to learn things from Youtube! There will be an Open Studio host present, but each student is responsible for their own safety and training during Open Studio.

    Q: Does Sky Candy offer contracts?

    A: We do not offer contracts- we do offer Unlimited Passes! These weekly or monthly passes are a great deal for our students who come to multiple classes or Open Studios each week.

  5. February/March Series: Enrollment Tracker Fun Times!

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    Guess what? It’s time to sign up for your February/March Six Week Series! 😀

    In order to ensure a better class experience for everyone, we are now enforcing a 3-student enrollment minimum in our Series classes. To help you make more informed choices about which classes to sign up for, please find below two useful lists- first, the “Danger Zone” list of classes that need more students to take place, and second, the “Nearly Full” list of classes that have only a few spots left. Both lists will be updated daily, so keep checking back for current info!

    Sign up for your February/March Series classes here!

    Danger Zone!

    Lyra 1 with Chelsea, Mondays at 5:30pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Aerial Skills for Youth (Ages 8-12) with Andy, Tuesdays at 4:15pm (1 student needed)
    Trapeze 4 with Julia, Tuesdays at 8:30pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Horizontals with Joanna, Wednesdays at noon (1 student needed)
    Contortion Conditioning with Chelsea, Wednesdays at 7pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Verticals with Joanna, Thursdays at noon (2 students needed)
    Hammock 3 with Michele, Thursdays at 5:30pm (3 students needed)

    Nearly Full!

    Hammock 1 with Winnie, Mondays at noon
    Silks 4 with Chelsea, Mondays at 7pm (1 spot left!)
    Trapeze 2 with Colleen, Mondays at 7pm
    Trapeze 3 with Julia, Tuesdays at 5:30pm
    Silks 3 with Chelsea, Tuesdays at 8:30pm
    Hammock 1 with Winnie, Wednesdays at 5:30pm
    Lyra 2 with Andy, Wednesdays at 5:30pm
    Trapeze 2 with Colleen, Thursdays at 5:30pm
    Rope 1/2 with Michele, Thursdays at 7pm (1 spot left!)
    Intro to Horizontals with Chelsea, Saturdays at 1:30pm
    Aerial Performance with Joanna, Sundays at noon

  6. How to Start Aerial Classes in 2015- A Guide for New Students


    63977_854352934617549_96326779971977731_nIf you want to begin taking aerial classes in 2015, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place! Sky Candy specializes in launching new students on their aerial journeys, and we would love to help you find your wings this New Year! Here’s a comprehensive guide to beginning your aerial journey in 2015- come experience the fun, fitness, and personal transformation waiting for you in the aerial and circus arts!

    Common Misconceptions

    “I’m not fit enough to do circus.” “I weigh too much, I can’t do circus.” “I’m too old, you have to start when you’re a kid, right?”

    These are things we hear all the time, and fortunately, none of them are true! You don’t have to be fit to start taking aerial lessons- our introductory classes are designed for folks who have no experience in the aerial arts, and there is no minimum fitness level. If you come in with a willingness to work hard, have fun, and learn new things, we’ll take care of the rest! As for age, we welcome students age 6 and up- no upper age limits here!

    *The rest of this post refers to our adult classes. Click here for information about our Kids and Youth classes and here for information about our spring break and summer camps.*

    Your First Class

    Not sure which class to take first? We have a variety of different options for you, and you can pick the one that feels right for you. Here are a few of the most common choices folks make when they’re starting off at Sky Candy.

    Intro to Aerial Skills

    This is the class that we recommend most beginners try out first- in this no-commitment, drop-in class, students get to try out all of the aerial apparatuses and decide which ones they like best! To register for Intro to Aerial Skills, visit our Mindbody scheduling site, create a profile, and sign up online. Have questions about how to register with Mindbody? Check out our handy tutorial!

    Intro to Verticals OR Intro to Horizontals

    Once you’ve met all of the apparatuses, you may find that you have a preference for the Verticals (Silks, Rope and Hammock) or Horizontals (Trapeze and Lyra)- now’s the time to make your aerial commitment and sign up for a Six Week Series! Our Intro to Verticals and Intro to Horizontals Six Week Series classes meet once a week for six weeks and introduce you to a progression of fundamental skills in either the Vertical or Horizontal apparatuses. Our next Six-Week Series classes start the week of January 5th, and you can sign up here. If you want to sign up for an Intro Six Week Series but can’t make it in for an Intro to Aerial Skills class, you can read more about the apparatuses here.

    Circus Circuit Challenge

    If you’re feeling a bit intimidated by getting in the air, but still want to get started on your aerial journey, we’ve got a great alternative for you- it’s our fun, tri-weekly circus fitness class, The Circus Circuit Challenge! Certified personal trainer and aerialist Colleen Tabolt will kick your booty into shape the circus way, using ground and aerial exercises that focus on the building the strength, flexibility and stamina you’ll need as you continue on your aerial journey. Sign up here for the Circus Circuit Challenge!

    The Future, and Beyond!

    Once you’re launched on your aerial journey, we welcome you to make it your own! Our students have many reasons for doing circus, and whether your goals are to get and stay in shape, find a new community of like-minded people to work out with, do your first (or first aerial) performance, or just get out of your comfort zone and have some fun, we invite you to come play with us at Sky Candy!

    Have questions about signing up for your first aerial class? Don’t hesitate to contact us at or 512-800-4998. See you at the studio!

  7. Spotlight on BUTI Yoga with Dez Raven


    BUTIdezACTIONHere at Sky Candy, we love hosting unique and different classes and events in our space- one of those is our monthly BUTI Yoga sessions on Saturday mornings with the incomparable Dez Raven! Not only are these donation classes a ton of fun, all proceeds from the classes go to a different local charity each month. We sat down with Dez to find out a bit more about her and her BUTI badassery- check it out!

    Sky Candy: How did you come to teach BUTI yoga?

    Dez: In 2012, my dear friend encouraged me to register for a BUTI Instructor Training in Austin. At that time, I was experiencing self-destruction and darkness, with a total depletion of self-love. During the training, I felt a spark of confidence, encouragement, connection, and safety, to not only complete the training, but to translate my newly-acquired strength into fixing my own life. Earlier this year, I completed my BUTI Level 2 Instructor Training, and since, I have a felt a true joy and purpose in bringing BUTI’s mind-body benefits to the women (and a few men) of Austin.

    SC: How is BUTI different from “regular” yoga?

    D: BUTI is a fusion of yoga, tribal-inspired dance (lots of hip and core spiraling), and plyometrics, into a high- intensity workout. BUTI allows one to achieve a high-calorie burn for fat loss, strength exercises for a strong, lean, athletic physique, and most importantly, self-love. To sum it up, imagine this: yoga mixed with dance, a connection with other women, an environment of empowerment and support, AND some serious jams! I don’t think Major Lazer would be present in a “regular” yoga class.

    SC: What is your favorite thing about teaching BUTI yoga?

    D: I live for the shared bliss after the Savasana (the relaxation and reflection time, in corpse pose, at the end of the class). I love the smiles, the laughs, and the connections between my students. Oh, and my heart skips a beat when a student is able to independently execute and hold a wheel… that is GREAT stuff!

    SC: What would you say to Sky Candy students who want to try BUTI, but may feel intimidated?

    D: Before becoming an instructor, I had no prior yoga experience, I struggled with cardio- training, and I had no idea what my body and mind were capable of. With that being said, I truly believe that BUTI is for EVERYONE; YOU are one BUTI workout away from absolute empowerment!

    SC: Any other comments you’d like to add?

    D: Check out my video for a taste of BUTI goodness, and I’ll see you on the mat!

    Our next session of BUTI Yoga for charity will take place on Saturday December 13th at 9am and will benefit Meals on Wheels- see you there!

  8. Sky Candy at EAST!

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    Chris lyraThe East Austin Studio Tour is coming up soon, and boy are we excited! While you’re checking out all of the amazing art East Austin has to offer, make sure you stop by Sky Candy for some seriously cool aerial and circus fun!

    Here’s our studio schedule for EAST:

    Saturday November 15th
    9-10am BUTI Yoga with Dez Raven
    All proceeds from this donation-based class will benefit Out Youth
    10am-noon Open Studio
    10am-4pm Chair Massages with Julie Moore
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!
    8-10pm Sky Candy After Dark
    18+ only allowed at this adult-themed show featuring aerial, pole and burlesque numbers- get your tickets here!

    Sunday November 16th
    10am-noon Open Studio
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Saturday November 22nd
    10am-noon Open Studio
    10am-4pm Chair Massages with Julie Moore
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Sunday November 23rd
    10am-noon Open Studio
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Plus live painting by Tom Britton, aerial artwork by Morgan Grasham featuring Sky Candy models, and more!

  9. Circus Circuit Challenge Testimonials

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    PushUpOur first ever Circus Circuit Challenge is winding down this week, and our students are singing the praises of this tri-weekly intensive circus fitness class!

    “What I loved most about the Circus Circuit is that I have become stronger faster than I ever thought I would- I’ve made so much progress so quickly! And it burns in all the right places.” -Cy

     “The Circus Circuit Challenge is great! It is a great price and it is nice to have a set workout time in place. Thanks to this series class I can execute a pullover on the trapeze without using the ropes, hold a plank for longer than I thought possible, and so much more. I have definitely gotten stronger/more toned in just 3 1/2 weeks. This class has been extremely valuable to my aerial practice and I plan to take this series again.” -Heidi

    Circus Circuit Challenge has been an amazing month of workouts. I already do a lot of different physical activities, but Colleen has found ways to bring new, tough (but achievable) challenges to every class. We have fun, laugh, and work really hard. During this class I have accomplished several things I never thought I could do, including climbing a silk (UNASSISTED!) and a (very, very tiny) pullup from pike on the trapeze. The only bad thing about the class is that it has to come to an end! Boo!” -Eve

    After taking the Circus Circuit Challenge, I spend more time than is really necessary admiring my new muscles. Colleen manages to encourage and drive her students without being pushy or overbearing. This class has produced such good results for me that I’m planning on taking it again!” -Alison

    Our next Circus Circuit Challenge starts the week of July 14th- sign up here!

  10. How to sign up for classes


    Want to sign up for classes at Sky Candy? Good decision! 😉 Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started.

    Step 1: Create a profile on our Mindbody page.

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    You can always get to our Mindbody page by clicking on the orange “Register for Classes” button at the top of our homepage.

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    To create your Mindbody profile, click on the “Sign up” link on the top right of the Mindbody page. You can either log in with your facebook profile, or enter your information manually.

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    Make sure to enter ALL of your information, including your birthday, so that the system will work properly when you sign up for classes. We also strongly encourage you to enter your e-mail address- this doesn’t put you on an e-mail list, and it does ensure that we can get ahold of you about any issues related to your Sky Candy classes.

    Step 2: Pick which type of class you would like to sign up for (Drop-in, Six-Week Series, Private Lesson, Open Studio, or Workshop) and go to the corresponding tab on the top of your Mindbody page.

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    Step 3: Choose which class you’d like to sign up for, and click the “Sign up now” button.

    Step 4: Use Mindbody’s easy check-out system to pay in advance- you can even store your encrypted credit card information on the site to make future transactions even easier.

    Step 5: Come to class at our studio, check in with the front desk, and get flyin’!

    Have any questions about signing up for classes? Feel free to contact us and we’ll help you sort it out.