What to Expect: Flow Classes
Since our move to Springdale General, you may have noticed a different type of class on our schedule. This larger space with individual classrooms has allowed us to begin teaching choreography-based flow classes.
These hour-long, drop-in classes take the vocabulary you’ve learned in series classes and transform it into apparatus-specific choreography, designed to fit a certain piece of music. So what can you expect when you sign up for a flow class?
What Flow Classes Are Currently Offered?
We currently teach Pole Flow, Lyra Flow, Trapeze Flow, and Sling Flow classes. We also offer Pole Flow Basics as a slower paced version of Pole Flow for students who have little to no previous pole experience. Check our drop-in schedule for a complete up-to-date list of the flow classes we offer.
Who Can Take A Flow Class?
Our aerial flow classes are open to students who have been cleared for Level 2 or higher in the relevant apparatus (or who have instructor permission). Because flow classes focus more on transitions and musicality, we do not spend a lot of time teaching vocabulary during class.
Students are expected to be familiar with our Level 1-2 curriculum, so that they can chain skills together into fluid choreography.
Pole Flow Basics does not have any prerequisites, but Pole Flow students must have completed at least one full series of Pole 1 or be able to perform the following list of prerequisite moves.
- Fan kicks
- Half dip
- Short arm hold – 5 seconds
- Comfort moving around the pole
- Comfort moving from the floor to standing and vice versa
- Comfort spinning on both static and spin modes
What If I Haven’t Learned a Specific Skill Yet?
Your instructor may choose to break down the skill and teach it to you during class or they may suggest a substitute skill for you to incorporate instead. There are a number of reasons for offering a substitute skill.
The included skill might be difficult to learn in a short time (other students may have worked weeks or months to master it), a skill might require advanced strength you don’t yet possess, or your instructor might not know your background well enough to determine whether you are ready.
Additionally, you may not feel comfortable with a brand new skill. In a recent Lyra Flow class, the choreography included a top bar ankle hang variation. Students who hadn’t performed that skill before, or who had limited experience with ankle hangs in general, were led through the steps close to the ground, but instead of performing the full choreography at height, they opted for sitting upright on the top bar, rather than taking the ankle hang inversion.
As a general rule, ask for a breakdown of any skill you haven’t done before. Don’t take it personally if your instructor offers an alternate skill instead. And don’t be afraid to ask for a substitution if you need one!
What If I’m Not Good at Choreography?
This is why you come to class – to get better! Practice and repetition will absolutely help you find more confidence in your flow. We also suggest bringing your phone to class and taking video of yourself as you perform.
Not only will you have a record of the choreography to work on in Open Studio, but you can easily spot the things you want to improve.
Timing a skill to correspond perfectly with the music is a glorious feeling, but if you feel rushed, haven’t set the skill up correctly, or if something feels off, don’t push it. Make sure you’re safe first, even if it means missing the music cue. The risk is not worth the reward. There will be another chance to get it right.
Flow classes can be a great way to supplement your series classes by reinforcing the skills you’ve learned and helping you understand new ways to link them together. We hope you’ll join us for a flow class soon!