Pregnancy and Aerials?

By Adrienne Mays, aerial student and soon-to-be mother “I’m so excited I’m pregnant! Oh, I still have 5 weeks of this session of aerials left. And there’s that class I really want to take next session, plus I just started rehearsing for a new act. Hmmm, what to do?” There’s a lot of information out there on exercising while pregnant, but not really anything specific for aerials. I’ve put together some of the information that seemed the most...

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When in Doubt….Get Down!

If you look around the walls in the main studio at Versatile Arts, you see a variety of brightly-colored signs:  “Point Your Toes!”  “Remember to Breathe!” “Wrap Your Thumbs!”  And there in the corner is another one that says in large letters, “When in Doubt….Get Down.”  We joke that that can mean that if you don’t know what to work on next, try a little dance break….but what it really means is “err on the side of caution.”  If you’re not sure...

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Why I like teaching Intro Classes

My teaching specialty over the 11 or so years I’ve been involved in aerial has become teaching beginners, and I really love it. It takes a special type of skill and patience to teach an absolute beginner once you’ve been doing something for a while, and while I might not have guessed it would appeal to me so much, it does. One of the many reasons I like teaching newbies is dispelling some of the myths about doing aerial work. They...

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Rice Bucket: the Way of the Aerial Warrior.

One of the questions I get asked most often is “How do I increase my grip strength?” which is almost immediately followed by “How do I prevent injury, cramping and fatigue while working on grip strength?” Two questions, one answer: by harnessing the power of the Rice Bucket. The rice bucket workout is a great supplement to any grip strengthening regime when used to create balanced musculature. Balanced musculature...

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Why “Versatile Arts”?

At first glance, “Versatile Arts” might seem like a strange choice of name for an aerial studio.  Most aerial schools have “circus” or “trapeze” or at least something relating to the air in their name; this one could just as easily be a photography studio or music school.  To understand the logic behind the name, you need to know how the company came to be. Before I was the director of an aerial studio, I was a software engineer.  I worked at...

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