Conditioning & Flexibility

We asked what else you wanted in our curriculum, and you said it loud and clear: more conditioning! Here are some class options for working on strength and flexibility with instructors who will really motivate you!

Currently Registering for Session 4: July 5th - August 22, 2017.

Kettlebell Conditioning

Fridays 2:00 – 3:00 PM, taught by Carol in the Blue Room.

Learn the fundamental skills that date back to the circus strongmen of the 1700’s.

Kettlebells offer a powerful combination of strength training, cardio and increased mobility with simple, compound movements. Build solid grip strength, strong and mobile shoulders, abs of steel, and cardio and muscular endurance while stripping fat In a short amount of time.

It’s great cross training for aerial!

Tuition: $140 ($10 late fee in effect June 28th)
Prerequisite: None!


 

Flexibility Technique

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 PM, taught by Lara in the Blue Room.

Flexibility is one of the key aspects of all circus arts. The ability to expand your body’s range of motion takes a lot of time and effort, but also intelligence to do it properly. This class is going to focus on teaching you the technique of flexibility. By combining passive flexibility (holding flexible positions assisted by floor, fabrics…etc.) and active flexibility (the ability to use your muscles to hold flexible positions unassisted), we will cover a vast range of flexibility training methods to help you discover your body’s custom flexibility regimen. This will be an intense class, please be ready to be pushed past your comfort zone. While it is NEVER the goal to create injury through stretching, often times there are mental and physical roadblocks you will need to push through to succeed.

Please come to class with lots of water, layers to stay warm, and an understanding that flexibility success cannot be achieved with merely once-a-week efforts. Open studio, and home training are crucial for the achievement of your goals.

Tuition: $168 ($10 late fee in effect June 28th)
Prerequisite: Ability to bend over from standing and reach the floor with straight legs and a full bridge on the ground. (A full bridge is a backbend with only hands and feet touching the ground. This is similar to wheel pose in yoga.)
This class will be intense, and a beginning foundation must be present to realize this work. If you think you are not ready for this class, contact us to arrange a private/semi private lesson.


 

Strength and Flexibility for New Aerialists

Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30, taught by Lauren in the Blue Room.

This conditioning class is geared towards beginning students, but appropriate for anyone looking to refine their technique or return to aerial after injury. Build a better understanding of how your body functions, both in the air and on the ground, through a mix of Pilates, mobility work, functional movement training, and basic aerial skills.

Tuition: $168 ($10 late fee in effect June 28th)
Prerequisite: None! This is a Basics class.

 
 

Vertical Conditioning Drop-In

Tuesdays from 2:30 – 4:00 PM, taught by PJ in the Cathedral – July only

This drop-in ONLY conditioning class will help you achieve and maintain the strength you need for working on vertical apparatuses.

This class will break down individual pieces of more physically difficult movements and condition them to become efficient. Attention is paid to isolated movements as well as longer more complicated sequences designed to maximize endurance. Balance and symmetry are emphasized through training on BOTH sides. Join this class to learn creative conditioning solutions to common problems that anyone can execute.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class. If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged. You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

If you wish to take the drop-in class but have never trained at Versatile Arts before, you should schedule an assessment so that we can ensure that this class is a good fit for you. Out of town visitors are welcome but we do need to assess your skills first, unless you are known to our staff already.

Cost: $24 per class
Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Foundation class. You must meet the Beginner Sequences graduation requirements.

 
 

Killer Conditioning Drop-In

Saturdays from 2:00 – 3:00, taught by Bob in the Ballroom.

If you are trying to strengthen your body to make aerial easier and safer this class is for you! The class will incorporate a multitude of training techniques both on and off of apparatus. Special attention is paid to specific core engagement and shoulder girdle strength and stabilization as well as overall conditioning. Even if you don’t want to be a pro aerial artist you can still condition like one!

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend so that we may be sure to have an appropriate number of instructors each week. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class.  If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged.  You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

Cost: $20 per class
Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements or have instructor approval.

 


The following classes are not being offered this session – let us know if you are interested in them for a future session!

Advanced Flexibility Technique

This class is not being offered this session.

This class is aimed to enhance your flexibility even further. Are you bendy but not quite a contortionist? Have a split that you’d like to make more active or even an over split?
The main focus of this class will be over-splits active split drills, Increasing deepness of our backbends as well as bridge kick overs and walkover.

Prerequisite: Square splits at most a few inches from floor. A full bridge with straight arms and shoulders above hands. (A full bridge is a backbend with only hands and feet touching the ground. This is similar to wheel pose in yoga.)
This class will be intense, and a foundation must be present to realize this work.
 

Climbing, Conditioning, and Flexibility Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session

Climb at least 100 feet in each class to build your endurance and explore new climbs! Strengthen your core, shoulders, back & legs with conditioning drills and flexibility work on the floor and in the air.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class. If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged. You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

If you wish to take the drop-in class but have never trained at Versatile Arts before, you should schedule an assessment so that we can ensure that this class is a good fit for you. Out of town visitors are welcome but we do need to assess your skills first, unless you are known to our staff already.


Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements.

 

Aerial Sling Conditioning

This class is not being offered this session.

Still struggling to invert with straight legs in your cross back straddle? Give your hands a break and connect to your core and limbs in this dynamic aerial conditioning class taught on single point slings. Conditioning drills include sling beats, straddle up technique drills, core based balances and rollovers, straddle flares, tips, pops and more!

Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Foundation class. You must meet the Beginner Sequences graduation requirements.
 

Aerial Pilates Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

Learn the basic principals of Pilates conditioning on an aerial sling! This one hour conditioning class is taught low to the ground, no aerial experience required!Strengthen your core, back and shoulders while energizing and connecting to your limbs. Simple inversions are introduced as well as work on balance, alignment and stability.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend so that we may be sure to have an appropriate number of instructors each week. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class.  If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged.  You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.


Prerequisite: This class is appropriate for students of all levels.

 

Pilates Mat and Mobility Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

In this class we will use Pilates mat exercise and small props combined with mobility techniques to increase core strength and connection, increase and strengthen your range of motion in major joints, and deepen your mind to body awareness. This class is accessible to people at any level of ability and all exercises can be modified to accommodate injury or physical limitations.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend so that we may be sure to have an appropriate number of instructors each week. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class.  If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged.  You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

Prerequisite: This class is appropriate for students of all levels.
 

Aerial Pilates for Beginners Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

Learn the basic principals of Pilates conditioning on aerial silks! You do not have to be an aerialist to take this class as all exercises are taught close to the ground. That being said, we will take the floor away as you learn how to maintain proper positioning in the air and how to engage your core while energizing and connecting to your limbs. Each class begins with a cardio conditioning ground warm up with props like gliding discs, foam roller, and hand weights targeting all major muscle groups. Simple inversions are introduced as well as work on balance, alignment and stability.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend so that we may be sure to have an appropriate number of instructors each week. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class.  If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged.  You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

Prerequisite: None! This is a Basics class.
 

Flexibility Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

This open level drop in class is designed to safely and systematically achieve incredible gains in flexibility by drawing elements from Gymnastics, Ballet and Mongolian Contortion. Flexibility is something that can be dramatically and safely improved at any age. Effective flexibility training requires specific understanding of joint function, alignment, muscle composition/connection, stabilization and loads. Beyond correct passive stretching alignments we will explore: the formula to safely build active (useful) flexibility, adaptive response times (frequency and duration), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), partner stretching and concurrent strength training.

While this is a drop-in class, you must pre-register for each class you wish to attend so that we may be sure to have an appropriate number of instructors each week. Registration cut-off is 3 hours before class.  If you register but do not cancel more than 3 hours in advance, you will still be charged.  You may show up at class without pre-registering, but you will pay an extra $5 drop-in fee.

If you wish to take the drop-in class but have never trained at Versatile Arts before, you should schedule an assessment so that we can ensure that this class is a good fit for you.  Out of town visitors are welcome but we do need to assess your skills first, unless you are known to our staff already.

Prerequisites: A strong desire to improve