Trapeze & Lyra

Versatile Arts offers a variety of classes that are specific to the “horizontal apparatus” – aka, lyra and trapeze. Be sure to check out our Versatile Arts Workshops, too! Some of our instructors are offering workshops you may be interested in.

Currently Registering for Session 1: January 2nd - February 26, 2018.


Single-Point Trapeze

Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:00 PM, taught by Tamara in the Ballroom.

In this class, Tamara will teach you how to be friends with the floor and view it as part of the apparatus, not just something to be used and abandoned.

You will delve into the single point circle and techniques to finding it and finessing the apparatus within that momentum. You will learn to mount the apparatus, negotiate transitions, and dismount while flying and spinning, and learn how to maintain safety in that environment. There will also be some group and partner work on the floor as you learn to enter the space and interact with a suspended dancer safely and with intent and the possibility of joining a partner in short improvisational dances above the floor may arise.

This is an exhilarating workout and spinning is inherent in this work, but does not need to be dizzying so don’t let that stop you from joining us.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Foundation class. You must meet the Beginning Sequences graduation requirements.

 
 

Trapeze 2

Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00 PM, taught by Lauren in the Cathedral.

In this class we will focus on skill building and developing strong fundamentals. Focus will be on body position in all basic trapeze positions: straight arm hang, body beats, knee hangs and beats, front balance, and understanding the purpose of good technique. We will begin exploring “butt shelf theory”, a way to move around the bar with ease, and start thinking about creative transitions.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Foundation class. You must meet the Beginning Sequences, graduation requirements.

 

Trapeze 2 and 3

Tuesdays from 7:40 – 9:10 PM, taught by Lauren in the Cathedral.

In this class we will focus on skill building and developing strong fundamentals. Focus will be on body position in all basic trapeze positions: straight arm hang, body beats, knee hangs and beats, front balance, and understanding the purpose of good technique. We will begin exploring “butt shelf theory”, a way to move around the bar with ease, and start thinking about creative transitions.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisite: This class is for Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Development students. You must meet the Beginning Sequences, graduation requirements.

 

Dynamic Trapeze 3

Mondays from 7:30 – 9:00 PM, Taught by Jenn in the Cathedral.

In this class, you will learn different kinds of beats and work on big moves in the spotting lines.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisites: You must have a solid ankle hang and a reliable pullover from a body beat. This class is an Experienced Intermediate class. You must meet the Intermediate Development, trapeze graduation requirements.

 

Beginning Lyra

Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, taught by Nancy in the Cathedral

Nancy is excited to help new aerialists explore the joys of lyra!  This is a beginner-level class, with no prior lyra experience required.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisite: This class is a Beginner Skills class. You must meet the Basics graduation requirements.

 

Continuing Lyra

Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 PM, taught by Sarah in the Cathedral.

Continuing Lyra is an intermediate lyra class for students who have already developed strength and awareness in the air. Skills will be taught using sequences, which will include interesting transitions and basic dynamic technique.

Tuition: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)
Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation, trapeze/lyra graduation requirements. You must also have taken a lyra class at Versatile Arts.

 

Showgirls Lyra

Thursdays from 7:40 – 9:10 PM, taught by Lara in the Cathedral.

Students learn a character-based duo hoop act to be performed in a synchronized group a la aerialistas cupcakes. This class will be preparing for a show that will be benefitting a Haiti Birth Center. Contact Lara to see if this class is right for you.

Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements. No doubles experience necessary.

Cost: $208 ($10 late fee in effect December 26th)

 


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

Continuing Doubles

This class is not being offered this session.

This class will explore a variety of ways in which two people can share one trapeze. We’ll cover traditional base/flyer skills as well as working with sharing the bar and some other same-size partner techniques.


Prerequisite: This class is a Stage 4: Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements and have taken Beginning Duo Trapeze or have instructor approval.


 

Trapeze 3

This class is not being offered this session.

This class with take all of the strong fundamentals learned in 1/2 and start applying them in more dynamic settings. Pullovers and other dynamic beat transitions, as well as exploring working in the ropes. Transitions and sequences will be a strong focus in this class, both with instructor created sequences and games and improvs for students to work on creating their own. This class is open to students with strong beats and pullovers (or nearly there pullovers) as well as comfort working in the ropes. It is suggested, though not required, that students take a session of trap 1/2 or a private lesson with Lauren to learn some of the vocabulary specific to her class before joining trapeze 2.


Prerequisite: This class is an Experienced Intermediate class. You must meet the Intermediate Development, trapeze graduation requirements.

 

Lyra Sequencing and Transitions

This class is not being offered this session.

This intermediate lyra class will focus on interesting transitions and sequencing. You will learn unexpected pathways to help you surprise your audiences.


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

Lyra Act Creation

This class is not being offered this session.

This class will focus on creating new routines on lyra. Apparatus available: single-point lyra, double-point lyra, and trapyra (combination trapeze/lyra).

Prerequisite:  This class is appropriate for all students who have completed at least one session of Beginning Lyra.
 

Trapeze Act Creation

This class is not being offered this session.

This class will aid you in creating a new act on single- or double-point trapeze. You will work on your transitions, ease of movement, and flow in addition to character, expression, and performance.

Prerequisite: This class is an Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements for trapeze. All students are welcome, but preferential placement is given to students signed up to perform in the November student show.
 

Beginning Lyra for Intermediate Aerialists

This class is not being offered this session.

Beginning Lyra for Intermediate Aerialists is designed as a fast-paced introduction to lyra for students who have already developed the strength and awareness to progress quickly. Skills will be taught using sequences, which will include interesting transitions and basic dynamic technique. No lyra experience necessary.

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

Duo Trapeze: Two People, One Mission

This class is not being offered this session.

In our own work we focus on tempo, communication, efficiency, and a constant attention to fundamentals. We will share our approach to achieve dynamic movement, release, and continuous sequencing. For pairs coming in with previous material we will also dedicate time to refinement. Partners preferred. Duo trapeze experience required. 6 duos maximum.

Prerequisites: At least 1 session of doubles or instructor approval.

Continuing Doubles

This class is not being offered this session.

This class will explore a variety of ways in which two people can share one trapeze. We’ll cover traditional base/flyer skills as well as working with symmetry and other same-size partner techniques. This class is open to students who have taken Beginning Doubles before or who have other basic doubles experience and meet the prerequisites below.

Prerequisite: This class is a Stage 4: Intermediate Development class. You must meet the Intermediate Foundation graduation requirements. You must be able to reach your feet in an ankle hang sit-up and have a pullover from long hang on the trapeze. Partner not required although you are welcome to sign up with someone you’d like to work with. Please contact us to determine whether this class is appropriate for you.

Doubles Choreography

This class is not being offered this session.

Doubles is more than just a bunch of skills involving two people on one apparatus!  In this class, we will focus on creative transitions and sequencing as well as adding character and story to your choreography. This class is open to students who have at least a basic doubles vocabulary.  We will work mainly on trapeze but might include some work on lyra, tissu, or rope.

Prerequisite: At least 1 previous session of doubles trapeze or instructor approval. Signing up with a partner is recommended.

Sling, Swing, and Trap 1

This class is not being offered this session.

This exciting class will explore a variety of 2-point apparatus (sling, cloudswing, and trapeze) and also some single-point sling, investigating how a given skill can be translated across them.

Prerequisite: At least one session of Aerial 1 or instructor approval.

Lyra Act Creation

This class is not being offered this session.

This all-levels class will focus on creating new routines on lyra.   Apparatus available: single pt lyra, dbl pt lyra, trapyra (combination trapeze/lyra).

Prerequisite:  This class is appropriate for all students who have completed at least one session of Aerial 1.

Intro to Doubles Lyra

This class is not being offered this session.

The 4 week Intro to Doubles Lyra course will introduce simultaneous mounts (and dismounts) as well as staggered, mirroring and traditional base/flyer sequences as well as asymmetric poses and maneuvers.

This class is open to students who have a basic foundation in lyra and trapeze or who have done doubles work but not on lyra. Straddle and pull-over mounts are a must. There will be some spinning but not fast. Removable sleeves and footies may be helpful.

Signing up with a partner is not required.

Prerequisite: Completed at least one session of Lyra 1 or previous doubles experience on the trapeze.

Sling, Swing, and Trap 2

This class is not being offered this session.

This exciting class will explore a variety of 2-point apparatus (sling, cloudswing, and trapeze) and also some single-point sling, investigating how a given skill can be translated across them.  This is an intermediate/advanced-level class.

Prerequisite: Proficient at level 1/2 trapeze skills and enough prior cloud swing experience to be comfortable on the apparatus.

Trapeze 2/3

This class is not being offered this session.

And the people cried out…for a Trapeze Renaissance! Feel like your trapeze skills have taken a stagnant role in your life? Feel like you know a bunch of skills but not quite the trapeze movement technique to create a fluid sequence? Wanna up your game on the trapeze scene? Trapeze 2/3 is for anyone that answered yes to any of the above. This class will be pushing further on in the trapeze vocabulary and training. Not only will you discover more fun and challenging poses, but you will be moving to the next level of trapeze technique. Highlights will include, dynamic moves, drops, challenging poses, strength moves, wacky sequences, rope work, and more…

This is an intermediate/advanced class, requiring at least 2 sessions of prior aerial instruction. Please contact us to determine whether this class is appropriate for you.

Prerequisite: Two sessions of aerial instruction or Instructor approval.  Skills: perfect pullover, easy front balance, solid ankle hang, rope inversions, and comfortable single knee hang — all on the high bar.

Lyra 3

This class is not being offered this session.

Open your mind to the ever expansive world of the aerial hoop/lyra. The class will focus on skills past the poses, including dynamic skills, unexpected transition work, and beginning to develop your “hoop brain”. The class will be taught using sequencing that provokes thematic learning and broadens your understanding of hoop choreography.

Prerequisite: At least one session of Lyra 2 or instructor approval.

Trapeze 2/3 Clinic

This class is not being offered this session.

Let’s play. Come with your questions, come with your tricks, learn scary things in the spotting lines, or just get up to speed on advanced fundamentals like beats, ankle drops, and hip circles. Anyone at a 2/3 level can come; Liza will be there to put you through some tough conditioning and then will open the floor for questions or requests. This structure allows each student to work at their own pace and focus on what they need or want to learn in class, but also receive the benefit of some great aerial conditioning drills and the instructor’s technical knowledge.

This is an intermediate/advanced class, requiring at least 2 sessions of prior aerial instruction. Please contact us to determine whether this class is appropriate for you.

Prerequisite: Two sessions of aerial instruction or Instructor approval.  Skills: pullover, easy front balance, solid ankle hang.

Lyra and Trapeze 2/3

This class is not being offered this session.

Having trouble deciding between trapeze and lyra? Then this is the class for you. This is an intermediate/advanced class. We’ll work on dynamic moves (rolls and drops), intermediate and advanced strength moves and balances, heel and toe hangs, and many more fun and challenging skills. Be ready to work on your conditioning and flexibility as well. This class will be warming up in the blue room.

Prerequisites: Two sessions of aerial instruction or Instructor approval.  Skills: excellent pullover with beats on the trapeze, a solid pullover from dead hang or with a tiny beat on the lyra, easy front balance, solid ankle hang, rope inversions, and comfortable single knee hang.