Other Classes

Although the primary focus at Versatile Arts is aerial training, we do make room in our schedule for classes in other disciplines from time to time. Some of these classes are not a part of the V.A. Curriculum, but we are excited to be able to provide a space for them. (VA classes will have a big Register button; for the others, use the provided contact info to register with the instructor.)

Our resident geniuses have the following specialty classes to offer us this session:
 

All Levels Handstands

Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM, taught by PJ in the Ballroom.
Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM, taught by Gunnar in the Ballroom.
Fridays from 10:00 – 11:15 AM, taught by Jill in the Ballroom.

Learn the fundamentals of a well-aligned handstand, improve your technique, and challenge yourself with variations on the basics. Open to beginners who can balance against the wall as well as regular practitioners looking to take their handstands to the next level. There’s room for growth for everyone!

Tuition: $132 ($10 late fee in effect October 28th)
Prerequisites: Able to kick up into and hold a handstand against the wall.
for Tuesdays.
 
for Wednesdays.
 
for Fridays.
 

Flexibility Technique

Mondays 6:00 – 7:30 PM, taught by Gunnar in the Blue Room.
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00 PM, taught by Gunnar 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: $144 ($10 late fee in effect October 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 the same as 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.

for Mondays
 
for Wednesdays
 

Advanced Flexibility Technique

Fridays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, taught by Gunnar in the Blue Room.

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.

Tuition: $144 ($10 late fee in effect October 28th)
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. If you have any doubts about being ready for this class, contact Gunnar to arrange a private/semi private lesson.


 


The following classes are not currently being offered; let us know if you are interested in them for a future session.

Beginning Handstands

This class is not being offered this session.

Learn the fundamentals of a well-aligned handstand, improve your technique, and challenge yourself with variations on the basics. Open to beginners who can kick up against the wall.


Prerequisites: Able to kick up into and hold a handstand against the wall.

 

Intermediate Handstands

This class is not being offered this session.

Improve your technique, and challenge yourself with variations on the basics. Open to regular practitioners looking to take their handstands to the next level. There’s room for growth for everyone!


Prerequisites: Able to kick up into and hold a handstand without support.

 

Ground Choreography for Aerialists

This class is not being offered this session.

Have you wanted to create ground choreography for an act but didn’t know where to start? In this class, we will learn tricks and tools for generating original movement phrases, transitioning from ground to apparatus, and building choreography that enhances what you do in the air. No dance experience needed.


Prerequisite: You must meet the Beginner Skills graduation requirements to join this class.

Prerequisites: Ability to kick up into a handstand against the wall and a strong desire to learn.

 

Flexibility Technique Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

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.

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: Ability to bend over from standing and reach the floor with straight legs and a bridge on the ground.
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.

 

All Levels Handstands Drop-In

This class is not being offered this session.

Learn the fundamentals of a well-aligned handstand, improve your technique, and challenge yourself with variations on the basics. Open to beginners who can balance against the wall as well as regular practitioners looking to take their handstands to the next level. There’s room for growth for everyone!

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.


Prerequisites: Able to kick up into and hold a handstand against the wall.

 

Circus Acro FUNdamentals

This class is not being offered this session.

Acro. Four letters, many meanings. This is an entry level acro class that will focus on conditioning, proper technique, and offer suggestions for a safe practice that will last a lifetime. We will practice L-basing, Adagio, Sport Akrobatik, and Acrobatic Dance. Come prepared to have fun, be safe, and work hard. Remember, “In circus we don’t practice until we get it right, we practice until we cannot get it wrong.”
Orville Zharoff has been teaching circus arts for the last 4.5 years in South Seattle. He is currently an acro practitioner of 5 years, has been in 3 Swing Dance performance troupes, 2 Ballroom Dance teams, and has been partner dancing for over 12 years. Currently, Orville, performs private events and can be found most sunny days playing acro and tumbling in the grass around the Seattle area; he also likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Prerequisites: none.

Pilates Mat Class

This class is not currently being offered.

Come explore learning specific muscle control & skeletal articulation while finding length in your limbs and stability in your joints. Enhance your aerial practice by connecting to your core & balancing out your muscles, all while increasing your mind/body connection & your range of movement.

These classes are “drop in”, no need to pre-register.

Please feel free to email Kimberly directly if you have any questions.