Due to COVID-imposed capacity restrictions, we are not currently offering open gym. We are, however, offering reservation-based open practices a few times a week. These are 2-hour blocks in which the first 15 minutes are for setup and rigging, and the last 15 are for striking and disinfecting, so effectively it’s a 90-minute training period. Cost is $20 and preregistration is required. You may use your own equipment or ours, but our staff will handle all rigging.
Open Practices are open to students with an approval level of 1B or higher. If you are new to VA, please schedule an evaluation by emailing us at email@example.com.
Current schedule is:
Saturday and Sunday 9:45-11:45 Blue Room (2 spots)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-12:00 Cathedral (3 spots)
Starting the week of Aug 17, we are adding:
Tues 9:00-11:00 Blue Room (2 spots)
Tues 9:15-11:15 Cathedral (3 spots)
We may extend this to the two Ballroom points based on demand.
Open gym at VA means drop-in aerial training time that is monitored but unsupervised – i.e., you are training on your own, and there is someone in charge of making sure everyone is following the rules and training safely, but there is no instructor present to direct or correct you. It’s a great time to practice skills, gain strength and endurance, and work on acts – and also to enjoy the VA community and see what other folks are working on (but NOT to copy them or ask them to teach you things!).
Open gym sessions range from 2-4 hours. Within those times, you may train as long as you wish – the drop-in rate is just $14/person. Prepaid punchcards allow you to pay for 10 visits in advance at a 10% discount. Training memberships include unlimited open gym visits. And we provide open gym hours every day of the week! See below for the current schedule.
Beginners must have completed an introductory class or the equivalent. We reserve the right to deny or postpone access to those we feel are not yet experienced enough to train on their own.
Open gym is primarily an 18-and-over activity. We will consider allowing access to youth students 16 or older with at least a year of aerial training at VA. For teen students who have trained elsewhere, we require that they take at least a few private lessons or a session of classes with us so that we can be assured of their level of maturity and responsibility.
All open gym users must sign a user agreement as well as a liability release form. You are encouraged to fill out these forms online before you come in – no need to print anything out!
Please schedule a personal evaluation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be authorized to come to open gym.
Mondays, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Thursdays, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
You can also find this info on our weekly calendar.