How do I sign up for sessions? You should contact the instructor to schedule a private lesson and to inquire about our next Introductory Series, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (828)372-2021.
Could I try one class or just stop by to watch? Absolutely. Come by anytime during gym hours to check out the space or during one of our regularly scheduled classes to watch. You will be asked to sign a facility waiver, so if you are a minor, ask your adult to complete this form first. Contact us by email email@example.com to find out the best time to try one of our classes.
How much do sessions cost?
Sessions are $24 for drop-ins. Center 45 members receive a discounted rate of $17. All packages offer discount rates ($20/class) and ensure you have a spot in our small classes.
I’m not very strong, can I still do aerial silks?
Absolutely. Our introductory sessions are designed to let you experience this amazing art from a baseline fitness level. You safely build strength as you progress, and each of our aerial sessions includes conditioning tips you can practice on your own. Aerial silks are not recommended for overweight individuals who carry an excess of 30 lbs and certain other medical conditions. Of course, you should always seek your doctor’s approval before beginning any new fitness regime.
What should I wear and bring to sessions?
Wear fitted, comfortable clothing. Leggings or track pants and long sleeve shirts help prevent chaffing. Baggy clothing or loose ends (such as an untucked t-shirt) could become tangled in fabric and are unsafe. Avoid objects that could snag the fabric: No zippers, rhinestones or sharp objectives. Long hair should be tied back.
Will I get hurt doing aerial silks? Is it safe?
You may be hurt or injured while learning aerial silks; it is an activity that carries inherent risks. Our aerial points are rigged on steel beams using webbing slings, following practices common in the climbing industry. We work over thick crash mats and strive to cue and spot movements to prevent incidents. Instructors are trained to teach progressively so that students work within their abilities. We set the tone for safe choices and a respectful community to cares for ourselves and each other. You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability and assume all risks for your participation.
Who teaches aerial silks?
Instructors have a minimum of 3 years experience on the apparatus with certifications in the aerial arts and/or fitness. Check our our instructor bios.
Are there sessions for experienced aerialists?
Level 2 sessions are for experienced aerialists working on intermediate material, and emphasize proper execution, technique and theory, mindful movement and the creation of seamless combinations. Aerialists capable of gripping fabric for more than 15 seconds, inverting with ease, climbing and descending fabric safely two or more times will get the most out of these sessions. Contact instructor for prerequisites and to schedule a placement evaluation.
What can I expect in a placement evaluation?
Fun! There’s nothing like hanging out with a fellow dangler and sharing the stories of how you discovered aerial silks. Plan on about 30 minutes and come dressed out to sweat and dangle. You’ll talk through goals, previous training experience and spend a short time on the silks. That’s it!
What does a typical aerial silks session look like?
All sessions begin with a full body warm-up and conclude with core conditioning and a gentle cool down and stretch. Sessions rotate through families of movements. You will have opportunity to master a movement before progressing onto new challenges. You are always encouraged arrive early or stay after for extended warm up activity or cool down stretching on the mats.
My friend wants to try it out. Can he/she come with me?
Introductory sessions are limited to a small group of participants. Pre-paid registration is highly recommended. Any remaining spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. These are offered periodically and are a great time to try it out, so be sure to ask when the next one is scheduled!
None of your sessions work for my schedule. Will you be offering other times?
Yes! We are building and growing our program. Contact us to be added to a wait list for the next Introductory Series. Don't want to wait? Private lessons (bring a friend to share the fun!) are also a great way to try out aerial silks.
I saw this cool trick on youtube. Can I work on that during practice sessions?
Practice Sessions are for current students to perfect previously learned technique and to build strength and familiarity with the fabric. It is not a time to try something seen on youtube, teach a friend or ask the supervising spotter for a private lesson. Please keep practice sessions safe for everyone by abiding by this policy.
There is a perfect time and place to work on your personal goals, including youtube shenanigans. Private Sessions are customized to meet your goals. Book a session to work on a specific technique, to create a special memory, or to celebrate an important life event. Be prepared to have the time of your life and to progress faster than you ever dreamed!
My friend has aerial silks hanging from the ceiling/tree/barn at his/her house. Where can I buy aerial silks?
Unsupervised practice carries great risks. To know whether you are ready to assume these risks, check out this article “Rigging Aerial Point at Home.”
We occasionally host workshops with reputable aerial riggers. These opportunities are announced and discussed in our classes.
I want to learn drops and work on my splits. Can I learn that at C45?
Splits: You will definitely learn conditioning tips for improving your flexibility. If splits are your goal, we can support you to get there!
Drops: Dynamic movement such as drops place high amounts of force on the body and require a great deal of strength AND proper technique to perform safely. Your instructor is interested in your safety. Center 45’s aerial points are set at a moderate height, so the gym is, in general, a “no drop zone.” All levels of students learn to execute movements with control, and intermediate and advanced students will learn to “walk down” a number of classic drops. Our program is not for thrill seekers; it’s designed to help you master your body and master aerial silks. We find that achieving incredible strength and agility is positively thrilling.
Still have questions? Contact our aerial instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone (828)372-2021.