NOTE: Monarca in Flight requires proof of COVID vaccination for ALL students for ALL classes. Mask usage is optional for all class participants.
PLEASE NOTE: The minimum age for students in our regular in-studio classes is 14. Exceptions can be made for those with prior aerial experience. We can also arrange private or semi-private lessons for those who don’t yet qualify for classes.
Note: Signups for aerials classes are restricted to the two weeks prior to the class date.
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Aerials Program Classes
Introduction to Soft Apparatus: Silks & Sling
First-timers start here! This 60-minute class for absolute beginners will introduce you to climbing, footlocks, supported inversions, and airborne poses on the silks and sling. You will work at your own pace in a fun and safe environment.
In order to advance to Level 1 Silks or Sling, you must take at least two Intro classes.
If you have previous silks and sling experience you can submit a video of yourself working on the apparatus along with a brief description of your background for the instructors to evaluate whether you can skip the Intro class.
Introduction to Hard Apparatus: Lyra and Trapeze
First-timers start here! This 60-minute class for absolute beginners will introduce you to inversions, basic positioning inside and under the lyra and trapeze, and some simple sequencing. You will work at your own pace in a fun and safe environment.
In order to advance to Level 1 Lyra or Trapeze, you must take at least two Intro classes.
If you have previous lyra and trapeze experience you can submit a video of yourself working on the apparatus along with a brief description of your background for the instructors to evaluate whether you can skip the Intro class.
Aerial Silks Level 1
This class is for people who have passed the Introduction to Soft Apparatus course and want to learn more. In this class we will start to focus on developing good form, alignment, engagement, and technique. Students will begin to learn several different types of climbs, foot locks, inversions, and wraps to create interesting shapes and poses. Skills evaluation at course completion is required to move to the next level.
Prerequisites: Completion of two Intro to Soft classes, or Instructor approval. (see info under the Intro description).
What the F-f-f-fabric??
A little bit of dancing, a tad bit of puzzle solving, a whole lot of WERK! Each week this class will hone in on a particular technique and/or move. There will be drills to support growth and confidence in the air, plus guided choreography prompts.
Open for all levels.
Prerequisites: Approval for Silks Level 1
Aerial Silks Level 2
In this class we will continue to emphasize good form and technique, with additional drills for more advanced skills and more time spent off the ground and in the air. More advanced and complex skills will be taught, and students will begin to learn wraps for drops, with an eye to ensuring that students have the body awareness and technique to execute and exit them safely. Skills evaluation at course completion is required to move to the next level.
Pre-requisites: Understanding how to move the fabric around the body. Basic vocabulary and endurance.
Consecutive even footlocks (figure 8 and aerial dance). Hip key from Russian (understanding of wrap) with hip commit. Ability to invert from the floor multiple times
Aerial Silks Level 3
In this class the difficulty level will be increased, as students begin to execute drops and work towards advanced skills such as straight-arm inversions. This class will include more fabric theory and exploration for students, and more emphasis will be placed on endurance and high-level technique.
Pre-requisites: Endurance and strength: ability to stay in the air and execute multiple moves without extensive coach correction. Basic problem solving ability/understanding of how to get out of wraps.
Competency with skills following skills:
- Windmill Hip Key: on and off the ground
- Climbs: standard, russian, bicycle, same side and opposite side climbs, hocks, crochet…
- Wrapping, walking out and unwrapping drops: 360, star, front balance, salto
- Ability to invert off the ground multiple times (does not have to be clean every time, but NO TOE TAGGING)
- Crossback straddle inversion.
Fabric Flow and Transitions
Take more ownership of your technique in this choreography and sequencing focused class led by Gwynne Flanagan.
Prerequisites: Requirements are footlocks in the air and a clean inversion in the air. You must have be a Monarca Level 2 (or higher) Fabric student for at least 2 months in order to build a sufficient skill base. Alternately send a video with a flow of 10 or more skills without coming off the fabric. Instructor permission required.
Aerial Sling: Level 1
Mixed-level Aerial Sling
Mixed-level sling class for students of both Level 1 and Level 2. For each class the instructor will base content on the skills and abilities of the students present. Come work on what you need!
Prerequisites: Be able to execute pull overs several times during class, front balance with no hands for 10 seconds, short arm hang for 10 seconds, long arm pike hang for 10 seconds, do 3 climbs to the top in a row.
Aerial Lyra: Level 1
Class Description: This class will focus not just on skills, but also on learning how to put things together and make it more like dancing and flowing into the apparatus. Come prepared to challenge your body and brain with new pathways and shapes.
Prerequisites: This class is for students who have completed our Level 1 Lyra and have been approved by instructors.
Aerial Trapeze: Level 1
This class is for people who have taken the Introduction to Hard Apparatus course and want learn more. In this class we will cover moves that are adapted from static and dance trapeze traditions and put together some short sequences. We’ll focus on body mechanics, conditioning and stretching while creating a foundation of body awareness and safety.
Prerequisites: Intro to Hard Apparatus and/or instructor permission (see info under the Intro description.
Mixed-level Aerial Trapeze
Mixed-level trapeze class for students of both Level 1 and Level 2. For each class the instructor will base content on the skills and abilities of the students present. Come work on what you need!
Prerequisites: Be able to execute the following skills:
Aerial Trapeze: Level 2
Build on the basic skills from Trapeze: Level 1 and exploring different variations and transitions. We work on dynamics, flows, transitions, skills in the ropes, and balances.
Prerequisites: Evaluation by instructor to demonstrate sufficient mastery of Level 1 Trapeze skills, including: invert from the floor without toe-tapping or jumping, clean invert in the ropes, clean pullover to front balance, execute front balance and hold for 15 seconds, execute solid double knee hang, 1 minute flow demonstrating Trapeze 1 curriculum (min 6 skills).
Mixed-level Hard Apparatus Exploration
“Let’s get lost (and hopefully found) on hard apparatus! This class is a guided expedition: we start with known skills and ask “what if?” to help us explore new pathways, transitions, and shapes across multiple apparatuses. Our goal is to build an exploratory mindset and ask interesting questions – even if we don’t find all the answers right away.
Open to all students who have basic familiarity with hard apparatus. This class is not intended to build vocabulary but rather to stray from the beaten path, so bring your questions, curiosity, and spirit of adventure!”
Dance trap is the quintessential apparatus to practice ease, transition-creation, and work on directional changes within spinning and swinging choreography. It can be lyrical or percussive; dynamic or static. The possibilities are endless!!
Bring some ginger!
Prerequisite: Invert under the bar without tagging feet. Invert in the ropes.