July 22, 2021
A new Introduction To Aerial course, designed for complete beginners, will be starting at Up Side Down Circus next month.
The six-week programme, which doesn’t require any previous experience, will enable participants to try their hand at skills including aerial hoop, Chinese pole and flying trapeze.
Aerial trainer Sam Smart said: “If you want to try something completely different, this course is for you! The atmosphere is fun, safe and supportive and we work at a pace to suit the group.”
The course will start at 6pm on Thursday, August 12 and last for six weeks at Up Side Down Circus in Unit Two of the Cave Venture Workshops on Tremorfa Industrial Estate, Cardiff.
Class-goers will get the chance to try out a range of aerial skills, including aerial hammock, aerial hoop, Chinese pole, flying trapeze, rope, silks and static trapeze.
Classes will be taught by experienced trainers Sam Smart and Hele White, who have been part of the Up Side Down Circus community since the training space opened in 2017.
The course is designed for adult beginners of all ages and focuses on building up confidence and strength. Sam stressed participants don’t need any experience of dance or gymnastics to take part.
She added: “Equipment heights are adjustable in most cases, so if you have concerns, we can work at a height you’re comfortable with.
“It's a friendly and relaxed environment to learn new skills and meet new people. You can see the progress, both in ability and confidence, that students make over the six weeks.”
Each session will start with a group warm-up, before working on new aerial skills on the equipment, followed by a cool-down.
Measures, like sanitising equipment, are in place to ensure the training space complies with the latest coronavirus safety guidance from the Welsh Government.
Once participants have completed the introductory course, they can be signed off for open training and other classes including Chinese pole, mixed aerial, flying trapeze and aerial yoga.
Introduction To Aerial is at 6pm on Thursdays from August 12. It costs £60 for the six-week course with places booked on a first-come, first served basis.
By Liz Day