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CIRCUS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

TUESDAY KIDS CIRCUS ARTS: AGES 6-13

This is a group class focused on developmentally appropriate ground skills for children. We use games and activities like story telling to introduce juggling practice in class. Warm ups are centered on getting to know your body parts and fostering the idea of at-home practice to further develop both strength and flexibility. Light tumbling (forward rolls, cartwheels, etc.) will help students develop coordination as they prepare for more advanced tumbling skills. Students will use aerial apparatuses to build strength while safely learning the foundations needed in for progression. Skills are repeated for memory and mastery each week.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • An interest in circus arts

  • Ability to listen to and follow directions (safety first!)

  • Ability to engage with class material (focus attention)

AERIAL SKILLS:

Repetition for kinesthetic mapping 

  • Safe climbing skills

  • Foot lock variations 

  • Intro to inversions (wrist hitches)

  • Improvisation (like free-play with the apparatus)

& more!

THURSDAY KIDS CIRCUS ARTS: AGES 6-13

This is a group class focused on developmentally appropriate ground skills for children. We use games and activities like story telling to introduce juggling practice in class. Warm ups are centered on getting to know your body parts and fostering the idea of at-home practice to further develop both strength and flexibility. Light tumbling (forward rolls, cartwheels, etc.) will help students develop coordination as they prepare for more advanced tumbling skills. Students will use aerial apparatuses to build strength while safely learning the foundations needed in for progression. Skills are repeated for memory and mastery each week.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • An interest in circus arts

  • Ability to listen to and follow directions (safety first!)

  • Ability to engage with class material (focus attention)

AERIAL SKILLS:

Repetition for kinesthetic mapping 

  • Safe climbing skills

  • Foot lock variations 

  • Intro to inversions (wrist hitches)

  • Improvisation (like free-play with the apparatus)

& more!

INTRO TO MSC

Revolving roster of Mini Workshops on Thursdays


This class is designed as a drop in class for students who are interested in exploring their interest in BOTH belly dance and circus arts. Each class will be based on different material! Check the website for more info - each month of class mini workshops will be posted in advance of the beginning of the month. This is a great opportunity for students interested in joining a session at MSC to visit the space and meet the coaches!

Examples of intro to MSC workshops:

  • Beginner Belly Dance

  • Intro to circus arts

  • Level 1 Lyra

  • Flexibility

  • Conditioning 

  • Static trapeze intro

SUNDAY KIDS CIRCUS ARTS: AGES 9-15

This is a group class in which students learn and practice ground and aerial arts. Class includes juggling skills, warm up with stretching fundamentals (splits, backbends, headstands). We introduce principles of dance anatomy so students learn body awareness through stretching, light acrobatics, pyramid formations, and aerial skills in aerial fabric, sling, trapeze, and more! Many students in this class enjoy a dance background and like focusing on the beauty of tricks and transitions in solo and partnering sequences.

PRE-REQUISITES: 

  • Interest in artistic side of dance/ circus arts

  • Understand body awareness in relation to other students

  • Able to listen to and follow directions (safety first!)

  • Able to engage with class material (focus in class)

AERIAL SKILLS:

Flow, fun and form!

  • working on building foundation skills on multiple apparatuses into sequences, solo and in group/ pairs.

  • Finding the connections between basic aerial silk wraps and body positioning on horizontal apparatuses.

ADV. AERIAL SILKS AND CONDITIONING: (adult - ages 15+)

This class is by invite/ audition only. If interested, please submit a video via email that includes your strongest aerial skills that showcase your strength and flexibility. This class requires students to keep a strong memory of foundational tricks (hip keys, diaper wraps, thigh hitch, and S wrap) so that multiple entrances, exits, and sequences can be explored. Many students in this class supplement their training with a private lesson, other classes, and conditioning tools to maintain strength. Class time includes a thorough warm up to increase flexibility, time for tricks, sequences, and review, conditioning and the occasional group choreography that involves tricks from previous classes. Students in this class are top selection for out-of-studio performances.


MIXED LEVEL CIRCUS ARTS: AGES 13+

This class is for students who enjoy an intermediate level of strength and skill. Students practice their juggling skills, partake in a thorough warm up, light tumbling, review of silks skills on a maintenance level as a group, practice on multiple apparatuses including silks, sling, net, rope, cloud swing, trapeze, and Lyra. Students are able to work on skills of their choice for part of class. 


ADVANCED CIRCUS ARTS: TEEN/ ADULT (14+)

This class is designed for teens and adults with a lot of circus experience. The class does not focus on any one apparatus, but allows students to essentially specialize in one or more apparatuses. Class consists of juggling, a thorough warm up to increase flexibility, tumbling (based on student skill level), conditioning, group introductions to sequences on different apparatuses, and individual practice time. Students are enrolled in at least two circus classes and have experience with many apparatuses.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • 5 pull ups (chest to bar from dead hang, slow let down)

  • Good body awareness, able to take direction while in air.

  • Strong base knowledge of aerial terms and positions (foot locks, climbs, inversions, diaper & S wraps)

  • Great interest in circus arts and strength

LEVEL 2+ AERIAL SILKS: ADULT (14+)

This aerial class is designed for adults interested in exploring the next level of aerial arts and dance in aerial silks. Students learn new tricks at new heights based on the foundations covered in our level 1 aerial arts class. Class consists of a warm up, practice time for new and old tricks, a sequence OTD, an improvisation and conditioning. This class is for students eager to build their strength and who engage in at least one form of cross training for aerial arts.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • 2 pull ups (chin over bar from dead hang)

  • Able to safely invert throughout class time

  • Interest in building strength through conditioning and practice

  • Knowledge of foundational aerial silks skills (foot locks, climbs, body positions)

TEEN+ AERIAL SILKS: 13+

This aerial silks class is designed for students interested in increasing their strength, flexibility, and expanding their aerial silk vocabulary. Students are expected to condition at home or cross train at least 3x a week to keep up with class material. Teen+ aerial silks is a class to help students progress after they’ve reached the next level of their aerial training. Class time includes a warm up, conditioning, and learning new skills & reviewing old skills. All students are required to keep a circus notebook to keep track of all the new skills they will gain as their knowledge grows exponentially!

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • age 13+

  • 2 strong pull ups (chest to bar and slow let down)

  • Able to pull over to front balance on sling & hold

  • Clean inversion from air with bent arms and straight legs multiple times throughout class

LEARNING THE ROPES, LVL 2+ CLASS: 

Level 2+ learning the ropes (rope, lyra & more) and conditioning class. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students 14+ who meet the strength pre-requisites who are interested in learning mini-sequences on different apparatuses (with ropes!) to expand their trick vocabulary and improvisation skills. Each class is focused on ONE apparatus so students experience a mini immersion into each style of movement. 

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • 2 strong pull ups (chest to bar from dead hang, and slot let down)

  • Able to invert to straddle on rope without tagging 

  • Able to invert to knee hang on Lyra from dead hang without tagging

  • Strong same side knee climb and diaper wrap

AERIAL DANCE: ADULT 14+

This class is for students who have SOME experience with aerial arts (especially aerial silks). We focus on form and flow skills between tricks using transitions and musicality. Each session consists of one main choreography and mini sequences. There will be choreographies for level 1 and level 2 students. Beginner (level 1) choreographies can benefit students of ALL LEVELS (even advanced!) as through sequencing, tricks are discovered or seen in a new light. This class will include a warm up, introduction to tricks in the choreography, and choreography practice. It is a chance to get out of your head and off the ground while you listen to music and climb into the air!

PRE-REQUISITES FOR LEVEL 1 CHOREOS:

  • Knowledge of basic aerial silks skills like foot locks, wrist hitches, and ground skills.

  • An interest in aerial arts

PRE-REQUISITES FOR LEVEL 2 CHOREOS:

  • 1-2 strong pull ups

  • Knowledge of basic aerial silks skills 

  • Able to invert to SSKC

  • Skills like secretary sit in air with clean entry and exit.

LEVEL 1 AERIAL ARTS: ADULT (14+)

Class consists of aerial arts fundamentals on sling, silks, lyra, and trapeze over a mini session. We focus on building the aerialists muscles needed for safe practice of inversion, and body awareness/ mindfulness involved in developing clean technique and linking moves as we move towards progression to level 2+ classes. Progression occurs at different rates for different people. Many students stay in level 1 and are very happy to remain in that over several sessions, safely building strength and mapping connections. We will discuss with you if you’re ready for level 2, or you can ask us how you can get there! Students are not required to have aerial arts experience to join this class; however, it is recommended that they’ve had prior exposure to aerial arts either through workshop, private or semi-private lesson.


T(W)EEN CIRCUS ARTS: AGES 12-16

This class is designed for middle-high school students exploring their interest in circus arts. They’re given the tools they need to build strength and progress in aerial arts, and are encouraged to work on strength and flexibility development at home. In class we focus on using fun and dynamic group activities to work on juggling, tumbling, and aerial skills in a supportive environment. We hope students enrolled in this class are prepared to take their skill development seriously. We introduce dance anatomy through warm up (a more thorough warm up than our kids circus arts classes) and movement. Multiple apparatuses are explored throughout the session including silks, sling, lyra, cloud swing, and more!

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • interest in circus arts

  • Able to listen to and follow directions (safety first)

  • Able to follow the lesson plan for class and respond well to transitions between activities


BELLY DANCE:  You can drop in to Melina's Master Belly Dance Classes anytime. They run Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. and Saturdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Wednesday's choreography class is by invitation only - no drop ins without pre-approval by Melina.  Check the “Intro to MSC” taster class schedule for intro belly dance classes - there is one each month on Thursdays. Check the google class calendar below before coming to class to make sure the studio is open and there is class that day. Private and small-group lessons can be scheduled on an individual basis - contact us if you want to book a lesson or party.

CIRCUS ARTS: Circus classes are pre-registration only, small-group and by the session. If you want to be placed on the info list please send us an email with your circus interest and level or, if you are a parent, with the age of your child and the kinds of classes you are interested in.  Consider also setting up a private or semi-private lesson to get to know the studio’s offerings and vibe.  We also offer periodic introductory workshops throughout the year.

 

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