Suspended in the air, Aerial Hoop (aka “lyra”), is a circular metal apparatus. You will learn how to create beautiful shapes below, inside and above the apparatus. Hoop classes will teach you various techniques to enter and exit the hoop. Conditioning exercises will help you build strength, body awareness and coordination. No worries if you have none of these skills. We will teach you all the basics needed to progress. We recommend taking 3-5 Intro classes and/or receiving instructor approval before moving to a Level 1 class. If you have some experience in hoop we recommend you begin with a Level 1 class and inquire directly with your instructor to have your accurate level assessed.
INTRO TO HOOP
INTRO TO HOOP
If you have never taken aerial hoop and are new to aerial dance, this is the class for you. Your instructor will begin class by leading you through a series of strength, flexibility and conditioning exercises that will help prepare you to later on transition into the air. You will learn the various techniques to enter and exit the hoop, along with conditioning exercises using the hoop. We recommend you take Intro to Hoop 3-5 times and/or have instructor approval prior to joining Level 1 Hoop.
HOOP – LEVEL 1
Build strength and showcase flexibility. Learn to flip, turn, roll, pose, and transition between positions. You should be able to perform unassisted trapeze, straddle and side mounts. Classes begin with basic skills and conditioning utilizing the hoop. You will learn and train various shapes and poses, gradually progressing into longer and more fluid sequences.
HOOP FLUIDITY – LEVEL 1/2
Develop the strength, grace and flow of your hoop technique. Hoop Fluidity will focus on sequencing hoop tricks together both in and out of the hoop. You will be empowered to find your own style of movement and artistic expression. You should have had at least 4 weeks of Level 1 Hoop classes or prior training at a different facility for this class.
HOOP – LEVEL 2
Develop your stamina, strength and transitions. For Level 2 Hoop, you must be proficient at mounting and dismounting the top and bottom bar of the hoop while the apparatus is both in static and spinning mode. You will be introduced to dynamic movement and more advanced shapes and poses. There will be a greater focus on artistry and quality of movement. You will also be given the freedom to freestyle in this class.
HOOP – LEVEL 3
Showcase your strength and flexibility with more elaborate sequencing and transitions. You must have at least one year of working in hoop technique and an intermediate level of flexibility in order to take this class. Level 3 Hoop will include challenging conditioning exercises utilizing the hoop. There will be a focus on advanced sequencing and transitions. You will be encouraged to further develop performance technique and individual artistry. You will also be given the freedom to freestyle in this class.
OPEN WORKOUT –
Come practice what you’ve learned in class – train with friends or on your own. This is not a class – No instructor will be present for teaching/spotting.