XELIAS FALL 2022 REGISTRATION GUIDE

For new & returning students, it can be hard to know what class or classes might be the right fit. If you aren’t sure, read through & learn more. Registration links for classes are included – we can’t wait for you to join us in the air!

Classes for YOUTH - Ages 6-14

MIXED APPARATUS CLASSES

If you’re new to Xelias or aerial arts, we require that you register for a Mixed Apparatus class. In these classes, students will rotate through several apparatuses each class, gaining strength & skills on all as each discipline reinforces the others. Mixed Apparatus classes are suitable for students of all experience levels – we challenge each student at their individual level. Apparatuses could include Tissu, Trapeze, Lyra, Rope, Hammock, and more!

 MIXED APPARATUS CLASS OPTIONS

SELECT APPARATUS CLASSES

Wishing to focus on one apparatus? We have several options, but will always require students start with a Mixed Apparatus class as the variety encourages well-rounded strength and a good foundation. For this reason our select apparatus classes start a little older & have prerequisites. If your child has an apparatus at home or at a friends house but has not taken class before, we require that you start with a Mixed Apparatus class.

  • TISSU – Saturday 1pm – Ages 12-15
    • Prerequisites for this class: familiarity with angel descent (from standing or from a climb), can wrap & step climb to the top of the tissu
  • We will work on climbs, static skills and sequences, drops, and transitions.
  • We have a strong focus on technique, strength, and safety in the air.
  • An all-Tissu class is great for your grip & endurance!

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  • HAMMOCK – Tuesday 5:30pm – Ages 10-14
    • Prerequisites for this class: previous experience at Xelias or with aerial arts classes
  • Hammock (also known as sling) is the same material as Tissu but tied to create a loop.
  • We will work on skills, drops, and spins, as well as strength & technique as always.
  • Hammock is a great place to work on style and movement quality in the air!
  • TISSU + HAMMOCK – Thursday 4:30 – Ages 10-14
    • Prerequisites for this class: previous experience at Xelias or with aerial arts classes
  • In this class, we will work on BOTH Hammock & Tissu! 
  •  On both apparatuses, students will learn individual skills, sequences, drops, and transitions.
  • Hammock allows students to work on drops, longer sequences, and spinning.
  • This class is a great stepping stone between a Mixed Apparatus class and an all-Tissu class, if that is a goal.
  • SPANISH WEB + ROPE – Tuesday 4:30 – Ages 9-15
    • Prerequisites for this class: familiarity with wrap + step climb
  • Spanish Web (a rope with an attached loop for a performer to hang from their hand or foot and be spun) is always a student favorite!
  • Students must be comfortable with spinning.
  • We will also work on Rope skills – such as climbing, static tricks, inversions, & strength in the air.
  • Rope skills translate well to Tissu.

Intermediate/Advanced Classes

How do you know if you/your child is ready for an intermediate/advanced class? The easy answer is, your coaches will let you know. Our “all level” classes are truly intended to be all levels. If aerial arts is “your thing” and you want to advance, we strongly recommend taking more than one class per week. Intermediate/advanced classes will be listed on Acuity with Teen/Adult classes but some can include students under 15.

Classes for TEENS (ages 15 & older) and ADULTS

If you’re new to Xelias or aerial arts, we require that you register for a Mixed Apparatus class. In these classes, students will rotate through several apparatuses each class, gaining strength & skills on all as each discipline reinforces the others. Mixed Apparatus classes are suitable for students of all experience levels – we challenge each student at their individual level. Apparatuses could include Tissu, Trapeze, Lyra, Rope, Hammock, and more!

Mixed Apparatus class options:

Monday 6:30pm

Wednesday 6:30pm

Thursday 6:30pm

SELECT APPARATUS CLASSES

Wishing to focus on one apparatus? We have several options, but will always require students start with a Mixed Apparatus class as the variety encourages well-rounded strength and a good foundation. For this reason our select apparatus classes are open only to students who have previous experience at Xelias or with aerial arts classes, and some classes may have specific prerequisites. 

ROPE Monday 7:30pm

  • This is an ALL LEVELS class, but there are prerequisites:
    • Comfortable wrap & step climb to the top
    • Can hold a solid inverted straddle
  • We will focus on strength, technique, and skills in the air
  • Rope is challenging! Expect to condition – you’ll get stronger!
  • As students progress, we may move into drops & dynamic skills.

TISSU Tuesday 6:30pm
  • Prerequisites for this class:
    • wrap & step climb to the top
    • angel descent from standing or a climb
  • We will work on climbs, static skills and sequences, transitions, and drops.
  • We will focus on strength, technique, and style in the air
  • An all-Tissu class is great for your grip & endurance!

 

TRAPEZE & TISSU Wednesday 7:30pm

 

  • Prerequisite for this class: previous experience at Xelias or aerial arts classes
  • We will work on both Tissu and Trapeze each class.
  • On Tissu: we will focus on skills & sequences, as well as fine-tuning technique and gaining strength and confidence in the air.
  • On Trapeze: we have both Multiple and Solo Trapezes (all static). Students will learn skills, transitions, sequences, and more.
  • We consider Trapeze to be the foundation of aerial arts – it’s a great place to gain strength and improve movement quality in the air.
  • Both apparatuses will reinforce each other!
HAMMOCK Thursday 5:30pm

 

  • Prerequisite for this class: previous experience at Xelias or aerial arts classes
  •  Hammock (or sling) is the same material as Tissu, tied to make a loop.
  • Hammock supports you in the air, making it more accessible than vertical apparatuses. We will always focus on improving strength & technique.
  • This class will include spinning.
  • Hammock is a great place to work on sequences, drops, transitions, and movement quality in the air!

 

LYRA Thursday 7:30
  • Prerequisite for this class: previous experience at Xelias or aerial arts classes
  • In this class, students will condition for strength & endurance, learn individual skills, and combine skills and transitions into longer sequences and routines.
  •  This class will include spinning.
  • Skills will be tailored to students individual level. Students will have the opportunity to work on dynamic skills when it is appropriate. We will work on both single- and double-point Lyras.
  • Lyra is a great place to work on technique, artistry & movement quality in the air.

Ground-Based Classes & Miscellaneous

STRENGTH & FLEX Saturday 2pm

 

  • Open to students ages 13+ to adults. All levels – but students must have taken at least one aerial arts class prior. Students will be challenged at their individual level.
  • Aerial arts requires a large amount of flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination. Adding Strength & Flex to you weekly schedule will allow you to progress faster.
  • This is not a skill-based class. By using a variety of aerial apparatuses to condition, students will gain strength & endurance.
  • In the last third of class, we do an extended stretch, targeted to aerial-specific goals.
  •  Strength & Flex will help you reach your aerial goals, plus it’s FUN!
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WIRE:    Thursday 6:30pm     Thursday 7:30pm
  • Ages 12+ through adults
  • Learn to walk on a 1/2 inch steel tightwire. That’s smaller than a quarter!
  • Students will work on their balance and stability through drills both on and off the wire.
  • Students will work together as a class and individually on specific skills and tricks.
  • All levels welcome!
CONTORTION Tuesday 6:30

 

  • Ages 12 and older. Prerequisites for this class:
    • Backbend from standing
    • At least one flat split
  • In this class, students will work on their flexibility, focusing on active stretching and strength to keep their bodies safe in extreme positions.
  • Students will work on tricks (tumbling/acro, flexibility and balance poses, transitions), both independently and with partners
  • Tricks and poses are always tailored to what each student is ready for
  •  Contortion will improve your flexibility & movement quality for aerials.

Browse all the classes here, and email info@watchhumansfly.com if you have additional questions. Drop-in classes will be available in September. Online & card payments have a small surcharge. Cash & checks are accepted with no surcharge. Xelias reserves the right to merge and cancel classes. Students have the opportunity for ONE makeup class per session, dependent on availability.

We can’t wait for you to join us! Confidence, courage, and strength.

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