Q: What, exactly IS aerial silks?
A: Aerial silks is a type of fitness activity (think circus!) in which someone performs aerial acrobatics utilizing a specialized fabric (see photo to the left). This is a great physical activity for anyone, guys, too!
Q: Do you offer Aerial yoga, too?
A: Yes! For those looking for a more restorative option versus circus acrobatics, check our out Aerial Yoga offerings and Teen Aerial Dance classes!
Q: What if I can't do what everyone else is doing, but still prefer a group class environment?
A: We offer personalized lesson plans for all continuing students, once basic skills are taught and mastered. Each student will come into class with a specialized, personalized list of skills to work on and learn, appropriate to skill and abilities.
Q: How old (or young!) do I have to be to take a class?
A: Students aged 8 to 100 are welcome. (Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis with instructor approval, please contact us for more information).
Q: What class should I go to?
A: We recommend brand-new students (those who have never tried aerial silks before) check out Intro to Silks on Mondays but brand-new students are also welcome to any of our All Ages/All Level classes. Intro to Silks is a smaller class that covers foundation skills only. Students graduate up to our beginning class. OurLevel 5 classes are invite/audition only.
Q: How does this work then, do I sign up or just show up?
A: Please register here online to purchase punchcards or single classes, as well as register for classes online in advance. We do recommend you book online to guarantee your spot. Please register at least one hour in advance. COAA does not offer sessions for aerial silks, instead, we tailor classes to each students needs and abilities. So no need to wait for a start date -- come on down today! Aerial yoga classes are currently in four-week session format.
Q: I'm ready to try - the only question I have is, what do I need to bring or wear??
A: Show up at least 15 minutes early to sign any first-time paperwork, stretch, and be ready to fly. Bring a water bottle, and wear leggings or tight work out pants and a form-fitting t-shirt/tank top (or leotard if you have one!). That's it! All silks and safety pads will be provided during class. Please remove your rings and trim your nails.
Q: How safe is this?
A: Central Oregon Aerial Arts is committed to safety. Students must keep in mind that aerials arts are a potentially dangerous activity and you should be cleared for moderate to strenuous exercise. Safety pads are always used and students are coached through safety practices and moves in every class. An instructor will always be present, and students will not be taught skills beyond what the instructors feel appropriate for strength and skill. Aerial arts is inheritently dangerous and we put every effort in to keeping our students safe.
Q: I am pretty sure I'm not strong enough, can I even do this?
A: Of course you can do this! We have students from kids to seniors, and of all physical abilities and levels. The only way to get stronger is to come in and get fit with us! Build your upper body strength and learn to be an aerialist! Think about it - a year from now, you'll wish you started today!