There is a huge range of moves that can be learnt on Aerial Hoop. Depending on your level, you will be taught a variety of moves, poses and transitions in your class. As our classes are all mixed level, we welcome anyone regardless of experience. Don't feel intimidated or nervous if you've never tried Aerial Hoop before - after all, you're here to learn!
What is Aerial Hoop?
The Aerial Hoop (also known as the Lyra, Aerial Ring or Cerceau/Cerceaux) is a circular steel apparatus (resembling a hula hoop) suspended from the ceiling on which circus artists may perform aerial acrobatics. It can be used static, spinning, or swinging.
Depending on your preference, Lyras can be used on a single or double point, which gives you a variety of different moves and styles.
Aerial Hoop is a fantastic discipline with an array of strong but visually captivating moves which are stunning as a stand alone discipline or as a basis to move forward to more complicated aerial disciplines.
The History Of Aerial Hoop
It is very vague as to when exactly Aerial Hoop as a means of circus performance first made an appearance. However, since the late 1700s, metal hoops were used as a way of recreation for children in house yards.
The first use of the hoop ever recorded is in an 1893 advertisement in New York Clipper where a performer called “Caedo” used an Aerial Hoop as his equipment. According to Edward Van Wyck’s statement in one of his letters in 1903, this was probably one of the first Aerial Hoops ever made.
The next widely known appearance of the Aerial Hoop was in Cirque du Soleil’s 'Varekai’ show in 2002. Since then, it has become one of the most popular disciplines within circus performance.
Instructor: Lindsey Higgins / Ruby Gaskell / Tess Munro Pedreros
Level: Beginners / Improvers / Intermediate
Monday 6:30PM - 8:00PM (Beginners)
Thursday 2:00PM - 3:30PM (Beginners)
Thursday 8:30PM - 10:00PM (Advanced Beginners)
Friday 8:00PM - 9:30PM (Beginners)
Saturday 10:00AM - 11:30PM (Beginners)
Saturday 11:30AM - 1:00PM (Dynamic/Intermediate)
Max number of students: 8
Min number of students: 2
£20 — Single Class Drop-In
£65 — 4 Week Course
What to wear
Wear comfy, stretchy clothing that does not restrict your movement. Close fitting items are ideal as baggy or flared bottoms and tops can get caught or tangled which can be a hazard to you and others so avoid these.
Backs of knees, elbows, wrists, backs and hips are prone to bumps and bruises when training. Wearing multiple layers helps to reduce this, along with leg warmers, leotards, long socks and gaiters/jazz boots. You also want a top that will cover your midriff without riding up, or that you can tuck in.
Please remove all jewellery and watches and tie hair back.