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What is Aerial Rope?

Often described as one of the hardest but most rewarding aerial disciplines, Corde Lisse literally means 'smooth rope'. The apparatus resembles a vertically hanging rope and is usually made from soft cotton about 25-30mm thick, with a loop on the top side of the rope used to rig it to a point.

Acts usually combine held postures, wraps and drops. The technique is closely related to both Aerial Silks and Spanish Web.

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 long hair back.

Class description

We offer a mixed level class in Aerial Rope (Corde Lisse). Generally this is a discipline that is best taken up by those with some existing aerial experience, for example in Aerial Silks or Straps, however you don't need to have ever tried rope before to join a class!

Classes will be structured depending on the skill level and experience of the students, ensuring that everybody is working at a level they are comfortable with.

Instructor: Mim Wheeler or Tess Pedreros
Level: All
When: Fridays 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Max number of students: 8
Min number of students: 2

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£20 — Single Class Drop-In
£65 — 4 Week Course
£120 — 6 Class Drop-In Bundle


The History of Aerial Rope

There is not a great deal of history known about the origins of this aerial discipline, however an early log entry from a Roman merchant ship in 971AD describes a game the sailors would play whereby they would climb the ropes and rigging, ‘tangling’ themselves in the rope and then ‘descending’ to the deck of the ships.

However, ‘Mallakhamb’ which was an Indian gymnastic art form, is thought to be the root of modern Corde Lisse and Spanish Web. Originating in 1135AD, it started with a wooden pole (like Chinese Pole) and later transferred to using a rope (much thinner than the ones used today). In the rope variation, the gymnast performed exercises while hanging on a rope suspended from a support at the top. Typically the rope was  5.5m long, and approximately 1 - 2 cm in diameter. The rope would caught by the performer in the gap between big toe and the second toe, along with one or both hands. The gymnast then tied the rope around himself, creating various positions which were often imitations of standard Yogasanas.