There is a huge range of moves that can be learnt on Aerial Silks. Depending on your level, you will be taught a variation of moves, poses and transitions in your group. 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 Silks before - after all, you're here to learn!
What is Aerial Silks?
Aerial Silks, also known as Aerial Tissue, Aerial Ribbons or Aerial Curtains, is one of the most recent and challenging aerial arts proven to be both awe-inspiring and versatile.
Aerial Silks artists use the fabric to climb, drop, twist, spin and contort themselves hanging from a single rigging point. Aerialists wrap complex, multi-dimensional sequences, leading to dramatic spins and drops that are always a crowd pleaser.
The technology to create synthetic fabrics, strong enough to hold the incredible amounts of weight from high impact drops, has only been around for less than 50 years.
History of Aerial Silks
The origin of Aerial Silks dates back to 1959 in a French circus school where some trainees were asked to present a new acrobatic act. One student presented her act using a long piece of fabric. Little was publicised on the act, however from 1959 until 1998 (when Aerial Silks was officially recognised as a discipline), a lot of artists experimented with silks in their performances. During this period, the single silk developed into the double strand we use today.
Aerial Silks was made famous by Isabelle Vaudelle and Isabelle Chasse in 1998 when the two artists presented their Aerial Silks moves during a performance called Quidam, as part of a Cirque du Soleil show.
A team of British and French acrobats who were influenced by Isabelle Vaudelle and her tutor, Gerard Fasoli, became interested in the art of this spectacular attraction. Soon after, Aerial Silks quickly caught on worldwide and in 2002, Acrobat Productions choreographed the BBC TV Aerial Silks Ident, which was so widely popular it ran for 5 years.
Instructor: Mim Wheeler / Tess Munro Pedreros /Joe Keeley / Hayley Ingle / Amelia Marchant
Wednesday 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday 6:30PM - 8:00PM
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 long hair back.