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This class is open to all skill levels, including
first-time students! Our instructors work individually with each student and adapt to their
level of strength and comfort. In this class, you will learn many movements in the silks,
and in doing so, increase your upper body strength. We work over an 8-inch crash mat at all
times, and all beginner moves are done low down to the ground. The core goals for this class
are to be safe, and have fun! Open to ages 13+.
All of the classes labelled as simply "Aerial Silks"
are open to all skill levels, including first-time students of all
backgrounds. Our mixed level classes are structured so that everyone can work on
their own moves, and progress at their own pace. However, some people may feel more
comfortable being in a group with exclusively other beginners. If so, this class is for you!
Open to ages 13+.
These classes are reserved for intermediate / advanced
students. If you're not sure if you qualify as intermediate / advanced, the general
guideline is, if we've started you working on any drops, then you can take this class.
Open to ages 15+.
Lyra, also known as "Aerial Hoop" is a large steel ring
resembling a hule-hoop, suspended from the ceiling, on which aerialists can perform. This
fun class is recommended for people who already have a couple of aerial classes under their
belt - talk to your aerial instructor first about meeting the pre-reqs for lyra. Lyra is
taught by Lauren Wirick on Tuesdays at 8 PM. Open to ages 13+.
This class is focused on taking the moves you learned in
our other classes, making them look pretty, and then putting them together into a
choreographed routine with music and character! This fun class is recommended for people who
already have a couple of aerial classes under their belt - talk to your aerial instructor
first about meeting the pre-reqs for choreography. Lyra is taught by Lauren Wirick on
Tuesdays at 9 PM. Open to ages 13+.
ATG Beginner Adult Tumbling
Beginner tumbling classes for adults can be surprisingly
difficult to find, but this class is specially for adults! It's intended primarily for
beginners, but accomodations can be made for intermediate/advanced tumbling students. This
class is taught by Seth Delatte on Saturdays at 6:30 PM. Open to ages 12+. This class is
brought to you by Appalachian Tumbling and Gymnastics.
Aerial For Kids
Aerial Silks are a great way for students to increase
strength and dexterity while having tons fun! They will get to climb, spin, hand upsidedown,
and noodle around in the silks, all while learning new skills. We work over an 8-inch crash
mat at all times, and we stay low to the ground. The core goals for this class are to be
safe, and have fun! This class takes place on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM. Open to ages 7-14.
note: It is required that all kids are paid and signed up for their class online at least 12
hours before this class! For more info, check out the New
Open Gym is a time for students to come in and practice
moves that they've been working on in class. An aerial instructor will always be present to
oversee safety, and provide spotting if needed, but they will not be teaching during this
time. Students are prohibited from teaching each other during this time. If you want
to use the aerial equipment during open gym, you must have taken an aerial class
within the last month, or have special permission from an instructor. A trapeze and corde
lisse are also available, but since we don't offer classes for these apparatuses, instructor
permission is required. Open to ages 12+. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent.
Open Gym is $9, and it takes place on Mondays, 9:00-10:30 PM in Johnson City, and Thursdays,
9:00 - 10:30 in Kingsport. All aerial class packages come with one free open gym.
The Kingsport Juggling Club meets on Thursdays at 6 PM,
and meetings are FREE and open to anyone who is interested in learning to juggle! Th
Private lessons in aerial silks or juggling are available
for $60 per hour, or $30 per half hour. This can be split by up to 5 people. Past 5 people,
each additional person adds $10. Call me to talk about your class goals, and scheduling
before you purchase private lesson credits. Tumbling privates must be booked separately
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I want to take a silks class, but I have no upper body strength!
Is that ok?
I get this question ALL the time. You're not alone. And
yes, it is completely ok! The vast majority of new students that I get in my class
don't have a lot of upper body strength when they start out. We start off with easy moves
that don't require a whole bunch. I keep my class sizes very small, so that I can
personalize my lessons plans for each student, and everyone can progress at their own rate.
I know a lot people are intimidated by the idea of trying out an aerial class. But I
promise, you can do it!
I want to take a silks class, but I'm scared! Is it safe?
My class has a very strong emphasis on safety. All
students work over an 8-inch crash mat at all times. All beginner moves are done very low to
the ground. As you become more advanced, we will slowly start taking moves higher as you get
comfortable, but I never push anyone to do this before they're ready. I also always
encourage students to be an active player in their own safety. That means, if I ask you to
do something that you don't feel safe doing, then don't do it, and talk to me about it. If
you are halfway through a move, and find yourself feeling unsafe, then come on down. That's
always OK in my class! It's also always acceptable to wait for me to come and spot you
before you do something. I typically walk around the room throughout the class spotting
everyone one at a time, so if you don't want to do it by yourself, just wait and I'll come
around and help you. There are certian moves where I'll specifically ask everyone to wait
for a spot. I keep my class sizes very small, so that I can personalize my lessons plans for
each student, and everyone can progress at their own pace, and I can spend a lot of time
with each student.
I'm afraid of being embarassed. Everyone's going to be better
than me, aren't they?
First of all, I get this question a LOT, so any other new
students in the class with you are probably thinking the same thing. I work with each
student individually, so it doesn't matter at all if people are at different skill levels. I
strive to create a non-competitive, judgement-free, positive environment in my class. Never
compare yourself to other students; everyone learns at a different pace, and that is
completely OK and normal in an aerial class! This is exactly the reason that I keep all my
classes on a drop-in basis instead of a series; it allows each student to progress at their
own pace, and not worry about "keeping up" with the other students.
I'm overweight. Is that ok? Will those silks hold me?
Another question we get all the time! Let's get that second part
out of the way: Yes, they will hold you. The silks themselves have a breaking
strength of around 3,000 pounds. So no, there is no "weight limit" on our
classes. Now, that's not to say that being overweight won't affect how quickly a person is
able to progress in an aerial class; the class is inherently and unavoidably more difficult
for anyone who is overweight. Because of this, if you have a BMI over 45, or a body
weight over 300 pounds, I might recommend against taking aerial classes. That being
said, we keep our class sizes very small so that we can work individually with each student,
and everyone can progress at their own pace. The best advice I can give you is, just come
try it out and see if you like it! The moves we do in the first few classes, while I don't
want to say they're "easy", they are intended to be attainable for just about
anyone with some practice and determination.
What age ranges can take your class?
I'll start with the lower end, because that's an easier question
to answer. My kids class is open to ages 8-14. My adult class is open to ages 12+. Students
in the range of 12-14 have the option of ethier class. The majority of the students in my
adult classes are in their 20s or 30s.
Now, as for the upper end of the age range. As a general guideline, I don't encourage people
over 60 to take my class, but I even say that with caution; there can definitely be
exceptions. It largely depends on the condition that your body is in. If you have a lot
injuries, osteoperosis, or severe arthritis, my class is most likely not for you. But if
you're very healthy and fit, you can start my class at any age! You'll definitely want to
talk with me about any injuries you have. For more info regarding injuries, see the next
I have an injury, medical condition, or disability. Can I take
The short answer: Call me, let's talk. (423) 782-6479
The long answer: I definitely try my best to work with people who have injuries, medical
conditions, or disabilities. I'm not a doctor, so if you ask me whether it's safe for
you to take our class, the answer is usually: I'm not qualified to answer that question. You
should ask your doctor. But, pending their approval, come try it out! Definitely talk to me
about your injuries first though. In some cases, if you call me, I'll set up a time when we
can meet privately at the studio, and I'll give you a little 10 minute "free preview" of
some of the stuff we do in class, which can really help with evaluating whether the class is
How long does it take to get "really good"?
I get this question a lot. It's really difficult to answer,
mainly because everyone is different. Also, everyone's definition of "really good"
is different. There are two main factors that tend to largely determine how quickly a
student will progress in aerial arts. The first factor is how frequently they take my class.
I typically recommend students start out with once a week in the beginning, and progress to
twice a week fairly quickly once they start to get comfortable with things. If you come to
my class once a month, you're very likely to find progress extremely slow. You'll find
yourself having to re-learn a lot of basic moves each time you come in. On the other hand,
if you come in twice a week, you will progress much faster. The second major factor
in how quickly a student progresses is whether they condition and exercise outside of my
class. Things like yoga, pilates, CrossFit, weight lifting, rock climbing, gymnastics,
dance, and martial arts are excellent ways to build strength, flexibility and
endurance - but not the only way! I'll show you some exercises in class that you can do at
home without any equipment, and if you can even dedicate 15 minutes a day to doing these
exercises at home, that will make a huge difference! My conditioning class is also a great
way to build strength, and will help you progress much faster.
I'm a man. Aerial Silks is for girls, isn't it?
Silks are for everyone
! I'm a guy, and I'm the instructor!
If anything, men tend to actually learn more quickly than women, because in many cases they
start out with more upper body strength (there are, of course, exceptions to this!). Now, if
you're picturing in your head that stereotypical female silks performance, where they're all
sensual and feminine and beautiful, and they show off their amazing splits, please know
this: Silks does NOT have to have that aesthetic!
Do a YouTube searh for
and you'll find tons of strong men doing incredible
acrobatic aerial performances, all while looking manly and awesome. Some men end up
transitioning eventually from silks to an apparatus like aerial straps
, chinese pole
or corde lisse
While I don't offer classes in these apparatuses here, you can still start out with the
silks and you'll be able to make the transition very easily down the road at another studio,
because the skills are extremely similar. So yes, my class is great for men. Come try it!
What are the class rules?
What should I wear for class?
Most of the guidelines for clothing are optional, but there is
one important requirement: No metal parts, such as zippers, buttons, clasps, etc. Very small
piercings are ok, but larger piercings must be removed because they can get caught in the
silks. If you have an exposed surface piercing, you should wear a bandaid over it.
Other than that, skin tight clothing is definitely recommended. Most people prefer to have
clothing that covers the backs of their knees and armpits, but this is not required. Tights,
yoga pants, or unitards work great. As you become more advanced and start working on drops,
you will need to avoid clothing made of synthetic materials, which can melt. This is not an
issue for beginners, although I do find that cotton clothes tend to give more friction on
the silk than synthetics, which is good for beginners; but again, that's personal
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special deals will be announced on there. I have occasionally
been known to do
various work-trades, so if you have something to offer, don't be afraid to make a proposal!
But don't be offended if I say no.
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