Adult Class Descriptions

We are committed to offering only the highest quality of personalized circus instruction to our students. Classes at Esh are small in order to maximize student-teacher interaction and personalized instruction. Most aerials classes are capped at 4 students, while most ground acrobatics classes are capped at 4-8 students, depending on the discipline.

Our instructors are all professionals in their field; many perform professionally in addition to teaching circus. All have trained as circus and fitness instructors, and many hold multiple certifications in fitness, health, and wellness.

Drop-ins are available for some of the classes on our weekly schedule. To learn more, click the Drop-In Classes tab in the menu to the left.

Session Information
  • 2017 Fall Session II:
    October 16th - December 17th

    Group classes at Esh meet once a week and run in 8-week sessions.

  • The next session begins Jan 2nd.
    Registration
    opens Dec 12th.

    Current students may register beginning at 9:00 PM on December 10th.

    If you have questions about a class, please contact us.

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  • 2017/2018 Winter Break
    December 18th - January 1st

    *** Winter Break! ***
    Esh is closed: Dec. 18th - Jan. 1st

    Registration for the 2018 Winter session opens for new students Tues Dec. 12 at 8am. Current students may register Sun Dec. 10 at 9pm.

    2018 Winter Session
    January 2nd - February 25th
    **Classes begin on Tuesday Jan. 2nd. Monday classes will meet for 7 weeks instead of the usual 8.**

  • Aerial Silks

    Aerial silks (also known as aerial fabric, aerial tissue, aerial ribbons or chiffon) consist of a single length of special nylon fabric folded in half and attached to a piece of rigging to create two long tails. Through use of friction, knots, and wraps, the fabric can be used for a wide range of sequences, poses, drops, and other movements. A relatively young circus art, aerial silks was invented in the early 1960s, but only became widely recognized in 1998 when Isabelle Chasse performed an aerial silks act in the Cirque du Soleil production, Quidam.

    We offer aerial silks classes in all levels, from Level 101 through Level 501, as well as an Advanced class for very experienced students.

    The goals of these classes are:
    • To build body awareness, strength, and flexibility
    • To introduce and maintain strong form and technique
    • To build and expand a versatile movement vocabulary
    • To give students the opportunity to be creative and playful in the air through improvisation and routine-building
    • To always emphasize good safety habits and injury prevention


    Level 101

    This beginner-level class is for people who are either brand new (in their first-ever class or set of classes) or who are learning to get comfortable on the aerial silks. Level 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of form and technique. Students will learn to wrap foot locks, execute several poses low to the ground, and start to get comfortable being upside down. Students in this level will work on strength, body awareness, and comfort in the air. Students may spend a couple of sessions at this level while they build core and upper body strength.

    Pre-requisites for Level 101:
    • Ability to hang from one's hands briefly
    • Ability to engage safely in moderate physical activity



    Level 101 Power

    Level 101 Power classes are aimed at those students who do not necessarily have specific experience in the discipline being taught, but who have applicable strength and/or flexibility from a background in a related physical discipline (gymnastics, dance, rock climbing, etc.)  Power classes cover the same material as a regular 101 class, but will move at a faster pace and might include more challenging variations on skills.  If you are unsure whether a Power class is appropriate for you, please contact us with a specific description of your background.

    Pre-requisites for Level 101 Power:
    • Ability to invert (go upside-down) from the ground without instructor's help
    • Ability to hang from hands for five seconds
    • Some familiarity with exercising or movement disciplines



    Level 201

    This level is for students who have completed some course of aerial training, either at Esh or at another school, and have a baseline of core/upper body strength. Students in this level will begin to work with more complex wraps, poses, and transitions. Students will also begin to learn basic drops at this level.

    Pre-requisites for Level 201:
    • Ability to climb several climbs/steps consecutively (student does not need to be able to reach the top)
    • Ability to foot lock in the air - both fabrics on one foot
    • Ability to hang from wrapped hands with shoulders and abs engaged, toes on the ground, for 10 seconds
    • Ability to invert from the ground without instructor's help - jumping and using toes to get up is fine!
    • Ability to hold tuck, pike, and arrow inversions between the fabrics for a few seconds
    • Understanding of shoulder engagement both upright and inverted, though execution may not be perfect
    • Comfort with: double foot locks (wrapping on ground ok), arabesque, and double crochets
    • Understanding of the elements of a windmill hip key, even if the execution is not yet perfect



    Level 301

    Students in Level 301 will continue to build strength and confidence in the air while building movement vocabulary and solidifying skills learned in earlier levels. Skills introduced in this level include more complex climbs, poses, and drops, as well as short sequences.

    Pre-requisites for Level 301:
    • Solid recall of basic movement vocabulary - student can execute multiple skills without being talked through step by step
    • Ability to hang from hands, wrists locked, knees to chest, with abs and shoulders engaged, feet off the ground, for 10 seconds
    • Ability to climb to the top of the silks and descend with control
    • Ability to invert cleanly from the mat
    • Ability to execute a hip key from the mat successfully, even if form is not yet perfect
    • Ability to invert in the air at least a couple of times during class - swinging or using toes is ok
    • Ability to hold a straddle inversion for five seconds
    • Ability to invert, hook knee and wrap back leg comfortably and without instructor help
    • Familiarity and comfort with: same side and opposite side knee hooks, single foot roll up, cross-back straddle, arabesque, double crochet sit up to crucifix, single crucifix, wrapped 360 dive



    Level 401

    Students in this level will begin to work on movements higher in the air, as well as sequences to build stamina, more advanced drops, and some choreographic skills.

    Pre-requisites for Level 401:
    • Student can create and execute a short sequence without help from an instructor, including recall of a variety of skills and the steps required to do them
    • Ability to hang from hands, wrists locked, knees to chest, with abs and shoulders engaged, for 15 seconds
    • Ability to invert in the air from bent arms repeatedly during class
    • Ability to hip key cleanly from the mat, and ability to hip key in the air with reasonably good form
    • Ability to hold a straddle inversion for ten seconds
    • Ability to sit up out of a straddle (straddle negative) slowly and with control, bent arms ok
    • Ability to sit up from same side knee hook into crucifix with good form
    • Ability to climb to the top three times in a row without touching the ground
    • Safe, fairly tight single stars and single saltos
    • Ability to complete a 2 minute sequence (not all foot lock tricks) in the air



    Level 501

    This level is for advanced students who are comfortable with being in the air on their chosen apparatus.  Students in Level 501 will start to work on dynamic movements, complex sequences, and unlocked drops.  They will be encouraged to find creative transitions and even invent new tricks, shapes, and movements of their own. As with all other levels, technique and injury prevention will continue to be emphasized.

    Pre-requisites for Level 501:
    • Student can improvise in the air comfortably; for example, the student can participate in a game of "add-on" without significant prompting from coach or fellow students
    • Ability to invert in the air multiple times per class, no toes, bent arms ok
    • Ability to hang from hands, wrists locked, hollow, for 20 seconds
    • Ability to hip key in the air cleanly
    • Ability to roll from a shoofly position into crucifix while maintaining tightness and control
    • Ability to execute back balance with reasonably good form
    • Safe, fairly tight double stars and 1.5 drops
    • Familiarity with simple slack drops, knee drops, and dive variations
    • Ability to complete several rotations of a windmill, some wobble ok, bent knees ok
    • Ability to complete a 3 minute sequence (not all foot lock tricks) in the air



    Advanced Class

    The advanced class is for students who are already familiar with Level 501 vocabulary, and who are working on expanding an already large repertoire of skills.  Students seeking to join the advanced class must demonstrate consistent good form, and must have the stamina to complete a 4-5 minute act.

    Pre-requisites for Advanced Silks:
    • Ability to invert multiple times in the air with ease, working towards straight-arm straddle ups
    • Ability to stay tight and control combo drops
    • Ability to hang from locked wrists, hollow, for 30 seconds
    • Good slow double stars
    • Very good body and spatial awareness in the air, in wraps, inverted, and while dropping or using momentum
    • Understands the mechanics of drop wraps and can identify the "gas," "brake," and "safety belt" of rolls, dives, slack, and combination drops
    • Ability to improvise and create new material on the apparatus


    Aerial Hoop/Static Trapeze (Beginner)

    Static Trapeze and Aerial Hoop are both in the "horizontal" or "bar" category of aerial disciplines. We combine both of these apparatuses at Level 101, as their movement vocabularies are similar and complementary at the beginner level.

    Distinct from its oft-confused cousins flying trapeze and swinging trapeze, Static Trapeze (a.k.a. trap) consists of a single bar suspended from two ropes hanging from two points on the ceiling. Poses, sequences and dynamic movements are performed under the bar, on the bar, and up in the ropes.

    Aerial Hoop (a.k.a. lyra, cerceau, aerial ring) consists of a steel hoop suspended in the air. Our aerial hoop classes use both single-tab hoops and double-tab hoops; we have varying sizes of hoops to accommodate students of different heights!

    Static Trapeze/Aerial Hoop classes focus on building students' confidence and technique on the bar. The goals of these classes are:

    • To build the body awareness, strength, and flexibility to allow students to progress and specialize in either hoop or trapeze beginning in Level 201
    • To introduce and maintain strong form and technique
    • To build and expand a versatile movement vocabulary
    • To give students the opportunity to be creative and playful in the air through improvisation and routine-building
    • To always emphasize good safety habits and injury prevention


    Level 101

    This beginner-level class is for people who are either brand new (in their first-ever class or set of classes) or who are learning to get comfortable on the trapeze and hoop. Level 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of form and technique. Students will learn to mount the hoop and trapeze, and will learn a variety of poses both hanging under and sitting on the hoop/trapeze. People in this level will work on strength, body awareness and comfort in the air. Students may spend a couple of sessions at this level while they build core and upper body strength.

    Pre-requisites for Level 101:
    • Ability to hang from one's hands briefly
    • Ability to engage safely in moderate physical activity



    Level 101 Power

    Level 101 Power classes are aimed at those students who do not necessarily have specific experience in the discipline being taught, but who have applicable strength and/or flexibility from a background in a related physical discipline (gymnastics, dance, rock climbing, etc.) Power classes cover the same material as a regular Level 101 class, but will move at a faster pace and might include more challenging variations on skills. If you are unsure whether a power class is appropriate for you, please contact us with a specific description of your background.

    Pre-requisites for Level 101 Power:
    • Ability to invert from the ground without instructor's help
    • Ability to hang from hands for five seconds
    • Some familiarity with exercising or movement disciplines


    Partner Acrobatics

    Partner acrobatics consists of one person (the "base") supporting another person (the "flyer") in a variety of poses, lifts, and dynamic movements. Classes at Esh explore a range of partner and group balancing poses and transitions, and emphasize good form and safe spotting techniques. Students will develop strength and coordination, and focus on the "hows" of balancing, breaking down how each trick works, and how to experiment safely to develop new variations. No need to bring a partner - the whole class works together!



    Level 1

    This intro-level class will familiarize students with the basics of partnering: weight-sharing, counterbalance, alignment, timing, and both verbal and non-verbal communication.

    Students do not need to have experience with partner acrobatics, but we recommend that they are comfortable attempting to kick up to a handstand against a wall. No partner is required for registration!




    Level 2

    Level 2 will build on the skills developed in Level 1, and will introduce students to more challenging skills and short sequences. We will begin to explore basic overhead lifts, and will play with more complex counterbalances. This level is appropriate for students who have some experience with partner balancing, either at Esh or at other schools.

    Pre-requisites: Students should be comfortable either basing or flying all of the following: thigh stand; candlestick inversion; and front balance/bird on base's feet. Additionally, students should be familiar with the steps involved in standing on shoulders/two-high and have tried basing or flying the skill at least once or twice. Students should be able to hold a plank position for at least 30 seconds with knees either on or off the floor, and should be able to kick up into a donkey kick, scissor kick, or handstand with support.




    Level 3

    This level is for students who are comfortable with two-highs, inversions, and basic overhead lifts. Students in Level 3 will start to work on overhead lift sequences, hand-to-foot and hand-to-hand (with the base lying down), and more challenging counterbalance sequences. We will build larger group pyramids, and begin to play with improvisation.

    Pre-requisites:
    Able to enter, hold briefly, and exit camel lift cleanly as a base or flyer
    Able to base or fly standing on shoulders/two-high comfortably and exit safely and calmly
    Comfort basing or flying flag counterbalance
    Familiarity with basing or flying hand to foot on a lying base
    Demonstrates safe and appropriate spotting techniques
    Demonstrates clear and positive communication with partners and spotters




    Level 4

    Level 4 is for students who are comfortable either basing or flying a variety of overhead lifts and counterbalances, hand-to-foot (with a the base lying down), and hand-to-hand (with the base lying down). Students in this level will work on pitching, standing hand-to-hand and hand-to-foot, and more advanced lifts with the help of safety lines. We will continue to work on improvisation in pairs and groups using the knowledge and movement vocabulary developed in previous levels.




    Advanced Class

    The advanced class is for students who are already familiar with Level 4 vocabulary, and who are working on expanding an already large repertoire. Students seeking to join the advanced class must demonstrate consistent good form, effective communication, and safe spotting techniques.



    Teen Aerials (Age 13-17)

    As with our adult classes, Teen Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Teen classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.


    Aerial Hoop (Levels 201-501 & Adv.)

    Aerial Hoop (a.k.a. lyra, cerceau, aerial ring) consists of a steel hoop suspended in the air. Our aerial hoop classes use both single-tab lyras and double-tab lyras, as well as the tippy lyra. We have varying sizes of hoops to accommodate students of different heights!

    Aerial Hoop classes at Esh emphasize the unique qualities of the apparatus. Students will learn movements that utilize the apparatus's circular shape and its ability to spin, swing, and tip. These classes will explore these hoop-specific movements and tricks, including movements that involve velocity and require higher levels of strength and flexibility.

    The goals of these classes are:

    • To give students the ability to use the apparatus creatively; this involves building strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness, as well as a good understanding of vocabulary and technique
    • To give students the time and direction to be creative and playful in the air through improvisation and routine-building
    • To always emphasize good safety habits and injury prevention


    Level 201

    This level is for students who have completed some course of aerial training, either at Esh or at another school, and have a baseline of core/upper body strength. Students in Level 201 will begin to work with more complex poses and transitions, including standing in the hoop and working on the top of the lyra.

    Pre-requisites for Level 201:

    • Ability to hang from hands with shoulders and abs engaged, toes on the ground, for ten seconds
    • Ability to invert without instructor's help- jumping and using toes to get up is fine!
    • Ability to climb to sitting in the hoop from a knee hang without instructor's help
    • Ability to hold a knee hang with feet well below the level of the knees for 10 seconds
    • Ability to hold tuck and pike inversions for a few seconds with good shoulder engagement (no rounding of upper back/closing of chest)
    • Able to dismount hoop and return to standing on the floor with some control
    • Comfortable with: gazelle, mermaid, straddle back, front balance, standing, ankle hangs, gazelle to single hip, rolling to hips from sitting, and thread throughs



    Level 301

    Pre-requisites for Level 301:

    • Ability to invert cleanly and without instructor's help, including inversions from sitting in the hoop to the top bar of the hoop
    • Ability to pull over onto the bar without instructor's help (some assist with feet ok)
    • Ability to hang from hands, straight arms, knees pulled into chest, for at least 15 seconds, with good shoulder engagement and core engagement
    • Able to execute 5 pullup negatives with some weight on toes on the mat, maintaining both good shoulder alignment and connection to lower body through abdominals throughout
    • Familiarity, competence, and comfort with: half millcircles, knee beats, hanging beats, front balance rolldowns, front balance pops, back balances, foundational positions on top of the hoop, shoulder stands, simple mounts, and amazons



    Level 401

    Pre-requisites for Level 401:

    • Ability to invert cleanly both off the mat and in the air
    • Ability to pull over to front balance cleanly and without using feet
    • Strong long hang beats, knee beats, pike beats, beat to pullover
    • Minimum of one pull-up
    • Strong rolldowns off of the hoop (lion in the tree to split under the bar, to straddle)
    • Familiarity and competence with rotational movements: Russian rolls, milcircles, hip circles. Do not have to be perfect, but have to be happening at least some of the time
    • Comfortable with single knee hang completely without spot
    • Has stamina to complete a 2 minute sequence in the air that includes inversions and involves minimal sitting on the bottom of the hoop



    Level 501

    Pre-requisites for Level 501:

    • Ability to pullover to front balance from hanging, no beat
    • Ability to complete at least two pull-ups
    • Ability to execute single knee hang and single arm hang with good form
    • Ability to enter, hold, and exit toe hang without help
    • Strong cuddle roll-down
    • Working toward straight arm inversions
    • Can execute a three minute experimental movement exercise safely, using all levels on the hoop
    • Student understands the body mechanics necessary to keep their joints safe while using momentum and manipulation of rotation and spin



    Advanced Class

    The advanced class is for students who are already familiar with Level 501 vocabulary, and who are working on expanding an already large repertoire. Students seeking to join the advanced class must demonstrate consistent good form, and must have the stamina to complete a 4-5 minute act.

    Pre-requisites for Advanced Hoop:

    • Student has begun to work on elbow circles
    • Strong pike beat to front balance
    • Ability to hold, with good form, a single arm hang for 10 seconds
    • Ability to complete at least two pull-ups
    • Student understands the body mechanics that make more high-stress or high-impact movements like release moves or planches safe and can evaluate their own form in those cases


    Static Trapeze (Levels 201-501 & Adv.)

    Static trapeze consists of a single bar suspended from two ropes hanging from two points on the ceiling. Classes level 201 and up will introduce students to movements that use velocity, and that require higher levels of strength, flexibility, and balance.

    Static Trapeze classes aim to help aerialists become high-level acrobats on the trapeze. The goals of these classes are:

    • To give students the ability to use the apparatus creatively; this involves building strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness, as well as a good understanding of vocabulary and technique
    • To expand students' vocabulary to involve advanced movements on the bar, under the bar, and in the ropes
    • To give students the time and direction to be creative and playful in the air through improvisation and routine-building
    • To always emphasize good safety habits and injury prevention


    Level 201

    This level is for students who have completed some course of aerial training, either at Esh or at another school, and have a baseline of core/upper body strength. Students in Level 201 will begin to work with more complex poses and transitions, including standing on the bar and working in the ropes of the trapeze.

    Pre-requisites for Level 201:

    • Ability to hang from hands with shoulders and abs engaged, toes on the ground, for ten seconds
    • Ability to invert without instructor's help- jumping and using toes to get up is fine!
    • Ability to climb to sitting on the trapeze from a knee hang without instructor's help
    • Ability to hold a knee hang with feet well below the level of the knees for 10 seconds
    • Ability to hold tuck and pike inversions for a few seconds with good shoulder engagement (no rounding of upper back/closing of chest)
    • Able to dismount from trapeze and return to standing on the ground with some control
    • Comfortable with: gazelle, mermaid, straddle back, front balance, standing, ankle hangs, gazelle to single hip, rolling to hips from sitting, thread throughs



    Level 301

    Pre-requisites for Level 301:

    • Ability to invert without instructor's help, including inversions in the ropes
    • Ability to pull over onto the bar without instructor's help (some assist with feet ok)
    • Ability to hang from hands, straight arms, knees pulled into chest, for at least 15 seconds, with good shoulder engagement and core engagement
    • Able to execute 5 pullup negatives with some weight on toes on the mat, maintaining both good shoulder alignment and connection to lower body through abdominals throughout
    • Familiarity, competence, and comfort with: half mill circles, knee beats, hanging beats, front balance rolldowns, front balance pops, back balances, inversions in the ropes, basic wraps in the ropes, flags, amazons, and transitions between in the ropes, on the bar, and under the bar



    Level 401

    Pre-requisites for Level 401:

    • Ability to invert cleanly both on the bar and in the ropes
    • Ability to pull over to front balance on the bar cleanly and without using feet
    • Strong long hang beats, knee beats, ankle beats, pike beats, beat to pullover
    • Minimum of one pull-up
    • Strong forward rolls, backward rolls, and drop to ankle hang
    • Familiarity and competence with rotational movements: Russian rolls, mill circles, hip circles, down behinds
    • Comfortable with single knee hang
    • Has stamina to complete a 2 minute sequence in the air that includes inversions
    • Student understands the body mechanics necessary to keep their joints safe while using momentum and manipulation of rotation and spin



    Level 501

    Pre-requisites for Level 501:

    • Ability to pullover to front balance from hanging, no beat
    • Ability to complete at least two pull-ups
    • Ability to execute single knee hang and single arm hang with good form
    • Ability to enter, hold, and exit toe hang without help
    • Working toward straight arm inversions
    • Can execute a three minute experimental movement exercise safely, using ropes
    • Student understands the body mechanics necessary to keep their joints safe while using momentum and manipulation of rotation and spin



    Advanced Class

    The advanced class is for students who are already familiar with Level 4 vocabulary, and who are working on expanding an already large repertoire. Students seeking to join the advanced class must demonstrate consistent good form, and must have the stamina to complete a 4-5 minute act.

    Pre-requisites for Advanced Trapeze:

    • Student has begun to work on elbow circles
    • Strong pike beat to front balance
    • Ability to hold, with good form, a single arm hang for 10 seconds
    • Ability to complete at least two pull-ups
    • Student understands the body mechanics that make more high-stress or high-impact movements like release moves or planches safe and can evaluate their own form in those cases


    Aerial Rope

    Aerial rope (also known as corde lisse, meaning "smooth rope") consists of a single length of cotton rope wrapped in a smooth cotton sheath. Though many movements from aerial silks translate easily to aerial rope, due to differences in friction, flexibility, and grip diameter, movements can change drastically when performed on the rope rather than the silks. Rope classes at Esh focus on the unique qualities of the apparatus, and include significant rope-specific movement vocabulary.

    The goals of these classes are:

    • To build body awareness, strength, and flexibility
    • To introduce and maintain strong form and technique
    • To build and expand a versatile movement vocabulary
    • To give students the opportunity to be creative and playful in the air through improvisation and routine-building
    • To always emphasize good safety habits and injury prevention



    Level 101

    This beginner-level class is for people who are either brand new (in their first-ever class or set of classes) or who are learning to get comfortable on the aerial rope. Level 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of form and technique. Students will learn several wrapped and unwrapped poses low to the ground, begin to learn to stand and climb on the rope, and start to get comfortable being upside down. People in this level will work on strength, body awareness, and comfort in the air. Students may spend a couple of sessions at this level while they build core and upper body strength.

    • Ability to hang from hands very briefly
    • Ability to engage safely in moderate physical activity



    Level 101 Power

    Level 101 Power classes are aimed at those students who do not necessarily have specific experience in the discipline being taught, but who have applicable strength and/or flexibility from a background in a related physical discipline (gymnastics, dance, rock climbing, etc.) Power classes cover the same material as a regular Level 101 class, but will move at a faster pace and might include more challenging variations on skills. If you are unsure whether a power class is appropriate for you, please contact us with a specific description of your background.

    • Ability to invert from the ground without instructor's help
    • Ability to hang from hands for five seconds
    • Some familiarity with exercising or movement disciplines



    Level 201

    This level is for students who have completed some course of aerial training, either at Esh or at another school, and have a baseline of core/upper body strength. Students in this level will begin to work with more complex climbs, poses, and transitions. Students will also begin to learn basic drops at this level.

    Pre-requisites for Level 201:

    • Ability to climb several climbs/steps consecutively (student does not need to be able to reach the top)
    • Ability to climb at least 2 steps up the rope in a toe climb
    • Ability to execute a foot lock in the air
    • Ability to hang from hands with shoulders and abs engaged, toes on the ground, for ten seconds
    • Ability to invert without instructor's help- jumping and using toes to get up is fine!
    • Ability to hold a straddle inversion for a breath
    • Understands shoulder engagement both upright and inverted
    • Comfortable with: foot locks, arabesque, same side knee hooks, and is displaying an understanding of the elements of hip keys, even if the execution is not perfect



    Level 301

    Students in Level 301 will continue to build strength and confidence in the air while building movement vocabulary and solidifying skills learned in earlier levels. Skills introduced in this level include more complex climbs, poses, and drops, as well as short sequences.

    Pre-requisites for Level 301:

    • Solid recall of basic movement vocabulary - student can execute multiple skills without being talked through step by step
    • Ability to climb to the top and descend with control, any climb ok
    • Ability to hang from hands, knees to chest, with abs and shoulders engaged, feet off the ground, for ten seconds
    • Ability to toe climb to the top or nearly to the top
    • Ability to execute a hip key from the mat successfully, even if form is not yet perfect
    • Ability to invert cleanly from the mat
    • Ability to invert in the air at least a couple of times during class -swinging or using toes is ok
    • Ability to hold a straddle inversion for five seconds
    • Ability to hook knee from a straddle inversion, wrap back leg, and hold position hands-free
    • Familiarity and confidence with: same side and opposite side knee hooks, crucifix hang, front balance/ball, arabesque



    Level 401

    Students in this level will begin to work on movements higher in the air, as well as sequences to build stamina, more advanced drops, and some choreographic skills.

    Pre-requisites for Level 401:

    • Student can create and execute a short sequence without help from an instructor, including recall of a variety of skills and the steps required to do them
    • Ability to hang from hands, knees to chest, with abs and shoulders engaged, for 15 seconds
    • Ability to climb to the top twice in a row without touching the ground
    • Ability to toe climb to the top more than once during class
    • Reasonable success in back balance - student can hold the position for at least 5 seconds without sitting up or rolling out. Keeping top hand on pole is ok!
    • Ability to invert cleanly from the mat, and to invert multiple times in the air during class (a little bit of swing is ok!)
    • Ability to hip key cleanly from the mat, and ability to hip key in the air with reasonably good form
    • Ability to hold a straddle inversion for ten seconds
    • Ability to sit up out of a straddle (straddle negative) slowly and with control, bent arms ok
    • Ability to sit up from same side knee hook into crucifix with reasonable control
    • Safe, fairly tight single stars and single saltos
    • Ability to complete a 2 minute sequence (not all foot lock tricks) in the air



    Level 501

    This level is for students who are comfortable being in the air for longer periods of time. Students in Level 501 will work on dynamic movements like beats, more complex sequences, and unlocked drops and rolls. They will be encouraged to find creative transitions and even invent new tricks, shapes, and movements of their own. As with all other levels, technique and injury prevention will continue to be emphasized.

    Pre-requisites for Level 501:

    • Student can improvise in the air comfortably; for example, the student can participate in a game of "add-on" without significant prompting from coach or fellow students
    • Ability to invert in the air multiple times per class, legs generally straight, bent arms ok
    • Ability to hang from hands, hollow, for 20 seconds
    • Ability to execute clean in-air hip keys
    • Competence with back balance
    • Ability to roll from shoofly to crucifix cleanly and with control
    • Safe, fairly tight double stars and 1.5 star drops (aka dive over star)
    • Familiarity with simple slack drops, knee drops, and dive variations
    • Ability to complete several rotations of a windmill, some wobble ok, bent knees ok if legs are controlled (knees may not come together while bent)
    • Familiarity with basic beats: front beats and bell beats. Student must demonstrate a basic understanding of momentum/swing
    • Ability to execute hip-hop inversions in the air
    • Has the strength and stamina to complete 3-minute sequences on the rope



    Advanced Class

    The advanced class is for students who are already familiar with Level 501 vocabulary, and who are working on expanding an already large repertoire. Students seeking to join the advanced class must demonstrate consistent good form, and must have the stamina to complete a 4-5 minute act.

    Pre-requisites for Advanced Rope:

    • Ability to invert multiple times in the air with ease, working towards straight-arm straddle ups
    • Ability to stay tight and control combo drops
    • Ability to hang from hands, hollow, for 30 seconds
    • Good slow double stars
    • Familiarity with the following dynamic skills: front beats, bell beats, straight/plank beats, straddle switches
    • Understands the mechanics of drop wraps and can identify the "gas," "brake," and "safety belt" of rolls, dives, slack, and combination drops
    • Very good body and spatial awareness in the air, in wraps, inverted, and while dropping or using momentum
    • Ability to improvise and create new material on the apparatus


    Aerial Pole

    The Aerial Pole is a 12 foot pole suspended from the ceiling so that it can swing and spin. It is a fun and exciting piece of equipment. Students in this class will explore different climbs, spins, and holds on the pole, and will spend time working on spatial awareness (to avoid colliding with a flying metal object!) We will also focus on dancing, both on the ground and on the pole, with an emphasis on movement quality. Students should wear tight shorts that expose their inner thighs and a tank top or sports bra under a warm-up layer for every class, as we use the thighs and bare skin (shines, top of feet, inner knees, arms) to grip the apparatus.



    All Levels

    The All Levels class is available to everyone--no previous experience needed!




    Level 3/4

    Students interested in the level 3/4 class should be able to climb, pole sit, and do a controlled inverted straddle on a regular (non-aerial) pole. Previous pole dance or Chinese pole experience is required. Not sure if the level 3/4 class is right for you? Contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com with questions.



    Aerial Yoga

    Aerial yoga incorporates the aerial fabric hammock to assist and enhance yoga and Pilates poses and movements. Classes begin with led Sun Salutations on the ground, followed by a flow of various poses, assisted by the fabric hammock, to challenge core and stabilizer muscles. This work phase of class is followed by restorative poses to stretch students' muscles and alleviate stress and tension. No previous yoga or aerial experience is required! Come explore this new twist on an ancient tradition.


    Cirque Fit

    Want to work out like circus stars? This 75 minute open-level class is designed to build overall fitness by focusing on strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. This class is great for everyone from non-acrobats looking for a unique workout to full-time circus students in training. While we will use the aerial apparatuses in the space, we will not be teaching any skills beyond climbing silks and hanging from hands and knees on the bar. No previous experience necessary!


    Flexibility

    Wishing for more open shoulders, want to get your splits, yearning for a bendier back? This class is designed to help students increase range of motion and reach flexibility goals. Each class will include a full body warm-up, followed by solo and partner stretching to increase flexibility in all parts of the body. Each student will also work with the instructor to create a do-at-home flexibility regimen.

    This class is designed for everyone- no specific level of flexibility required!


    Circus Kids! (Ages 5-12)

    Do you often find that your child is hanging upside down, climbing to the top of a tall structure, or suspended from high heights? You may be the proud parent of a blossoming circus performer, and you are not alone! Youth classes at Esh Circus Arts offer your child an opportunity to explore many aspects of the circus arts including ground acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, wire-walking, hula hooping, and much, much more!



    Ages 5-8

    In this introduction to circus, we will explore a wide variety of fun and exciting circus skills, including ground acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, wire-walking, hula hooping, and much, much more!

    No background in gymnastics or acrobatics is required. We work with your child's individual skill level and interest to provide a fun and enriching experience. Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific questions at info@eshcircusarts.com.




    Ages 9-12

    This class for ages 9-12 includes all of the fun and exciting skills taught in our other Circus Kids! classes, and will also introduce aerial arts such as static trapeze and aerial silks!

    No background in gymnastics or acrobatics is required. We work with your child's individual skill level and interest to provide a fun and enriching experience. Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific questions at info@eshcircusarts.com.



    Drop-Ins

    Interested in dropping in on a class? All of our Fitness/Training classes are available for drop-ins any time, space permitting! Reserve your spot in advance by emailing info@eshcircusarts.com, or by purchasing a single drop-in class online via the calendar. Just click on the class you'd like to attend, and you can purchase a single drop-in class for that date!

    Because we keep our class sizes small, classes often fill up - we strongly encourage signing up in advance to guarantee your spot.

    For Aerials, Ground Acrobatics, and Youth Class drop-ins, please review our drop-in policy.


    Aerial Sling

    Aerial sling consists of a single piece of fabric folded in half with the open end tied around a piece of rigging. So, instead of two separate tails hanging down as is seen in aerial silks, you are left with a single hammock-like loop, the height of which can be adjusted. Something of a hybrid between fabric and dance trapeze, this apparatus is a good way to get used to being upside down and in the air.

    This mixed-level class will introduce students to a variety of sling-specific poses and movements, including drops and dives for more experienced students.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Completion of at least one session of Level 1 Silks or Hoop/Trap at Esh or elsewhere
    • Ability to invert from the ground without instructor assistance (jumping is ok!)


    Theatrical Act Building

    In this class we will learn some of the basics of Physical Theater - the use of face, gesture, character work, and pantomime - and then apply it to our favorite thing: circus! Whether you are an aerialist, hand balancer, juggler, or any other kind of circus artist, you can make an act that captivates an audience with its story.

    Prerequisite for this class is that you must come with a short sequence (at least 30 seconds of material) prepared. By the end of the session, your phrase will have blossomed into the beginnings (and maybe completion!) of a full, theatrical act.

    Class is limited to 4 students/acts. Please indicate your apparatus/discipline when registering for this class.


    Cultivating Aerial Creativity

    Circus is about more than strength and difficult moves - it is also about artistry, expressiveness, and creativity. In this class we will move past vocab accumulation and start to develop Aerial Brain in a new way: a way that is captivating both for the performer and the audience alike.

    The class will cover a variety of themes, including:
    Apparatus as metaphor
    Entrances/exits
    Same choreo, different apparatus: how switching it up can source new material
    Cadence and timing: when to speed up/slow down
    Transitions as the best moments: let go of the tricks
    Ground bound innovation
    Aerial telephone

    We will also be learning 2 different critique protocols. It's important to be able to talk appropriately about what is working and what isn't working in ways that are productive and supportive to the creative process. Students will develop skills in editing their own and other students' work.

    Students should bring a notebook to class.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Level 3 or above in aerial fabric: ability to invert cleanly in the air several times over the course of a lesson, and solid recall of a variety of movements.


    Aerial Straps

    Aerial Straps consist of two pieces of cotton or nylon webbing, either with or without loops at the ends. Similar to gymnastic rings, skills performed on aerial straps emphasize strength, control, and technique.



    Level 101 Straps

    This class is devoted to physically preparing students for the rigors of aerial straps training.

    Students will practice and strengthen key body positions to build a solid foundation of upper body strength for future straps work. Students will also have the opportunity to work with wrist wraps. No previous aerial or gymnastic experience is required.




    Level 201 Straps

    Students in Level 201 will continue to build strength and control in various poses (planches, meathooks, skin-the-cat, etc.), and will work on movements and sequences including roll-ups, switches, and spinning skills. Admission to Level 201 is by instructor permission.




    Level 301 Straps

    Students in Level 301 will continue to build strength and control in various poses, dynamic movements, and sequences, including skills performed on one arm.

    Pre-requisites: Comfort pressing into meat hook hanging on one hand with the assistance of the other arm; ease getting into side planche (reverse meathook) on two hands; at least three rolls up and down with control.



    Gentle Aerials

    Circus truly is for everyone! Gentle Aerials is aimed at students who are overcoming a fear of heights, working with physical limitations, or who simply want to slow down and take their time. This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of aerial sling, aerial silks, hoop, and trapeze at a relaxed pace. Classes will include a full warm-up, followed by skill work and review with a focus on good form and technique. Apparatuses will be hung lower to the ground to facilitate easier mounting and dismounting.

    Not sure if this is the right class for you? Contact info@eshcircusarts.com with questions.


    Harness-Based Aerial Dance

    Explore a unique branch of aerial dance in this acrobatic, harness-based class. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of harness-based apparatuses while building core strength, coordination, and more fluid movement quality.



    Level 1/2

    In this class we will explore different harness-based aerial apparatus. Students will become familiar with safely using the different types of harnesses, with grigri's, ascenders, and other equipment. We will spend time learning different ways to work in a harness, such as "Pod" work on a straight rope with an ascender, pulley duets, and several ways to work on a bungee. This class is acrobatic, aerobic, builds core strength, and focuses on movement quality and aerial dance.

    This class has no prerequisites.




    Level 3/4

    Take your harness skills to the next level! In this class we will work on more advanced acrobatics, learning choreography and making our own sequences. We will focus on movement quality and strength.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Level 1/2 Harness-Based Aerial Dance.



    Contortion

    Contortion classes at Esh focus on developing flexibility from a foundation of strength and control. Classes will begin with a full warm-up, followed by deep stretching for the back and legs. The curriculum for back will vary much more from the Level 1/2 class to the Level 3/4 class, so it's important that students place themselves according to where they are in their backbending.

    Not sure which level is appropriate for you? contact info@eshcircusarts.com with questions.



    Level 1/2

    This beginning contortion class is for those who have already developed their flexibility past the basics and are looking for the next step. The focus will be on developing flexibility in all parts of the back and on improving split flexibility. Strength, body awareness, and coordination will also be points of focus as flexibility increases. In order to give students individual attention, class size is limited to 5.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Ability to hold a back-bend for 1 minute
    • Backbend with hands under shoulders and feet under knees
    • Backbend with straight elbows and knees (hands don't have to be under shoulders for this)
    • Solid split flexibility (flat splits not required)




    Level 3/4

    This contortion class is for students who have already achieved a higher level of flexibility, control, and coordination. Students in this class should be able to roll up to a cheststand, as the focus will be on cheststand skills and deepening back flexibility to achieve a cheststand with feet on the ground (or a headsit for those who are ready). Time will also be devoted to oversplits, needles, and balancing skills, such as elbowstands and handstands. In order to give students individual attention, class size is limited to 5.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Must be able to roll into a cheststand (legs do not have to be together)
    • Backbend against wall with chest firmly against wall and straight elbows and knees, feet together
    • Slow, controlled backbend from standing
    • Full splits in at least one direction (right, left, or center/straddle)



    Cyr Wheel

    The Cyr Wheel, or Mono Wheel, is a beautifully elegant and simple apparatus that is related to the German wheel. It is a single metal hoop that you stand inside while spinning on the ground, cartwheeling, and maintaining your momentum. This small, focused class guides students through the basics of Cyr Wheel movement, with each student able to move forward at their own pace. Classes begin with a vigorous warm-up, followed by skill building. At the end of each class we will condition core and shoulder muscles to build the strength needed to more effectively use the apparatus. Cyr Wheel is a new apparatus, but it has quickly grown in popularity - join us to learn why, and try something truly unique!



    Level 101

    Level 101 is for students who are brand new to Cyr Wheel, or who have taken some classes or sessions of Cyr but are still working on getting a few steps of the waltz turn.


    Level 201

    Level 201 is for students who are familiar with the principles of the waltz and can successfully get a couple steps some of the time. Students entering this level should be comfortable with some waltz, coin, and cartwheel manipulations.


    Level 301

    Students in Level 301 will work on perfecting cartwheel and waltz variations and mastering coin. Level 301 will introduce new waltz variations like corners and flags, and new turns and spins.

    Students entering Level 301 must be able to consistently waltz for at least 30 seconds, have been introduced to cartwheel and coin drills, and be able to hold a 20 second handstand against a wall.



    Dynamic Partner Acro

    This advanced partner acrobatics class focuses on dynamic skills such as pitching, flipping and twisting, and more complex entrances to standing hand-to-hand and hand-to-foot. Classes will include a thorough warm-up, followed by drills to build strong technique and good timing. Students must register for the class in base/flyer pairs, and will spend a good portion of each class working directly with a coach on specific goals. Instructor permission is required before registering. Class limited to 4 pairs.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Stability in standing hand-to-foot
    • Comfort working on standing hand-to-hand without safety lines
    • Comfort in hands-free stacks (standing on shoulders)


    Handbalancing

    Do you dream of the perfect handstand? Whether your goal is improving your basic handstand form or working on advanced tricks like crocodiles, mexican handstands, and one arms, handbalancing classes at Esh will help get you there. Classes are limited to 6 students so that each student receives plenty of individual attention. Classes consist of a 15 minute warm-up followed by an hour of skill work and conditioning. Form and technique are emphasized.



    Handstand Basics

    Nervous about working on handstands? Build comfort and confidence upside down while moving at your own pace! Handstand Basics introduces students to the fundamentals of handstand technique through exercises and drills aimed at building shoulder flexibility and stability, core strength, and endurance.

    There are no pre-requisites. Classes are limited to 6 students.




    All Level Class

    Do you dream of the perfect handstand? Whether your goal is improving your basic handstand form or working on advanced tricks like crocodiles, mexican handstands, and one arms, handbalancing classes at Esh will help get you there. Classes are limited to 6 students so that each student receives plenty of individual attention. Classes consist of a 15 minute warm-up followed by an hour of skill work and conditioning. Form and technique are emphasized.

    Pre-requisites for All Levels classes:

    • Comfort kicking up to a handstand against a wall and holding for 30 seconds




    Level 3/4

    Pre-requisites for Level 3/4 classes:

    • Minimum 1 session open level hand balancing or instructor permission
    • 10 second free-standing handstand with straight arms, legs together, hollow body
    • Solid 2-arm croc on canes with good form
    • Comfortable working on freestanding handstands without a spotter
    • Familiarity with tuck and straddle jumps to handstand and comfort working on these skills without a spotter



    Circus Hooping



    Basic Hooping

    Learn the basics of hula hooping in this fun and engaging object manipulation class. We'll cover the basics of hooping on the waist, hands, and arms, and start to explore hooping on other parts of the body. We'll also explore tricks including front lifts, back lifts, tosses, and jumps. No previous hooping experience or ability required. Hoops provided for use at all classes.




    Multi-Hoop

    Go beyond basic hula hooping! Learn how to work with multiple hoops - starting with 2, 3, 4, then 5, and 10-20 hoop stacks. This class focuses on drills, stretches, and exercises for getting hoops to travel up/down the body to different key isolation points, and on-body hoop split. Additionally, learn static formations similar to Native American hoop dance. We will also cover challenging moves with hoops on each limb including the 4 hoop box. Hoops provided for use at all classes.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Comfort with waist and hand hooping
    • Familiarity with front lifts and back lifts
    • Familiarity with chest/shoulder hooping basics and/or knee hooping basics - as this class will teach and drill how to have one and more hoops travel up and down the body, knowing the basics of knee and shoulder hooping is helpful, but we will review these techniques in class!



    Tight Wire and Walking Pipe

    This class will train students in the basics of tight-wire walking, and give them a chance to explore an exciting new apparatus - the walking pipe. Walking pipe is a horizontal pipe apparatus, suspended between two low platforms, that allows the performer to employ skills in wire walking, hand balancing, bar, and acrobatics.

    Students will learn the body mechanics and technique required to stay balanced as they learn to walk, turn, lie down, run and eventually dance across the wire. More advanced students will learn more complex movements and sequences. Students will also learn the basic bar and handbalancing skills necessary to perform on the walking pipe. No previous experience in pipe or wire walking is required. Come play and discover a new and exciting world of creativity and balance!


    Tumbling for Adults



    Level 1

    In this accessible, fun, yet focused class, we'll review all the basic skills, drills, body positions, and strength you'll need to be a proficient beginner tumbler. In an eight-week class we'll cover forward and backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, bridges, handstand forward rolls, round-offs, and dive forward rolls, along with many supportive drills and complementary versions of those skills. With an emphasis on form and technique, the coach will make sure you understand all aspects of each skill, giving you more meaningful attempts, thereby minimizing risk of injury. In a 75-minute class you'll spend 15 minutes in the group warm-up, and then an hour learning and working on the skills of the class. Class will very often begin with a full review of everything covered up to that point, and will also integrate lots of strength and flexibility conditioning directly into the whole lesson. While missing a class is sometimes necessary, please try to avoid doing so in order to not miss important progressions, especially for first-time beginners. Private lessons are available for people looking to make-up missed material.

    No pre-requisites -- all levels welcome!




    Level 2

    In this next level of tumbling instruction, we'll begin with a review of the more advanced Tumbling 1 skills to make sure everyone in the class is on the same page with basics. We'll then continue with Tumbling 2 skills such as handstand walking, back extension rolls, front and back walkovers, front and back handsprings, and dive cartwheels and aerials. We will stay focused on strength and drills to ease you into the more challenging skills. With an emphasis on form and technique, the coach will make sure you understand all aspects of each skill, giving you more meaningful attempts, thereby minimizing risk of injury. In a 75-minute class you'll spend 15 minutes in the group warm-up, and then an hour learning and working on the skills of the class. Class will very often begin with a full review of everything covered up to that point, and will also integrate lots of strength and flexibility conditioning directly into the whole lesson. While missing a class is sometimes necessary, please try to avoid doing so in order to not miss important progressions. Private lessons are available for people looking to make-up missed material.

    Pre-requisites: A solid foundation of Tumbling 1 skills, and permission of instructor. If you have never taken a tumbling class at Esh before, please send an email to the office to inquire about how to get cleared to register for this class, which may involve answering a brief Tumbling Questionnaire about your gymnastics or tumbling experience/background, and/or taking a Tumbling Eval Lesson the week before registration opens for the following session.



    Basic Barre Technique

    "Point your toes!"
    - every circus coach ever

    The benefits of cross-training in dance can be immense for circus students and performers, and yet sometimes it can feel intimidating to drop into a class full of "dancers" and feel overwhelmed by lingo and fine-detail technique. This class is specifically designed with circus students in mind: we will focus on creating a useful foundation for clean lines, articulation, and proprioceptive awareness that we can maintain while in the air, upside down, or any other way we find ourselves circus-ing. We will focus on the minute details of how to create a really beautiful, consistent toe point, as well as how to maintain a full-body awareness of ourselves as a whole, moving through space. Drawing from ballet and modern techniques, this class will focus primarily on simple barre work, with a small amount of floorwork at the end of each class to synthesize our learning and work on building our memory for choreography.



    Level 1

    This class is for students with little-to-no experience with ballet. We will move at a pace that works for the group as a whole, and take as much time as needed to answer questions while we learn the basics of balance, extension, and pointing our toes. No prior dance experience of any sort required!


    Level 2

    This class is appropriate for students with some knowledge of ballet terms, and the ability to execute brief barre exercises from memory. Completion of 1-2 sessions of Level 1, or comparable dance experience, is recommended, though not required. This class is aimed at dancers who would consider themselves Advanced Beginner - Intermediate level. Contact the instructor with any questions about placement.

    Aerial Pilates Fusion

    This challenging whole-body workout is a blend of aerial sling conditioning and Pilates exercises to help you create a strong and flexible body. Flow between poses and exercises that are paired together to compliment your aerial training - although non-aerialists will benefit from this class too! Come and enjoy the mindfulness of this workout as you develop grace and strength both on the ground and in the air.


    Hoop Fitness

    Strengthen, tone, and stretch in this fun high-energy class! Hooping is an effective, low-impact cardio exercise that will get you moving and laughing. Hooping utilizes small, isometric muscle contractions to stabilize the core and tone the arms, legs, and whole body as you learn to hoop not just on the waist, but with all parts of your body. Get fit and learn some great hooping moves along the way! This is an all levels hoop class - beginners are welcome, and added challenges will be offered for proficient hoopers.


    Homeschooler Aerials

    Youth Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Homeschooler aerials classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

    Homeschooler classes are scheduled by request. If you're interested in forming or joining a class session, contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com.


    Homeschooler Ground Acrobatics

    Youth Ground Acro classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Acro classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of ground-based acrobatics, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines, including partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, and handbalancing.

    Homeschooler Ground Acro classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.

    Homeschooler classes are scheduled by request. If you're interested in forming or joining a class session, contact us at info@eshcircusarts.com.


    Circus Babies (Age 6-18 Months)

    Your baby spent the first 9-months of his or her life floating, spinning, bouncing, and upside-down in a low gravity environment. Sounds like the perfect training ground for a star circus performer! Come to Circus Babies to learn about your child's natural acrobatic abilities, while discovering some fun ways to play and move with your baby. This is also an opportunity for parents and caregivers to get some much-needed exercise!

    Classes are intended for babies 6-18 months. Parent or caregiver participation is required.


    Circus Tots (Age 18 Mo. - 3 Yrs.)

    Once they are on their feet and moving around, climbing, hanging, and rolling follow close behind! Come enjoy the early years of physical play and acrobatic discovery with your young one. Children will enjoy activities that engage and challenge their natural tendency to test the limits in a safe and supported environment.

    Classes are intended for children from 18 months to 3 years. Parent or caregiver participation is required.


    Circus Explorers! (Age 3-5)

    Does your child like to climb just a little too high, or spin just a little too fast? Or would you like to encourage your timid tot to test his physical limits? Join us and watch your young child jump, balance, hang, and roll to their hearts content. In Circus Explorers, children will learn many of the basic skills and concepts that underlie higher level circus work. This is also a great chance to practice listening skills and following directions in a fun, safe and supported environment.


    Teen Ground Acrobatics (Age 13-17)

    Teen Ground Acrobatics classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Acro classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of ground-based acrobatics, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable acrobats. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines, including partner balancing, juggling, tumbling, hula hooping, and handbalancing.

    Teen classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.


    Tween Aerials (Age 9-12)

    As with our adult classes, Tween Aerials classes focus on form and technique in a fun, engaging setting. Rather than simply teach trick after trick, aerials classes at Esh aim to teach students the fundamental "hows" of moving in the air, with the goal of creating versatile and adaptable aerialists. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple aerial apparatuses, including fabric, single point and static trapeze, lyra, rope, sling, and Spanish web.

    Tween Aerials classes are open level - all experience levels are welcome, and no background in circus or gymnastics is required. We work with each student's individual skill level and interests in small classes to create a fun and focused learning environment.


    Duo Silks

    Explore partnering in the air in this fun mixed-level class! Students will learn to communicate with a partner and share space on aerial fabric; explore supporting a partner's weight and being supported by a partner; and become familiar with mirroring, syncronization, and finding complimentary and contrasting movements. Students will learn short pieces of choreography and will have the chance to create their own sequences.

    Students do not need to sign up with a partner, though they are welcome to do so.

    Pre-requisites:
    Completion of at least one session of Level 3 fabric at Esh, or equivalent experience elsewhere.


    Physical Theater

    Human beings love to tell stories - and one of the most basic ways we can do that it with our bodies! Whether your circus-love is acrobatics, juggling, aerials, or anything else under the big top, you are using your body to tell a story or convey a feeling, and you need more than just technical skill to do that. In this class we'll focus on physical theater techniques that you can incorporate into your art-making to convey clear story-telling and portrayal of emotion. Come prepared to move, to be silly, and get over any fears you might have about "the acting part" of circus - it's all fun and games, promise! This class is appropriate for performers and circus enthusiasts of any and every level. We won't be using your apparatuses or props, just playing around!

    Ages 16+


    Survey of Circus

    Explore everything circus has to offer in this new 8-week session class! Survey of Circus will introduce students to a wide range of circus arts, from aerials to tight-wire, juggling and hula hooping to partner acro, and beyond!

    There are no pre-requisites, and everyone is welcome.


    Juggling

    Juggling classes at Esh are appropriate for jugglers of all levels! New jugglers will begin with the absolute basics and move at their own pace. Those with previous experience will refine their technique and learn to add complexity and flair with new juggling skills. Students at all levels will build body awareness and ambidexterity while developing skills with a variety of props. We'll explore a wide array of juggling patterns, styles of throwing and catching, and even partner/group juggling.

    Hoop Diving

    Learn the acrobatic art of jumping through hoops! Hoop diving combines tumbling and partner skills in a fun and unique discipline. Students in this class will build on basic tumbling skills and will learn how to dive, jump, and roll through light-weight hoops at various heights. As with all classes at Esh, safety is paramount! We'll be using plenty of mats and working at appropriate levels for each student's skill and comfort. Students who wish to take Hoop Diving should be comfortable with the following tumbling basics: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, kicking up to handstand with a spotter, and beginning dive rolls.
    "The instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and always seem excited to be teaching. Ellen and Roger have cultivated a safe space for all genders, sexualities, body types, identities, etc. This is a great queer-friendly space if you're looking for an alternative (and exciting!!) workout."
             ~Sierra S., Yelp review
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    Somerville, MA 02143
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