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Austin, TX 78702
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  1. Welcome to the Sky Candy family, VAMPS students!

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    Sky Candy is thrilled to announce that we will be taking over the lease of the beautiful VAMPS space on Cesar Chavez starting in early March! VAMPS owner Ember Ashe is truly excited that the space will continue to serve the aerial community, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for ensuring that her amazing space will continue to serve the aerial community.

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to the VAMPS aerial students who will be joining us- we know we do things a bit differently from VAMPS, so in order to make your transition to Sky Candy as smooth as possible, here are the answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting from y’all. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question that isn’t covered here- we look forward to seeing you in class! :)

    Q: How do I sign up for Sky Candy classes?

    A: You can sign up for Sky Candy classes using our online scheduler, Mindbody! Click here for a tutorial on how to create your Mindbody profile and sign up for classes.

    Q: What kinds of classes do you offer at Sky Candy?

    A: We offer three different types of classes at Sky Candy- Series Classes, Drop-in Classes, and Private Lessons.

    Series classes take place once a week for six weeks, and are mostly leveled apparatus classes (ie Silks 2, Lyra 1, Pole 3), with some more unique classes that also take place in Series format (ie Contortion Conditioning, Aerial Performance, Clowning and Physical Theatre). Each Series class costs $150 for six classes. We do not offer make-ups for missed classes- if you do have to miss a class, we recommend scheduling a private lesson with your instructor to make up the missed material. If you’re unsure as to which level classes are best for you, we recommend scheduling a half-hour assessment with the teacher whose class you would like to enter.

    Drop-in Classes are available on a drop-in basis, with no commitment required! We do recommend signing up in advance to ensure your spot in the class. Our Drop-in Classes focus on building your strength, flexibility and performance skills, and are a great supplement to our Series Classes. Our Drop-in Classes range from $5 to $30 depending on the length and focus of the class.

    Private Lessons are great for folks who want more one-on-one attention, or folks with wonky schedules- you get to pick the time, apparatus and teacher! Private lessons are $60 for one students, $70 for two students, and $90 for three students.

    Q: What about Open Studio, what’s the deal with that?

    A: If you are a current aerial student, you are welcome at Open Studio! Open Studio is a time to practice what you’re learning in class- it is NOT a time to teach others, try new things, or (heaven forbid) try to learn things from Youtube! There will be an Open Studio host present, but each student is responsible for their own safety and training during Open Studio.

    Q: Does Sky Candy offer contracts?

    A: We do not offer contracts- we do offer Unlimited Passes! These weekly or monthly passes are a great deal for our students who come to multiple classes or Open Studios each week.

  2. February/March Series: Enrollment Tracker Fun Times!

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    Guess what? It’s time to sign up for your February/March Six Week Series! :D

    In order to ensure a better class experience for everyone, we are now enforcing a 3-student enrollment minimum in our Series classes. To help you make more informed choices about which classes to sign up for, please find below two useful lists- first, the “Danger Zone” list of classes that need more students to take place, and second, the “Nearly Full” list of classes that have only a few spots left. Both lists will be updated daily, so keep checking back for current info!

    Sign up for your February/March Series classes here!

    Danger Zone!

    Lyra 1 with Chelsea, Mondays at 5:30pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Aerial Skills for Youth (Ages 8-12) with Andy, Tuesdays at 4:15pm (1 student needed)
    Trapeze 4 with Julia, Tuesdays at 8:30pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Horizontals with Joanna, Wednesdays at noon (1 student needed)
    Contortion Conditioning with Chelsea, Wednesdays at 7pm (3 students needed)
    Intro to Verticals with Joanna, Thursdays at noon (2 students needed)
    Hammock 3 with Michele, Thursdays at 5:30pm (3 students needed)

    Nearly Full!

    Hammock 1 with Winnie, Mondays at noon
    Silks 4 with Chelsea, Mondays at 7pm (1 spot left!)
    Trapeze 2 with Colleen, Mondays at 7pm
    Trapeze 3 with Julia, Tuesdays at 5:30pm
    Silks 3 with Chelsea, Tuesdays at 8:30pm
    Hammock 1 with Winnie, Wednesdays at 5:30pm
    Lyra 2 with Andy, Wednesdays at 5:30pm
    Trapeze 2 with Colleen, Thursdays at 5:30pm
    Rope 1/2 with Michele, Thursdays at 7pm (1 spot left!)
    Intro to Horizontals with Chelsea, Saturdays at 1:30pm
    Aerial Performance with Joanna, Sundays at noon

  3. How to Start Aerial Classes in 2015- A Guide for New Students


    63977_854352934617549_96326779971977731_nIf you want to begin taking aerial classes in 2015, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place! Sky Candy specializes in launching new students on their aerial journeys, and we would love to help you find your wings this New Year! Here’s a comprehensive guide to beginning your aerial journey in 2015- come experience the fun, fitness, and personal transformation waiting for you in the aerial and circus arts!

    Common Misconceptions

    “I’m not fit enough to do circus.” “I weigh too much, I can’t do circus.” “I’m too old, you have to start when you’re a kid, right?”

    These are things we hear all the time, and fortunately, none of them are true! You don’t have to be fit to start taking aerial lessons- our introductory classes are designed for folks who have no experience in the aerial arts, and there is no minimum fitness level. If you come in with a willingness to work hard, have fun, and learn new things, we’ll take care of the rest! As for age, we welcome students age 6 and up- no upper age limits here!

    *The rest of this post refers to our adult classes. Click here for information about our Kids and Youth classes and here for information about our spring break and summer camps.*

    Your First Class

    Not sure which class to take first? We have a variety of different options for you, and you can pick the one that feels right for you. Here are a few of the most common choices folks make when they’re starting off at Sky Candy.

    Intro to Aerial Skills

    This is the class that we recommend most beginners try out first- in this no-commitment, drop-in class, students get to try out all of the aerial apparatuses and decide which ones they like best! To register for Intro to Aerial Skills, visit our Mindbody scheduling site, create a profile, and sign up online. Have questions about how to register with Mindbody? Check out our handy tutorial!

    Intro to Verticals OR Intro to Horizontals

    Once you’ve met all of the apparatuses, you may find that you have a preference for the Verticals (Silks, Rope and Hammock) or Horizontals (Trapeze and Lyra)- now’s the time to make your aerial commitment and sign up for a Six Week Series! Our Intro to Verticals and Intro to Horizontals Six Week Series classes meet once a week for six weeks and introduce you to a progression of fundamental skills in either the Vertical or Horizontal apparatuses. Our next Six-Week Series classes start the week of January 5th, and you can sign up here. If you want to sign up for an Intro Six Week Series but can’t make it in for an Intro to Aerial Skills class, you can read more about the apparatuses here.

    Circus Circuit Challenge

    If you’re feeling a bit intimidated by getting in the air, but still want to get started on your aerial journey, we’ve got a great alternative for you- it’s our fun, tri-weekly circus fitness class, The Circus Circuit Challenge! Certified personal trainer and aerialist Colleen Tabolt will kick your booty into shape the circus way, using ground and aerial exercises that focus on the building the strength, flexibility and stamina you’ll need as you continue on your aerial journey. Sign up here for the Circus Circuit Challenge!

    The Future, and Beyond!

    Once you’re launched on your aerial journey, we welcome you to make it your own! Our students have many reasons for doing circus, and whether your goals are to get and stay in shape, find a new community of like-minded people to work out with, do your first (or first aerial) performance, or just get out of your comfort zone and have some fun, we invite you to come play with us at Sky Candy!

    Have questions about signing up for your first aerial class? Don’t hesitate to contact us at or 512-800-4998. See you at the studio!

  4. Spotlight on BUTI Yoga with Dez Raven

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    BUTIdezACTIONHere at Sky Candy, we love hosting unique and different classes and events in our space- one of those is our monthly BUTI Yoga sessions on Saturday mornings with the incomparable Dez Raven! Not only are these donation classes a ton of fun, all proceeds from the classes go to a different local charity each month. We sat down with Dez to find out a bit more about her and her BUTI badassery- check it out!

    Sky Candy: How did you come to teach BUTI yoga?

    Dez: In 2012, my dear friend encouraged me to register for a BUTI Instructor Training in Austin. At that time, I was experiencing self-destruction and darkness, with a total depletion of self-love. During the training, I felt a spark of confidence, encouragement, connection, and safety, to not only complete the training, but to translate my newly-acquired strength into fixing my own life. Earlier this year, I completed my BUTI Level 2 Instructor Training, and since, I have a felt a true joy and purpose in bringing BUTI’s mind-body benefits to the women (and a few men) of Austin.

    SC: How is BUTI different from “regular” yoga?

    D: BUTI is a fusion of yoga, tribal-inspired dance (lots of hip and core spiraling), and plyometrics, into a high- intensity workout. BUTI allows one to achieve a high-calorie burn for fat loss, strength exercises for a strong, lean, athletic physique, and most importantly, self-love. To sum it up, imagine this: yoga mixed with dance, a connection with other women, an environment of empowerment and support, AND some serious jams! I don’t think Major Lazer would be present in a “regular” yoga class.

    SC: What is your favorite thing about teaching BUTI yoga?

    D: I live for the shared bliss after the Savasana (the relaxation and reflection time, in corpse pose, at the end of the class). I love the smiles, the laughs, and the connections between my students. Oh, and my heart skips a beat when a student is able to independently execute and hold a wheel… that is GREAT stuff!

    SC: What would you say to Sky Candy students who want to try BUTI, but may feel intimidated?

    D: Before becoming an instructor, I had no prior yoga experience, I struggled with cardio- training, and I had no idea what my body and mind were capable of. With that being said, I truly believe that BUTI is for EVERYONE; YOU are one BUTI workout away from absolute empowerment!

    SC: Any other comments you’d like to add?

    D: Check out my video for a taste of BUTI goodness, and I’ll see you on the mat!

    Our next session of BUTI Yoga for charity will take place on Saturday December 13th at 9am and will benefit Meals on Wheels- see you there!

  5. Sky Candy at EAST!

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    Chris lyraThe East Austin Studio Tour is coming up soon, and boy are we excited! While you’re checking out all of the amazing art East Austin has to offer, make sure you stop by Sky Candy for some seriously cool aerial and circus fun!

    Here’s our studio schedule for EAST:

    Saturday November 15th
    9-10am BUTI Yoga with Dez Raven
    All proceeds from this donation-based class will benefit Out Youth
    10am-noon Open Studio
    10am-4pm Chair Massages with Julie Moore
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!
    8-10pm Sky Candy After Dark
    18+ only allowed at this adult-themed show featuring aerial, pole and burlesque numbers- get your tickets here!

    Sunday November 16th
    10am-noon Open Studio
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Saturday November 22nd
    10am-noon Open Studio
    10am-4pm Chair Massages with Julie Moore
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Sunday November 23rd
    10am-noon Open Studio
    Noon-4pm Upside Down Photo Booth
    Get your picture taken upside down by a professional photographer!
    Noon-1:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    2-3:30pm $10 Intro to Aerial Skills Class
    For new aerialists only!
    4-5:30pm FREE Student Showcase
    Come be amazed by the aerial feats of our students and teachers!

    Plus live painting by Tom Britton, aerial artwork by Morgan Grasham featuring Sky Candy models, and more!

  6. Circus Circuit Challenge Testimonials

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    PushUpOur first ever Circus Circuit Challenge is winding down this week, and our students are singing the praises of this tri-weekly intensive circus fitness class!

    “What I loved most about the Circus Circuit is that I have become stronger faster than I ever thought I would- I’ve made so much progress so quickly! And it burns in all the right places.” -Cy

     “The Circus Circuit Challenge is great! It is a great price and it is nice to have a set workout time in place. Thanks to this series class I can execute a pullover on the trapeze without using the ropes, hold a plank for longer than I thought possible, and so much more. I have definitely gotten stronger/more toned in just 3 1/2 weeks. This class has been extremely valuable to my aerial practice and I plan to take this series again.” -Heidi

    Circus Circuit Challenge has been an amazing month of workouts. I already do a lot of different physical activities, but Colleen has found ways to bring new, tough (but achievable) challenges to every class. We have fun, laugh, and work really hard. During this class I have accomplished several things I never thought I could do, including climbing a silk (UNASSISTED!) and a (very, very tiny) pullup from pike on the trapeze. The only bad thing about the class is that it has to come to an end! Boo!” -Eve

    After taking the Circus Circuit Challenge, I spend more time than is really necessary admiring my new muscles. Colleen manages to encourage and drive her students without being pushy or overbearing. This class has produced such good results for me that I’m planning on taking it again!” -Alison

    Our next Circus Circuit Challenge starts the week of July 14th- sign up here!

  7. How to sign up for classes


    Want to sign up for classes at Sky Candy? Good decision! ;) Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started.

    Step 1: Create a profile on our Mindbody page.

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    You can always get to our Mindbody page by clicking on the orange “Register for Classes” button at the top of our homepage.

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    To create your Mindbody profile, click on the “Sign up” link on the top right of the Mindbody page. You can either log in with your facebook profile, or enter your information manually.

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    Make sure to enter ALL of your information, including your birthday, so that the system will work properly when you sign up for classes. We also strongly encourage you to enter your e-mail address- this doesn’t put you on an e-mail list, and it does ensure that we can get ahold of you about any issues related to your Sky Candy classes.

    Step 2: Pick which type of class you would like to sign up for (Drop-in, Six-Week Series, Private Lesson, Open Studio, or Workshop) and go to the corresponding tab on the top of your Mindbody page.

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    Step 3: Choose which class you’d like to sign up for, and click the “Sign up now” button.

    Step 4: Use Mindbody’s easy check-out system to pay in advance- you can even store your encrypted credit card information on the site to make future transactions even easier.

    Step 5: Come to class at our studio, check in with the front desk, and get flyin’!

    Have any questions about signing up for classes? Feel free to contact us and we’ll help you sort it out.

  8. Sign up now for our January Six-Week Series!

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    6-week series imageWe’re getting ready to ring in the New Year here at Sky Candy, which means we’re also gearing up for a brand new Six-Week Series, starting January 6th! Our January Series is up on Mindbody and filling up fast, so make sure you sign up soon for your favorite Series classes!

    As you may have seen, we are raising prices in 2014- but for a limited time only, you have the opportunity to get your 2014 Series at this year’s pricing for a savings of $30! Another money-saving Series opportunity for our committed students is our ‘Tis The Series Package- buy five Series classes at 2014 prices and get a sixth for free! Both of these discounts are only available until December 31st, so sign up for your Series classes soon!

  9. December at Sky Candy

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    Kelly Jo silks happyWe know it’s hard to believe, but December and the holidays are coming up fast! As our last Series of 2013 has come to an end this week, we know that y’all are wondering what aerial offerings will be available for you in December. Well, let us enlighten you! We’ve decided to focus on workshops, intensives and drop-in classes for the month of December, since we’ve found that the holidays tend to be a bit hectic for everyone, and no-one (including our teachers!) is able to commit to a series class. We will be re-introducing our aerial drop-in classes in December and trying out some new, more targeted Conditioning classes, as well as continuing to offer our usual range of Flexibility and Handstands classes. Check out our Drop-in and Open Studio page for the full Drop-in schedule, and consider an Unlimited Drop-in Pass as an alternative to a Series class for the next month.

    December will also be the the month of workshops at Sky Candy- we’re still finalizing dates and times, but you can expect a wide variety of workshops and intensives from your favorite Sky Candy teachers as well as visiting teachers such as Xochitl Sosa and Kelly Jo Stull. Some of the workshops are already up on our Mindbody site, so have a look and reserve your spots now!

  10. Sky Candy in the East Austin Studio Tour


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    We are pleased to announce that Sky Candy is an official stop on the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour! Here are some of the many amusements and delights we are planning for the weekends of November 16th/17 and 23rd/24th.

    -Upside Down Photo Booth! We’ll have photographers Caroline Poe and Rich Merritt on hand to snap shots of you on your favorite apparatus against a circus background. Never been upside down before? This is a great time to try it! We’ll have you flipped upside down and loving it in no time, with photographic proof for your friends (and your facebook profile)! Our friends at Treasure City Thrift Shop will also be on-hand with a rack of fabulous costumes for you to pose in.

    -Aerial performances! All four EAST weekend days at 1:30pm, be prepared to be amazed by the aerial daring of our Studio Company members and teachers! The performances are FREE, but there will be the opportunity to donate to help us pay our talented performers. Then, make sure you stick around for our…

    -$10 Intro to Aerial Skills classes! This is a great opportunity to try out the aerial arts for the first time- all aerial newbies are welcome at this introductory level aerial class. Classes will be held all four EAST weekend days from 2:30-4pm- spaces are limited, so reserve yours now!

    Plus $1/minute Chair Massages by the fabulous Julie Moore, plenty of Open Studio for our dedicated students, and more!

    While you’re at the studio, make sure you check out the many other fantastic studios in our building, including Hops and Grain, East Side Glass Studio, MASS Gallery, ASPCO, and more! We’ll see you at EAST!