We 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!
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!
We’ve had some questions about our upcoming four-week series, so here is an attempt to answer the most frequently asked ones. Have other questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-800-4998, or by leaving a comment on this post.
Q: I see that a lot of the classes are only an hour long- will there still be six students in those classes?
A: Our hour-long classes have a maximum of three students. We have found that a three-student, hour-long class allows each student to get more air-time and more individualized attention. Our 90-minute classes will still have a class size of six students.
Q: Will the warm-ups still be as long as a 90-minute class?
A: For our 90-minute classes, we make sure to run thorough, 20-25 minute warm-ups. For our hour-long classes, we run slightly shorter, but still thorough warm-ups of 10-15 minutes, allowing for more air-time per student.
Q: A four-week series is $100, but a six-week series is $120- so the price per class has gone up?
A: Yes, the price has been raised from $20/class to $25/class. Our class prices are currently the lowest you’ll find anywhere, and we are in the process of raising them to market levels in order to maintain the sustainability of our studio. Don’t worry, our priority is to stay affordable, but in order to maintain our high standards of safety and instruction we need to raise our prices a bit. We do have an opportunity for you to save some money on our upcoming Series classes- just use discount codes 8FALL2013 for $40 off the $200 4 Week (8 class) series and 4FALL2013 for $20 off the $100 4 Week (4 class) series. These codes are only valid until October 20th, so sign up soon!
Q: I heard a rumor that some of the classes will be offered twice a week…
A: You heard correctly! We are offering four-week, eight-class intensives in Silks 1, Lyra 1, Silks 3, Trapeze 3, Single Point Trapeze, Trapeze 2, Lyra 3, Burlesque Performance, Lyra 2, and Silks 2.
Q: I can only come to classes during the evening. Why don’t you offer more evening classes?
A: We have found that in order to maintain the quality of our classes and keep the distraction and noise-level down, we need to limit the number of classes being held in the space at any given time, especially the evening. We try our best to offer a selection of classes throughout the day, depending on the availability of our teachers. If you cannot make the time of your favorite class, we recommend looking into hour-long regular private lessons, which you can share with up to two other students.
Q: When will you start offering Pole classes again?
A: This coming Series! We are offering Intro to Pole, Pole 1, and Pole 2 classes with incredible pole artist Caroline Poe- you can sign up for those series here!
We’re trying out something new for our October/November Series- Fast Track Intro to Vertical and Horizontal Series classes! Take your first steps toward aerial glory in a shorter time-frame, and learn all of the basics of Silks, Rope and Hammock or Lyra and Trapeze in just a month. Our Intro Series are a great way to start building your comfort in the air and gaining the strength, flexibility, coordination and confidence to progress in the apparatus of your choice.
For a limited time only, we’re offering a special discount for our Fast Track Intro Series- get $20 off when you use discount code INTRO2013! Make sure you sign up soon, because this discount expires on October 10th, 2013.
And we know the New Year is still a few months away, but if you want to make the commitment to the aerial arts in 2014 (and why wouldn’t you?), our Fast Track Intro Series will enable you to start at Level 1 with the apparatus of your choice in January. Try out our Fast Track Intro to Vertical and Intro to Horizontal Series classes during Drop-in Week, October 21st-27th, then start your Four-week Intro Series the week of October 28th. Not sure what classes to take until the Intro Series start? Check out our Drop-in Classes, including Intro to Aerial Skills, Flexibility, Aerial Conditioning, Handstands and more! If you have questions about our Fast Track Intro Series, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 512-800-4998.
As you’re starting your aerial career at Sky Candy, you may wonder why we have two different Intro series classes, Intro to Vertical and Intro to Horizontal. Which one is right for you, and which apparatuses fall under each class? Well, let us enlighten you!
When we say Vertical Apparatus, we mean apparatuses that you can climb, such as the Silks and Rope.
When we say Horizontal Apparatus, we mean apparatuses that you can balance on, such as the Trapeze and Lyra.
Hammock is unique in that it combines attributes of both the Verticals and Horizontals- for the purposes of our Intro series, we group Hammock with the Verticals.
Each apparatus has its own unique aesthetic and style, and most aerialists tend to have fairly strong preferences for either Verticals or Horizontals. For instance, if you like making shapes around a rigid or semi-rigid structure, Horizontals might be for you- if you prefer your apparatus to make shapes around you, Verticals are probably more your speed. In any case, the best way to discover your apparatus affinity is to come out and give them a try! A good way to do this is to come to an Intro to Aerial Skills class, where you can try all of the apparatuses we offer and decide which ones you like best.
One more note about Horizontal vs. Vertical: while it may be fun to envision a West Side Story-esque battle of the Verticalists vs. the Horizontalists, the truth is that in practice most aerialists dabble in multiple apparatuses, both vertical and horizontal. Not only does cross-training in different apparatuses increase your breadth of experience as an aerialist, it also enables you to develop your muscles in a more varied way that can help your progression in all apparatuses. So if you’ve only ever done trapeze or lyra, why not give the silks a try, or vice versa? At the least, it’ll be an edifying experience- and who knows, you might discover a new apparatus to love!
As all aerialists know, the two pillars of a healthy and safe aerial practice are strength and flexibility. If you’re currently focusing on increasing your flexibility, we have lots of options to help you take your stretch factor to the next level!
Come learn how to achieve new levels of bendiness in NECCA grad Xochitl Sosa‘s Flexibility and Pressure Point release workshop! Participants will work on increasing leg and back flexibility as well as learning how to utilize pressure points to increase mobility and prevent injuries in the shoulders and back. This two-part workshop will take place on Tuesday September 3rd and Tuesday September 10th from 7:30-8:30pm, and costs just $50 for two one-hour sessions. Sign up now!
If you’re already pretty bendy and want to build strength to help stabilize your joints, or if you want to work on building your back and core strength to increase the depth of your stretching, check out Contortion Conditioning with Chelsea Laumen! This four-week series meets on Tuesdays at 7:30pm September 17th-October 8th- reserve your spot now!
If you can’t make it to Xochitl’s workshop or Chelsea’s series, you can always drop by our four weekly drop-in Flexibility classes- from Beginner to Advanced, we have a flexibility class just for you! Happy stretching!
This week is an exciting time at Sky Candy, and a good time to come check us out if you’ve been thinking about taking a Six-week Series- it’s Drop-in Week!
For this one week only, every aerial class we offer is available to you on a drop-in basis. So if there’s a specific apparatus you’ve been wanting to try, or if you’re wondering whether a floor class like Burlesque Performance would be a good fit for you, you can come take a sample class and see how you like it! All of our Intro Level and Level 1 series classes are available to try out during Drop-in Week!
During Drop-in Week, we highly recommend getting an Unlimited Drop-in Pass for only $50 (weekly) or $120 (monthly). The weekly pass pays for itself after just two classes, or five classes for a monthly pass, so get yours today! If you have any questions about Drop-in Week or any of our classes, feel free to give us a call at 512-800-4998 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations! You’ve been taking classes at Sky Candy for awhile now, and you’ve progressed to Level 2 in your favorite apparatus. You’ve been toying with the idea of performing in the next student showcase, but you’re not sure if you’re ready – how do you put together a polished act, much less perform it in front of other people? If you’re thinking about taking the leap and trying out the exciting world of aerial performance, we have some good news for you! Starting in September, we are offering three different classes specifically focused on the different aspects of performing in the air.
Finishing Class is a weekly drop-in class that will focus on the all-important details that can make or break an aerial performance. Having clean lines and extensions, engaged hands and feet, and knowing what’s going on with your face can make a huge difference in the quality of your routine. Join finishing expert Chelsea Laumen every Saturday at 2pm for this 90-minute class, starting Saturday August 31st!
Act Creation is a brand new 6-Week Series class with veteran performer Michele Frances that will focus on choreography, quality of movement, sequencing, routine formulas and more- come learn how to sequence your favorite tricks into a unique, interesting routine! Level 2 and above students can sign up for this 6-Week Series, Thursdays at 6:30pm starting September 5th.
Aerial Performance is a 6-Week Series class that deals with the more theatrical side of performance- how do you make your routine not just technically spectacular, but interesting to watch as well? Topics covered include performative breath, stage presence, audience engagement, characters, and more. Level 2 and above students can join Lecoq-technique physical theatre-trained performer and aerialist Joanna Wright for this 6-Week Series, Tuesdays at 6:30pm starting September 3rd.
Are you new to our studio and wondering what level to start with at Sky Candy? Are you struggling to meet the seemingly impossible requirements to advance to our Level 2 and 3 classes? Never fear, you’re not alone and we have a little explaining to do.
You see, when we started Sky Candy just over three years ago, we had a very small student body. We offered two levels of classes and Level 1 was for total newbies and Level 2 was for students like Celeste Bliss and Paul Zuker (yes, those two were some of Sky Candy’s very earliest students and they were absolute aerial phenoms!) Today, our student body has grown by leaps and bounds and to address the needs of who we are today, we’ve created a new class level structure that creates more accessibility and focus on strength-building and conditioning in the earlier levels, while also building in a logical progression of skills for us mere mortals.
This coming session, starting Monday September 2nd, we’re introducing new class levels at Sky Candy. Instead of our current 3 levels, we will offer a whopping 5 levels of classes, starting at Intro, which will be taught as a 6 Week Series class, focused on either our horizontal apparatus (trapeze and lyra) or vertical apparatus (silks, hammock and rope). From there, we will offer Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 with very specific prerequisites for advancement.
Are you a current student who is not sure where you fit in? Check out our descriptions for each level and if you have any questions, we recommend asking your instructors! Be aware, it is perfectly normal for folks to be at a specific level for more than one 6 Week Series. Everyone learns at their own pace and we have students who advance to the next level after anywhere from one to five full 6 Week Series sessions at a particular level.
And without further ado… check out the new Sky Candy Class Levels!
This is our level for newbies. Open to anyone; we welcome new students to try out the aerial arts in an accessible, super beginner focused class level
This is what we call our beginner class. This is for folks who have completed an Intro Level series and are ready to start learning more skills in their chosen apparatus. Vertical: Climb with both standard and step climbs; tuck up from the ground; can hold in either long or short arm with shoulder engagement for 10 seconds Horizontal: Comfortable hanging from knees; can hold either long or short arm with shoulder engagement for 10 seconds; can safely enter and exit the apparatus
Now that you’ve got some of the basics under your belt, you’re now an advanced beginner! You’re ready to begin learning more complex and challenging skills. At this level, you have successfully completed Level 1 in your chosen apparatus and have demonstrated the ability to perform clean inversions from the ground. Silks/Rope: Clean Inversion to straddle from ground (No toes or foot cheats) Trapeze: Clean inversion from the ground; can stand cleanly and with good balance Lyra: Clean inversion into lyra (no jumping or toe cheats!), unassisted front balance for 30 seconds, hold with arms at 90 degrees for 30 seconds, 2 chin-ups.
You’re strong and fierce and you’re ready to challenges those brave new muscles with a whole new world of tricks and sequences. At Level 3, we consider you an Intermediate 1 student. You’ve successfully completed Level 2 in your chosen apparatus and have a bevy of foundational skills that will allow you to start spending more time in the air. Silks: Climb to the ceiling 2x without stopping; hip key from opposite side straddle; cross-back straddle Rope: Climb to the ceiling 2x without stopping; clean inversion to straddle in the air; clean catcher’s lock; clean hip key from opposite side straddle Trapeze: Solid knee beats; comfortable hanging from ankles; comfortable inverting in the ropes Lyra: Belly up and belly down angel, piked hollow body position (both upright and inverted), skin-the-cat, 1 full pull up. Must be comfortable with being upside down for up to one minute.
This is currently the highest level of classes offered at Sky Candy. At Level 4, you are amongst the most advanced students in our studio, and we consider you an Intermediate 2 student. You’ve successfully completed Level 3 in your chosen apparatus and are working on some seriously strength and body awareness intensive skills. You spend a lot more time in the air, working on longer sequences and intermediate/advanced level tricks. We’re so proud of you. Silks: Fan Hip Key; Clean Single Star; Clean Dive/Salto; Clean S-Wrap Rope: Fan Hip Key; Clean Single Star; Clean Dive/Salto; Clean S-Wrap Trapeze: Ankle beats, long-arm beats under the bar, skin the cats; good body position in front balance Lyra: Meathook, piked hollow body position (both upright and inverted), pike from hang, 3 full pull ups. Must be comfortable with being upside down for up to two minutes.
As the temperature hits record highs, it’s hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner. Ah, but not only do we have the sweet relief of autumn looming on the horizon, but also a brand new 6 Week Series and Drop-in/Open Studio schedule!
Our current series schedule ends on Sunday, August 18th and our current drop-in schedule ends on Sunday, September 1st. The new schedule kicks off on Monday, September 2nd, but first, we’ll host Drop-in Week (Monday, August 26 – Sunday, Sept 1). During Drop-in Week, you can sample a variety of our series classes and try out new apparatus and skills before committing to the full series. You can find our full new schedule on our MindBody page here.
Our 6 Week Series classes are very popular and tend to fill up quickly, so if you know you want to take the plunge, go for it! If you have any questions about what level you should take, check out the prerequisites for each class and let us know if you have any questions.