This past weekend, Sky Candy made a field trip to Dallas to compete in the 2013 Miss Texas Pole Star competition, and we can safely say that we rocked the heck out of it! We are so proud of all of the Sky Candy ladies that competed:
Amateur Silks: Jamie Roberts (first-place winner!)
Professional Silks: Joanna Wright (first runner-up), Chelsea Laumen, Winnie Hsia
For those of you who couldn’t make it to Dallas, here are some pictures of our Sky Candies rockin’ it- all photos by Don Curry. Make sure you come to our Student Showcase on Sunday October 20th at 7pm, where our Sky Candy competitors will do an encore performance of their routines, joined by special guest and Professional Silks winner Maya Kaough!
We are thrilled to announce that Sky Candy, east Austin’s aerial and circus arts company, will be collaborating with acclaimed Austin theatre director Rudy Ramirez on an aerial theatre production of ‘Cosmicomics’, Italo Calvino’s beloved collection of short stories. We are looking for actors, aerialists, and other circus artists to collaborate with us and perform in this exciting show!
‘Cosmicomics’ will run June 20th-29th 2014 at the Rollins Theater, with bi-weekly workshops starting as early as November and rehearsals starting in late April. Audition times are as follows:
Friday November 1st 8-10pm
Saturday November 2nd 4-10pm
CALLBACKS Sunday November 3rd noon-4pm
Aerialists/circus artists: Please prepare a 3-minute aerial or circus routine to show. You also have the option to prepare a comic monologue, and you should be prepared to read sides (lines) at the audition.
Actors: Please prepare a comic monologue and be prepared to read sides.
‘Cosmicomics’ is an aerial theatre adaptation of Italo Calvino’s beloved collection of short stories. In the words of the director, “‘Cosmicomics’ will draw from the aesthetics of silent film, commedia dell’arte and turn-of-the-century circus arts to tell these stories of climbing ladders to the moon, the love-life of the last living dinosaur, and why the ultimate answer to the question “Why are we here?” just might be “pasta.”
If you are interested in auditioning, please e-mail Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which day and time works best for you.
A few months ago, we sent out a survey asking what we could do to make Sky Candy more awesome. One of the requests from our students was for us to sell snacks and drinks other than water, and behold, it has come to pass! You can now stop by the snazzy fridge at the front desk
and snag a refreshing post-workout beverage
or even a during-workout snack! (NOTE: We do not recommend eating while in the air, it just made a cool picture.)
Here’s the full list of drinks and snacks we now offer for sale
Coconut water- $2
Gatorade (Orange, Lemon-lime or Fruit Punch)- $2
Izze sparkling water (Blackberry, Clementine or Apple)- $1.50
Kids’ Juice boxes (Grape, Berry Lemonade, Apple or Fruit Punch)- $1.50
Clif Bars (Crunchy Peanut Butter or Chocolate Chip)- $1
Gluten-free Larabars (Apple, Cherry or Peanut Butter Cookie)- $1
As we’ve grown over the past three years, Sky Candy has travelled and expanded through many spaces. From an outdoor rig at The Vortex Theatre -
to an un-heated warehouse -
to an un-air conditioned warehouse -
to our fabulous current space!
As happy as we are with our studio at 507 Calles St., we are always looking to expand, offering more and better-quality classes for our students. That’s why we’ve taken the next step in our expansion and started holding classes at the yoga studio of the Eastside Austin Elite MMA and Fitness gym down the hall!
Most of our ground-based classes such as Flexibility and Handstands now take place at Eastside Austin Elite, which leaves our smaller back room, formerly known as Land Candy, free for more aerial classes on our two brand-new rig points.
In the future, we hope to expand to an additional location, but for now, we’re happy to be holding even more classes at 507 Calles St!
The Miss Texas Pole Star Competition is coming up in October, and they’re holding a “Best of Texas” competition for the best Pole and Silks Studios, Instructors and Choreographers in Texas. And guess what? Sky Candy and some of our instructors have been nominated! If you’re a Sky Candy fan (and we sure hope you are!), you can show your support by voting for us as “Best Silks Studio”- vote now!
Our instructors Michele Frances and Joanna Wright have also been nominated- Michele is up for “Best Silks Intructor” and “Best Silks Choreographer”, and Joanna is up for “Best Silks Choreographer”. You can read their bios here, and vote for them here!
We’d also like to give a shout out to our fellow East Austin studio Brass Ovaries, who are up for “Best Pole Studio”- you can support the Ovaries by casting your vote here!
Sky Candy’s Summer Student Showcase is on Sunday August 25th at 7pm. Join us for aerial acrobatics from our wonderful students, tasty cupcakes from Like Honey Bakery, and a Sky Candy raffle.
If you are a student and want to perform, e-mail your song and apparatus to Joanna at email@example.com. If you’re on the fence about performing, allow me to give a ringing endorsement of performing!
When I performed in my first student showcase, I had been working hard to gain technical skills, and I enjoyed that, but adding the element of performance, something I already loved in theatre, added a new dimension to aerials. It got a lot more fun, and a lot more creative to work to create a character and performance with aerials. The student showcase is a great place for a first performance; it welcomes students of different skill levels, and everyone involved is supportive and excited for new and old students alike.
It’s also always a lot of fun to watch, because of the diversity in apparatus and performance style– it’s really cool to see people both performing on an apparatus you’re familiar with and apparatus you have little experience with.
Tickets are only $5, and free for our current students/Unlimited Pass holders.
We hope to see you there, whether performing or watching!
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.
Join the Sky Candy Studio Company as we celebrate all things 90s! From the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls to Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, we’ll pay homage to the best and worst this crazy decade had to offer. Pull out your JNCO jeans, flannel shirts, babydoll dresses and combat boots, and join us for a totally dope night. Come dressed in your 90′s finest for a costume contest during intermission.
This is a one night only show on Friday, August 16th at the North Door at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm.
Can’t wait to get started with aerial and circus arts at Sky Candy? You’ll have to find our studio first before you can enjoy any of our classes! You can always find us on Google Maps, but since we thought we’d offer you some useful tips and alternative routes for getting to our studio.
Sky Candy is located at 507 Calles St., where East 6th Street meets its end. We’re located just 1.5 miles east of I-35 in the same building as new restaurant, Mettle.
Most Direct Route: Take I-35 towards Downtown Austin. Turn east on 6th St. and follow it until it ends at Calles St. Enter the parking lot straight ahead.
Best Route During Rush Hour: Take Airport Blvd., east of I-35, exit at Springdale Road headed west. At the 7th St. light, turn right. You’ll go over an overstreet bridge. Turn left onto Calles St. just after the Govalle Shopping Center (HEB). 507 Calles St. is located on the left side of the street, just before the street dead ends.
Best Route for Locals: From Pleasant Valley Road, there is a super secret back entrance to our warehouse. It’s located between 5th and 7th Streets and you can turn into the back parking lot of our building. There’s usually big signs for Eastside Austin Elite – an MMA and Crossfit gym that shares the same warehouse as us.