Inside Aerial Fit – video series

We’re hard at work creating a series of short videos to answer questions about what happens in our aerial classes! Videos in the series already uploaded include Aerial Yoga, Circus Workout, Aerial Slings, and Aerial Silks. Coming soon: Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Handbalancing & Acro.

We had fun creating the videos and thanks to everyone who took part!

Aerial Hoop Manual – Volume 2

Rebekah Leach's Aerial Hoop Manual

Rebekah Leach’s Aerial Hoop Manual Volume 2 is out and we are thrilled to have it! (You can see our fingerprints on the cover…it is well-loved). Most of the video and photo shoots took place at Circus Building, and it was lots of fun to be involved in the process. This manual is chock-full of great information, tons of moves, spotting and alignment tips, and much more. We whole-heartedly support this project as a great resource for the aerial community. You can purchase the book at Rebekah’s website here: aerialdancing.com

Co-author Julianna Hane is back in Charleston and is now teaching at Circus Building! You can catch her teen aerial class on Thursdays at 6:00pm, with another class coming in the fall. She is also available for private and small group lessons on Lyra or any other apparatus we offer. Go here for details: aerialfit.com/classes/private-instruction/

And check out Clayton’s cameo on page 10. If you’re in Charleston you can catch his Aerial Hoop class on Tuesdays at 6pm (Level 3), Wednesdays at 7:30pm (Beginner/Level 2) and Thursdays at 6:00pm (Beginner). Full schedule here: aerialfit.com/classes/schedule/

Rebekah Leach's Aerial Hoop Manual

Wonderland Aerial & Acro Showcase – Encore Performance

Alice in Wonderland themed aerial and acro showcase

Alice in Wonderland themed aerial and acro showcase


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Join us for an encore performance of our Alice in Wonderland themed Aerial and Acrobatics showcase! You’ll see acts by all your favorite Wonderland characters including Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Flamingo-mallet, and the Deck of Cards! Acts include Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Dance Trapeze, Corde Lisse, and Acrobalance. Get your tickets in advance because seating and space is limited and tickets are not guaranteed at the door.

We believe that performers should be paid for their talent and hard work, so all profits from student showcases are paid directly to the student performers in the form of credits toward their aerial education. By attending our student showcases you are helping to support new performers dreams!

Wonderland Aerial & Acro Showcase

Alice in Wonderland themed aerial and acro showcase

Alice in Wonderland themed aerial and acro showcase


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Join us for an Alice in Wonderland themed Aerial and Acrobatics showcase! Feel free to join in on the theme by coming in costume…anyone who comes in costume gets a mini-cake. You’ll see acts by all your favorite Wonderland characters including Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Flamingo-mallet, and the Deck of Cards! Acts include Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Dance Trapeze, Corde Lisse, and Acrobalance. Get your tickets in advance because seating and space is limited and this will be our most exciting showcase yet!

We believe that performers should be paid for their talent and hard work, so all profits from student showcases are paid directly to the student performers in the form of credits toward their aerial education. By attending our student showcases you are helping to support new performers dreams!

Gravity & Other Myths Workshop

Gravity & Other Myths workshop

Gravity and Other Myths

Advance registration is required, movers from all disciplines and beginners are welcome!
Be sure to catch Gravity & Other Myths as they perform several shows in Spoleto 2014.

Circus Building Entertainment at the Music Hall

A big part of our mission is to grow the professional aerial circus community, and offer new performers and aspiring performers the opportunity to learn the business of performing while getting a foot in the door. South Carolina International Pageants wanted aerial entertainment at their 2014 pageant, and they contacted us for help.
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Mentoring Program:
For those with the dedication, passion, and interest, we offer a mentoring program that gets new performers up in the air at professional gigs. Our program teaches a lot and also demands a lot, as we put the performers through hours of rehearsals and tests in preparation for upcoming gigs. We often receive feedback from our mentees that the performance itself is the easiest part of the process! (As it should be when you are well prepared!)
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Aerial Performance:
Angela Bellaconis had performed with us four times prior to this gig, and we wanted to give her an opportunity to perform over a stage with amazing lighting and backdrops. We revamped two of her existing routines, on aerial silks and aerial sling, and the crowd absolutely loved her.

Anastasia Timina has performed with us twice in the air, prior to this gig. She already had a really exciting and fun aerial sling routine, and we reworked her existing fabric routine to new music for this event. She loved being on stage and commented that hanging out backstage was a ton of fun too.

Rigging a new venue:
As far as anyone could tell us, we are the first aerialists to be rigged at the Music Hall. As always, being the first requires a lot of extra know-how and work in order to get set up. We absolutely love our rigger, and thoroughly enjoyed the several site visits we made with him, determining where it would be possible to rig and how we would be able to set it up (without hitting any lights, curtains, or other gadgets that this venue uses for their many shows). We are excited to do more events at this venue in the future, now that we have a clear idea of what is possible.

Here’s a link to a photo album from the event. If you are looking for aerial or circus entertainment for your next event, contact us! We have aerial and ground acts, and an amazing crew. Happy flying!

Acro Fusion Workshops

Ryan Hamity & Cassie Drew are coming to Charleston! We’re hosting them for 2 fun-filled days of Acrofusion, their unique blend of acrobatics and yoga. Beginners are welcome to the Friday session, and the Saturday session will build on the Friday. Contact us with any questions about the workshops, and we hope to see you there!

In these workshops Ryan and Cassie, currently living, teaching, and performing in Colorado, will give you the tools to increase your strength and flexibility, as well as introduce new tricks to add to your practice. They will break down different poses to make them accessible to everyone, teach new and exciting transitions, and introduce you to some of their own original sequences.

No partner required.

Cost: $50/session, $90/both sessions

Space is limited and pre-registration is required! Reserve your spot by calling 843.225.5601, emailing hang@aerialfit.com or visit our class pass page and scroll down to purchase the Acrofusion workshops.

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About Ryan & Cassie:
Cassie’s biggest joy in life is being upside down and pushing the limits of gravity. Originally from North Carolina, she became a gymnast at an early age and competed all the way through college. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Colorado and started graduate school to become a teacher. During that time, she found aerial acrobatics and joined a small local circus troupe where she learned about partner acrobatics, juggling, clowning and more! She began producing her own shows and immersed herself in performance art and building her skill level. While she has played with many different forms of circus arts, her true passion is partner acrobatics, and she has been pursuing that avenue for the last four years. She performs and teaches in Colorado, and has had the opportunity to perform with artists and groups such as Elephant Revival, The String Cheese Incident, and AscenDance Project. Cassie aims to inspire others through her own creative movement, and show people that circus can be accessible to all!

Ryan grew up an active lifestyle always playing and competing. Following his time as an elite level endurance athlete he found partner acrobatics. He has been building his skills since 2009 and performing with his partner Cassie around the country since 2012. He is also a certified yoga and AcroYoga teacher. Outside of Acrobatics he enjoys juggling, slackline, rock climbing, and playing on his personally built hand balancing equipment. He also spends his time working as an electrician and building performance props and sets.

Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Dates Announced!

We are excited to host Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga, to lead Charleston’s first comprehensive Aerial Yoga Teacher Training course! This training will be assisted by Aerial Fit founder, Jordan Anderson.

Photo courtesy of www.aerialyoga.com

Photo courtesy of www.aerialyoga.com

Dates: Sep 6, 2014 – Sep 14, 2014
Cost: $1,580; or $1,350 early bird * if paid in full by August 8, 2014
$475 deposit requested for enrollment; deposit fully-refundable through August 8, 2014
All tuition fees, application fees, course materials, and licensing fees are included in the above costs. (Lunch/dinner not included.)

Notes: The Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training course gives a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time. Course days will frequently span 9-10 hours, including a long lunch break.

The Unnata® Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program is available only to students who are already Certified Yoga Instructors.
Read all about the program, and submit an application to join, at www.aerialyoga.com.

Lyra Lab and Spin Modalities with T Lawrence Simon!

We are excited to welcome T to Charleston as he makes his way up the east coast on his East Coast teaching tour. We had the pleasure of taking some classes with T when we were training at NECCA, and they were challenging, fun, and inspiring. Join us for 2 workshops on Saturday, March 8th. Contact us with any questions about the workshops, and we hope to see you there!

Lyra Lab:
(T’s signature Lyra Workshop)

Join T in his laboratory of aerial hoop, exploring unexpected transitions and dynamic pathways onto, in, and around the lyra. This workshop will take your hoop repertoire and methodology to the next level, mixing both skill-building and sequence creation into a jam-packed workshop that will leave your body exhausted, and your mind blown. This will be a creative, fun, but challenging workshop. Students must be already comfortable on lyra at an intermediate level (ankle hang, front balance, back balance…), and capable enough to work on sequencing in the air. Ankle protection is encouraged but not required.

Spin Modalities:
Discover the joy of creating spin on a lyra. We willl explore on axis, off axis, mixed axis lyra spinning techniques. Gain an understanding of lyra nodes and antinodes and how they help or hinder your skills as you spin. Lyras will be hung at various heights to explore many different ways to create spin as you mount the lyra. For comfortable beginners to advanced.
Cost: $50 Lyra Lab, $40 Spin Modalities, $80 for both.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required!

About T:
T Lawrence-Simon, or Tyler as he is also known, is a Philadelphia native, Boston resident, and world frolicker. He discovered an aptitude for aerial acts at a young age when he choreographed and performed the “Bare Butt Swing” (not for hire) on a hammock whilst on vacation in the tropics. A man of many interests and talents, T has studied dance, acting, physical theater, gymnastics, magic, piano, guitar, and classical flute. He also has a B.A. from Temple University in Theater concentrating in Stage Management, Lighting and Costume Design.

T has always been an artist in some form or another. After excelling in theater, T joined the circus world learning aerials at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. After graduating college, he attended the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) professional program. T specialized first in aerial hoop and rope, then took on the unique double-bar trapeze, and handbalancing for his graduating acts. T taught at NECCA teaching aerial hoop curriculum, and other aerial classes. Now, he resides in Seattle, teaching at Versatile Arts. T has been called “the master of aerial bad-assery”, but when on the ground, T can be found designing and sewing professional costumes.

Winter 2014 Student Showcase

Circus Building Student Showcase

Come see what our students can do!
Our next student showcase is happening January 11th, 2014 at 7:00pm. You’ll see a variety of acts on aerial silks, aerial hoop, aerial sling, and static trapeze. Seating is limited, purchase your ticket in advance to guarantee admission.


Buy tickets here