youth Classes


  • New students must have a parent or legal guardian present at their first class.

  • THERE ARE NO DROP-INS — all students must be signed up for class BEFORE arriving to the studio.

  • These classes are for students ages 8-17.

  • Please see the FAQ tab above for pricing, class and cancellation policies, and other frequently asked questions.

  • Please click "Sign Up" above for class schedule, to purchase class credits, and to register for classes.

Registering multiple students?

All students must have their own separate account in our scheduling system - all accounts must be created and the included waiver signed by the participating student (or their parent or legal guardian if under 18). We can link family and friend accounts so that you only have to remember one password, can share credits, and sign everyone up for class from one account. Please contact us (once all accounts have been created) to be linked! 


Performer Prep Series

Beginning level: Thursdays 7/4-7/25 (yes, class will be held on 7/4!)
Intermediate level: Fridays 7/5-7/26 5-6pm
$85 for the entire 4 week series
$25 per individual class

This 4 week workshop series is designed for active young people who want to step into the circus spotlight! Violet will guide students through the creation of a short routine on the trapeze, aerial sling, or lyra. We will also discuss appropriate costuming for aerial performances, energy management, and confidence building techniques. Students will also learn proper warm ups and cool down stretching. If your super star is ready to shine this is the class series for them!

Students who attend all classes may be invited to perform at Things with Wings Student Showcase on 7/28. Taking this workshop does not guarantee or require that your child to participate in the performance.

PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent of legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day.


Beginning Youth Aerial - Thursdays 5-6pm

Class resumes in August

This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will learn the basic poses and sequences on the trapeze, aerial hammock, and lyra, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!

Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, as we strongly recommend regular lessons to build confidence and endurance. You may register you child for the entire month at a discounted rate or you may purchase individual credits which can be used to sign up for the date(s) of your choice. Registration for monthly sessions will open 2 weeks before the start date of that month classes, individual date sign up will be available on the first day of class until the end of that month.

PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent of legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day.


Intermediate Youth Aerial - Fridays 5-6pm

Class resumes in August

This class expands the skills learned in Beginning Youth Aerial, adding intermediate level concepts and foundational skills on the trapeze, lyra, and aerial sling. Students will work toward increasing strength and flexibility through a variety of focused conditioning and stretching exercises. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air. More advanced students will work on more complex sequences, layering personal style, choreography, and refinement of the basics.

This is a multi-level course, and will accommodate intermediate level students and up. Please being thick socks or trapeze boots!

Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, as we strongly recommend regular lessons to build confidence and endurance. You may register you child for the entire month at a discounted rate or you may purchase individual credits which can be used to sign up for the date(s) of your choice. Registration for monthly sessions will open 2 weeks before the start date of that month classes, individual date sign up will be available on the first day of class until the end of that month.

PREREQ:

  • Demonstrated ability/willingness to listen to and follow instructor directions  

  • Tuck & straddle inversions (from the ground)

  • Clean & controlled mount, come to sit, come to stand, and dismount

  • Swing beats (long beats, pike beats, knee beats)

  • Swing beats to tuck or pike up

  • Pullover to front body balance

  • Catcher's hang

  • Single knee hang (hock hang)

  • 3 pull-ups / 10 sit-ups

  • Splits (all 3 ways, square hips, within 6 inches of ground)


Youth Hand Balance & Contortion (Ages 8-17)

This all-level class is designed for active young people to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. 

  • Please wear socks and long sleeves/layers to class.

  • A back warmer is strongly recommend.