Cost: $100 (5 weeks)
This 5-week session is for students who have experience climbing, and can execute hip-keys and inversions in the air. Rope is a fickle friend and a minimalist’s dream—a single thread revealing the body’s power and vulnerability. As an aerial discipline, it demands we work hard to hone our physicality—learning points of rest while hanging, executing knots and shelves that will hold us, dynamic movements that allows us to swing high and save energy… and quite literally, we must develop a thick skin. In this series we’ll be working from micro to macro, learning basic exercises to build a strong and aligned body, learning “tricks” to add to our vocabulary, and practicing links and theories to express embodied, aesthetic forms.
Please dress in comfortable athletic clothes for class. It’s often best to wear clothes that are tight to the body, not slippery, and cover the backs of your knees and your mid-section. Class size is limited to 9 for individualized attention. Private and semi-private classes available. Only rock rosin or chalk allowed — no spray rosin on the rope. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Cancellation required 24 hours in advance of the first class meeting, or payment is required in full. Drop-ins are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You are purchasing a 5-week progressive class series, refunds for individual classes are not provided.
Sarah Muehlbauer is a mover and a dreamer. She was a gymnast in her childhood and teen years, a yogi for over a decade, and she began training static trapeze, rope, and fabric at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts while in grad school for art. She has performed aerials regularly with the Give and Take Jugglers, while producing independent projects as a visual and performing artist. She’s collected experiences, tall tales and travel stories from a wide array of circus engagements: as an artist-in-residence with Peñasco Theater (NM), as an intern with Circa Contemporary Circus (AU), as a circus writer-in-residence with En Piste (CA) and with the Contemporary Circus Festival of Toronto. As a teacher and artist, she values sustainable, healthy-body practices, and movement that combines disciplined training with creative intuition.