Beginning Dynamic Trapeze: TBA
Intermediate/Advanced Dynamic Trapeze: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm, August 24th-October 5th (6 weeks; skip September 7th)
Advanced Beginning Dynamic Trapeze: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, August 24th-October 5th (6 weeks; skip September 7th)
Duo Trapeze: Tuesdays, 7-8pm (ongoing)
$165 for the six-week series or $30 drop-in/class (you still must fill out the registration form and pay in advance if you plan to drop in during a series, noting how many classes you will attend)
$25/class drop-in for Duo Trapeze
For Advanced, participants must have 3+ pull-ups and be comfortable with powerful beats (long hang, side, and knees) and drops to ankles. For Intermediate, participants must be comfortable with knee beats, long hang beats, hip circles, ankle hang, and pulling over to a hip hang independently on a high trapeze. For Advanced Beginning, students must be familiar with beats, hip circles, and ankle hang. For Beginning, students must be able to do a slow (five-second) pull-up negative and mount the trapeze independently (without a spot). For Duo Trapeze, some prior trapeze experience is required, including comfort with catcher's hang and the ability to get into catcher's hang on a high trapeze.
Advanced Dynamic Trapeze is for aerialists with prior trapeze experience who are already familiar with dynamic work and have a high level of strength. We will build on existing dynamic skills to develop smoother and more powerful beats, circles, drops, twists, and sequences.
Intermediate Dynamic Trapeze is for aerialists who are already familiar and comfortable with the apparatus and the foundational skills of dynamic movement, including basic beats, hip circles, and ankle hang.
Advanced Beginning Dynamic Trapeze is for aerialists who have a solid foundation of strength and/or some previous trapeze experience. Students in this class will work to solidify foundational dynamic movements such as hip circles, beats, and basic sequencing.
Beginning Dynamic Trapeze will cover the building blocks of dynamic movements, including beats, drops, and circles. We will start with establishing a foundation of strength-building, beginning beats, learning about safe ways to fall, and solidifying static positions to which we can later add movement. This class is taught by Becky Rabensdorf.
Duo Trapeze is a drop-in class that meets on Tuesdays from 7-8pm. Some prior trapeze experience is required. All new students must either come with a partner or be willing to either base or fly as needed.
I strongly recommend that everyone participating in class is fully vaccinated AND boosted for COVID-19. You must sign and agree to the terms in the MCS COVID-19 waiver to participate in class.
About the Instructor
Carly teaches both German wheel and static trapeze at MCS. She received her aerial teacher training from Carrie Heller of the Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, Georgia and the Introduction to Teaching Aerials program through Nimble Arts. Since then, she has furthered her personal aerial training with classes in San Francisco, London, Chicago, Québec City, Montréal, and Brattleboro, VT. Coming to static trapeze from a background in flying trapeze and wheel, Carly loves practicing and teaching dynamic movements like beats, circles, rolls, and drops. With beginners, Carly emphasizes strength and fundamentals, using fun teaching drills and conditioning exercises in her classes to help her students gain confidence and make tangible progress over time.
Becky Rabensdorf is a Beginning Dynamic Trapeze instructor who has completed teacher training with the Born to Fly curriculum. She has worked for Head over Wheels teaching and performing German wheel for several years, and she is also an instructor with Flying Trapeze Madison. She has performed and competed in various shows and events, including the first ever Cirque du Sylvee in 2019, the 2019 MadFest Juggling Extravaganza, and the 2018 Wheel Gymnastics World Championships in Switzerland. Becky trains in a variety of disciplines at MCS, including German wheel, trapeze, and teeterboard.