Beginning class meets Thursdays, 7-8pm, from October 24th-November 21st, 2019
Intermediate class meets Mondays, 7-8pm, from September 23rd-October 21st, 2019
$110 for five-week series or $25/class drop-in
Payment is due via Venmo (to Carly-Schuna), PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org), check (made out to Head Over Wheels), or cash before or on the first day of class.
None for Beginning; complete Beginning German Wheel series or equivalent prior experience for Intermediate
Carly SchunaLuke Emery
Please fill out the form below or at this link to register. Thank you!
No experience required! Get a thorough and awesome introduction to the German wheel in this five-week class. You’ll learn to rock on the wheel, roll with a partner, do cartwheels, and much more. This class will build the fundamental experience you need to progress further with wheel, and it’s also a great refresher for anyone with some prior experience.
Welcome back to the German wheel! In this class, you’ll advance the skills you already have by learning and refining forward and backward flips, free flying, bridge variations, hip circles, balances on top of the wheel, and more. A prerequisite is Beginning German Wheel or equivalent prior experience.
For kids between the ages of 8 and 13, with any level of wheel experience! Have fun practicing your favorite tricks and learning more about balancing the wheel, making it move in different ways, and picking up some new skills.
Can’t get enough spiral? This class is for you! Intended for wheelers of all skill levels, this class will cover foundational spiral skills, including big and small spiral basic movements and variations, pair straddle spiral, spiral moves that are safe to practice independently, and spiral spotting.
German Wheel FAQ
Q: Am I beginner or intermediate?
A: If you know how to sit rock, stomach rock, and do at least a couple different kinds of cartwheels, you’re good to go for the intermediate class. If you’ve never stepped on the German wheel before or have done nothing beyond rocking back and forth, you’ll be better off in the beginner class.
Q: What will I learn?
A: In the beginner class, we’ll learn to rock back and forth, do some pair movements, do cartwheels in foot straps, sit on the bars of the wheel, drape over the wheel on our stomachs, and move the wheel in a spiral motion. In the intermediate class, we’ll learn to free fly, stand on the wheel, do bridge variations, do backward and forward flips, hip circles, and some spiral elements.
Q: Do you teach all ages?
A: Except for the kid/teen class, these classes are for ages 13 and up only. We sometimes take younger children, but only with prior approval. Please do not sign your child up if he or she is younger than 12 unless you have received permission.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Anything that allows freedom of movement is great. Leave jewelry, belts, and other dangly accessories at home, and tie up your hair if it’s long. Some students find compression clothing helpful. Thin-soled, canvas shoes (such as Converse or martial arts shoes) are best for wheeling, but you can get by with general athletic/tennis shoes as well.
Q: What if I can’t make one of the class sessions?
A: That’s okay, but you will still have to pay the rate for the full multi-week session OR work out a reduced fee up front with the instructor.
Q: Do I have to be in shape?
A: No! German wheel is a fun way to get in better shape, whether you are completely ripped or completely lazy. It’s for people of all sizes, shapes, and physical abilities, and it’s awesome because it will work all your muscles in a safe, low-impact way.
Q: What if I have an injury or physical limitation?
A: Not a problem, but please let us know ahead of time. We’ll try to work around it.
Q: I have other questions!
A: Great! Write to us at headoverwheelscircus(AT)gmail(DOT)com. We look forward to hearing from you!
About the Instructor
Carly Schuna is a five-time (2014-2017; 2019) U.S. Open All-Around Champion in wheel gymnastics and a certified German wheel coach. She has performed both solo and duo wheel acts at events such as the Wheel Gymnastics World Championships, MadFest 47th Annual Juggling Extravaganza, and the Cycropia Aerial Dance production of Saturniidae. Carly is also a founder and executive board member of the Madison Circus Space, where she regularly teaches wheel classes.
Luke Emery has performed and taught circus arts all around the world, including juggling, ball spinning, German wheel, and Cyr wheel. He is a certified wheel coach through the USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation. Like Carly, Luke is a founder and executive board member at the Madison Circus Space, where he teaches and practices circus arts.