Aerial (An Introduction)
Tutor: Gareth Bailey
Perfect for complete beginners who want to build their aerial skills. Each class will begin with a group warm up.
During the class, participants will learn how to mount and dismount equipment and learn a series of basic moves, primarily using the trapeze.
The class will end with a cool down and stretch.
Autumn Term 1 : 5th Sep - 10th Oct
Autumn Term 2 : 31st Oct - 12th Dec
What to wear: We recommend clothing which covers the skin, particularly your back and abdominals. Avoid zips, studs or jewellery as this may get caught in the equipment. Please wear leggings or clothing you can easily move around in with bare feet.
A chance to begin learning aerial skills. No experience required.
Our classes will feature a warm-up, conditioning and stretching exercises followed by learning a range of mounts and moves on the apparatus. These classes will also help build the confidence, technique and stamina required for the next level of training.
What to bring: We recommend clothing which covers the skin, particularly back and abdominals. Avoid zips, studs or jewellery as this may get caught in the equipment. Please wear leggings or clothing you can easily move around in with bare feet.
Progression of our aerial classes
Our classes are broken down into one of the following levels:
- An Introduction: Designed for beginners. Gareth will ensure that all class participants are catered for in the session.
- Level 1: Suitable for beginners, those returning to dance or exercise & people looking to master the fundamentals of a style.
- Level 2: Perfect for people seeking progression, skills development and those who want to learn new and more challenging moves or steps.
Will Aerial class get me fit?
Static Aerial or Fixed Point Ropes and Silks courses will increase strength, stamina and flexibility as well as giving an all-round workout; especially working core and upper body muscles. Within a few weeks you'll develop strength and muscles you never knew you had!
Tutors will always deliver a comprehensive warm up and cool down before and after every activity.
If you feel tired or fatigued at any time during the activity you must tell the tutor and follow their advice.
Do I have to be fit and healthy to take part?
To safely take part in a Static Aerial or Fixed-Point Ropes and Silks course, you must be in good health, without injury and have a good level of upper body strength. You must not take part in these classes if you are pregnant.
When doing these classes, you must take good care of your hands and feet and take proper care of any calluses and blisters that may develop over the course. Please speak to your tutor at the beginning or during the activity if you develop either of these.
How high off the floor will I be?
Between 1 and 4 metres, dependent on experience and ability. This will be assessed by your tutor.
How many people will be in each Aerial class?
To ensure participants have sufficient time on each piece of equipment, we have limited our class capacities to a maximum of 10 for each course.
What should I wear to a class?
You are advised to wear close fitting dance style clothing – leggings, leotards etc. T-shirts and tight tracksuit bottoms are also suitable but your top/t-shirt must be long enough to stay tucked in at all times. Please avoid clothing with zips or button fastenings which can get caught in the equipment. It is really important that the backs of the knees are covered. The classes are all done in bare feet.
All jewellery must be removed and any body piercings (especially those around the midriff) must be removed or taped. Long hair must be tied back safely.
Are there risks associated with Aerial classes?
All physical activity carries an amount of risk so all classes at Déda including Aerial are assessed, then guidelines and procedures are put in place to minimise that risk. Our experienced Aerial tutors will ensure all participants have all movements explained and demonstrated before they try anything themselves and wherever possible tried at ground level before using the equipment.
Participants are only to perform moves that have been demonstrated and agreed with the tutor and are advised to hold on to the equipment at all times unless advised to do otherwise by the tutor in charge of the activity.
There will be crash mats under all equipment and gym mats around the area where the activity is taking place.
Which class is right for me?
We have a range of classes at Déda in a variety of styles for different abilities. Our friendly Box Office team can help recommend the right class for you, call in or call us for a chat.
Our classes are organized into the following levels:
Level 1: Suitable for beginners, those returning to dance or exercise & people looking to master the fundamentals of a style.
Level 2: Perfect for people seeking progression, skills development and those who want to learn new and more challenging moves or steps.
Level 1 & 2: Designed for all abilities - tutors will ensure all levels are catered for in the session.
Do you have changing facilities?
Yes. Upstairs we have full changing facilities with lockers and showers. Lockers require a token which can be purchased at front of house for 75p.
I have an injury - can I still attend my class?
If you are injured you should let your class tutor know at the start of the session. Please seek the advice of your GP before participating in the class if you are concerned.