Introduction to Aerial (7-16 Years)
Tutor: Farrell Cox and Caitlin Higgins
A fun and supportive introduction to aerial
hoop, silks and trapeze led by our new aerial teacher Farrell Cox and supporting artists Caitlin Higgins. The course will go over the basics to ensure
all students have a safe and sound understanding which will enable them to
eventually advance in their aerial skills. The sessions are very physical and
will also build upon strength, flexibility and stamina. This class is for young
people aged 7-16 years with no experience in Aerial, dance, or gymnastics.
Spring 2023 Term 1: 11th Jan - 15th Feb (6 weeks - £51)
Spring 2023 Term 2: 1st Mar - 29th Mar (5 weeks - £42.50)
Aerial Junior improvers course for young people for aged 7-16 years
Each class will begin with a group warm up. During class participants will learn how to mount and dismount equipment and learn a series of basic trapeze/ aerial hoop moves throughout the block. The class will end with a cool down and stretch.
If you would like more information about any of our classes please contact the Box Office or see our FAQs below. All children’s classes are payable per half term unless indicated as a drop-in class – advanced booking is strongly advised for some of our drop-in classes. All under 18s must complete an enrolment form.
We want you to enjoy your classes safely. If you have an injury or health issue that may affect your participation please let us know.
How do I register my child for classes?
We run two types of classes, drop-in and pay termly.
The exception to this is Déda’s Youth Performance Companies Bounceback and Youth Dance and Circus Company (1 & 2), both of which entry is by an audition process. Please speak to a member of the Box Office team who will advise you on when the relevant auditions are and how to apply.
Déda requires an enrolment form to be completed for each child that attends a class. Forms can be picked up from the Box Office and returned on completion. If there are any changes in details, please inform us as soon as possible.
Are classes run as courses or drop in sessions?
Both. Most of our Academy classes are bookable in a half-termly block (tasters available on request), with the exception of Play Dance Move which is a drop-in class for ages 18 months to 4 years. Our Adult classes are largely drop in classes, with the exception of Aerial, which is booked as a course. See our classes page for more information www.deda.uk.com/classes. Advanced booking is strongly recommended for popular classes, as they often sell out quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I or my parent/guardian come and watch?
We want everyone who takes part to be comfortable, safe and have as much attention from the tutor as possible; therefore we do not allow any spectators into the studio when classes are taking place.
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 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.