AerFire Youth Programming is designed to provide a fun, safe, nurturing atmosphere across the performing arts for children as they grow. Most of our students will not become professional performers. However, at AerFire we train each one with the responsibility of knowing they could, and the responsibility of ensuring they could with the training they receive at AerFire. Each student benefits from the work ethic, high standards, and real opportunities to perform in various venues. Each student
deserves to grow at their own pace, with body acceptance, confidence, respect, and care!
Check out our Youth Aerial Classes:
Join us for AerFire's first ever Combo Class for ages 3-6! In this 1 hour class, we will explore aerial, dance, and tumbling. Throughout the 12 week session, students will gain listening skills, strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality, and creativity.
Combo class combines Aerial, Dance, and Tumbling!
Spring Session: 12- week session April 1- June 22
Cost: $250 for 12 week course
Tuesdays 4-5pm (NEW! For Spring Session)
For ages 6-9, Aerial Jr is an introductory level aerial and tumbling class designed to prepare children for the AerFire Beginner Youth Aerial class. We utilize circus silks, hammock/sling, rings, lyra, and pole. We focus on foundational coordination, strength, and flexibility while learning all the basic skills.
Classes are 60 minutes once per week.
Youth Intro to Aerial
For ages 8+, this is a 6 week course designed to give an introduction to aerial arts with a focus on safety and knowledge of body mechanics. Basic skills on circus silks, hammock/sling, lyra, pole, and rings are introduced in this course.
Classes are 60 minutes once per week.
Cost: $120 for 6 week course
Next Course Dates: July 1st - August 10th
Youth Beginner Aerial
Youth Beginner Aerial Classes are for children ages 8+ who decide that they want to learn aerial arts. Foundational strength and skill work is emphasized. Beginning stages of creating and choreography are enjoyed. Circus silks, hammock/sling, lyra, pole, and rings are the apparatuses we use in this course.
AerFire has a curriculum of content we spiral through on a flexible schedule to ensure each child is working at a pace appropriate for their body and each child is learning the skills and gaining the strength required for success!
Students must attend at minimum one full calendar year of Youth Beginner Aerial classes before consideration for promotion to Recreational or Intermediate Aerial. Children may repeat Beginner level classes as many times as it takes to complete the work. Children may repeat Beginner level classes due to age or maturity & readiness. There is no rush to intermediate! Children who master Beginner level work at a deep level will soar high!
Youth Beginner Aerial Classes are on a year-round schedule of one 90 minute class once per week.
Youth Recreational Aerial
For children ages 10+ who have been promoted from Youth Beginner Aerial classes, Recreational Aerial is for children who want to take a slow and steady approach to aerial arts training. Recreational Aerial is recommended for children who participate in other athletic activities
outside of AerFire. Aerial Arts training beyond the beginning stages is intense athletic work. It is wise to moderate if a child wishes to do multiple sports. Recreational Aerial is a slow, gentle approach beyond
The class curriculum for Recreational Youth reviews all beginner content in a spiral routine, adding new skills slowly. There is a limit to the skills that can be taught at this level because many skills beyond beginner require specific athletic conditioning. That conditioning takes class time, but more importantly that level of conditioning takes rest days between aerial classes. If a child is doing other sports, especially upperbody dependent sports, outside of AerFire on their aerial rest days, they are high risk for major injuries if training aerial at their full potential. AerFire Instructors are skilled at assessing for things like fatigue and over-reaching in student’s work and will moderate to avoid injury. We will err on the side of caution, and that means that children who are juggling multiple sports will progress in aerial more slowly.
Children deserve the opportunity to explore many things when they are young. The recreational aerial track allows them to do that. They can decide to focus on aerial with more intensity and move into the Youth Intermediate Class when they are ready.
Youth Recreational Aerial classes are on a year-round schedule of one 90 minute class once per week.
Youth Intermediate Aerial
For children ages 10+ who have been promoted from Youth Beginner Aerial classes, Youth Intermediate Aerial classes are a step up into the intense athletic work of aerial arts. Intermediate Aerial is for children who truly love aerial and are willing to put in the work to build aerial muscle!
ALL body shapes and sizes are capable of pursuing aerial arts at this level!!! The limiting factor is mental tenacity. AerFire Youth Intermediate Aerial classes teach tenacity, how to condition, the science behind why we do what we do. We teach how to train like an athlete and create like an artist!
AerFire Intermediate Youth curriculum spirals review of all beginner level content as warm-up. We add a conditioning specific class to ensure that each child is building their body aerial-strong. We keep classes small so we can individualize conditioning work at an appropriate level for each person. Example: Susie has hypermobile shoulders and needs specific strength warm-ups before class. We teach her those in conditioning class. Timmy has tight hamstrings and cannot access skills that require him to touch his toes. We give him specific work to build strength and flexibility for his hamstrings in conditioning class. These two children have different bodies with different needs. Both can succeed if given the appropriate help, especially if they learn to independently care for their own body as they grow. A primary goal in Intermediate conditioning classes is to teach children how to train their own bodies effectively and safely. Skill Classes at the Intermediate Level shift focus toward the theory and function behind the fun tricks. Why? How? This enables us to study higher levels of skill safely. This encourages children to make wise choices, always weighing the risk to benefit ratio of each skill.
The curriculum content of Youth Intermediate is designed to cover a wide range of skills across apparatus to enable students to truly master their craft. The majority of advanced aerial work globally is a variation on the foundational skills we learn at AerFire. A primary aim of Intermediate Level work is conditioning the body to be prepared to master any aerial apparatus. All foundational movement patterns are not only covered, but trained properly into muscle memory, all while working within boundaries of minimal risk.
Youth Intermediate Aerial are on a year-round schedule of two 90 minute classes per week.
Youth Advanced Aerial
For Ages 12+ through adults, Advanced Aerial students must demonstrate a mastery of Intermediate level work. Both the actual skills and the science behind them must be understood before entering the Advanced Aerial Class. Advanced students must maintain Advanced level strength. Strength assessments will be done regularly. These are tough! Strength is injury prevention in the aerial studio at this level, and so strength standards must remain strict. Advanced students must maintain a minimum of Intermediate level mastery on every apparatus, even if they choose to specialize in one apparatus as their advanced work.
Advanced students must approach training with independent responsibility, humility, and respect for their body, respect for their instructors, respect for their peers, and respect for the Art. This class will become a close knit group of six, and every attitude in the room matters. At this level, you will AerFire Youth Aerial Program be sharing space with aerialists who are better than you in some things. You will be the best at some things. If you cannot handle this circumstance with maturity, Advanced Aerial at AerFire is not for you.
Advanced Aerial is on a year-round schedule of two 90 minute classes and one 3 hour Saturday workshop every week.