Class Descriptions

Try-It-Out Trapeze
Trapeze 1
The Static Trapeze is a stationary bar suspended in the air by a rope on each side. By using Trapezes that are close to the ground, students will learn basic aerial skills such as hanging by their knees, sitting and standing on the bar, and a variety of poses and positions that are quite impressive and exhilarating but still doable. This is a great introductory class for anyone wanting to try out aerial art; no experience is necessary.
Trapeze 2
For students who have completed a minimum of 6 weeks of Trapeze 1 class, met the prerequisites, and received instructor permission, Trapeze 2 Class leaps into the more advanced elements of the trapeze. Students will begin learning rope skills, combinations, and staying up in the air longer. Students can expect to learn skills such as seahorse, X back arch, front pullover, straddle back balance, arabesque sequence, forward roll, and ankle hang.
Prerequisites
  • Double up and L-up AKA Rock n Roll safely without spotter
  • Bent arm hang from bar in tuck 5 seconds
  • Egg on ropes 5 seconds
  • Straddle under bar safely without help and and hold 5 seconds
  • Must have minimum 6 weeks of Trapeze 1 OR private lessons AND instructor permission
Trapeze 3
This class is for students who have taken a minimum of 6 weeks of Trapeze 2 and have instructor permission and meet the prerequisites. Level 3 dives into more complicated wraps, rolls, and swings, and introduces some basic strength moves. Some skills that we will work on in this class include: 1 knee roll up, iron cross, crows nest, wrapped angel, amazon, and 1 knee hang. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • 1 pullup in tuck position on bar and 1 pullup in tuck position on rope (starting in strait arm tuck hang)
  • Sea Horse with good form on both sides
  • Forward roll with good form (traditional)
  • Crucifix with good form
  • Ankle hang with good form
  • Inversion on ropes with good form and no jump
  • Must have minimum 6 weeks of Trapeze 2 OR private lessons AND instructor permission
Trapeze 3/4
Trapeze 4
Students who have taken a minimum of 6 weeks of Trapeze 3, met the prerequisites, and have instructor permission can delve into the exciting world of Trapeze 4! Some skills that we will work on in this class include: Pike throughs, straight arm work, foot flag, toe and heel hang, back balance, mermaid spins, double wrapped angel, meat hooks, and much more. Creativity exercises will also be a part of this class. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Pullover with strait legs and no jump, thread through to sit with good form both sides
  • Shoulder stand to straddle back balance with good form
  • Single wrapped angel with good form
  • Scissor roll up both sides
  • Amazon both sides
  • Crows nest
  • Must have minimum 6 weeks of Trapeze 3 OR private lessons AND instructor permission
Trapeze 4/5
Duo Trapeze
Sharing weight and space with another person on a static trapeze increases artistic possibility and general awesomeness while challenging strength, awareness, trust, sensitivity, and confidence. Expect to build these things together while learning basic holds and dynamic movements in a fun, noncompetitive environment. An emphasis will always be on safe technique. Sign up solo or with a partner.
Prerequisites
  • Pull-Up
  • Clean Pullover
  • Single Knee Hang
Trapeze Ensemble
This class is a group choreography class using trapeze. Students with instructor's permission may take this class and be choreographed, or collaborate to create their own group performance piece. Must commit to participation in final performance. Come prepared to have fun, get creative, and have a blast!
Prerequisites
  • Instructor permission
Silks Choreography
Prerequisites
  • Silks 2 and higher
Wraps & Creative Movement
Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite is Silks 5
Silks Intro and Strength Building
Aerial fabrics are a beautiful aerial apparatus that consists of two pieces of strong fabric that are hung together on a swivel and used to make beautiful shapes and poses. If you are excited about climbing, wrapping, and making shapes in the air while suspended and supported by fabric, this is the class for you! This class is a fun, beginner friendly introduction to Aerial fabric or "Silks". There are no prerequisites to take this class and it is designed to help you build the strength you need and learn the technique and vocabulary in order to progress efficiently in our fabric classes. Come prepared to work hard and have fun trying something new!
Silks 1
In this class, our students will begin low to the ground and work their way higher as they build strength, stamina, and familiarity with basic climbs, wraps, and body positions. Students can expect to learn leg lock and foot lock sequences as well as man on the moon and basic climbs and descents.
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Aerial Fitness or Silks intro, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • Classic climb halfway up and inchworm down
  • Must be able to invert in a straddle from the ground with fabric apart AND fabric together. NO KNOT and without help. Perfect form is not necessary.
  • 3-second bent-arm hang in hollow body.
Silks 1.5
Similar to Silks 1. Pre-requisites are having taken Silks 1 at least one time previously and to be able to get through the Leg Lock Sequence.
Silks 2

In this exciting class, students will increase their strength and stamina as they work higher, stay in the air longer, and learn skills like bat, X back straddle, superman drop, lotus, ankle hang, catchers sequence and more. Students should expect to have fun and be challenged!

Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 1, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • Must be able to invert in a straddle from the air (fabrics together AND apart) without help. Perfect form is not necessary.
  • Solid leg lock sequence, on both sides, without verbal cues
  • Classic climb to the top and hand-under-hand descent 2 consecutive times, without touching the ground in between
  • Solid 6 hangs (10 seconds each)
  • Verbal explanation of leg lock sequence
Silks 2/3

In this exciting class, students will increase their strength and stamina as they work higher, stay in the air longer, and learn skills like bat, X back straddle, superman drop, lotus, ankle hang, catchers sequence and more. Students should expect to have fun and be challenged!

Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 1, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • Solid leg lock sequence, on both sides, without verbal cues
  • Classic climb to the top and hand-under-hand descent 2 times
  • Solid 6 hangs (10 seconds each)
  • Verbal explanation of leg lock sequence
  • Invert in straddle from a climb
Silks 3

In this class, students will work on skills such as hip key, same side stand up, Georgia twist, Big L, Flamingo Arabesque seq, trapeze drop and more. Strength, stamina, and good form will be a focus in this class. Come prepared to work hard and have fun. An emphasis will also be placed on fabric theory and understanding "what's holding you up".

Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 2, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • Crossback straddle with good form and verbal explanation
  • Superman drop with good form and not grabbing with the feet in the pullover, and verbal explanation
  • Hold 10-second bent arm hang then invert with good form
Silks 3/4
Silks 4
In this class we will focus on dives such as 360, tick tock, and salto, as well as belay, single star, bottle opener and more. Students are expected to have a solid understanding of foundational skills and positions and be able to execute them with proper form and technique. A strong focus will be placed on over all understanding of good form, "what's holding you up and why does it work?" and the ability to give verbal explanations. Creativity and performance exercises will also be a part of the class.
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 3, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • 3 knee climbs, starting on the less-dominant side and switching sides
  • Execute flamingo arabesque sequence with good form on both sides and a verbal explanation
  • 3 connected straddles with straight legs
  • Fankick to waist lock in the air
  • 2-minute sequence to demonstrate endurance
Silks 4/5

This class is for students who are between levels 4 and 5 or meet the prerequisites for 1 class but not the other and would like to focus on what they still need work on within these levels.

Silks 5
This class will focus on skills like wheel downs, cartwheel, hip key roll around, scorpian, around the world, split roll, bug climb and more. Sequencing, good form, and endurance will continue to be a focus as well as understanding the wraps that you are in, how they were created, and why they work.  Students can also expect a focus on performance skills.
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 4, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission
  • straddle climb, leglock climb, waistlock climb, same-side slide-down as a sequence
  • 2 different s-wraps
  • Solid tick tock
  • Solid salto into single star as a sequence (salto not required for men)
  • Verbal explanation of all three drops
  • Hold 10-second bent arm hang then 3 straddles with straight legs
  • 3-minute sequence to demonstrate endurance
Silks 5/6

This class is for students who are between levels 5 and 6 or meet the prerequisites for 1 class but not the other and would like to focus on what they still need work on within these levels.

Silks 6
In this class students can expect to work on single ankle hangs and sequences, Split drop, Double star, Kevin fall back, Spool drop, Straddle slack drop, mobius climb and much more. Students are expected to have a solid understanding of what keeps them safe, suspended, and what creates movement and why. A continued focus will also be made on creativity and performance quality.
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 5, or private lessons
  • Instructor permission.
  • Hold 10-second straight arm hang and invert (from each of the 3 straight arm hangs)
  • Wheel down with froggy legs and reasonably good form
  • Mastery of Hip-Key roll-around, New York into Crossback straddle
  • Three Twisty Crochet climbs into Elena Brocade sequence
  • Verbal explanation of the above skills
Advanced Silks: Beyond Technique
This experimental advanced silks class will be co-taught by Meg and Becky and will explore wrap fundamentals as well as musicality and creative variations on the fabric. Prerequisites are that you must have completed at least one session of Silks Level 6 and have instructor permission.
Prerequisites
  • Completion of at least one session of Silks Level 6.
  • Instructor permission required.
Rope 1
Corde Lisse is a long, thick, rope that just begs to be climbed, swung, and played on! In this class you will learn a variety of climbs and wraps while staying close to the ground. We will cover skills such as footlock, leg lock, hip key, catchers, skater, and lotus, arabesque, and hollywoood. Rope is unique, exciting, and full of dynamic and swinging movements. Students are encouraged to wear layers including a tight fitting under layer on thighs and waist and thicker layers on top for their own comfort and protection. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Silks 1 or private lessons AND instructor permission
  • Must be able to classic climb to the top, descending hand over hand 2x without touching the ground
  • Must be able to invert from the air
  • Must have solid 6 hangs 10 seconds each.
Rope 1/2
Rope 2
In Rope 2 students will move on to more challenging skills such as salto, same side stand up, ankle hang, bottle opener, hip hops, and single star drops as well as continuing to practice level 1 skills higher off the ground. Students will also begin to explore more fully why certain wraps do what they do and why certain transitions work or do not work. Swinging work including straddle switches will also be a focus of this class. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Rope 1 or private lessons AND instructor permission
  • Must be able to connect 3 bent arm straddle inversions with good form
  • Must have solid same side hood transition to back balance on both sides
  • Must be able to fankick into hipkey from the air with good form on both sides.
  • Solid catchers hang sequence on both sides and must be able to give clear verbal explanation
Rope 2/3
Rope 3
In Rope 3 students will dive into even more momentum and swinging work including scissor and combo beats, as well as skills like kevin fall back, s-wraps, windmills, nivek, cartwheel, and split roll. Students will also be guided in the process of gaining a better understanding and recognition of the wraps they are in and what makes them safe. As always, come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Minimum of 6 weeks of Rope 2 or private lessons AND instructor permission
  • Solid transition from 2 knee hang to crucifix on both sides
  • Solid bottle opener sequence, and salto, on both sides
  • Must be able to walk down single star with control and good form on both sides
  • Must be able to give verbal explanation of salto, single star, and bottle opener sequence
Rope 3/4
Rope 4
In this class, students will continue to be challenged and inspired by the incredible adventure that is Aerial rope. Students must have permission of the instructor to participate in this class and can expect to work on creative sequences to build flow and endurance as well as skills like rotating baby, trout, meat hooks, 1 foot hangs, star drops,sailboat, beat sequences and more! As always, come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Instructor permission
Rope 4/5
Rope Ensemble
Hoop 1
The Aerial Hoop, sometimes called Lyra, is a large metal hoop that is suspended from either one or two hang points. In this class students will work at their own pace learning to swing, spin, and execute skills under, on, and above the hoop. This beautiful apparatus will challenge and delight students as they learn to move gracefully through space with the hoop as their partner. Aerial hoop is a versatile, exciting, and challenging piece of equipment. No prerequisites! Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Hoop 2
This class is for students who have mastered most or all of the skills taught in hoop level 1 and are ready to move on to more difficult skill combinations and transitions. In this class students will begin to work on strength and balance skills, as well as even more exciting combinations. Check out the prerequisites to see if this class is right for you! Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Must have taken a mimimum of 6 weeks of Hoop 1 OR private lessons AND Instructor permission
  • Solid and smooth level 1 Hoop sequence connected with good form
Hoop 2/3
Hoop 3
In this class, students who have mastered most or all of the skills taught in hoop level 2 will begin working on more advanced moves and sequences. Students can expect to learn some bigger tricks and even drops that require a little more strength and precision as well as building stamina with spinning sequence combinations. Check out the prerequisites to see if this class is right for you! Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
Prerequisites
  • Must have taken a mimimum of 6 weeks of Hoop 2 OR private lessons AND Instructor permission
  • Solid and smooth level 2 Hoop sequence connected with good form
Slings 1
Come play in the air while supported by aerial sling! The aerial sling is a beautiful form of suspended movement made of fabric hung in a loop or "hammock" attached at the same hang point. In this class, students will be guided through some basic aerial skills on the sling as well as ways to use the sling for stretching and strengthening exercises. No previous experience required. Come prepared to have fun and try something new!
Slings 1/2
Come play in the air while supported by aerial sling! The aerial sling is a beautiful form of suspended movement made of fabric hung in a loop or "hammock" attached at the same hang point. In this class, students will be guided through some basic aerial skills on the sling as well as ways to use the sling for stretching and strengthening exercises. No previous experience required. Come prepared to have fun and try something new!
Prerequisites
  • Slings 1
Slings 2
In this class you will be building on the skills learned in aerial slings 1 and together we will explore more sling options such as inversions, drops, spins and more complex wraps. Students can expect to spend more time off the ground with an emphasis on strength building as well as stretching for increased range of motion. Students will also be encouraged to play with the creative ways to move within the sling. Prerequisite Slings 1 and/or instructor permission.
Prerequisites
  • Must be able to invert in straddle from the air safely and without help
  • 5 second bent arm tuck hang with good form
  • Must have taken a minimum of 6 weeks of Slings 1 OR private lessons AND instructor permission.
Intermediate Slings
In this class we will be exploring wraps, building creativity, musicality and working on variations.
Prerequisites
  • Must have taken slings 2 and have instructor permission.
  • Must be comfortable with leg lock variations, flying angel variations, 4 sequence and gator roll.
Aerial Fitness 1
Fight off the boredom of routine with us in this upbeat new class! By supporting and manipulating your own body on our Trapeze Bars, Ropes, and Fabrics, you will find that fitness can be new and fun again! Burn calories, gain flexibility, build muscle, and develop increased stamina in a creative and supportive environment. Students should be prepared to work hard, have fun, get stronger, and make friends while doing it!
Conditioning for Aerialists
Bump your aerial game up to the next level! Work in this class will focus on improving upper body and core strength as well as gaining aerial awareness and increasing endurance. If you are tired of struggling and ready to dominate your apparatus, come sweat it out with fellow aerialists and turn your inner monkey into a beast! Students must be level 2 in at least 1 aerial apparatus in order to participate in this class.
Prerequisites
  • Must have a minimum of 6 weeks of level 2 in either Silks, Rope, or Hoop OR private lessons.
Straddle Up Power Hour
Take your straddle inversions to the next level in this exciting 1 hour, inversion focused, action packed, conditioning class! Whether you are struggling to get your straddle from the ground, from the air, or just wanting a fabulous workout to improve your already strong straddle, this class is for you! This class is especially helpful for students in Silks Intro, Silks 1, Hoop 1, and Trapeze 1 who are working towards the next level.
Prerequisites
  • Must have taken at least 6 weeks of Silks intro and strength building or Aerial Fitness.
Yoga for Aerialists
Ground Circus
Partner Acrobatics
In this intro level class, we will explore a range of partner and group acrobatic poses, transitions, pyramids, and tumbling. We will develop strength and technique, and focus on the “hows” of balancing, breaking down how each trick works. We will also learn safe spotting techniques. Each student will get to try basing, flying, and spotting. …Students do not need to have experience with partner acrobatics, but It's recommend that students are comfortable doing handstands against a wall. No partner is required – the whole class will work together.
Tumbling and Handstands
In this class the instructor will work with beginners through intermediate level to accomplish their goals in acrobatics, hand stands, and partnering. Attention will be given to establishing a solid acrobatic foundation from which to build as well as conditioning the body with drills and progressions. Flip, roll, dive, and jump your way to fitness and fun in this exciting new class! Come prepared to work hard, have fun, learn new things, and make friends while doing it!  No prerequisites.
Circus Coalition
This is an open practice time to work on ground based skills (no aerial) in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment. You do not need to be an expert! All levels welcome! Come as you are and practice what you know as well as be inspired by others in juggling, tumbling, Hoop dance, balancing, stilt walking, partnering, and more! All participants must sign a waiver and anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian's signature in order to participate.

Ages 13 and up (or instructor permission)

Open Aerial

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to practice and perfect the skills they have learned in class. Although a qualified instructor will be present, no instruction will be given. Students are asked to share equipment and to warm up before performing any aerial skills. Bumbershoot policy also asks that students not teach or spot one another. These informal practice sessions are a great way to master your own personal aerial goals and to help maximize your progress in class.

Ground skills such as acrobatics, juggling, balancing, etc. may also be practiced at regular Open Aerials or Showcase Open Aerials (if the student is performing in the showcase) as space allows. Students are asked to be respectful of other's time and space and not make messes or leave equipment laying around ;-)

No need to register, Drop-Ins Are Welcome!

$12 per person for Bumbershoot students

$17 for non-students

Must me 18 years of age or older to participate.

Regular Open Aerial
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Showcase Open Aerial
Tuesday 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Circus Coalition
Sunday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pre-K Bumberplay
Wednesday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Open Aerial Policies
Open Aerial Practice

  • Open Aerial Practice is a supervised but open practice time and no instruction will be given by the instructor. Cost is $12 for Bumbershoot students and $17 for non-students.
  • Prepaid punch cards are available to Bumbershoot students at a discounted rate ($100 for 11 practices).
  • You are considered a current Bumbershoot student if you are enrolled in a class or have taken a class or private lesson within the last 2 weeks AND are continuing consistent private or semi private training at Bumbershoot no less frequently than every 2 weeks.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for Bumbershoot students.
Open Aerial Rules for Students

  • You are only allowed to use equipment on which you have obtained instruction from a Bumbershoot Coach.
  • Open studio time ís a time to practice skills that you have learned in a class AT BUMBERSHOOT and which have been approved by your coach to practice. It is NOT a time to teach yourseìf new skills.
  • You may NOT teach or spot another Open Aerial Student on any new skills. Spotting for conditioning exercises, however, is encouraged!
  • If the instructor on duty feels that something you are doing is not safe for you to practice during Open Aerial you must stop until approval is agreed upon by your coach and the instructor on duty.
  • Share the equipment, warm yourself up before getting on it, and always have an appropriate mat underneath you. If this is unclear to you, check with the instructor on duty.
Open Aerial Rules for Non-Bumbershoot Students

  • In addition to the rules above, you must call ahead and set up a complimentary 10 minute orientation with a Bumbershoot coach prior to participating in Open Aerial for the first time.
  • Non-students may not do any drops or rolls during Open Aerial that have not been approved by a Bumbershoot coach.
Teens Aerial Class: Ages 11+
Intro to Silks & Rope
Aerial fabrics are a beautiful aerial apparatus that consists of two pieces of strong fabric that are hung together on a swivel and used to make beautiful shapes and poses. Corde Lisse is a long, thick, rope that just begs to be climbed, swung, and played on! This class is a fun, beginner friendly introduction to Aerial fabric or "Silks" and Corde Lisse or "Rope." There are no prerequisites to take this class and it is designed to help you build strength and technique and learn how they differ on these two apparatus. Come prepared to work hard and have fun trying something new!
Straddle Up Power Hour
Take your straddle inversions to the next level in this exciting 1 hour, inversion focused, action packed, conditioning class! Wether you are struggling to get your straddle from the ground, from the air, or just wanting a fabulous workout to improve your already strong straddle, this class is for you! This class is especially helpful for students in Silks Intro, Silks 1, Hoop 1, and Trapeze 1 who are working towards the next level.
Intro to Trap & Silks
This class will explore strength building and introductory tricks on the Trapeze and Silks.
Aerial Sampler
The Aerial Sampler Class is a combination of Static Trapeze and Aerial Fabrics.

The Static Trapeze is a stationary bar suspended in the air by a rope on each side. By using Trapezes that are close to the ground, students will learn basic aerial skills such as hanging by their knees, sitting and standing on the bar, and a variety of poses and positions that are quite impressive and exhilarating but still doable.

Aerial fabrics are a beautiful aerial apparatus that consists of two pieces of strong fabric that are hung together on a swivel and used to make beautiful shapes and poses. If you are excited about climbing, wrapping, and making shapes in the air while suspended and supported by fabric, this is the class for you! This class is a fun, beginner friendly introduction to Aerial fabric or "Silks".

Come prepared to work hard and have fun trying something new. You can discover which aerial apparatus fits you and from here, you can continue on to a level one Trapeze or Aerial Silks class!
Kids Ensemble
Kids Circus
Is your child part monkey? Do they love being upside down? Then this class is perfect for them! Kids will develop body awareness, focus, and perseverance in this fun and non-competitive class.  Students will be taught fundamental tumbling skills, Trapeze, rope, silks, globe walking, juggling and balancing and much much more! This class can accommodate ages 5-12 as well as beginner-intermediate levels.  Sign your child up today! No prerequisites.
Partner Aerial
Aerial Improv
Come explore the improvisational world of aerial arts with us! This class will help you find your creative voice and learn to do so much more than just string together the tricks you know. Come prepared to play and get creative in a fun and supportive environment. Students must be level 2 or higher in either silks, hoop, rope, or trapeze.
Prerequisites
  • Must have a minimum of 6 weeks of either silks, rope, hoop, or trapeze OR private lessons.