The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with today's Groupon to Aerial Arts of Utah. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get two aerial-fabric-and-trapeze Single Classes (a $36 value).
- For $29, you get a three-class Gentle Aerial introductory series (a $58 value).
A legion of passionate instructors leads airborne pursuits at Aerial Arts of Utah, where sessions cater to students both dabbling in or dedicated to aerial dance. Each Single Class convenes Friday evenings for more than an hour of practice swinging from both graceful aerial fabrics and a static or dance trapeze. Course instructors tailor the exercises for all students, showing introductory moves to newer participants and teaching more advanced moves to stronger ones after utilizing their phonebook-tearing powers. Wednesday evening's Gentle Aerial course further facilitates first flights with a trio of calmer-paced sessions using the fabric as a sling, designed to prepare pupils for more challenging aerial classes. Instructors guide fledgling danglers through moves to familiarize them with the art, build upper-body strength, boost flexibility, and perfect the proper air-kiss with which to greet a trapeze bar. Many students enlist in Gentle Aerial a handful of times to master the basics before moving upward along a silken fabric strip in Aerial Arts' curriculum.
Aerial Arts of Utah
Introduced to the community under the name Revolve Aerial Dance, Aerial Arts of Utah changed hands when the original owner moved back to her hometown. It passed to Annie Kocherhans and Deborah Eppstein, two longtime local business owners who loved the exercise form so much that they decided they had to keep the business alive. To help them, they assembled a team of teachers with a slew of qualifications that includes a degree from the New England Center for Circus Arts and a master of fine arts in modern dance.
Staffers teach nine classes in the aerial and semi-aerial arts, including courses that focus on the introductory basics, acroyoga, and aerial silks. They also teach the fundamentals to kids aged 7–12 and offer teen-specific classes that cover age-appropriate topics, such as learning how to gracefully catapult into the sunroof of Justin Bieber’s limo. When not instructing aspiring flyers in circus skills, the team performs in cities throughout Utah, demonstrating how to use the trapeze, silks, and the tippy lyra—also known as a flying hoop.