There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon to Aerial Arts of Rochester. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get an Aerial Sampler workshop (a $25 value).
- For $22, you get three drop-in aerial cocooning yoga classes (a $45 value).
- For $55, you get an eight-week Circus Kids afterschool program for one child (a $110 value).
- For $135, you get a two-hour kids' circus party for up to 12 (a $275 value).
Polychromatic silks, hoops, hammocks, and trapeze drape Aerial Arts of Rochester’s big-top interior, staging an inspirational backdrop for circus-inspired pursuits. Each of the studio’s three instructors hail from storied performance backgrounds and wield enough experience to shepherd students of all fitness levels through varied coursework and the secret semaphore of circus roustabouts. Clocking in at less than two hours, the Aerial Sampler workshop dabbles in all four of Aerial Arts’ dangling tapestries, giving newcomers a chance to try their hand and other appendages at all manner of airborne athletics. For more specific study, a trio of aerial cocooning yoga sessions cradle clients in a soft fabric sling that rocks and relaxes amid a peaceful atmosphere, fostering an internal sense of serenity lost since first hearing the lyrics to "Rock-a-Bye Baby."
Aerial Arts of Rochester also hosts romps for youngsters centered upon performance or party. The eight-week afterschool program and birthday celebrations put a theatrical twist on traditional kiddie gatherings. Mini adults can try out the aerial hammock, hoop, and static trapeze for hours of big-top-inspired fun. Play is overseen by a duo of experienced instructors, and, at their discretion, little ones may also attempt stilt walking, hula hooping, face painting, or taming magical talking lions. The afterschool program convenes once weekly for 50 minutes, and birthday fiestas corral up to 12 party-goers for up to two hours.
Aerial Arts of Rochester
As if composed of liquid, William D'Ovidio, the co-owner of Aerial Arts of Rochester, cascades down from the ceiling of his studio, unraveling the bright fabric that keeps him from touching the ground as he performs one of his graceful aerial-silks routines. Along with a troupe of certified instructors, he leads circus arts classes for all experience levels inside his bright, yellow-walled space. He watches as students of all ages soar through the air, swinging on hoops and trapeze, as instructors correct form and a field of marshmallowy mats cushions occasional falls and provides a mid-class sugar boost. D'Ovidio and his instructors aim to create a community of soarers and circus-lovers, also offering circus-themed birthday parties for children and aerial yoga classes for students aged 13 and older.