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: for $70, you get a partner-yoga or Thai-massage package for two at Aerial Arts of Utah (a $144 value). The package includes:
- The choice of a two-hour Thai-massage workshop for two on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 2 p.m., or a two-hour partner-yoga workshop on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 2 p.m. (a $72 value)
- Two single aerial classes for two (a $72 value)<p>
Additional Thai-massage or partner-yoga workshops will be added from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on their respective dates if necessary.
A legion of passionate instructors leads both airborne and mat-bound pursuits at Aerial Arts of Utah, where sessions cater to both dabbling and dedicated students of movement. Thai-massage workshops entreat pairs to work together to release muscular tensions like a cageful of angry doves by utilizing hands, feet, and elbows to apply point pressures, stretches, and compressions. Massage students learn to listen to each other while kneading the most needy muscles in 40-minute turns. Alternatively, dynamic duos can explore principles of trust and connection in the partner-yoga workshop, which imparts skill in two-person stretches and territorial mat-battles.
Each single aerial-arts 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’ ability levels, showing introductory moves to newer participants and teaching more advanced moves to stronger ones after phonebook-tearing tryouts.
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.