Aerial Dance

Aerial dance is a modern dance form and performance dance that uniquely incorporates the use of hanging equipment often times attached to the ceiling and allows performers to explore space in three dimensions. It is a very innovative dance form and also involves a lot of stunts or acrobat. If you are looking to learn an outstanding performance dance form then you will find the aerial dance class very interesting and helpful. It is ideal for anyone from age 16 upwards and just like other modern dance styles, it is a very effective part of your health and fitness routine. It can be enjoyed solo, partnered or even in groups. This guide covers everything you need to know about the aerial dance class.

The aerial dance class is a modern dance class that oftentimes involves partnering. The hanging apparatus (likely silk) has its own movement and the dancer or performer must move in response to it. This dance class teaches all the basics and safety procedures that are required for this performance dance. In this dance class, participants are also encouraged to come up with their own choreography in order to enhance their level of creativity. Apart from the aerial silk, they are other equipments in use in this dance class and they are the trapeze and lyra. Both equipments are very instrumental in performing a three dimensional dance form that can be enjoyed by anyone.  This dance form involves a lot of acrobats and as such safety procedures are incorporated to ensure the safety of participants. On this note, there are a number of precautions that will be taken throughout the course of this aerial dance class.

What are the Specific Dance Moves to learn in this class?

There are various dance moves to learn in this class ranging from beginner to advanced level and use of various apparatus. Some of the dance moves are listed below.

Beginner dance moves

  1.       Aerial conditioning
  2.       Candle stick
  3.       Straddle climb
  4.       Front balance to back balance
  5.       Toe climb
  6.       Push out
  7.       Catcher
  8.       French climb
  9.       Flag
  10.   Polish climb

The above beginner dance steps are performed on the hanging silk. Some examples of trapeze ans lyra moves to look out for in this class include the following;

  1.       Splits under the bar
  2.       Mermaid
  3.       Straddle side
  4.       Splits in the rope
  5.       Lamp post
  6.       Birds nest
  7.       Hanging beats
  8.       Crucifix
  9.       Upside down hang
  10.   Upside down split.

There a lots of dance moves to expect from this class especially if you want to transcend from beginner to intermediate, advanced or extreme levels. Some intermediate or advanced level moves includes; muscle up, half turn, front balance, sideways beats, straddle meat hook, stag upside down spinning, dislock, butterflies, roll ups, straddle switch, mill wheels, roll up from hip lock, open silk dislocation hock climb among others.

Benefits of the Aerial Dance Class

There are several benefits of participation in the aerial dance class. some of them are briefly listed below.

  •         Increased upper body and core strength
  •         Increased body awareness
  •         Improves coordination
  •         Increased bone density
  •         Relieves stress
  •         Burns fat
  •         Improves flexibility

What to wear/ bring to class?

The recommended outfit for this class is a pair of pants or leggings, a slightly loose top (preferably one that covers your upper arms). No foot wear is required and please avoid jewelry too.

When coming to class, ensure you come with a change of clothes and everything you might need during or after the exercise.


Whether you decide to take this dance form socially or plan to get an apparatus for your home, the aerial dance is a very effective way to improve your health as it has a lot of health benefits. It is a great way to build your confidence and self esteem too. Unlike other dance forms, this one uniquely benefits your body and mind as well.