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Flying Trapeze Classes
Flying Trapeze
Come fly with us at Nashville’s only indoor full-sized flying trapeze rig! At NSAA, you can safely experience the exhilaration of this magnificent circus art, regardless of fitness level or athletic background.

All Levels Drop-In


Drop-In flying trapeze classes are for students of all levels.

First-time students are fitted with a safety belt and begin class with a brief ground school where you will become familiar with the harness, rig, calls, and body positions. From there, you will climb up the ladder and your instructor will guide you through your first flight. During the first class, you will work towards learning a position on the bar, a backflip dismount and attempting a catch with one of our experienced instructors. Students are connected to safety lines from the time they step onto the ladder until they roll out of the net and have both feet back on the ground. Return students can learn and practice new tricks at their own pace, with individualized coaching from our expert instructors. Flying out of lines requires explicit instructor approval.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 8 years or older
Size Limitation: Due to safety line limitations, participants must be able to fit a safety belt and weigh no more than 250lbs.

Supervised Practice


This session is for flyers who wish to practice skills they have learned in the past. There will be no catching in this session. Instructors will be present to assist on the platform, manage safety lines, and provide coaching. Flyers must have an unassisted or assisted one-handed take-off. Flying out of lines requires explicit instructor approval.
Prerequisites: Unassisted or assisted one-handed takeoff
Age Limit: 8 years or older
Size Limitation: Due to safety line limitations, participants must be able to fit a safety belt and weigh no more than 250lbs.

Aerial Silk Classes
Aerial Silks
Also known as aerial fabric or tissu, aerial silks consist of two long pieces of soft fabric that hang from a single point. With an emphasis on safety and proper technique, students will learn beautiful poses and breathtaking drops in the air.

Level 1


This beginner class focuses on developing essential skills that allow you to move safely and beautifully on the fabric. Students will learn basic climbs, locks, wraps and inversions.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 2


This intermediate class focuses on additional strength building and skill development, including more complicated climbs, wraps, and drops. We will also work on transitions and sequencing to choreograph an aerial act.
Prerequisites: French & Russian climbs, footlocks in the air, inversions from the ground, hip keys, same-side & opposite-side knee climbs, double crochets
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 3


This advanced level class focuses on endurance, spatial awareness, and performance quality. We will work on more advanced drops, longer sequencing, and smooth transitions.
Prerequisites: Straight arm inversions in the air and instructor approval
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Aerial Hammock Classes
Aerial Hammock/Sling
Aerial Hammock or sling consists of a single piece of fabric suspended into a loop. This variation on aerial silks provides unique opportunities for aerial expression.

Level 1


This beginner class introduces students to the versatility of the hammock apparatus. Students will learn different ways to enter the hammock, beginner sequences, and spins.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 2


In addition to teaching more complicated positions, this more advanced class allows students to become more comfortable with sequencing and transitions.
Prerequisites: Invert from a standing position and can safely hold a pull-up position (hands to shoulders) for at least 10 seconds
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 3


This advanced level class focuses on endurance and performance quality. We will work on more longer sequencing and smooth transitions.
Prerequisites: Invert from the air, safely hold a pull-up position (hands to shoulders) for at least 10 seconds, have left and right splits, plus instructor approval
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Lyra Classes
Aerial Hoop
Lyra, also called aerial hoop, is a metal circle suspended from a single point. Students will learn to perform stunning poses and transitions while spinning in the air.

Level 1


This beginner class focuses on building strength, body control, and flexibility to move safely and beautifully on the lyra. Students will learn basic entry/exit methods, poses, and an introduction to spinning.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 2


This intermediate class allows you to develop smooth sequences, enhance stamina, and learn more complex sequences. We will continue to perfect technique, build strength and improve flexibility.
Prerequisites: 2 clean Ball tucks, comfortable inverting and hanging on top of lyra, and a pullover.
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Aerial Rope Classes
Aerial Rope
Also known as corde lisse, aerial rope is a smooth rope that hangs vertically. Strength and agility are combined to create graceful poses and dynamic movements in the air.

Level 1


This beginner class focuses on basic climbs, inversions, locks, and rest positions. We will improve core strength and flexibility.
Prerequisites: Ability to invert from the air plus prior experience in silks preferred
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Level 2


This intermediate class adds transition zones, basic drops/wraps, and introductory dynamic moves. We will continue to work on strength building and flexibility.
Prerequisites:  Inversion from the air, basic climbs, foot locks, front balance and hip key
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Dance Trapeze Classes
Static Trapeze
The dance trapeze is a stationary bar suspended in the air, at a height much lower than that of flying trapeze. Students will learn a variety of seated, standing, balancing and hanging poses, as well as transitions.

Level 1


This beginner class introduces various ways of safely moving around the bar and ropes. We will develop the strength and flexibility to move around our apparatus with control and grace.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Cyr Wheel Classes
Cyr Wheel
Pronounced as "Sear Wheel," this steel ground apparatus combines dance, acrobatics, manipulations, and balance. With an emphasis on proper technique, safety, and progressions, students will learn spinning steps, standing movements, and inversions.

Private Lesson


Cyr wheel classes are offered by private appointment to maximize personal attention and hands-on coaching for participants. Private lessons are available for 1-2 participants per session and can be booked via email or phone.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Conditioning Classes

Aerial Conditioning


Whether your goal is to improve your aerial arts performance or general health and fitness, aerial conditioning class provides a whole-body workout suitable for everyone. Instructors will incorporate various aerial equipment to lead exercises designed to build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Prerequisites: None
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Flexibility/Stretching


This class is for everyone wishing to improve their overall flexibility. We will focus on proper form and alignment. Students will also learn passive and active stretching techniques to safely push their own limits.
Age Limit: 12 years or older

Open Gym Access Package
For those who want additional training time, a monthly package provides access to open gym. While an instructor will be present to ensure safety, no formal instruction is provided during open gym. Use of flying trapeze rig is not included. Non-NSAA-provided equipment must be inspected and approved by a general manager prior to use.

To ensure rigging point and equipment availability, Open Gym sessions must be reserved at least 1 day in advance. Open Gym sessions can be reserved here.

Prerequisites: Prior participation in a level 2 or level 3 non-flying trapeze aerial class and instructor approval
Age Limit: 12 years or older. Participants under the age of 18 years must have a legal guardian present during the session