Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

Aerials Practice/Open Gym


This class is taught by:

Katy Diederichs

Aerials Instructor
 
Katy has been doing aerials off and on for about five years, training mainly on static trapeze with Kingston Circus Arts and the Circus Academy in Toronto. She began aerial hoop with Brass Butterflies in June and is trained in teaching Lyra by CPFA, currently working toward her certification.

Andrea Milne

Aerial Instructor

Andrea was hooked on aerials from her very first class at Firefly Circus and Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta in 2011. Starting from barely being able to dangle from her knees on the trapeze, to learning big tricks twenty feet in the air, it’s been a love affair, only slightly marred by bruises in interesting places. After training for two years in Edmonton, Andrea continued her practice at Esh Aerial Arts in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she learned exciting moves like the death defying ‘Big Russian Slack Drop,’ and ‘The Blender'. Andrea has attended aerial workshops and instructor training sessions at the New England Centre for Circus Arts (NECCA), in Brattleboro, Vermont.  

Nicole Smith

Aerials Instructor


Originally from Kitchener, Nicole grew up being a competitive gymnast which fed her passion for physical art and body awareness. As an adult, aerial arts became her new love to keep physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. Through the years Nicole has studied at a number of circus schools including École Nationale de Cirque, in Montreal, Quebec. She has taken her love of aerials and wants to share this exciting form of art and fitness with others through instructing. Nicole now lives on the outskirts of Stratford with her partner, a bunch of rescue animals and some chickens.
This will be supervised but non-instructional time for students to use the aerial apparatus and practice their skills. Sharing may be necessary depending on which apparatus you wish to use.
 
PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently registered in or have previously completed at least one aerial session at Brass Butterflies or have equivalent experience form another studio/gym.  
 
Practice/Open Gym Etiquette
1.  Warm-up before and stretch after you practice.  This helps prevent injury.  
 
2.  There will be an instructor present in the studio to supervise you for safety, however they are not there to instruct you.  You may ask them for a spot if you're working on/practicing a move that you have already been taught in class but which requires spotting for safety. The instructor reserves the right to say no to spotting a move they're not familiar with or to ask you not to try the move if they feel you are not ready to attempt it safely. They may chose to give you tips or corrections but they are not expected to instruct during practice/open gym.
 
3.  Please only practice moves you have already been taught in class. Practice is not the time to try the latest move you saw on Instagram. If you're interested in learning a specific new move, please speak to your instructor and maybe they will be able to work it into your regular classes or create a workshop around it. An instructor may ask you not to practice a move if they observe you executing it in such a way that could result in injury. We just want to keep you safe.
 
4.  No teaching each other. It's okay to show off your mad aerial skills to your friends at practice, but please do not attempt to teach them new moves. If you're working on the same moves and wish to offer your own experiences such as "I found that move you're working on easier when I moved my hand a bit higher", that's okay, but please understand that if you are not a trained or certified instructor who has been engaged by the studio to teach, then you are not covered by our insurance for liability should an injury result.  
 
5.  Share the space and the stereo. Take turns putting your own music on if you wish.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Nov 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sat Nov 18 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sun Nov 19 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm with Andrea Milne
  • Sat Nov 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sun Nov 26 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sat Dec 02 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sun Dec 03 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm with Andrea Milne
  • Fri Dec 08 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sat Dec 09 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sun Dec 10 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm with Andrea Milne
  • Fri Dec 15 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Nicole Smith
  • Sat Dec 16 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sun Dec 17 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm with Andrea Milne
  • Fri Dec 22 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Katy Diederichs
  • Sat Dec 23 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Katy Diederichs