Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

Beginner Aerial Hoop (Lyra)


This class is taught by:

Lindsay Bellaire

Manager of Aerial Programs

Lindsay is the Artistic Director of Theatre Arcturus where she co-created, choreographed and performed in WEIRD (Best of Fest 2015 Ottawa Fringe, Cutting-Edge Award 2016 Toronto Fringe), Rough Magic, and the more family-friendly Lumberjack Show. Before Arcturus, she directed STALLED in the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival. After graduating from the University of Windsor’s BFA in Acting program, she trained in aerial arts at the Toronto School of Circus Arts, and other studios in the GTA. As an aerialist she has performed her acts at festivals and events across Ontario, with a brief tour to China in 2015. She loves to bring her experience back to the studio as an instructor; after running a small studio in Muskoka under Arcturus for almost two years she is now joining the team at Brass Butterflies in Waterloo, where she’ll be leading the aerial program.

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.
Aerial Hoop, or Lyra, is a circular bar apparatus. This class focuses on beginner-level tricks and developing the strength and technique to advance to more complex skills.

Beginner Aerial Hoop is a curriculum session class and students should start in week 1 (or 2 at the latest) of the session and commit to attending as many classes in the session as possible their first time through a level. The program is progressive and skills will be built upon week over week.

Please wear long, close-fitting pants, tights or capris. No zippers or buckles on clothing and no watches, bracelets or rings, please.


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Nov 21 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm with Lindsay Bellaire
  • Wed Nov 22 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with Nicole Smith
  • Tue Nov 28 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm with Lindsay Bellaire
  • Wed Nov 29 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with Nicole Smith
  • Tue Dec 05 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm with Lindsay Bellaire
  • Wed Dec 06 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with Nicole Smith
  • Tue Dec 12 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm with Lindsay Bellaire
  • Wed Dec 13 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with Nicole Smith
  • Tue Dec 19 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm with Lindsay Bellaire
  • Wed Dec 20 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm with Nicole Smith