Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

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.


Nicole Smith instructs the following:
  • Beginner Aerial Silks
  • Learn to fly on Aerial Silks! This class focuses on the basics for climbing, inverting (going upside down), and wrapping for beginner poses, as well as building the strength and technique you need for progressively more advanced tricks.

    Beginner Silks is a curriculum session class and students should start in week 1 (or 2 at the latest) of the session and register for all 8 weeks of the session. The program is progressive and skills will be built upon week over week.


  • Intro to Aerial Arts (NEW 8 Week Program)
  • New to the world of Aerial Arts? This is a great place to start. The 8-week Intro to Aerial Arts class is a mandatory prerequisite for any Beginner level aerial class. It will focus on building strength and learning the fundamentals of Aerial Hammock, Silks, and Hoop. With an emphasis on technique and safety, this class will introduce you to basic positions, moves and climbs/mounts for each apparatus. It is a great way to try all three apparatus before choosing which to focus on. Don't let the belief that 'I just don't have the upper body strength,' or 'I'm not flexible enough' keep you on the ground. Those things will come with practice! Every ability is welcome. No previous aerial experience required!
     

  • Beginner Aerial Hoop (Lyra)
  • 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.