Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

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.

Katy Diederichs instructs the following:
  • Aerials Practice/Open Gym
  • 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.

  • Contortion and Flexibility
  • Look Ma! no Spine!
    An intensive flexibility class for all levels of students, suitable for beginners and "Bendy Kates" alike. This class will feature long, deep stretches with a focus on safety, alignment and the building blocks for more advanced positions, such as oversplits, needles and bridges. Balance and fine muscle control will be addressed to target end-range flexibility so you can show off your best spits, even when you're upside down. Not to be mistaken with Fit and Flex, this class will be slower paced but equally challenging. 

  • Cirque Kids (8-11 years)
  • Does your child climb anything and everything in sight? Why not sign them up for the circus themed classes?  Aerial arts are a great way for kids to build strength, coordination, and confidence. During an 8 week session, children will have the opportunity to experience multiple apparatuses, including aerial hammock, silks, hoop and static/dance trapeze, learning basic technique and skills on each. Each class starts with playing fun, active, circus themed games, warming up the body. The children will also learn to stretch safely to maintain or increase flexibility and prevent injury. Class sizes are small (a maximum of 6 students per instructor), and children will progress at their own speed and comfort level.

  • Pole Practice
  • This is time where students can practice moves they've learned to date. Session is supervised by an instructor for safety but no instruction is provided. 
    PLEASE NOTE:  Pole Practice is provided for current and previous students of the studio to practice and improve in the moves they've learned in their group classes or private/semi-private lessons. For safety and liability reasons it is important that students not use this time to attempt moves they have not yet been taught by an instructor. It is also important that students not teach each other new moves. The instructor supervising the practice may, at their discretion, give tips and instruction to help with a move you are struggling with. They may also ask you to stop practicing a specific move if they deem by observation that you are not practicing safely. These rules are in place not to prevent students from advancing or enjoying their practice time but to keep all our students safe and injury free. Thank you for understanding.

  • Fit and Flexy
  • Combining conditioning exercises with flexibility training, this class is specifically designed to improve strength and flexibility in all the places you need it to enhance your regular pole or aerial practice. Struggling with inversions? Have to work your core. Is climbing getting you down?  Need to work you upper body.  Want to really rock those super flexy floor tricks or get your splits?  We work on that in this class!  From basic spins to the trickiest tricks, this class will prepare your body to conquer them!  
    Fit and Flexy does not use any apparatus (poles, silks or hoops). It is almost exclusively body weight exercises and stretching, possibly with the aid of blocks and straps if required. It is designed for all levels of pole and aerial students and modifications are given for beginners through to advanced students. You don't even have to be a pole or aerial student to enjoy the benefits from this class.  Techniques used may include, but are of course not limited to, high intensity interval training, dynamic stretching, PNF stretching.  You'll leave this class feeling like Jell-o (in a good way).

    Please bring clean indoor running shoes for the warm-up portion of this class. It is also recommended that you wear long pants and sleeves, or tights or leg warmers to keep the heat in your muscles as you stretch them.