Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

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.



Lindsay Bellaire instructs the following:
  • 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!
     

  • Youth Aerials (12-17 years)
  • Is your preteen or teen enchanted with the beautiful acts they’ve seen performed in Cirque du Soleil style shows? Now they can try aerial arts for themselves. Aerials are a great way for youth to build strength, coordination, and confidence.

    Basic technique and skills will be taught on both aerial silks and hoop and students may also be introduced to aerial hammock and static trapeze. Class sizes are kept small (a maximum of 6 students to one instructor), and students will progress at their own speed and comfort level.


  • 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.


  • Intermediate Aerial Hoop (Lyra)
  • For those who have mastered the basics, this class focuses on more advanced tricks requiring a greater level of strength and technique, as well as stylization and the basics of performance on hoop.

    Prerequisites: Completion of the Beginner Aerial Hoop program at Brass Butterflies or equivalent from another studio, ability to do a pullover, at least one unassisted chin-up, tuck-through and reverse (also known as skin-the-cat). If you're unsure if you are ready for this class, please contact Brass Butterflies to determine your eligibility.


  • Intermediate/Advanced Aerial Silks
  • This class is open to both Intermediate and Advanced Aerial Silks students. It is recommended but not required that you have previously taken at least one session of Intermediate Silks before signing up for this class as your curriculum class. However first time Intermediate students WILL be accommodated.

    Advanced students will be challenged with progressively more difficult tricks and skills as well as getting the benefit of being exposed to optional review with the Intermediate students to polish existing skills. Win/win!



    What to Wear: Please wear close-fitting, long pants, tights, or capris and bring a t-shirt that covers at least your arm-pits or long sleeves if you wish to protect arms. No rings, bracelets or watches please. No zippers or buckles on clothing.


  • Intermediate/Advanced Aerial Hoop (Lyra)
  • This class is open to both Intermediate and Advanced Aerial Hoop students.  It is recommended but not required that you have previously taken at least one session of Intermediate Hoop before signing up for this class as your curriculum class.  However first time Intermediate students WILL be accommodated.
     
    Advanced students will be challenged with progressively more difficult tricks and skills as well as getting the benefit of being exposed to optional review with the Intermediate students to polish existing skills.  Win/win!

    Prerequisites: Completion of the Beginner Aerial Hoop program at Brass Butterflies or equivalent from another studio, ability to do a pullover, at least one unassisted chin-up, tuck-through and reverse (also known as skin-the-cat). If you're unsure if you are ready for this class, please contact Brass Butterflies to determine your eligibility.