Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

Carly Burke

Aerial Instructor

Carly’s aerial journey began in 2017 as a hoop student at Brass Butterflies. The studio became a major part of Carly’s life, providing her with self confidence and happiness as well as countless friendships. In early 2018 Carly was accepted into the Brass Butterflies Assistant program and was introduced to the instructor’s side of aerials. Carly was nervous to stray from her hoop, but had quickly discovered a love for silks as well. She has performed in all of the Brass Butterflies showcases since she became a student. As a new instructor, Carly is excited to be there for students in the way that her amazing instructors were for her. When Carly isn’t in the studio she is either lifting heavy weights, studying her brains out for her Kinesiology degree, or feeding her cats.

Carly Burke 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.

  • Showcase Performers Aerial Practice
  • This practice time is exclusively for those students who are performing in the upcoming studio showcase. The practice might be shared with other performers. Please share time and take turns playing your music on the stereo and yielding the floor to each performer/group so they have time to practice their routines in full.

  • 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.

  • Intro to Aerial Arts
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.