Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

About Our Classes

Brass Butterflies takes an alternative approach to group fitness.  Pole and Aerial Fitness are at the core of what our studio offers.  Students gain confidence as they build physical strength, flexibility and endurance.  We teach pole dancing and aerial arts in progressive curriculums with material to challenge the absolute beginner to the elite competitor and every level in between.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.  

Please see our Curriculum Class Schedule, Pricing, Policies and FAQ pages for more information.

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Pole And Aerial Curriculum Classes

Our Pole and Aerial Curriculums are taught in progressive levels.  The skills in each level are covered in an 8-week session with different material covered each week and lots of review of foundational moves to develop muscle memory and confidence.  After the Intro levels, students will typically take two or more sessions to build strength and master the foundational moves in each level before moving on.  Instructors may introduce new non-core skill moves from session to session for variety.  

 

Students will be required to demonstrate a checklist of foundational skills learned in each level before moving on to the next level.  Progressing to the next level should always be done in week 1 of a session.  Pole Curriculum Classes include Introduction to Pole, Beginner Pole, Intermediate Pole , Advanced Pole, Master Class Pole, Masters Elite Pole, and Open (Mixed) Level Pole.  Split classes (for example Advanced/Masters Pole will cover both levels listed and welcome students working at either level.  They are not "in between" levels.  Aerial Curriculum Classes include Intro to Aerials, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Aerial Silks and Hoop (Lyra), Beginner Aerial Hammock, and Open (Mixed) Level Aerials.  

Non-Curriculum Classes

Our non-curriculum selection of classes has been developed to supplement and compliment our core curriculum programs.  With options to aid students in developing flexibility, conditioning, endurance, musicality and dance, these fun and challenging classes are a great addition to your regular fitness routine and, if attended in addition to your regular curriculum classes, may help you progress through the levels faster.  Not all non-curriculum classes use the poles or aerial apparatus.  Non-curriculum classes include Body TLC Yoga, Chair Fit Cabaret, Fit and Flexy, Fit to Fly (Aerial Conditioning), Flight and Flexy (Aerial Hammock Yoga), Pole Condition and Sculpt, Rise and Fly, Rise and Pole, Sexy Songs and Stilettos, Zumba, Pole Practice and Aerials Open Gym.  

You do not need to be a pole or aerial curriculum student to join some of these classes.  Some of these classes do, however, have curriculum level pre-requisites for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.  Special equipment/accessories by be required or recommended for some of these classes such as running shoes, knee protectors, leg warmers or tights, high heeled shoes, etc.  Please check the class description and confirmation when registering for a class for the first time so you can be prepared.

PLEASE NOTE:
 Curriculum classes must be registered for in 8 Week sessions, even if you are purchasing a monthly membership. When registering for your curriculum session(s), please use the "Make a Recurring Reservation" option and register for all 8 weeks.  If you are on any type of membership, month to month or prepaid, Regular "5 & 5", VIP or grandfathered, please chose the "Register as Unpaid" option after choosing the date range of all 8 classes.  This option will only work if you have a membership.  Registering for all 8 classes of the session ensures that all students and members are given a guaranteed spot in their "home base" class of choice (same day and time each week for the duration of the 8 weeks). We ask that students wait until the first day of the session to manage their cancellations and make-up registrations for the duration of the session.  This applies only to curriculum classes.  Thank you.

The Current 8 Week Session Began the Week of Monday, July 2nd, 2017  
 
The Fall Sept/Oct 8 Week Session will begin the week of Sept 11, 2017



Class Descriptions

Curriculum Classes

Our introductory level will give you to the perfect foundation of basic pole conditioning, floor work, beginner holds and spins to get you started. These classes are challenging, lively and fun. No previous pole dancing experience required!

What to Expect:
In the Intro to Pole level of our Pole Dancing curriculum, you will begin each lesson with a warm up and some fun and sexy floor work designed to make for great dance and transition elements in your pole routines but also to build your strength for the pole work. You'll then spend the rest of each class learning the foundations of movement on and around the pole starting from walking around the pole to some basic strength and spin moves. You'll finish off each class by "dancing it out" where your instructor will lead you through a mini routine on the pole.

You've completed Intro to Pole and you're waiting for the next 8 week Beginner session to begin, or you want a little more practice in order to feel confident before moving on. Intro to Pole 2 builds on the foundations you learned in Intro to Pole, starting to flow moves together. We introduce some new spins, dance and floorwork to keep things interesting while you continue to build strength and muscle memory. Intro to Pole 2 is an OPTIONAL class in the pole curriculum and does not have to be completed before Beginner Pole. It will only be offered in the second half of an 8 week session.
In Beginner Pole we introduce progressively more intricate and strength intensive spins and holds on the poles.  As you build your strength we will prepare you to do basic inversions and climbing the pole along with even more dance, transition and floor moves to round out your pole repertoire.  Just a few of the featured moves in this class will be Chair Spin, Diamond Spin, Push-pull Holds, Windmill, Climb and Sit, Basic Inversion, Snake Dismount 
This class is ideal for those who have already taken Beginner Pole one or more times, but do not feel ready to move into Intermediate. Both levels of curriculum are welcome and will be taught in this class and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.
Taking it to the next level, students will evolve their inverted repertoire to include leg hangs, and our namesake move, the Butterfly.  You'll learn spins that will make you feel like you're flying around the pole (Spiral, Twister, Cobra to name a few) and you'll even learn to lay back from a sitting position and hold on with just your thighs.  WOW!  
This class is ideal for those who have already taken Intermediate Pole at least once, but students do not feel ready to move into Advanced. Both levels of curriculum are welcome and will be taught in this class and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.
Students should now be comfortable with Extended Butterfly and will begin learning even more advanced variations on this beautiful move. Aerial Inversions, Shoulder Mount, Helicopter, Superman and Hip Holds, Cupid, Figurehead, Genevieve, Dove, Shooting Star and Half Jade are just a few of the moves you will learn in this level.
 
This class is ideal for those who have already taken Advanced Pole at least once, but students do not feel ready to move into Masters. Both levels of curriculum are welcome and will be taught in this class and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.
This class is geared to those who have mastered the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced curriculum and are ready to move beyond. In order to be invited into the Master Class, students must be comfortable with Shoulder Mount, Aerial Inversion on both sides, Superman, Cat Pounces, Leg Switches (Scorpio to Gemini) with no hands, and Pike Hip Hold.

The curriculum for this class is constantly evolving as we work on new and trendy moves as well as old favourites that never fail to impress. Featured moves may include Ayesha, Pencil, Hip Holds, Cartwheel Mount, Iguana Mount, Brass Monkey, Twisted Grip moves, and many more. We also work on spinning pole for portions of this class.

For the elite pole dancer who may be thinking about competing or needs even more challenge than our Masters curriculum can give them.  Featuring the latest and greatest, and trendiest moves.  The instructor will evaluate who may attend this class.  This is not meant to be exclusionary but will help to prevent injury as the moves in this class should be attempted by only very strong, very experienced pole students.  If you are new to our studio and wish to arrange and assessment to see if you belong in this class, please contact the studio.
This is an instructed class that is open to all students who have completed a minimum of one Pole Basics/Intro to Pole class or equivalent. The format of this class will be a group warm-up and conditioning portion followed by time when the instructor(s) will circulate through the students, working with them at their individual levels. As the instructor works with individuals the other students can be practicing moves they've already been taught. Class will be wrapped up with a cool-down which could consist of an all-levels choreographed combo or freestyle and some stretching.

New to Aerial Silks or Hoop (Lyra)?  This is a great place to start. The 4-week Intro to Aerial Arts class will focus on conditioning and learning the foundational moves for aerial silks and hoop.  Intro to Aerial Arts is NOT a mandatory pre-requisite before joining an 8-week Beginner aerials session.  However it is a great option if you're not sure which apparatus you want to specialize on first or if it's more than a month until the next 8 week session starts and you can't wait to get started!  Some foundational moves featured in this class will be climbing the silks, basic poses in the knotted silks, mounting the hoop, and Man in the Moon.  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!

 

Ages 10 and up are welcome in this class. Younger students may attend with a parent. Please contact the studio if your child is younger than 10.
 
New to Aerial Silks or Hoop (Lyra)? Not sure which apparatus you'll like best? This is where to start. Each Intro to Aerial Arts session will focus on conditioning and learning the foundational moves for both aerial silks and hoop. Moves featured in this class will be climbing the silks, basic foot wraps, mounting the hoop, Man in the Moon. This is a great class to start out with if you don't want to wait until the next 8 week Beginner session starts, or you want to build your strength and try both apparatus before starting Beginner.
 
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. Every ability welcome, No previous aerial experience required!
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.

This class is ideal for those who have already taken Beginner Silks through one or more times but are not quite ready to move into Intermediate. Both levels of curriculum are welcome and will be taught in this class and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.
Moving up and building on the skills and strength built in Beginner Silks, students will work on moving tricks up into the air, training their aerial inversions, learning more intricate tricks, strength moves and even your first simple drop. Students should be comfortable with climbing, inversions from the ground, and wrapping their feet in the air before moving on to Intermediate.

Pre-requisites: Students should be able to climb at least halfway up the silks, perform inverts and hipkeys from the ground, and wrapping their feet in the air before moving on to Intermediate. Please ask an instructor if you're not sure if you're ready to move up. Transitions should be made to the next level at the beginning of an 8 week session.

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.

Moving up and building on the skills and strength built in Intermediate Silks, students will work on moving tricks up into the air, training their aerial inversions, learning more intricate tricks, strength moves and even your first simple drop. Students should be comfortable with climbing, inversions from the ground, and wrapping their feet in the air before moving on to Intermediate.
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.

This class is ideal for those who have already taken Beginner Hoop (Lyra) through one or more times but are not quite ready to move into Intermediate. Both levels of curriculum are welcome and will be taught in this class and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.
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.

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.

To join this class, students should have the ability to consistently tuck-through (skin-the-cat) to knees on the lower bar, invert in the ropes, do 2 full chin-ups or pull-ups, demonstrate a solid 1-arm hang, and should have completed Intermediate Hoop at Brass Butterflies or the equivalent at another studio.  Contact reception to have the appropriate pre-requisites added to your account.

Want to put a new spin on your training? Want the aerial strength but worried about the aerial height? The hammock offers a new way to train and condition your body while giving you the choice to stay lower to the ground. During class you'll learn basics of aerial hammock while moving at your own pace. Students of all levels are welcome!
 
Students should wear bottoms that are at least knee length with no zippers, and no jewellery (rings/bracelets). Sleeves are not required, but may be preferred to avoid friction burns. Shoes are not required for this class. Make up is also discouraged as depending on certain moves, the hammocks can get dirty quickly if students wearing make up and accidentally rub their faces on the material.
Aerial hammock offers a new way to train and condition your body while giving you the choice to stay lower to the ground. During class you'll learn different flips, inversions and drops while moving at your own pace. Students of all levels are welcome!

Students should wear bottoms that are at least knee length with no zippers, and no jewellery (rings/bracelets). Sleeves are not required, but may be preferred to avoid friction burns. Shoes are not required for this class. Make up is also discouraged as depending on certain moves, the hammocks can get dirty quickly if students wearing make up and accidentally rub their faces on the material.

Open (Mixed) Level Aerials is an instructed class that is open to all levels and apparatus. Students will participate in group warm up and conditioning with modifications provided for all levels, then the instructor will move from student to student (or sub-groups of students) and work with them on moves at their own level.

While the instructor works with individuals and smaller groups, the other students in the class will be given moves to review and practice as well as conditioning and flexibility exercises they can work on individually until the whole group comes together again at the end of class for a cool down and flexibility training.

Please note: At this time, Advanced Hoop and Silks skills will not be taught during this session. Advanced students may attend if they wish to review skills already learned in previous classes.

Is your preteen or teen enchanted with the beautiful acts they’ve seen performed in Cirque du Soleil? Now they can try aerial silks and aerial hoop for themselves. Aerials are a great way for youth to build strength, coordination, and confidence.

Basic technique and skills will be taught on both apparatus (silks and hoop). Class sizes will be kept small (a maximum of 6 students to one instructor), and students will progress at their own speed and comfort level.

Does your child climb anything and everything in sight? Why not sign them up for lessons on aerial silks and hoop? Aerials are a great way for kids to build strength, coordination, and confidence. During the 8 week session, children will have the opportunity to experience both apparatus, learning basic technique and skills on each, as well as playing fun, active, circus themed games, learning some basic tumbling and acrobatics and learning 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.

Non-curriculum Classes

Take yoga to the next level. Literally, because in Acro Yoga we stack you up! Learn how to Base, Fly and Spot static poses safely and work your way up to more dynamic moves.  Conditioning and flexibility will also be key components in this class.  A great addition to your pole and/or aerial practice.
Want that aerial invert or pull-over? Want to be able to climb to the top of the silks? Or maybe you just want to look more confident and smooth in the air? This class focuses on the conditioning required to achieve your goals, using both silks and hoop. Please note, this class is about increasing your strength and stamina, not learning new skills or tricks on the apparatuses.
Get a full body workout in this fabulously fun and sassy class. We'll start each class with a warm-up followed by some intensive toning and sculpting using the chair as a prop. In the second part of class your instructor will teach some fun chair choreography to a different song each class.
 
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.

Formerly known as Flight and Flexy.  This class combines conditioning and flexibility with the assistance of the aerial hammock. From core strength to splits, the hammock is there to support and challenge all levels of students as we work on balance, strength and flexibility.

Students should wear bottoms that are at least knee length with no zippers, and no jewellery (rings/bracelets). Sleeves are not required, but may be preferred to avoid friction burns. Shoes are not required for this class. Make up is also discouraged as depending on certain moves, the hammocks can get dirty quickly if students wearing make up and accidentally rub their faces on the material.

A full body workout customized for pole dancers to target the muscles and movements needed for pole specific movements from beginner spins to the most advanced tricks. Focus will be mainly on core and upper body. This class is held in the main pole studio and uses the poles for conditioning work.
 
This class is for that sexy diva in us all. Combining sassy floor work, walks and spins. No big tricks in this one. Just flowing, liquid movements and smouldering glances. Choreography and music choices will be sexy and seductive and shoes are an absolute must.
Come on out and party! Zumba is a Latin dance-based fitness class designed to get you moving, sweating, and smiling. Booty shaking may or may not be included, but is definitely recommended and highly encouraged.
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.
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.
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