There is something quite fantastic about flying, or being high up in the air using nothing but your own strength and technique. Aerial Acrobatics are exciting and getting more and more popular! It’s now seen as more of a recreational activity in western countries, and people are signing up fast!
Aerial is a broad term for all kinds of different activities!
In circus, the term “Aerial” refers to performance on some type of apparatus hung from the ceiling. Typically these apparatus are rope, hoop or lyra, trapeze, or silks, but can include all sorts of fun and interesting things. Cubes, rings, chandeliers, etc can all be used and fit nicely under the term “Aerial.”
It’s not easy, but it looks it.
Performing aerial acrobatics require significant fitness and strength. This is one of the reasons why people are flocking to gyms to learn. It’s an incredible workout! This one, though, requires much more discipline than, say, weight lifting. As a result “conditioning” classes have started to become more popular. They focus on increasing your level of fitness so you can practice aerial arts safely, and have fun at the same time.
Every Body is Welcome
The circus arts community is seriously one of the most accepting and forward thinking communities out there. In fact, you have the body type to become a circus arts performer… yes you! Appreciating what is uniquely beautiful about an individual is at heart of performance. You don’y need a certain shape, or size, or color, or whatever.
That said, circus arts do take a certain amount of dedication and training. I mean, you can’t expect to just be able to do this:
Men Do Arial
I mean, I’m a man and I’m writing this. I love Corde Lisse and flexibility, and acrobatics. Handstand and balance practice is also super fun!
Another amazing thing about the circus community is that you don’t have to identify as any particular gender to fit right in. Everyone is welcome!
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