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Balancing & Acrobatics


Acrobatic Partner Balancing Classes

Acrobatic partner balancing (a blend of hand balancing and partner acrobatics) is a traditional circus act performed on the ground. Partners lift and balance each other in incredible poses, and use each others' bodies to perform acrobatic feats. You don't need any prior aerial or acrobatics experience to take these classes. You don't even need a partner - you'll work with the instructor and other students in your class, always under close supervision and with appropriate spotting and safety precautions.

Class Format

Classes are available as a group session of 75 minutes, with a maximum of 6 students. Class time may be modified with fewer participants as appropriate for number of participants and physical ability. Private classes can also be booked as a one hour lesson for one or two. Arrangements for private classes can be made through the TSNY office.

What You'll Do in Class

In addition to balancing and acrobatics with a partner, classes include an active warm up with stretching, strength conditioning, and flexibility training. Tips and strategies for continuing your training at home will also be provided. Regardless of your background, you'll be able to learn at your own pace and interest level. Beginners will focus on developing core strength, establishing proper form, and learning basic lifts and balancing positions. More advanced students will progress to more difficult skills, including high lifts, hand-to-hand balancing, and high-impact partner acrobatics. Classes are structured so that each student can work within their comfort zone.

What to Wear

Tighter fitting clothing that gives you full range of motion is best. Tights, yoga pants or snug sweat pants work well. Leotards or snug T-shirts and tanks tops are appropriate. Remember, you'll spend some time upside down during class, so wearing a shirt that will fall over your head is not ideal, and loose clothing that can slip across your body will always make your balancing work more difficult! If you have long hair, put it up with a rubber band (not plastic hair clips).