Aerial Fabric

Fabric (aka Aerial Silks) is one of the most popular aerial arts. In Fabric classes, students will have the opportunity to explore being up in the air while developing strength, confidence, and creativity. By learning methods for climbing, tying knots, creating tension, and wrapping the fabric, students will learn to execute multiple tricks and to create sequences. Initially, we’ll work just off the ground, and will move higher in the air as students progress. Never been upside-down before? No problem! Everyone is welcome and no specific strength or prior experience is required for Level 1. All silks classes will incorporate lessons for strength and coordination as well as injury prevention.

Level Prerequisites for Fabric

Level 1: open, no pre-reqs

Level 2: Students must be able to invert and execute a knee hook from the mat without help, execute a windmill hip key from the ground, execute a foot lock in the air without help, and must be able to climb at least six feet in the air and descend with control.

Level 3: Students must be able to invert in the air without help multiple times throughout class, execute a windmill hip key in the air, climb to the top of the fabric and descend safely multiple times throughout class, and be familiar with a range of skills on the fabric, including different types of climbs, poses, and at least two drops.

Level 4: Students must be able to invert in the air without help consistently throughout class, stay in the air and perform a short sequence of four or more moves, and be familiar with a range of skills on the fabric, including hip keys in the air, windmill descent, single star drop, salto drop, 360 drop, and cross-back straddle.

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Fabric 3/4 Sequences & Performances Quality

In this themed fabric class, advanced students will learn and adapt pre-choreographed fabric sequences. Students will practice performing these sequences with different movement qualities, characters, transitions, themes, and musicality. Every two weeks, the students in this class will learn a new sequence—spending the first week solidifying the skills in the choreography and the second week performing and refining it. Looking for a way to explore creative movement on fabric? Come dance on fabric with us!

Prerequisites: Completion of a Fabric 301 or higher class at C3 in the past two sessions is required. If you are a new student at our school, please email us at info@commonwealthcircus.com to inquire about eligibility. Students should be able to invert confidently in the air throughout the class. Students should come to class willing to explore!