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Apr
15th
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Aerial Conditioning

"How long have you been doing aerial?" they ask.

"About 4 years," I say.

"Oh, that makes sense," they agree.

But…they’re asking me the wrong question. My first 3 years of aerial training was based in modern dance. We VERY rarely did any kind of conditioning. It wasn’t until I moved here a year ago, that I realized I was way behind in terms of strength.

Strength and grace aren’t built in Aerial Skills classes. Repeating vocabulary one or two times over the course of an hour is not enough. To create an aesthetically pleasing act, each movement must be trained to the point of ease.

"HOW do I make aerial easy??"

Take an Aerial Conditioning class! Work your pull-up, work your inversions, work your core, work your shoulders, work your grace.

These things you are struggling with will not get easier until you do them a million-and-a-half times. Conditioning is a great place to do this.

These classes are typically small and the students and teachers are incredibly supportive.

Sunday 12:30-1:30pm

Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm

(Source: clients.mindbodyonline.com)

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Apr
6th
Sun
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The Monkeys at Athletic Playground making a monkey Mandala!
Join us for our AcroYoga classes:
Mondays 5:45 - 7:55
Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 (Intro)
Thursdays 5:45 - 9:00

The Monkeys at Athletic Playground making a monkey Mandala!

Join us for our AcroYoga classes:

Mondays 5:45 - 7:55

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 (Intro)

Thursdays 5:45 - 9:00

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Apr
1st
Tue
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April 2014 Special:
Only $10 for Early Morning Monkey Conditioning Classes!!!
M-F 6am, 7:15am and 8:30am!
Click here to purchase the discounted drop in!

April 2014 Special:

Only $10 for Early Morning Monkey Conditioning Classes!!!

M-F 6am, 7:15am and 8:30am!

Click here to purchase the discounted drop in!

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Feb
26th
Wed
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Partner Flips Workshop
3/8 (Sat) 5:30-7:30pm
with Shira Yaziv
Early bird ends 3/2!

Partner Flips Workshop

3/8 (Sat) 5:30-7:30pm

with Shira Yaziv

Early bird ends 3/2!
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Feb
18th
Tue
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If you are an aerialist and you don’t know Lei Lei de Kirby yet, you’re doing it wrong. Lei Lei is a stunningly beautiful dancer, aerialist and performer.
Lucky for you; she is teaching TWO workshops at the Athletic Playground starting this weekend!
Check em out:
BRIDGING THE GAP: between intro and level 1 SATURDAYS Date: 2/22/2014 - 4/5/2014 From: 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm Take your climbing, inverting and basic wraps and foot locks to new heights. In this 7-week workshop series we will work toward fluidity of motion, increased vocabulary and strength, as well as starting to sequence basic moves together. Focus will start on smoothing out and refining climbs, hip keys, and foot locks. We will build upon these fundamentals, start learning basic wraps that will lead into tricks and build up the necessary strength along the way. This class will help you make the transition from Intro level to Level 1 aerial classes. Ability to climb, invert into a straddle, and make a foot lock are required. Drop in $45 ($35 for members) Full series: $280 ($210 for members)  10% off by 2/15 for full series.
FIND THE DANCE IN AERIAL FABRIC  FRIDAYS Date: 2/21/2014 - 4/4/2014 From: 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm In this workshop, we will learn to infuse aerial fabric with the fluidity, grace and aesthetics of contemporary dance. In our training, there is a strong temptation to focus exclusively on pulling off the next “trick.” Adding individual moves to our repertoire, conquering them one after the other, before we have explored all the different opportunities for expression. We will cover new concepts for understanding the intricacies of aerial fabric, giving you the tools to explore your own unique style. Learning to think like a dancer can help us bring a new sensibility and a new set of concepts to aerial fabric. We will learn to consider rhythm, timing, spacing, musicality, dynamic range and emotional expression. We will utilize warm up techniques from dance and work on a sequence on the fabric that will help us explore basic choreography skills. This workshop series is meant for those who have the endurance to stay on the fabric for a few minutes at a time, the strength to straddle up and do hip key in the air, as well as the drive and curiosity to explore innovative ways of moving your body on aerial fabric.Drop in $45 ($35 for members) Full series: $280 ($210 for members) 10% off off by 2/15 for full series.

If you are an aerialist and you don’t know Lei Lei de Kirby yet, you’re doing it wrong. Lei Lei is a stunningly beautiful dancer, aerialist and performer.

Lucky for you; she is teaching TWO workshops at the Athletic Playground starting this weekend!

Check em out:

BRIDGING THE GAP: between intro and level 1

SATURDAYS Date: 2/22/2014 - 4/5/2014
From: 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Take your climbing, inverting and basic wraps and foot locks to new heights. In this 7-week workshop series we will work toward fluidity of motion, increased vocabulary and strength, as well as starting to sequence basic moves together. Focus will start on smoothing out and refining climbs, hip keys, and foot locks. We will build upon these fundamentals, start learning basic wraps that will lead into tricks and build up the necessary strength along the way. This class will help you make the transition from Intro level to Level 1 aerial classes. Ability to climb, invert into a straddle, and make a foot lock are required.

Drop in $45 ($35 for members)
Full series: $280 ($210 for members)
10% off by 2/15 for full series.

FIND THE DANCE IN AERIAL FABRIC

FRIDAYS Date: 2/21/2014 - 4/4/2014
From: 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

In this workshop, we will learn to infuse aerial fabric with the fluidity, grace and aesthetics of contemporary dance. In our training, there is a strong temptation to focus exclusively on pulling off the next “trick.” Adding individual moves to our repertoire, conquering them one after the other, before we have explored all the different opportunities for expression. We will cover new concepts for understanding the intricacies of aerial fabric, giving you the tools to explore your own unique style.

Learning to think like a dancer can help us bring a new sensibility and a new set of concepts to aerial fabric. We will learn to consider rhythm, timing, spacing, musicality, dynamic range and emotional expression. We will utilize warm up techniques from dance and work on a sequence on the fabric that will help us explore basic choreography skills.

This workshop series is meant for those who have the endurance to stay on the fabric for a few minutes at a time, the strength to straddle up and do hip key in the air, as well as the drive and curiosity to explore innovative ways of moving your body on aerial fabric.

Drop in $45 ($35 for members)
Full series: $280 ($210 for members)
10% off off by 2/15 for full series.

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What a great episode about PLAY!!!!

Check out Athletic PlayGround at minute 9:40

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Feb
16th
Sun
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A space to train

I invite you to consider your bones vs. your words.

Your organs vs. your speech, and the eye that peers inside of you to watch your breath vs. the eye turned outwards to gaze into mine.

How do we train our non-physical bodies? Amidst friendships formed of airborne efforts to excel and ground-based givings and receivings of weight, I wonder about balance.

Not the kind found between all 5 toes as our flyer attempts ardha chandrasana and our foot finds their hip, hoping for a smooth and successful lift…

…nor the kind of balance to be found between fingers’ subtle fluctuations as we press up into a handstand for the thousandth time…

…but the balance of inner and outer. We train the outer with building blocks of equipment, prop-based pull-ups and mat-based anaerobic activity: plank after plank after plank.

So how do we train our inner? We recognize the ongoing grapple with those subtle moments between thoughts when distraction might creep in and derail pincha mayurasana - we know how to train our muscles to fix their attention and how to teach our skeletons to stay put.

Now imagine the equally subtle moments between awareness of our own needs and the needs of our friends, our partners, our parents, our children.

When we stand face-to-face, are our minds self-absorbed?

It’s only patterns which prevent us from achieving an aerial, only patterns which prevent us from giving ourselves to this life entirely. Unhelpful patterns, entrained early - teaching us to grow in closures and contractions, to rotate inwardly towards our center and maintain perpetual physic separateness.

Community: this is how we train our inner. To fix your mind on truth, know we’re in it together and show up to find common ground.

Sweat it out.

So as things heat up

(and things are heating up, as the effects of long-standing economic inequalities and environmental disregards begin to make themselves known)

stay with it. Stay committed and trust that just as hard work and a hundred monkey conditioning classes does eventually pay off, inclusivity + diversity + commitment does eventually = community.

Relationships are how we train our inner… and we need a space to bring us together.

- FrontDeskMonkey Ryan

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Feb
4th
Tue
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Saturdays 11-12pm starting February 2/8
In this workshop students will go beyond the basics of hooping and into the realm of exciting tricks. Some concepts that will be explored are portals, folds, rolls, tosses and on-body tricks. But a collection of tricks does no good without the integration of flow. Students will learn techniques for sequencing their tricks that will lead to their ability to flow with them. Some class time will be spent with partners or groups to help in the process of reflection. Some hoop experience recommended. All levels of hoopers are welcome. 
 
6 weeks total (No class 3/1)
 
$20/class
 
Early bird special by 2/3: Full Series: $90 ($30 for members)

Saturdays 11-12pm starting February 2/8

In this workshop students will go beyond the basics of hooping and into the realm of exciting tricks. Some concepts that will be explored are portals, folds, rolls, tosses and on-body tricks. But a collection of tricks does no good without the integration of flow. Students will learn techniques for sequencing their tricks that will lead to their ability to flow with them. Some class time will be spent with partners or groups to help in the process of reflection. Some hoop experience recommended. All levels of hoopers are welcome.

 
6 weeks total (No class 3/1)
 
$20/class
 
Early bird special by 2/3: Full Series: $90 ($30 for members)
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Learn how to make it look Trap-easy with Xochitl-Sosa this weekend!

Learn how to make it look Trap-easy with Xochitl-Sosa this weekend!

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Jan
31st
Fri
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Aerial Classes at Athletic PlayGround!  Come try one today!

Aerial Classes at Athletic PlayGround!  Come try one today!

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