Established in 2004 as Hertfordshire's first aerial and circus school, we offer tuition for trapeze, rope, aerial silks, hoop and more in a friendly and welcoming environment.

***There is NO Saturday class this week at 4.30-6pm; normal service will resume next week.*** 

Beginners and Improvers  Fridays 6pm - 7.30pm

Advanced and Personal Training Fridays 7.30pm - 9pm

For taster sessions please e-mail for dates (these will normally take place alongside the 6pm - 7.30pm class)

We are St Albans' only aerial community. Started by professional circus artiste Gaynor Godiva in 2004, our Friday evening group has been meeting regularly for years - and we're now expanding to offer additional lessons on Fridays and Saturdays.

We believe that trapeze and aerial arts can be learned and enjoyed by anyone. If you want to get fit, strong and flexible in a fun way - or simply if you've always dreamed of running away to the circus! - our classes are for you. There's no upper age limit (although we only teach 12+) and you don't need to have any prior experience to take part - just a willingness to give it your best.

Our regular teachers have all been practising for over five years and have CircusFit qualifications while our guest teachers are professional aerialists and circus performers.

Trapeze

Static trapeze is our bread and butter - it's what we start our beginners on and it's our most popular piece of equipment. Not to be confused with flying trapeze, static trapeze is all about making strong, beautiful shapes while you move your body around the trapeze. We also teach basic doubles trapeze on request.

Silks/Tisu

With billowing ribbons of fabric and seemingly death-defying drops, aerial silks performances look glamorous and daring - but be warned, these stretchy pieces of fabric can be tricky to conquer at first! However, the feeling of defying gravity is definitely worth it. 

Hoop/Lyra

Increasingly popular in recent years, the aerial hoop (or lyra as it is sometimes known) offers huge potential for a variety of different tricks, poses and spins. 

Rope

Also known by its fancy French name, corde lisse, aerial rope is exactly as it sounds. While we always teach basic rope climbing as part of our classes, the art of aerial rope offers so much more and will do wonders for your fitness.

Straps

Two straps with loops for the hands attached to a pivot, aerial straps require extreme strength and precision in order to successfully execute tricks and moves. Not a piece of equipment for those new to aerial! Taught on request by straps artiste Leanne Laird.

Acrobalance

Who hasn't wanted to form a human pyramid before? Practised in pairs, threes, or more, acrobalance is always great fun. You don't have to be a gymnast to give simple moves a go - and don't worry, we'll always be on hand to spot you.

Where are we

The Yoga Hall
11 Hatfield Rd,
St Albans
AL1 3RR

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Classes and Times

Beginners drop-in

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Fridays18:00-19:30

Who:Beginners/Intermediate

Ideal class for beginners and intermediates. We can offer taster sessions during this time slot, so contact us if you'd like to have a go, no previous experience necessary

Beginners six- week course

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Sundays14:00-15:30

Who:Beginners/Improvers

A structured six-week course for complete beginners and those with a little experience who have previously attended our Saturday classes. Next block of six starting on Sunday 6 May 2017

Intermediate silks and trapeze

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Saturdays13.00-16.00

Who:Intermediate/Advanced

A fast-paced workshop led by Leanne Laird focusing on improving technique and strength on aerial silks and static trapeze

General practice

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Fridays19:30-21:00

Who:Intermediate/Advanced (invitation)

An open session for people with some experience to work on routines in a relaxed informal environment

Additional workshops and classes

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 

Who:Beginner/Intermediate

We offer one-off workshops and classes on request - so if you'd like a private lesson, or perhaps a group lesson with friends to try it out, get in touch and we can arrange this for you.

Teachers

Kate Hounslow

Kate Hounslow

Kate became hooked on trapeze at London's Circus Space (now the National Centre for Circus Arts) when she joined their adult programme in 1998 - there she discovered the joy of hanging upside down by unexpected parts of the body on a variety of pieces of equipment, including static trapeze, corde lisse and silks.

She continued training there just for the fun of it until having children seven years later. She came to St Albans to retrain in 2012 before taking over the admin of the club in 2013. 

Kate is also our artistic director, playing a key part in organising and directing our showcases and performances.

She has a CircusFit qualification.

Ali Walker

Alison Walker performing on Trapeze

Ali has been training in aerial skills for five years and teaching them for two. In September 2016, she enrolled in the full-time three-month-long Essential Aerials Professional Course at My Aerial Home, where she specialised in solo static trapeze. 

Competitions and performances

UK Aerial Nationals 2015: Silks (Amateur category)

The Secret Library, November 2015 - Performance by St Albans Trapeze 

Semi-finals of UK Aerial Performance Championships 2016: First place for doubles trapeze (Instructor category)

Aerial Theatre UK 2016: Doubles trapeze (Elite category)

Space Odyssey: 2017, January 2017 - Performance by St Albans Trapeze 

Semi-finals of UK Aerial Performance Championships 2017: First place for dance trapeze act (Instructor Open category) 

UK Aerial Performance Championships 2017: Performed in Instructor Open Category with dance trapeze and Instructor/Professional Doubles with doubles trapeze

Ali can be found on YouTube and Instagram as @alidoesaerial.

Leanne Laird

Leanne Laird

A professional aerialist and performer for over seven years now, Leanne Laird first started training in aerial arts at Circomedia, where she specialised in aerial acrobatics. She has since performed in venues including London's infamous Club Antichrist and for a variety of agencies. Leanne has a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and its application to aerial activities and injury prevention.

While Leanne devotes most of her energy to straps (a physically demanding discipline not to be undertaken without prior aerial experience), she has a diverse knowledge of all the main aerial apparatus including static trapeze, aerial hoop, corde lisse and silks. She is available for intermediate and advanced teaching and private lessons on request.

You can view her previous aerial acts here.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Despite not discovering aerial until his early 40s, Pete is now an enthusiastic proponent of the benefits of aerial skills for everyone. He has been practising at St Albans for over 10 years now, and most enjoys doubles trapeze, silks and partner acrobalance. 

Pete was awarded first place in the amateur category for trapeze at the UK Aerial Nationals 2015, and along with doubles trapeze partner Ali, achieved first place in their heat of the semi-finals in the UK Aerial Performance Championships 2016. They most recently showcased their doubles trapeze act in the Elite category of Aerial Theatre UK.

Pete has completed a Silks Teacher Training qualification from Xpert Fitness and holds a CircusFit qualification.

Want to know more?

Aerial skills are one of the most effective ways to improve strength and flexibility in a very friendly atmosphere. Skills can be adapted to all abilities. It's also a lot of fun!

If you want to book a taster session, attend our next six-week course, or ask any question, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can also offer one-off workshops for medium-to-large groups for events such as parties or corporate team-building activities (minimum number of 10).

We've put together answers to some questions we're often asked.

 

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