Welcome to St Albans Trapeze and Aerial Arts. We offer classes for adults and children in static trapeze, aerial silks, aerial yoga and more in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Upcoming classes and news

Christmas showcase: 15 December at The Yoga Hall

Next taster session for adults and children aged 12+ is at Grove Junior School, Harpenden on Sunday 6 October from 11.45am -1pm. (Spaces limited to five per taster session, £10 per session). Please use the booking page to book your space.

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 now offer a range of lessons for both children and adults. 

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 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.

Aerial Silks

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. 

Aerial Hoop 

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.

Aerial Yoga

A fusion of aerial arts and traditional yoga, aerial yoga offers a mindful and relaxing way of increasing flexibility, mobility and strength, as well as improving posture.

Where are we

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

Map Yoga Hall

The Grove Junior School
10 Dark Ln,
Harpenden
AL5 1QA

The Grove Junior School Harpenden

Classes and Times

Beginners Classes

Where:The Yoga Hall
When:Fridays 6:00-7:30pm
Who:Beginners/intermediate, ages 12+
Classes for beginners and intermediates. No commitment needed for these classes as long as you've booked on at least 24 hours before hand and you've already attended at least one of the Complete Beginners 6-week beginner blocks or alternatively at least 4 aerial yoga classes.

Complete Beginners Six-Week Mixed Aerial Course

Where:The Grove Junior School
When:Saturdays 2:00-3:30pm
Who:Beginners, ages 12+

Regular six-week blocks for complete beginners focusing on static trapeze and aerial silks. 

Next start date for complete beginners: 1 September

Aerial Yoga

Where:The Grove Junior School
When:Sundays, Mondays 10:30-11:30am Sundays, 7:15-8:15 Mondays
Who:All abilities. Ages 18+
Aerial yoga offers combines aerial arts with traditional yoga. It uses a low fabric hammock which supports the user's weight, helping them to relax, stretch, and improve posture. Only 9 places available per class 

Improvers/Intermediates Six-Week Mixed Aerial Course

Where:The Yoga Hall
When:Saturdays 4:30-6:00pm
Who:Improvers/Intermediates.  ages 12+

Classes for improvers/intermediates focusing on static trapeze and aerial silks. Pre-requisites: must have a basic knowledge of static trapeze moves; be able to perform French and Russian climbs; and be able to invert ('straddle up') and hold for at least 5 seconds.

Children's Circus Workshops

Where:The Grove Junior School
When:Sundays  1:45-3:00pm

Who: All abilities. Ages 7-11
Fun children's circus skills workshop for those aged 7-11. No regular commitment needed but in larger classes, children will be grouped by ability/experience.  Only 12 places available per class. 

Children's Circus Classes

Where:The Grove Junior School
When:Mondays (term time only)5:00-6:00pm
Who:All abilities. Ages 7-11
Term-time children's circus classes for those aged 7-11. Please note - these classes must be booked on a half-termly basis. Dates for September 2018 term - 10 September to 22 October.

Intermediate Silks and Trapeze

Where:The Yoga Hall
When:Sunday 22 July1.00-4.00pm
Who:Intermediate/Advanced. Ages 12+
Fast-paced workshops led by Leanne Laird focusing on improving technique and strength on aerial silks and static trapeze. 

General Practice and Workshops

Where:The Yoga Hall
When:Fridays 7:30-9:30pm
Who:Intermediate/Advanced (invitation only)
An open session for people with some experience to work on routines in a relaxed informal environment. 

Teachers

 Ali Walker

Ali Walker has been practising aerial skills for six years and teaching them for three. In September 2016, she undertook the full-time Essential Aerials Professional Course at My Aerial Home, where she specialised in solo static trapeze. 

She has also competed in a variety of national competitions, including winning first place in the semi-finals of the UK Aerial Performance Championships 2016 for doubles trapeze as well as first place in the semi-finals of the 2017 championships for her solo dance trapeze act in the Instructor Open category. She then performed at Russells International Circus in the finals of the UK Aerial Performance Championships in both the doubles and open categories.

Ali is also our aerial yoga teacher, and is qualified to teach by the World Yoga Alliance. She is DBS checked and has first aid training.

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

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 treasury role of the business in 2013. 

Kate is also our artistic director - as a former lighting technician, she plays a key part in organising and directing our showcases and performances.

She is DBS checked and has first aid training.

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

Despite not discovering aerial until his early 40s, Pete, 54, 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. He also performed in the finals of this competition in 2017.

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

Sarah Aitchison

Our children's teacher Sarah is usually found hanging upside down, studying for her degree in psychology, or eating pizza (though not all at the same time). She was first taught the joy of aerial circus skills by Rachel Walker (Ali's older sister) when she was 10 years old, after which she auditioned and succeeded in gaining a place in the National Youth Circus Group at London's National Centre for Circus Arts. As a result, Sarah has a wealth of knowledge, empathy and experience to share with the children who attend our classes.

Sarah specialises in aerial silks and improvisational static trapeze, and loves nothing more than devising new shapes, moves and transitions on aerial equipment. She's also adept at doubles trapeze, rope climbing and static cloud swing. She teaches in our Sunday children's circus skills class and also helps out with our children's circus parties.

Tacha Cooper

A qualified dance teacher who has an array of experience including tap, modern, ballroom and ballet, Tacha loves adapting her dancing and choreography skills to the world of aerial, which she first delved into more than 10 years ago. 

Also a trained personal trainer, Tacha balances her youth work, dance classes and aerial lessons with being a mother of one in her hometown of Southdown, Harpenden. 

She can be found teaching our children's Sunday aerial sessions, where she encourages our 7-11 year olds to explore creative movement and expression both on the ground and in the air.  

Natalie Ryan

Office worker by day and aerial silks superstar by night, Natalie has been practising aerial silks for five years now. She mainly works on aerial silks, but is also competent on static trapeze and aerial hoop. As well as training on Friday evening, Natalie can also be found teaching the teenagers in our 4.30pm intermediate class, and occasionally helping out with the Sunday children's aerial class.

When she's not upside down, Natalie enjoys live music with her friends, having fabulous hair, and the companionship of her feline friends.

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 (run on the first Friday of every month), attend our next six-week course, or ask any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can also offer bespoke workshops for children's birthday parties and corporate events.

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

 

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