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.

NEW classes coming soon!

  • Aerial yoga at The Grove Junior School, Sundays 10.30-11.30am from 4 March (spaces limited) 
  • Beginner's mixed aerial at The Grove Junior School from 2-3.30pm from 3 March
  • Children's circus classes at The Grove Junior School from 2-3pm from 4 March (and then on a fortnightly basis)

Taster sessions run on the first Friday of every month at 6pm (these take place alongside the Friday 6pm - 7.30pm class. Spaces limited to five per taster session) February and March taster sessions now fully booked

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.

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

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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. Taster sessions are run on the first Friday of every month for £10 only - no previous experience necessary! Please contact us to book your space. (February and March sessions now fully booked)

Beginners Six-Week Mixed Aerial Course

Where:The Grove Junior School

When:Saturdays 2.00-3.30pm

Who:Beginners, ages 12+

A six-week course for complete beginners focusing on static trapeze and aerial silks. Starting 3 March. 

Aerial Yoga

Where:The Grove Junior School

When:Sundays 10.30-11.30am

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.

Beginners Six-Week Mixed Aerial Course

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Saturdays 4:30-6.00pm

Who:Beginners/Improvers, ages 12+

Six-week course for complete beginners and those with a little experience who have previously attended our Saturday classes, focusing on static trapeze and aerial silks. Next block to start on 3 March.

Children's Circus Workshops

Where:The Grove Junior School

When:Sundays (fortnightly) 2.00-3.00pm

Who: All abilities. Ages 7-11

Fun, fortnightly children's circus skills workshop for those aged 7-11. Parents welcome to join in too! Starting 4 March. 

Intermediate Silks and Trapeze

Where:The Yoga Hall

When:Saturdays/Sundays (occasional) 

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. Workshops led every other Friday by professional aerialists Leanne Laird or Ruby Gaskell.

Teachers

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

Ali has been practising aerial skills for six 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. 

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 1st 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 can be found on Instagram and YouTube 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

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. 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.

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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