In partner acrobatics, communication, trust, and patience are key. In our classes we teach fun moves and transitions that can be performed with a partner, but we also teach how to develop a practice of respectful partner communication and individual conditioning. Our classes may involve one or more of the following categories of acrobatics.
The Bird's Nest offers a donation-based community AcroJam every Monday 7pm-9pm. AcroJams are a time for people of all backgrounds, abilities, and experience levels to meet new friends and practice material together in an inclusive, safe space. All are welcome. You do not need to come with a partner. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
This type of acrobatics is performed by two or more partners: a base who stays connected to the ground, a flyer who stays connected to the base, and a spotter who helps maintains safety and communication. In acroyoga the base typically lies on the ground with their legs raised in "L-basing" position, supporting the flyer by their hands and legs. This allows for all kinds of creative shapes and transitions.
Acro dance is a blend of classical and modern dance techniques with acrobatic elements. When practiced in doubles, acrobatic elements include lifts, tosses, spins, and partner balance poses. Often acro dance incorporates elements of adagio, swing dance, salsa, modern dance and more. This class will cover lifts, spins, poses, and sequences of duo acro dance, as well as storytelling, improvisation, and fluidity of movement with and without a partner.
In standing acrobatics, the base remains on their feet while supporting the flyer in the air. Standing acrobatics are generally considered a more advanced form of practice since the risk of danger is higher. That's why we always practice with spotters and lots of mats for safety! We start off teaching beginner level moves that you can grow and progress to more dynamic positions as you learn.
Acrobatics classes are done in bare feet, though grippy yoga socks are also permissible. Wear clothes you feel comfortable going upside down in, and bring a bottle of water. You do not need to come with a partner to take these classes!
Pre-requisites: Healthy joints and muscles. Willingness to spot and be spotted. Ability to communicate nicely and work in groups.