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Register today to secure your spot in class! Registration Deadline is March 8th and classes fill fast so HURRY!

This looks fun, BUT...

“Am I strong enough?”

“What if I’m
scared of heights?”

“Is it expensive?”

“How do I get started?”

All your questions
answered in the
Bumbershoot
Beginner’s Guide!

At Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, we put the "play" back into life. With quality instruction and a nurturing environment, we empower you to get creative and have fun! When you come to class, we give you a trapeze and teach you that your options are limitless. Through climbing and swinging and dancing in the air, we expand perspectives and inspire new confidence.

We love altering people’s self image by showing them what they are capable of. As you climb to the top of a 30 foot rope, your every day challenges are put back in perspective. Bumbershoot Aerial Arts enriches peoples' lives by helping them find their inner monkey.

Register for Upcoming Workshops!
TRY IT OUT Aerial Silks! with Joelle Pendergrass
Sat 3/7 10:15 am-11:15 am
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Come try out Aerial Silks for FREE in this special 1 time workshop for beginners. Learn some basics such as climbing, inverting, and basic wraps in this fun, helpful, and informative class. Beginner friendly! No prerequisites. Wear fitted work out type clothing such as leggings or Yoga pants and a top that can be tucked in to your pants. Come play on Aerial Fabrics with us!

No Prerequisite!

Please register online.

Ages 13 and up (anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian's signature on a waiver in order to participate)

Please note that each new student to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts is only allowed to take this class once.

Out of curtesy to other participants, and because we have limited capacity in this free class, we ask that people not bring more than 3 friends (No parties larger than 4) to this free lesson. Thank you for your understanding!

Sold Out!
$0.00
TRY IT OUT Aerial Silks! with Joelle Pendergrass
Sat 3/14 10:15 am-11:15 am
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Come try out Aerial Silks for FREE in this special 1 time workshop for beginners. Learn some basics such as climbing, inverting, and basic wraps in this fun, helpful, and informative class. Beginner friendly! No prerequisites. Wear fitted work out type clothing such as leggings or Yoga pants and a top that can be tucked in to your pants. Come play on Aerial Fabrics with us!

No Prerequisite!

Please register online.

Ages 13 and up (anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian's signature on a waiver in order to participate)

Please note that each new student to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts is only allowed to take this class once.

Out of curtesy to other participants, and because we have limited capacity in this free class, we ask that people not bring more than 3 friends (No parties larger than 4) to this free lesson. Thank you for your understanding!

Sold Out!
$0.00
Creative Movement: Generating new ways to move the body with Claire Hilleren
Fri 3/20 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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To an aerialist, movement in the air makes sense. Our muscles recognize the movement patterns we have trained and automatically move us through sequences that feel comfortable.  How do we break out of the comfort zone? How do aerialists move, dare I say it, on the GROUND?! That is where I come in. I have an extensive background in dance, and am currently dancing with MADco, the residential dance company of the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  I would like to share with you some of the tools that I have learned.

 

In this class I want to initiate our aerialist muscles into the “Floor Club.”  Using techniques that teach us how to move efficiently and effortlessly through our center, we will work our way from floor, to standing, and meld the two.  The goal in this class is to start teaching our muscles new ways to move and become comfortable in them. We will learn how to break through the boundaries we have unconsciously set and explore beyond the comfort zone in a friendly, judgement-free arena. What happens in floor club, stays in floor club!

 

No prerequisites

 

 

Bumbershoot Special Event:  Ask the Artist - Taco Time with Claire Hilleren.

Immediately following her March 20 workshop “Creative Movement:  Generating new ways to move the Body”, Claire Hilleren invites students and coaches enrolled in the workshop to join her for food, drink, and conversation at Spare No Rib. What does your creative process look like?  What practical performance tips can you give?  What are your thoughts on injury prevention?  Here is your chance to ask a professional performance artist, in a relaxed setting among friends and tacos.

Location: Spare No Rib, in the Bumbershoot building

Cost:  Just bring your taco money.

$25.00
Kids' Try It Out Circus with Tom Eggers, Kris Shellabarger
Sat 3/28 10:30 am-11:30 am
$0.00
3-Day "Wraps" Workshop: Silks with Lisa Natoli
Fri 4/3 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
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This 3 day class is geared for aerialists with some experience under their belts. Working with momentum, hanging, balancing, and falling we will let our bodies ask the questions so we can get out of our heads and access our physicality. We will examine the landmarks of wraps and where the wraps will lead us to break habits and organize and build sequences more seamlessly.

Prerequisites:  Must be able to invert in the air repeatedly, and execute a clean hip key.

Three day workshops as follows:

Friday April 3   
Silks Section A  6-7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 4   
Silks Section A  5-6:30 p.m.

Sunday April 5    (yes, it is Easter Sunday)
Silks Section A   12-1:30 p.m.

Price for all 3 days:  $135.  You may register online.

Price for single drop-in class:  $50 per class.  To register for a single class, please contact us at jerome@oldstlouis.com.  Let us know the name and email address of the student, and which class they want to drop in for.  We will generate an invoice and email it to you for payment.

Registration deadline: March 20, 2015.  After this date, there is a $10 registration fee for 3-day workshop, or $5 per single class.

Bumbershoot Special Event:  Ask the Artist - Taco Time with Lisa Natoli.

Immediately following her April 4 Workshop, Lisa Natoli invites students and coaches enrolled in the workshop to join her for food, drink, and conversation at Spare No Rib.  What does your creative process look like?  What practical performance tips can you give?  How do you make it as an artist?  What are your thoughts on injury prevention?  Here is your chance to get to know a professional performance artist, in a relaxed setting among friends and tacos.

Location: Spare No Rib, in the Bumbershoot building

Cost:  Just bring your taco money.

 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Picasso

Lisa Natoli is a NYC-based teaching and performing aerial artist. She has a degree in dance  from the University of Iowa and attended the Alvin Ailey Dance Center certificate program. She is currently on staff at Circus Warehouse and Aerial Arts NYC teaching rope and silks. Lisa recently performed and taught at Above Borders Aerial Festival in Las Cruces, NM. She has guest taught at Frequent Flyers (Boulder), Aircat (Boulder), Miraas Aerial (Denver), Aerial Fabrics Acrobatics (Denver), Bumbershoot Aerial Arts (St. Louis), Detroit Flyhouse (Detroit), Voler: Thieves of Flight (Kansas City), Tucson Circus Arts (Tucson), and Altitude Aerials (Phoenix). Lisa has performed at the Slipper Room NYC, Galapagos Art Space in the Floating Kabarette, and with Jenny Rocha Dance in The Dinner Party. Lisa curates and choreographs Bright Ideas Aerial Salon that has been running for 4 years presenting work at Cantina Royale and Big Sky Works in Brooklyn.

$135.00
3-Day "Wraps" Workshop: Rope with Lisa Natoli
Fri 4/3 7:45 pm-9:15 pm
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This 3 day class is geared for aerialists with some experience under their belts. Working with momentum, hanging, balancing, and falling we will let our bodies ask the questions so we can get out of our heads and access our physicality. We will examine the landmarks of wraps and where the wraps will lead us to break habits and organize and build sequences more seamlessly.

Prerequisites:  Must be able to invert in the air repeatedly, and execute a clean hip key.

Three day workshops as follows:

Friday April 3  
Rope Section B  7:45-9:15 p.m.

Saturday April 4  
Rope Section B  6:45-8:15 p.m.

Sunday April 5    (yes, it is Easter Sunday)
Rope Section B  1:45-3:15 p.m.

Price for all 3 days:  $135.  You may register online.

Price for single drop-in class:  $50 per class.  To register for a single class, please contact us at jerome@oldstlouis.com.  Let us know the name and email address of the student, and which class they want to drop in for.  We will generate an invoice and email it to you for payment.

Registration deadline: March 20, 2015.  After this date, there is a $10 registration fee for 3-day workshop, or $5 per single class.

Bumbershoot Special Event:  Ask the Artist - Taco Time with Lisa Natoli.

Immediately following her April 4 Workshop, Lisa Natoli invites students and coaches enrolled in the workshop to join her for food, drink, and conversation at Spare No Rib.  What does your creative process look like?  What practical performance tips can you give?  How do you make it as an artist?  What are your thoughts on injury prevention?  Here is your chance to get to know a professional performance artist, in a relaxed setting among friends and tacos.

Location: Spare No Rib, in the Bumbershoot building

Cost:  Just bring your taco money.

 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Picasso

Lisa Natoli is a NYC-based teaching and performing aerial artist. She has a degree in dance  from the University of Iowa and attended the Alvin Ailey Dance Center certificate program. She is currently on staff at Circus Warehouse and Aerial Arts NYC teaching rope and silks. Lisa recently performed and taught at Above Borders Aerial Festival in Las Cruces, NM. She has guest taught at Frequent Flyers (Boulder), Aircat (Boulder), Miraas Aerial (Denver), Aerial Fabrics Acrobatics (Denver), Bumbershoot Aerial Arts (St. Louis), Detroit Flyhouse (Detroit), Voler: Thieves of Flight (Kansas City), Tucson Circus Arts (Tucson), and Altitude Aerials (Phoenix). Lisa has performed at the Slipper Room NYC, Galapagos Art Space in the Floating Kabarette, and with Jenny Rocha Dance in The Dinner Party. Lisa curates and choreographs Bright Ideas Aerial Salon that has been running for 4 years presenting work at Cantina Royale and Big Sky Works in Brooklyn.

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$135.00
Try IT OUT Aerial Silks! with Joelle Pendergrass
Sat 4/4 10:15 am-11:15 am
Read More

Come try out Aerial Silks for FREE in this special 1 time workshop for beginners. Learn some basics such as climbing, inverting, and basic wraps in this fun, helpful, and informative class. Beginner friendly! No prerequisites. Wear fitted work out type clothing such as leggings or Yoga pants and a top that can be tucked in to your pants. Come play on Aerial Fabrics with us!

No Prerequisite!

Please register online.

Ages 13 and up (anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian's signature on a waiver in order to participate)

Please note that each new student to Bumbershoot Aerial Arts is only allowed to take this class once.

Out of curtesy to other participants, and because we have limited capacity in this free class, we ask that people not bring more than 3 friends (No parties larger than 4) to this free lesson. Thank you for your understanding!

$0.00
Creative Movement: Choreographic Process with Claire Hilleren
Fri 4/17 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication. In this class we will focus on creating language with our bodies. How do I show the audience what I am feeling? How do I do this without pantomiming the feeling? How do I abstract everyday gestures to make them more interesting or less recognizable? These are just a few of the questions we will address as I guide you on your journey of discovery.  Once we each find our unique language, I will facilitate the creation of a sentence. From there, we will discuss and explore how one sentence can turn into an entire short story--in other words, a new aerial performance piece!  (Showcase participation not required.)

 

No Prerequisites!

$25.00
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Today at Bumbershoot
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Regular Open Aerial
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Duo Trapeze
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trapeze 1
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rope 1/2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Silks 2
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Silks Intro and Strength Building
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Trapeze 4/5
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rope 4/5
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Stretching for Flexibility
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