Figuring out where to start
So you are interested in aerial and circus arts but you don’t know where to start. Night Flight offers both adult (ages 16+) Series and Drop-in classes. Technique Series classes include trapeze, silks (tissu), lyra (hoop), rope, straps, stretching, contortion and handstands (hand balancing). Our teachers are dedicated to offering fun and challenging classes with personalized attention. Aerial and circus training develops strength, control, flexibility and fluidity of movement and is a great way to get in shape.
Our primary focus is Series classes since we believe that this is the very best learning environment for our students. However, we do offer some Drop-in options. If you are on the fence about aerial classes, we recommend trying our Saturday Drop-in before committing to a Series. This is a great way to get a taste of aerial and check out our studio.
Please note: We don’t allow Drop-ins in our Series classes. But we do offer a few Aerial Drop-in Classes on the weekends! You can get more information on our Drop-ins here.
What is Aerial?
The word aerial refers to all sorts of aerial acrobatic techniques including silks, trapeze, lyra, rope and straps. We offer techniques Series classes in all these disciplines; however, our Drop-in classes focus primarily on silks. Learning aerial is challenging. It is not your run of the mill exercise. You should know going in to it that you will be lifting your own body weight, but we are more than happy to work at each student’s level. So, you don’t need to be some crazy ex-gymnast to fall in love with aerial and Night Flight in general. To us, the most important part about becoming and being fit is being inspired.
Our Series classes run for approximately 7 weeks. Each Series class covers a specific set curriculum. Our Series classes range from beginning classes to advanced. New students interested in our Aerial Series classes who have no previous aerial training are required to start with Beginning Aerial 1. Night Flight also offers Series technique classes in stretching, contortion and handstands (hand balancing). Class size is limited, so register early. For more information please visit our Series Classes page.
Night Flight offers adult (ages 16 and up) Aerial Drop-in classes in aerial arts in Portland, OR. Our Drop-in classes are way for students to try out aerial before committing to a Series class. You don’t need to preregister to attend our Drop-in classes but you will need to arrive early to claim a spot in class. Our Drop-in classes are popular and do fill up. Please note: We only accept cash (exact change) or check at our studio, but you can pre-pay for Drop-in classes online. For more information please visit our Drop-in Classes page.
Stuff you should know for your first day
If you are paying for your Drop-in, Series, or Private Lesson at our studio please bring cash – exact change – or check. We do not accept credit cards at our studio. We do accept credit cards through our Online Registration and you can use this system to pre-pay for your classes ahead of time.
Students are not allowed into class more than 15 minutes after class starts. The warm-up is part of the class and for safety reasons, we can’t allow students on the equipment without a proper warm up. Arrive early so we can get the paper work out of the way.
Wear form-fitting clothes. We suggest a pair of tights/leggings and form fitting shorts or fitted yoga pants that aren’t too loose around the ankle and a form fitting tank, workout top, or leotard. Clothes that are too baggy can get caught on the equipment and may drive you crazy. No zippers or jewelry on the equipment. We suggest leaving all your jewelry at home where it’s safe. Bring water or a water bottle to class. You will be so much happier if you do.