Looking to learn how to tumble and flip like your favourite action movie star, or defy gravity like a Cirque du Soleil performer? Take up an acrobatics class! Who knows, you might even become skilled enough for the trapeze or aerial silk.
So how long have the classes been running?
About two years now.
Who teaches the classes and what’s their background?
We have teachers who are experienced in tumbling, gymnastics and other related activities. Currently Mario Mareno teaches with Hazel Zhou. Mario is from a circus family and has grown up doing trapeze, trampoline and jumping over elephants! Hazel is an accomplished circus performer, on the silks, hoop and trapeze.
Do you teach people of all ages?
We teach kids from four years old and we also have adult classes.
Can you tell us what kind of moves people learn, and what they can look forward to doing after taking your classes?
In the beginning, you do tumbles and cartwheels and as you grow stronger and more agile, you might go on to handstands and handsprings.
Some people may be apprehensive at the thought of trying any kind of acrobatics. Have you had people come in with these types of worries? How did you calm their nerves?
We teach absolute beginners all the time, so we know how to start with extreme baby steps! And after you’ve done the first little trick, you gain confidence and soon are ready for the next, and the next.
What is the studio like? What kind of equipment is used?
For acrobatics, we use mats to make the tumbling more comfortable. We also have rollers and foam blocks, which help you execute a move in the beginning.
From a physical training standpoint, which body parts get the most toning from acrobatics?
You will know you worked out when all the parts ache, even the parts you didn’t know you have! The upper body is worked, the core muscles are worked and the leg muscles are worked, too. Stamina also plays a part as you build up strength to keep going for a whole hour.
Is there anything people should know before signing up for one of your classes?
Come prepared to turn your world upside down – literally – and for a workout. And get ready for the adrenalin rush when you start doing your first tricks! Don’t be too ambitious, and go at your own pace. Don’t compete with the person in front of you.
Acrobatics for adults happens every Sunday, and an eight-week course costs $280 for non-members, $200 for members. Trial classes at $35 (non-member).