Grand Rapids, MI
" Aerial 4 Me offers classes in aerial and circus"
Services: Aerial Lyra / Hoop, Aerial Tissue / Silks, Balloon Art, Fire Eating
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Dancing since the age of 3, Jackie earned her degree from WMU. After college she trained in sideshow and circus arts from national performers. She currently tours internationally as one half of the duo act Knotty Bits and is studio owner of Aerial 4 Me.
She has performed for some top companies such as MTV, Food Network, Huntington Bank, Make a Wish, American Red Cross, Spectrum Health, and Chrysler
She offers workshops in other skills not listed. Please inquire if you are looking for something.
Sylver in a demonstration of fire eating
Aerial classes - Side effects may include..
Beginner aerial students
Beginner Aerial Hoop Students
Mel T. July 27, 2011
" Jackie is a phenomenal instructor!! She is great at tailoring training to every skill level. I am a new mom who hasn't worked out much since giving birth and in one six week class, I'm already noticing a HUGE improvement in my muscles and body as a whole. She was able to work the training around several preexisting medical issues as well (ex. previous knee reconstruction). I'm looking forward to taking lots more classes with her in the future!!"
Q: What if I’m not flexible? Can I still do Aerial silks/hoop?
A: Yes! We will work on your flexibility on the ground and in the air. We’ll even give you stretches you can work on at home. You’ll be amazed how quickly your flexibility will increase if you do a little each day and do it properly. Form and body awareness are key for successful stretching.
Q: Is there a weight limitation?
A: Not in the sense you are probably thinking. Our equipment is able to take thousands of pounds. Its limitations are measured in Kilonewtons.
Q: Am I too over weight, too old or too out of shape to do this? You’d be surprised that almost every new student is concerned about one of these three things!
A: Our beginner level is adjustable for each student’s abilities. All moves are learned low to the ground while the student builds the strength to climb. Climbing is more difficult the more a student weighs. This is because you are lifting your own body weight; however your muscles will develop and get stronger by just trying. With every attempt, you are working those muscles and the more you try the stronger you get. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all. The best advice I can give to all students is have patience with yourself and don’t compare your progress with your neighbor’s. Every one progresses at their own pace. Your journey is just that, yours! So enjoy it and have fun!
Q: Don’t I have to be super strong to do this?
A: No you don’t have to start super strong. We will work with you to build your strength through warm ups, conditioning, stretching and working on the apparatus. For maximum results students should take multiple classes a week and/or attend open gym sessions.
Q: I can’t do pulls ups! Can I still take a class?
A: You don’t have to be able to do a pull up to take our beginner class however being able to hold your own weight up will help tremendously and is recommended. Not sure if you can? ----Can you hold a plank for 10 seconds? (what’s a plank? It’s the “up” position of a push up) ----With the assist of a chair, can you get into a pull up position, bend your knees and hold it for 3-5 seconds? ----Can you hold yourself in a crab walk position with your butt off the ground for 5 seconds? ----Even if you can’t do any of the above, with patience and the right attitude you can build the strength while taking the class and have fun doing it.
Q: I have an old injury or health condition. Can I still participate?
A: With any form of physical activity please consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. People with low blood pressure or poor circulation will want to consult a physician and discuss this form since we invert and are upside down. We also knot the silks on our feet which can be a concern for students with poor circulation. Please be sure to let your instructor know of ANY injuries or health conditions before participating.
Q: What if I’m afraid of heights?
A: No worries! We work low to the ground at beginner stages and you only go as high as you feel comfortable. All movement in level one can be done 2 feet off the ground. We can also lower the hoop closer to the ground. One of our instructors is afraid of heights as well and it hasn't stopped her! Just let us know if this is an issue for you ahead of time so we can make any adjustments necessary.
Q: How do I fit in if I've already studied aerial?
A: Please let us know who you have learned from and what poses and locks you can do. We will work with you to place you in the most appropriate level for your skills.
Q: How do I register?
A: Visit our website (www.aerial4me.com) and visit our class description or schedule page. Click on a link for registration or to “check class schedule” and it will take you to our secure Mind Body site. Create an account or use your Facebook to log in. This great tool allows you to manage your own schedule and shop on line. Gift certificates can be purchased there too!
Q: Your online registration says I don’t have the prerequisite to join a class. What should I do?
A: If you have been cleared for that level, email us and let us know. We may just need to update your level pre-requisites on your profile or the age requirements. This also applies to students that are eligible for Aerial drop ins classes. We have to assign a Drop in Membership to your account. You will only be able to drop in to class levels you've taken before and if there is room in the class.
Q: Do you have classes for my child?
A: Currently we offer evening classes which consist mostly of adults. We allow teens as young as 13. If you have a teenager interested and would like to sign them up, a parent will need to do the registration. When creating your account you will want to click on "add a family member" and add your child's info. On the first day of class please come a little early and come in and introduce yourself. We will have some paperwork for you to review. We will also need emergency contact information on file. Sometimes we allow preteens (9-11) to join if they have a strong gymnastic's background and are mature enough to take class with adults. The other option would be private lessons. Email us to inquire.
Q: What forms of payment do you except?
A: We accept the following: ----Cash or check (made out to: Aerial 4 Me) ----Credit cards through our secured online registration website ----We also have payment plans through contracts in our online registration. Download our how to guide under our Links and Forms on our website or ask for more info on this if interested. ----Email questions: Aerial4me@gmail.com
Q: What Should I Wear?!?
A: The following clothing is suggested. Bottom line, any athletic gear that is form fitting and not too baggy will work well and you want the back of your legs covered and your feet bare. Be sure to bring layers so you can adjust to the temperature of the room as well as to the moves we are working on each day. There will be times when you will want your arms covered to protect them from abrasions. Bring a long sleeve shirt or cover up to throw on to protect your arms. Be sure that if you are upside down, your covered and sports bras are recommended.