intro to TISSU & sling WORKSHOP WITH helen fitanides

Mondays, Sept 9, 16, 23

5-5:55 PM

Students need to know basic footlock to take this workshop. Learn a range of vocabulary on aerial tissu, also known as aerial fabrics or silks. The focus of the class series will be on finding ways to dance in, on and around the aerial apparatus.

Must sign up for complete series. Limited to 8 students. No drop in must sign up for full series.

ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT in this workshop

payment options

Introduction to Aerial Dance - TBA

6-7 PM  FREE as part of Bay Area Celebrates Natl Dance Week

Registration will open via Dancers Group soon!

Ready to try something new?  Come take a class with UpSwing Company and see why it has been said to be the most fun, creative workout!


Aerial Dance on Motivity Trapeze & Other Equipment

September openings for 6 new students

Beginning/Intermediate Level for Adults...6-7:30 PM TAUGHT BY HELEN fitanides

class limit 14 students

Aerial dance is a special form of aerial arts with the focus on the inherent beauty and fluidity of movement, as opposed to the tricks and stunts taught in circus aerial arts classes.

Students learn basic vocabulary to move and secure themselves on the equipment by various body parts, but the emphasis of the class is on freedom of movement and expression in the vertical and horizontal space using 'motivity' trapeze, designed by aerial dance pioneer Terry Sendgraff and other aerial equipment such as tissu, lyra, etc.  Students will be guided to explore the range of movement possibilities on and off the apparatus. Students will work individually, as well as with partners, during the series.

Drop in rate is $25. Class cards available.  

2019 classes meet every Monday except: Aug 19, 26, Sept 2, Oct 14, Dec 23, 30


Company Class...7-8:25 PM with Artistic Director Cherie Carson


Take class side by side with UpSwing Company members. Our professional company class is not for beginners. It is open to students who have previously taken 6 months of UpSwing aerial classes from Ashley Foster or Cherie Carson or have previous aerial experience. Warm-up consists of stretching and conditioning then class moves into dance and aerial combinations and improvisations.

The drop-in rate is $25 per class.  Professional and student discounts are available– please see our discount and punch card rates below.

*Please note that this company schedule is subject to change! If you are interested in attending open company class during the 2016-17 Season, call the UpSwing office at 510.587.0770 or email Director Cherie Carson at cherie@upswingaerialdance.org for more information.

2019 Current schedule: 

NO CLASSES: Aug 21, Aug 28, Nov 20, Nov 27 (night before Thanksgiving), Dec 18, 25


Payment Plans for the Adult Aerial classes

UpSwing Aerial Dance Company strives to keep the aerial dance community up in the air by structuring our prices and offering various opportunities to experience that wonderful up and out, spin and swinging dance in the air that we are known for. We offer a variety of affordable options to participate while meeting the needs of our program to support an experienced teaching staff, expand our class offerings and provide work study and scholarships to the community.
•    We offer work study programs for those students interested in a longer study.  For more information email Helen Fitanides @ helenfitanides@gmail.com

For our ongoing adult aerial dance classes on Monday and Wednesday nights, we offer several payment structures. We want you to choose the structure that works comfortably for your budget.

Single class: $25


Class Cards

Buy a package of classes and receive a discount. 3 months to use 6 or 8 class package. 2 months to use 4 class package. Card is for student whose name is on the card.  Can be shared or transferable with a $10 fee. Bring your PAYPAL receipt to your first class. Your timing on your class card begins with the first class.

select payment plan

$160 for 8 classes

$120 for 6 classes

$90 for 4 classes

$25 single class



BEST DEAL! get an UpSwing Membership

UpSwing membership is for people like you who like to take classes twice a week. We offer a membership of $100 a month (average's out to less than $14 a class...taking into account the days we are not meeting) includes discounts on workshops sponsored by UpSwing and discounts on UpSwing performances at Studio 12.  Year commitment of scheduled automatic payments with option of putting the membership on hold 1 month only in any given year.

Adult Student comments...

5.0 star YELP rating 3/13/2016

"I've been attending adult classes at Upswing for a couple of years now, and the classes are one of the things I most look forward to every week.  I started classes here because I wanted to try something new; amazingly, I still feel like I'm trying something new every class I attend.  Ashley and Cherie are marvelous teachers.  I've found their classes to be well balanced between teaching skills on the one hand, and encouraging creativity on the other hand - both on and off the apparatus!  Something that sets these classes apart is the focus on dance and on making fluid transitions.  It's hard work, but the benefits are tangible - I think I'm stronger now than I've ever been.  If I could give six stars to Upswing, I would :)"   - Katie S.

5.0 star YELP rating 11/14/2010

"Studio 12 flys rocks! I found Studio 12 online after seeing an aerial dance performance in San Francisco. Cherie and her crew are fantastic instructors- as committed to the process of learning how to fly as much as the act, itself. The girls program, which I usually see a few minutes of at the tail-end of class, looks like a blast. Women empowering women! :-) The small classes and top-notch facilities make for a very safe, intimate flying experience. Check it out!" - Julie M.