Students 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. No previous aerial or dance experience required.  Limited to 10 students.

2017 Aerial Master Series

4 Wednesdays 7-8:30 PM~  take one or take them all  ~  $35 per class

Aug 2: Xochitl Sosa (Single Point Trapeze)

Xochitl is an Oakland based aerial performer and instructor. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts’ (NECCA) Pro-Track Program, with a concentration in dance and duo trapeze. In addition to NECCA, she has trained in Montreal with renowned coaches from Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School. She performs her unique style of dance trapeze around the US and Mexico in festivals, cabarets, and most recently on a national tour with contemporary circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum. Xochitl has contributed to the evolution of American circus by helping to establish Sky Candy, an aerial school in Austin, Texas.

photo by RJ Muna


Aug 9: Ninette Paloma, Santa Barbara (aerial slings) FULL

Email me at cherie@upswingaerialdance.org if you would like to be on the wait list

Ninette Paloma’s feet have been dangling over the edges of dusty stages the world over; from an early immersion into physical theatre with Chicago youth company Brechita, to high-flying expeditions as a teenage girl walking the tightwire for a Midwestern circus. Juxtaposing contemporary dance and theatre training at Columbia College Chicago with old world Circus Arts technique at The Actor's Gymnasium, her two worlds finally enmeshed, & a blended perspective began to surface. In 2006, she founded the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance in Santa Barbara, CA in her uniquely developed style of floor to air® dance. Ms. Paloma founded CA's 1st International Aerial Dance Festival.


Aug 16: Jo KrEIter, San Francisco

Jo Kreiter is a San Francisco-based choreographer with a background in political science. She thrives at the intersection of social justice and acrobatic spectacle. Through dance she engages imagination, physical innovation and the political conflicts we live within. She founded her company, Flyaway Productions, in 1996. In the 2015 book, “Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performances”, Jo Kreiter’s work is highlighted in the chapter, “Civic Interventions: Accessing Community” using her work as an example of “the politically-driven work of the experienced and prolific site dance artists”.


Aug 23: Joanna Haigood, San Francisco Aerial Windows  

Email me at cherie@upswingaerialdance.org if you would like to be on the wait list

As artistic director & co-founder of Zaccho Dance Theatre, Haigood creates work that involves natural, architectural, & cultural environments, in-depth research into the history & character of those sites, and often integrate aerial flight & suspension. In PAESO (2012) more than 80 performers roved fire escapes, stoops, & sidewalks of the South Bronx, evoking the neighborhood’s vibrant street life during 1940-1960s. Recently, she opened Zaccho’s Center for Dance & Aerial Arts in San Francisco with a mission to offer aerial dance training for people of all ages & skill levels.

Intro to Aerial Dance on Trapeze

Hannah hangs from Motivity Trapeze

Hannah hangs from Motivity Trapeze


1.5 hour class

Introductory rate: $10

Learn basic aerial skills in this one hour workshop lead by UpSwing Company members. The workshop offers a beginner the basics in the art form. You will also have an opportunity to experience what makes UpSwing Aerial Dance so unique...the merging of aerial equipment with dance. By exploring improvisational skills you will be led to create new vocabulary for aerial flying and self expression. It's a great way to improve core and upper body strength, flexibility, confidence, overcome fear and understand the creative self. And it's SO MUCH FUN! Strongly suggest pre-registration.

2016 Fabric (Tissu & Slings) Theory with julia langenberg

October 10, 2016

Learn new ways to create your own material after understanding the "hows and whys" of fabric through various riddles. This workshop will focus on techniques and theory when working with fabric, whether the fabric is hanging straight or looped in a sling. Julia will also teach technique in her warm up and finish with exploration of the theory behind the work.

Workshop is appropriate for Intermediate and advanced students. 

Julia Langenberg is an international aerial performer and coach. She is a two time finalist in the US Aerial Championships and recently returned from coaching aerial fabric in Germany. Cirque du Soleil contacts Julia several times a year to employ her talents for their shows. In addition to her performing career, Julia built an aerial community in San Antonio, TX, where none existed before. Her dedication to teaching, performing, and recruiting other professional aerialists to the area lead to the formation of Aerial Horizon, San Antonio's only aerial performance company and school. Aerial Horizon is known for creating innovative and meaningful art on the ground and in the air.

2016 BUNGEE classes with UpSwing Company

October 5 & 12  

UpSwing Company is known for our aerial harness performances. In these 2 classes, students learn techniques of bungee & harness dancing alongside the Company. Must sign up for both classes as they build on each other. Limited space. 

Comments from students....

"I went to see my eye doctor today, and he told me that my peripheral vision was really amazing. He asked me how often I worked out, and I said, Oh, 4 or 5 times a week, and then he asked me what I did to work out, and I told him. He was enthralled. He loaded up YouTube on his phone and we watched the video of the Magnificent Bunginis together. He told me that this kind of work could definitely help you develop really good peripheral vision. So, one more reason to do aerial!" Beth Z., 2013