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This past August, UpSwing offered "Intro to Aerial Dance" classes for girls ages 10-12 and for teens ages 13-17.  It was super fun to share our joy of aerial dance with a larger community without the financial constraints of having to pay for a class. This was made possible through a generous grant from Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS

To register, use form below and we will confirm with what to wear and release form. Looking forward to seeing you and your daughter or Teen.

We may be able to offer this again in April or May so stay tuned. Drop me a line if you would like to be on our email list.


Girls who fly... 2018 FALL REGISTRATIOn closed

3:30-4:30 PM taught by Helium valentine & GUEST TEACHERS

Fall series FULL - Please email to be on wait list

After School aerial classes for girls ages 10-12. Hanging, spinning, climbing, sitting and dancing on trapeze, hoops and slings, these classes focuses on fun, skill development, social interaction, large movement activities, and presentation. and imagination. No experience required.

Class size is limited. No drop ins except for first class (if room is available).  Need to sign up for the full series to participate.

2018 FALL Schedule...

Series 1:  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10   NO CLASS Oct 17 

Series 2: Oct 24, 31 (Halloween) Nov 7, 14, NO CLASS Nov 21 ( Night before thanksgiving) Nov 28 and December 5

6 class series: $110/$105 pre-registration/ $200 for the whole fall series

$19 single class  (only on first day of series, if space is available. call first 510.587.0770)

Late payment of $10 is applied if payment is not received by pre-registration date. No refunds.




FULL for fall series please sign up for the wait list


4:35-6:00 PM taught by Kate Hutchison & Guest teachers

After school aerial classes for girls ages 13-17 who have some aerial experience. The Teens Who Fly are exposed to various dance forms including aerial dance on trapeze, rope and harness, bungees, tissu, aerial kite, etc. They learn choreography and the components of putting on a show and are invited to perform several times a year. Teens also receive mentoring from UpSwing Director, Cherie Carson, and guest teachers.  

Occasionally, the Teens Who Fly dancers have had the opportunity to perform at venues other than Studio 12 including Fort Mason in SF & the David Brower Center in Berkeley.


 Teens Who Fly working back stage for show

Teens Who Fly working back stage for show

One complete series that finishes with Teens creating their own show.

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Halloween) Nov 7, 14, 21 (Night before thanksgiving) Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12 (Tech from 4-6pm -extra 1/2 hour)

Dec 19  Call 5pm/ Show at 7pm

$340 for full Fall series/ $330 pre-registration by Sept 1

You can also pay in 2 installments $200 by Sept 1 and $140 by Oct 15

NO Single class for this series: $22 (only on first day of series, if space is available. call first 510.587.0770)

Late payment of $10 is applied if payment is not received by pre-registration date. No Refunds.

Parent Comments...

Video created by Teens Who Fly dancer, Najma Aronow

"UpSwing is so fantastic that my words cannot adequately express how wonderful the experience has been for my daughter.  She started in 6th grade and has been part of the Teens who Fly group all through Middle and High School.  The group and teachers have been very nourishing for her artistically and in her personal development.  I feel she is much more confident and better at expressing herself.  Since starting she has become far more comfortable in her own skin which is a problem that many females of any age, especially teenagers, struggle with.  I fully recommend UpSwing to any prospective participants. Thank-you!" - Susan Godes

"UpSwing Aerial Dance provides a very special creative community for teens and our daughter couldn’t be happier here.    Kirstin manages to mentor in a way that allows the girls freedom to discover new ways to express themselves – on the ground, in the air and with each other.   She has an amazing talent to connect with each member of the class as an individual - making them feel truly seen, accepted and appreciated. There is a warm camaraderie always present in the class and our daughter always leaves energized and inspired.  It took us quite a while to find a class such as Teens Who Fly and we are so glad we did.  Kudos to Upswing and Kirsten! Thank you so much." - Marielle C.

5.0 star rating 4/15/2014

"My two kids attended a free aerial dance class with a friend around eight years ago.They enjoyed swinging on the trapeze and joined Girls Who Fly which then evolved into Teens Who Fly. In the years they have participated in aerial dance they have fun and have learned a lot about dance from the different teachers they have had. Performing has given them confidence, poise and discipline. Thanks."  - Catharine T.

5.0 star rating 4/16/2014

"Both my girls have come up through the ranks with Girls Who Fly and Teens Who Fly and summer camps with Cherie.  Sometimes they'd step away for a time, but they always came back of their own volition.  The caliber of teachers through the years has been consistently excellent, and the performance experience has been a lovely bonus for both kids.  There's a lot of heart in this program - I highly recommend it!"  - Sara S.


Highlights of Teens Who Fly performances

Every other Year: Teens Who Fly perform their own choreography in their own show.  Began in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 ... video excerpts above from 2016

UpSwing's Teens Who Fly performed as part of Luna Dance Institute's Silver Jubilee at the renowned David Brower Center, Berkeley.  Seniors Moriah Godes and Najma Aronow and junior Nava Schwieg danced in 2 original aerial pieces during the "pop up" performances between 8-10 PM. 

Nov. 2009: Teens Who Fly performed at Cirque du Survivor, a benefit for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation at Ft Mason Center, San Francisco