Girls who fly... FALL 2017 classes are now full check back in Dec for 2018

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

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.

2017 FALL Schedule...

Series 1:  Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18   NO CLASS October 25

Series 2:  Nov 1, 8, 15, 22 (SPECIAL CLASS 4:30-6PM with Clown artist Slater Penney...more info below), 29, Dec 6

GIRLS WHO FLY FALL Series: $190 pre-registration by 8/25(can be paid in 2 installments $100 each series)

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

$18 single class 

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TEENS WHO FLY...FALL 2017 is now full check back in Dec for 2018

Video created by Teens Who Fly dancer, Najma Aronow

4:35-6:00 PM taught by Kirstin Brown & 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.

2017 FALL Schedule...

Series 1: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, NO CLASS October 25

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Series 2: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22 (SPECIAL CLASS 4:30-6PM with Clown artist Slater Penney...more info below) , 29, Dec 6, 13, Rehearsal Dec 20, 5:30-7:00PM (note time change), Teens have the opportunity to perform at Studio 12, "Solstice" Dec 21, 7 PM

Teens Who Fly class:  $280 for 14 weeks including performance week (can be paid in 2 installments $140 each series)

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

WEDNESDAY, Nov 22, 2017  -  4:30-6 PM

GIRLS WHO FLY & TEENS WHO FLY combined class

Special class with guest teacher Slater Penny!

UpSwing is combining the Girls Who Fly and Teens Who Fly for a very exciting clowning and physical theater class with renowned artist Slater Penney. Please note the time of this class and that we are combining our two classes for this one time workshop.

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No extra fee to take the class. Class is designed for UpSwing students.   Questions? 510.587.0770

More about Slater…

Slater Penney is an incurably optimistic performing artist. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, trained at the Dell'Arte International School Of Physical Theatre, and continues to specialize in ensemble physical theatre. He's won an Emmy, appeared on TEDx, and toured internationally with his own award winning devised productions: The Box Club, Le Projet Migration, and The Submarine Show. Slater is also an exceptional teacher, and, having worked extensively with children and adults for the past 17 years, imagines this is what he’ll be doing for the rest of his life.

Parent Comments...

"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

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. 

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

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