Listed in The Culture Trip's 2015 Top 5 Extreme Classes to Take in the Bay This Summer
Girls who fly... OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR Sept 2017
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. Music...dance...games 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, 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
TEENS WHO FLY...Open Enrollment for Sept 2017
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
Series 2: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, Rehearsal Dec 20, 5:30-7:00PM (note time change), Performance 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.
"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
MARCH 18, 2017: TEENS WHO FLY "POP UP" PERFORMANCE
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