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Aerial Break with UpSpring Studio


UpSpring Studio LLC provides aerial dance and creative movement instruction to adults (16-60+) of all ages and levels. Classes are taught at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, just north of Washington D.C.

We work with dance trapeze, aerial silks (aerial fabrics), and aerial hammock (sling). Aerial dance is a wonderful way to maintain fitness and find opportunities for self-expression. Never danced in the air before? No problem! All that is required is a willingness to try something new.

Fall classes are on sale now! Register here or email us at Sale ends September 15th.

Get 15% off Aerial Yoga, Aerial Fabrics, Intermediate Trapeze, and Private Lessons* when you register by September 15th! Use code FALL15OFF at checkout.

Have a friend who wants to try aerial? We have a discounted Beginner Basics package available here.

*To schedule private lessons, please email ASAP. Once we get your dates confirmed, you'll be able to use the code for 15 percent off. Your private lesson must take place during the fall session (Sept-Dec 2019). Private lesson availability is limited and not guaranteed, so register soon before slots fill up!

Fall 2019 Class Schedule

Ready to register or want to check class dates and times? Click here. Intermediate trapeze students and private lessons students, please email to register.

Beginner Basics: Select Sundays

Beginners Welcome! Curious about aerial? This 3-class series is for students who are new to aerial and want to learn some basics. This class emphasizes aerial fabrics, although some trapeze may be utilized to establish strong foundational skills. No prior experience required. Want to sign up for all 3 classes? Click here to buy a discounted class package. Ages 16+

Aerial Yoga: Sundays at 1:50pm

Beginners Welcome! Aerial yoga is taught on wonderful, stretchy fabric that conforms to your body. The fabric supports you as you explore new shapes that stretch and strengthen. This is the perfect class for those who want to try aerial but need a gentle introduction. It is also a great way for current students to improve strength and flexibility! No prior experience needed, and students are NOT required to sign up for an entire session. Ages 16+

Aerial Dance: Wednesdays at 8:15pm

Beginners Welcome! Start the class off with strengthening exercises, polish up your trapeze technique, and then learn a beginner-friendly trapeze sequence. Later on in the session, explore tools of expression that help you make that sequence your own. Each student comes away with a new, unique aerial piece. This class is taught in sessions that last approximately 6 weeks, and each student works at his/her/their own pace. Due to the cumulative nature of this class, drop-ins are not permitted. All levels welcome! Ages 16+

Intermediate Trapeze: Select Sundays

Are you an experienced trapeze student who wants to learn more? Come try dance trapeze with us. We focus on flow, teaching dance trapeze skills and transitions with choreographic possibilities in mind. You will learn how to take advantage of more than just the bar and explore transitions that allow you to hide the "set-up" so that your audience will never be sure what is coming next! Interested in joining the intermediate class? Email Ages 16+

Private Lessons: Sundays and Wednesdays

Beginners Welcome! Don't see what you want? Need some extra help? Then private lessons are for you! Private lessons are approximately 50 minutes and are adapted to student needs. Private lessons are typically taught in solos (1 student) or duets (2 students); however, it is possible to schedule a private lesson for 3 or more students. To register, email


Save the Date for NUTTERWEEN!

Sunday, December 8th at 6pm

A (Slightly) Deranged, Annual Aerial Tradition from UpSpring Studio. All UpSpring students are welcome to participate. In order to participate, students must be enrolled in a participating class (such as aerial dance or intermediate trapeze) and/or take a minimum of 4 private lessons between September and December. Work in the class or private lessons must be on the piece the student intends to present.

Space is limited, so students who plan to participate should email Participation in the performance is not required for any student.

Holiday Closures

We believe in balance, both on the trapeze and off. Taking time off to do other things is important! Please note that UpSpring Studio will be closed on the following dates so that our students and instructors can train in exotic locales, see their families, celebrate holidays, go camping, learn to play musical instruments, or whatever else brings joy to their lives:

September 1st - Labor Day Weekend
November 10th - Veteran's Day Weekend
November 25th-December 1st - Thanksgiving Week
December 22nd-January 4th - Winter Break