START YOUR AERIAL JOURNEY
If you've never done aerial before and want to try it out, sign up to one of our Aerial Taster classes and we'll give you an introductory 'taste' as to what it's all about.
Hoop and silks included. All levels welcome.
£10 (45 mins) 3 people max
If you want to get started, we offer Beginner Courses in Hoop and Silks that are geared specifically towards the aerial newbie. No experience required but you will need enough upper body strength in order to get up on the equipment.
£100 (75 mins) 6 people max
If you're a total beginner and need some strength training plus a little extra encouragement, we offer our Kickstart Course where we teach aerial basics and strength training using the hammocks. During the last lesson you'll have a taster session on the hoops and silks.
£80 (60 mins) 6 people max
NOT TOO SURE...
If you don't know how strong you need to be - come to the Taster class and we can recommend which course is best suited to you.
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WHAT SHOULD I DO HOOP OR SILKS?
I get asked this a LOT so below is a list of the pros and cons for both of them. And if you want to come and try them out then the Aerial Taster class will give you an introduction to both.
It's easier to get started on since you have a metal bar to sit on and make pretty shapes in. There's lot's of easy shapes to begin with.
It will hurt your hands a bit until they toughen up. You're dealing with a hard metal bar - some tricks can involve a little pain!
You're working with fabric - much softer to deal with and not so painful on the body. You build strength more quickly.
It's probably harder to learn in the beginning (no bar to sit on) so you'll be on your arms for longer. The tricks involve lots of complex wraps which take longer to learn.
Thank you Skylab for all that you do. The teachers are amazing and it's thanks to you that I now love aerial so much!
Aerial is the best thing and it's the highlight of my week. Skylab is very welcoming - I think I've found my second home.
I discovered aerial a while ago and now I don't know how I would cope without my aerial practice. So much fun.
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Frequently asked questions
Can anyone do aerial?
Yes pretty much! As long as you're fit and healthy and prepared for a challenge then yes you can do aerial. We currently only teach adults in the group classes. If you are younger than 16 years of age then we offer private 1-2-1 sessions.
Do you need to be strong and flexible to do aerial?
You do need a certain amount of strength in order to lift your body weight in the air and get up on the equipment, but you do not need to be flexible. Flexibility allows you to make prettier shapes in the air but this is not a necessity for taking aerial classes.
How strong do you need to be in order to take an aerial class?
You need enough strength in order to lift yourself on and off the equipment by yourself. Come to one of our Taster classes and you'll be able to have a go at this.
I'm a gymnast / dancer do I need to do the Beginners course or can I skip straight to Level 2.
No you must complete the Beginners course first since training aerial is a completely different discipline. The levels are progressive so you need to complete each level first before you move onto the next.
What happens if I'm feeling unwell on the day of class?
It's best not to do aerial when you're feeling unwell. This is because aerial uses a lot of energy and if you're sick your body needs this to help you recover.
What should I wear?
Comfortable gym wear that cover the backs of your legs (ideally close fitting so you don't reveal when you go upside down).
Can I do a drop-in class?
We only offer classes in 4 week blocks. This is because we find that the quality of teaching is better since the teacher can get to know you more, and you get to know everyone in the class better.
How much are the classes?
Kickstart Courses are £80 (for 4 x 60 min classes)
When are the classes?
All the courses start at the beginning of each month (occasionally there are 5 week months so we run 5 week courses).
Can I book a course in advance?
Normally booking courses is available up to 3 months in advance. However due to Covid we are now operating on a month by month basis.
How many people in a class?
We now have 6 people max in our group classes.
What's the best way to get to the studio?
We are located in the centre of Camden and the nearest tube station is Chalk Farm (northern line) which is a 10 min walk away, and Kentish Town West (overground) 5 min walk.
Is there car parking at the studio?
There is a yard next to the studio but no parking is allowed - although if you come on a Sunday it will be very quiet and you can park at your own risk.
Can I lock my bike up somewhere?
There is a bike rack in the yard that you can lock your bike up to.
How long are the classes?
It depends which level you're in.
Do you have a changing room?
Not at the moment, although there is space in the hallway where you can leave your stuff. Please come already changed where possible or otherwise change in the bathroom. Valuables can be brought inside the studio and left in the seating area.
I have some persistant injuries - is this a problem?
It's simply not a good idea to train aerial with injuries.
Is Skylab insured and the rigging safe?
All our teachers have Public Liability Insurance. All our rigging is checked and certified every 6 months by a professional rigging company.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require 24 hours notice in order to re-schedule or refund a class or course.
I'm not sure what level I am?
If you're not sure then pop us an email stating how long you've been training for and what the five last moves you've been working on. Then we can advise which would be the best group for you.
I'm finding the course to hard / easy what should I do?
Can I bring my own equipment to use?
Of course. We also have the rigging cupboard available if you want to store the equipment inbetween classes. Please make sure that you name your apparatus to avoid any mix up confusions.
Do you have rosin to use at the studio?
Yes we sell rosin balls for £5.
What happens if I need to miss a class out of the 4 week block?
I've just realised that I can't do the course - can I defer it for a month?
As long as you give us at least 24 hours notice so that we have time to give the spot to someone else, yes we can defer your booking to another month. Just pop us an email as soon as possible and let us know which month you prefer to do and we'll sort it out.
Do you do private 1-2-1's or private group bookings?
Yes we do although only subject to availability of the studio and teachers. Please email us here for further info.
Do you do studio hire?
We currently can only offer studio hire between the following times:
I'm afraid of heights - is this a problem?
What age / weight / height do you teach?
We mainly teach adults 18 - 50 years, but if you're older that's ok too! It's about having the enthusiasm to do it that counts.
I want to book my friend in - is it possible to book two people?
Unfortunately the booking system only allows to book for one person, so your friend will need to create an account of their own.