Aerial Arts & Acro

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Welcome to Aerial Arts & Acro!

The Aerial Arts & Acro program provides a safe and fun learning environment for every child that walks through the door! Our instructors will teach young artists and athletes how to safely perform athletic feats in the air as well as forstering an atmosphere that encourages growth both inside and outside of the gym. 

Why Aerial & Acro? 

Aerial and Acro is an ever-growing art form thanks to the popularity of companies such as Cirque du Soleil as well as the rapidly growing community of aerialists on social media. Aerial combines athleticism, strength, flexibility, and artistry and gives both children and adults an unmatchable confidence! Learn how to climb, wrap, flip and twist in a unique and fun environment that you won't find anywhere else!

Classes Offered (Beginning in September 2021)

  • Intro to Aerials: For those brand new tot he physical arts (those who have not done gymnastics, cheer or dance) who are looking to explore the exciting world of aerial! In this class, we will explore the basic principles of Aerial Silkds and Aerial Hoop! Students will elarn terminology, safety measures and beginning body positions. 
  • Aerial Silks: For those with experience in the physical arts or those interested to learn more about silks. In this class, we will explore theory and principles of Aerial Silks in a more fast-paced environment than Intro. Students will learn terminology, safety measures, body positions, wrap theory, and conditioning exercises. 
  • Aerial Hoops: For those with experience in the physical arts or those interested to learn more about hoop. In this class, we will explore theory and principles of hoop in a fast-paced environment than Intro. Students willl earn terminology, safety measures, under and over bar positions, spin theory and conditioning exercises. 
  • Ground Acrobatics: For those who want to trick and flip with skills of a gymnast and the artistry of a dancer! Ground acrobatics will focus on the basics of tumbling, flexibility, strength and acrobatic movements that involve both the floor and the student's respective apparatus. 


Workshops

We will be hosting workshops as we prepare to kick off this exciting new program. All 6-17 year olds are invited to join us for a workshop specialized in Silks, Lyra and Acro! Open to all levels, our first Aerial Arts & Acro Workshops will focus on climbing, wrapping and of course, pretty shapes!

  • Friday, August 27th - 5-7pm - FULL 
  • Saturday, August 28th - 10am-12pm - FULL 
  • Tuesday, August 31st - 5-7pm - FULL 
  • NEWLY ADDED: Tuesday, September 7th - 5-7pm
  • NEWLY ADDED: Thursday, September 9th - 4-6pm
  • NEWLY ADDED: Thursday, September 9th - 6:30-8:30pm


Department Leader

Bobby Gomez

 Bobby Gomez is a professional circus artist and coach who is so excited to be working with Kids First to create Cincinnati's premiere Aerial and Acrobatics program! Bobby is trained in Artistic Gymnastics, Musical Theatre Performance, Aerial Straps, Aerial Silks, Lyra and Hand-Balance. He has been performing professionally in the industry for over four years and has been coaching across various disciplines for the past eight years. While he loves to showcase his skillls on stage, his true passion lies in teaching and educating the next generation in a field that he loves so much.

Bobby has been key in developing the Aerial Arts & Acro program with Kids First through the entirety of the planning phase. On top of working with the launch itself, Gomez has written the entirety of the movement curriculum, emphasizing safe and effective exercise progressions that are guaranteed to both challenge and reward students of any age and skill level. Bobby believes that children best succeed in a safe and fun environment that is geared towards building students' confidence through encouragement and positive reinforcement. Above all else, Aerial and Acrobatics are fun and that is how they should be taught!  

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