Static Trapeze, Rope and Aerial silks are complimentary skills for flying trapeze, and in no way are they inferior. They encourage the same body awareness and require the same muscles as flying trapeze, indeed, we use a static trapeze as part of our teaching of flying trapeze skills during flying trapeze classes.
In our static aerial classes, we introduce students to a range of different aerial equipment. Static trapeze, rope and silks, allowing students to progress at their own pace and concentrate on whichever equipment they favour.
A static trapeze is a horizontal bar supported by 2 ropes, it can be suspended at a low level to make it accessible to children or beginners and or very high to make it more suitable for professionals or two people at a time (doubles). It is the first piece of equipment we introduce our beginners to in aerial classes. We initially get them to hang by arms, hook their knees over the bar, stand on the bar, and hang by their knees, before continuing onto a variety of poses and moves - collectively called 'tricks'
A rope - often known as a corde lisse - is as simple as it sounds, but in the right hands can be used to create stunning displays of strength, control and artistry. We introduce beginners to climbs, descents and foot-locks.
Silks - or 'tissue' consist of two suspended strips of fabric that can be used in many ways, to produce stunning poses, graceful flowing movement and dramatic and exhilarating drops
There are plenty of other aerial equipment options, both 'static' - hoop, dance trapeze, hammock, Spanish web and 'dynamic' - cloud swing, swinging trapeze and so on - and lots more that people have imagined over the years, but all require the same set of basic strengths amd skills that we teach and develop on our equipment.