Kaya Aerial Yoga | Performance Prep Program
Kaya Aerial Yoga is a popular and Vata Asana certified aerial studio in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood offering all levels of aerial yoga instruction, restorative yoga classes, circus arts training on silks and lyra, and a wide variety of yoga, Ayurvedic, and other health and wellness workshops. All of our teachers are Yoga Alliance certified, and we offer a range of classes geared toward all skill and fitness levels.
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Performance Prep Program

About Kaya’s Performance Prep Program & Spring Student Showcase

This workshop program will provide students with the techniques, tools, and individualized attention they need to create and perform a solo, duo/trio, or ensemble piece in our upcoming Spring Student Showcase. Throughout this performance prep workshop series, students will learn to construct and convey their own narrative and feelings by exploring and harnessing the power of aerial movement and flight. The overall theme of this year’s student showcase will be decided on through a group discussion and vote of all participants in attendance at the first performance prep workshop.

 

To register for this program, please Click Here, or contact the studio by phone or text at (215) 550-5344. Early bird and Venmo or cash payment discounts are available through the end of the day on Wednesday, February 20.

Workshop & Performance Dates

Rehearsal & Performance Dates

 

  • Sunday, April 28: Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, May 3: First Friday Reception (Optional)
  • Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 pm: Student Showcase Performance
  • Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 pm: Student Showcase Performance

 

Workshop & Practice Dates

 

Before the Student Showcase Performance takes place, Kaya Aerial Yoga’s Performance Prep Program will consist of (6) two-hour workshop sessions, (2) optional practice or make-up sessions, and (1) dress rehearsal. The six workshop sessions will take place on the following dates:

 

  • Sunday, March 3
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Sunday, March 17
  • Sunday, March 24
  • Sunday, April 7
  • Sunday, April 14

 

Open practice sessions are also available several days of the week and attendance at these sessions is included in the program price. Unlimited members may also schedule off-hours practice time, based on studio and instructor availability.

 

Make-Up Dates

 

If any of the scheduled workshops need to be cancelled due to bad weather or any other unforseen event, the following dates may be used as make-up days. If no make-up days are required, these dates can be used as additional practice sessions and time for students to receive additional feedback and suggestions for their pieces. They may also be used to provide assistance to students who have to miss any of the scheduled workshops

 

  • Sunday, March 31
  • Sunday, April 21
Program & Performance Details
About the Weekly Workshops & Open Practice Sessions

 

Each week’s two-hour Sunday workshop will explore different elements of the performance process – from selecting music to working on technique, choreography, and presentation, and even considering elements like the use of light, makeup, and costuming. In addition to this instruction, students will also receive individualized feedback on various aspects of their performance, such as character development, mood and tone, music selection, aerial and floor work choreography, aerial technique, stage presence, sound and lighting, costuming and styling, hair and stage makeup, and more. All students will be provided with a performance binder and various handouts, materials, creative aids and related exercises to assist in developing their piece and documenting their journey from student to performer.

 

In addition to these weekly sessions, participating students are also welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled open practice sessions to work on and practice their performance. These sessions will be staffed with instructors who have performance experience and can provide additional support and feedback. Unlimited open practice classes are included in the price of this program. As we approach the date of the performance, we will also provide an opportunity for clients to enroll in semi-private duo/trio classes at a reduced rate of just $25 per person per 75 minute class. Students who also have an unlimited membership will also have the ability to request and reserve personal practice time during off-hours, based on studio availability.

 

Throughout the program, on an as-needed basis, we will also be offering some additional complimentary and low-cost workshop sessions during which students can collaborate on and receive assistance with creating any required props, costumes, and hair and makeup looks for the show.

 

About the Performance

 

Both weekend performances will be held at the Kaya studio in an open house-style fashion. All furnishings and supplies will be removed from the studio itself and replaced with a variety of seating options and areas to stand and watch the performances. To prevent overcrowding, the performances will be scheduled in different time increments based on apparatus use, and each participant will be limited to inviting two guests per performance. Light snacks and refreshments will also be served after each performance, and participants will have the opportunity to mingle with family and demonstrate various skills and techniques for them.

 

The optional First Friday (May 3) opening reception will allow performers to demonstrate some or all of their piece and take photos on the various apparatuses with guests, friends, and family members in attendance.
Program Pricing

Regular Program Pricing

 

$200 | Performance Prep Program Fee includes all workshops, regularly scheduled open practice sessions, dress rehearsal, and performances

 

To pay the program fee in (2) $100 installments, please call or text Kaya at (215) 550 – 5344. Please note that both payments must be scheduled via autopay through MindBody or Venmo and be paid in full by Sunday, March 31. A one-time set-up and administrative fee of $25 is required at the time of registration. Participant must complete payment plan even if they drop out of the performance program.

 

Available Discounts

 

$190 | Program Fee when paying with Venmo (5% Discount)

 

$175 | Program Fee with Early Bird Discount if you register by the end of the day on Wed Feb 20.

 

$165 | Program Fee with Early Bird Discount if you register by the end of the day on Wed Feb 20 and pay by Venmo or cash

 

* To pay your registration fee with Venmo, first call or text Kaya at (215) 550-5344

 

Please note that all program fees are non-refundable and can NOT be exchanged for any other goods or services if a student is unable to complete the performance prep program for any reason. We incur a number of costs for this program, from instructor fees and equipment costs, to various supplies, staff, and rentals required for the show itself, and these fees are used to help offset these costs.

Make-Up Classes & Practice Sessions

In the event any workshops need to be cancelled for any reason, we have built in two open practice weeks that can be used to make up any missed workshops. Program pricing also includes access to all of our regularly scheduled open practice sessions, however, participants will also need to keep up with their skills and technique classses on their performance apparatus. These classes can be attended using existing class cards or membership packages, and we will be providing some new discount codes for these payment options that will be available to all participants.

 

If a student has to miss a Sunday workshop, we ask that you notify Lee or Carrie in advance, and we will do our best to schedule a makeup session with you during one of our existing open practice times or at another scheduled time, based on instructor and studio availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I perform on more than one apparatus?

A. Students will be able to perform one solo performance on any apparatus of their choice. They can also perform in one ensemble of up to four people on the hammocks. If space and time allows and a student want to perform more than one solo, that decision will be at the discretion of Kaya Aerial Yoga, and is not guaranteed. This decision will be based on whether or not there will be enough time in the show and if the student has the additional time to commit to do more than one solo and one ensemble piece.

 

Q. Can I perform with more than one person?

A. Yes! Due to space and rigging restrictions, it will be easiest to perform with up to three other people on the hammocks, as we can rig four hammocks while still allowing enough room for guests. However if you wish to do a partner performance on the lyra or silks, this may also be possible, and you should discuss the feasibility of this with Lee.

 

Q. Can I take the workshops but not participate in the performance?

A. Absolutely! Just let us know when you register. However, students who are performaing will be given priority access to the available spaces in the program, and if there are any remaining spaces available, these will be opened up to students who wish to take the workshops but not perform.

 

Q. How much aerial experience do I need to participate in the program and perform?

A. Beginner level experience and beyond are all acceptable levels of experience. The skills and techniques you choose to incorporate into your piece will simply reflect those that are within your range to perform. Performance is about a lot more than the skills and tricks themselves, and a beginner piece that is well developed and displays emotion and character will be more memorable than a piece that is technically advanced but has no life or feeling to it. In fact, we encourage beginners to start performing as soon as they feel comfortable with a few basic skills and techniques, as it is much easier to develop your performance skills with your aerial skills.

 

Q. What happens if I need to drop out of the program?

A. We would hate for this to happen and will do our best to work with you to ensure you can complete the program and the performance. You will not be penalized in any way for dropping out of the program early, however, all program fees are non-refundable and non-exchangable, as the studio incurs siginificant additional expenses when putting on these types of programs, and we base our budget and financial committments on the registration fees we receive.

 

Q. How many guests can I bring to the performance(s)?

A. We are currently estimating that each participant can bring a maximum of 2-3 guests, depending on the final number of participants, and if the group decides they would like to do a single show or multiple shows. You can also invite as many guests as you’d like to our First Friday opening reception if you’re planning to perform a demonstration there, and if we have multiple shows, you’ll be able to invite 2-3 guests per show.

 

Q. What if I can’t get the hang of choreography or put together a sequence?

A. Don’t worry! We’re here to help. We’ll provide you with lots of practical guidance, and if you’re still really not comfortable or happy with your own choreography, we will provide choreography for the music and apparatus of your choice.

 

Q. How often do I need to practice?

A. While we are not an elitist or competitive studio, and we strive to make our performance program a welcoming, rewarding, and most importantly, fun experience for students of all skill levels and ability, participation in this program does require an ongoing commitment of time and energy. You should expect to spend at least 2 or 3 evenings or weekend days at the studio to participate in the workshops, develop and practice your piece, and keep up on your aerial conditioning and skills classes. This time commitment may be lesser early on in the program and greater as we approach the performance date, depending on your own comfort level with your piece and how often you wish to practice.