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.