UpSpring Studio

At Joe's Movement Emporium


UpSpring offers a combination of group classes and private lessons for adults of all levels. All classes are taught at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD. Most classes are open to ages 16 and up. Please note that UpSpring does not currently offer children’s classes. If you are looking for children’s aerial or circus classes, email us at for a referral.

Summer 2017 Classes – ON SALE NOW!

Summer classes are now being offered at a discounted rate! Click here for more info.

We now offer online registration. Please go to to register or view pricing and packages. Please read our information page prior to registering. For most group classes, you must register at least 12 hours in advance. For private lessons, you must register at least one week in advance. If your preferred class is not available, email We might be able to fit you in!
Multi-class passes are available for some classes. Students who purchase a class package will receive a code that they then use to register for specific class dates.

Aerial Foundations – Sundays 2-3p – Beginners Welcome

Get an 8-class card for just $200! That’s $80 off the normal drop-in rate. Click here to purchase. Passes are available for a limited time, so don’t wait!

This class, for students of all levels, covers fundamental aerial skills on a variety of apparatus. Instructors will work with students to break down basic aerial skills into critical components with the goal of improving technique. Topics may include climbing fabric, improving flexibility, perfecting trapeze mounts, training for inversions, and many other important skills. Age 16+

Aerial Dance – Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm – Beginners Welcome

Going on vacation? Don’t worry! Pay for 8 classes of Aerial Dance, get a 9th class FREE. And use code FLYSUMMER17 for an extra 10% off! Click here to register. 
In this class, students will learn a short, simple sequence on dance trapeze and/or aerial hammock. Students explore tools for expanding and deepening the sequence and using that as a foundation to create original aerial work. Continuing students have the option to create a new piece or continue working on a project they have already started. This class is for all levels, and no prior aerial dance experience is necessary. Due to the cumulative nature of this class, drop-ins are not permitted, and students must register for an entire session. Age 16+

Aerial Grab Bag – Thursdays 6:45-8pm

Get an 8-class card for just $200! Click here to purchase. A limited number of class cards are available. 
Aerial Grab Bag is an experimental aerial class for intermediate and advanced students. In this class, we will use improvisation techniques to explore and create new work on known and invented apparatus. Students should be comfortable climbing vertical apparatus, inverting, and have some experience with improvisation and other choreographic techniques. Not sure if this class is right for you? Email to inquire. Age 18+

Private Lessons – Sundays 12-2pm – Beginners Welcome

Use code FLYSUMMER17 for 10% off all private lessons! Click here to register. Code expires 6/30/17.

Private lessons are offered in one-hour blocks on Sundays. Private lessons can also be arranged for groups of 3-6 students. Private lessons are taught by Alana Cole-Faber (dance trapeze, choreography), EChO (trapeze, fabric, conditioning for aerial, choreography), and Kirsty Little (fabric, lyra, choreography). Not all instructors are available for all dates and times. If this is your first time registering for a private lesson, please email to inquire about your preferred topic and/or instructor. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up for private lessons. Age 16+

Beginner Basics Workshop – NEXT BEGINNER WORKSHOP TBD

This introductory class is for beginners who want to try aerial for the first time and/or join one of our beginner-friendly classes this fall. We will learn basic aerial conditioning exercises, learn how to sit and stand on a trapeze, learn how to climb aerial fabric, plus a few simple tricks. You do not need to be a super hero to take this class. If you can sit in a chair, you can try trapeze! We do not have a Beginner Basics Workshop scheduled at this time. However, you can request a private beginner workshop if you have a group of three or more students.