UpSpring Studio at Joe's Movement Emporium

aerial dance and creative movement for adults of all ages


COVID-19: UpSpring is not able to offer public in-person classes at this time. Online classes are available.
Please read our information page prior to registering. If your preferred class is not available, email We might be able to fit you in! PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR THE CORRECT CLASS. WE DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS. In some cases, we can reschedule you if you give us 48 hours notice. We can reschedule you within the same session ONLY. We cannot reschedule you to future or past sessions.
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.

Beginner Basics – offered once each fall and spring for new students

Love the circus? Curious about aerial dance? Come give it a try! Learn key aerial conditioning techniques, how to sit and stand on a trapeze, how to climb aerial fabrics, basic tricks, and more under the guidance of our kind and supportive instructors. No prior experience or fitness level required, just a willingness to try something new. We work on low-to-the-ground apparatus with mats underneath. Adults of all ages welcome! If you can sit in a chair and make a fist, you can take this class! Ages 16+
Aerial Yoga – Sundays 1:50-2:50pm – Beginners Welcome
Stretch and strengthen your body with our aerial yoga taster! Aerial yoga is taught from a fabric hammock that hangs from the ceiling, just a few feet off the floor. The hammock helps support your weight while you explore new poses and possibilities. Adults of all ages and body types welcome. No prior experience or fitness level required. Ages 16+

Aerial Dance – Wednesdays 8:20-9:35pm – Beginners Welcome

Discover your own way of dancing in the air and on the ground. Class starts with some stretch-and-strengthen exercises followed by skill review. Then you will learn a short sequence on dance trapeze or aerial hammock and explore tools that help you make the sequence your own. We work low and start off with beginner-friendly skills, so all levels are welcome in this class. (More advanced students will be able to incorporate more difficult skills into their work.) Drop-ins are not permitted, and students must register for the entire session. Ages 16+

Aerial Grab Bag – SUMMERS ONLY

Aerial Grab Bag is a drop-in, 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. This class is for students who have approximately one year or more of consistent aerial training. Students should be comfortable working independently in the air and have some experience with aerial improvisation. Ages 18+.

Intermediate Dance Trapeze – select Sundays at 2pm

Are you an experienced trapeze student who wants to learn more? Come try dance trapeze with us! What makes dance trapeze at UpSpring different? We focus on flow, teaching dance trapeze skills and transitions with choreographic possibilities in mind. We work above the bar, teaching you how to use the ropes for support to create new shapes and unusual transitions so that your audience will never be sure what is coming next. Students who register for this class should be able to invert cleanly in the ropes without jumping. Intermediate dance trapeze is offered on select Sundays from September through May. (See registration page for dates.) Students in this class are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes early to warm up. Ages 16+

Private Lessons – Sundays at 2pm, Wednesdays at 6pm – Beginners Welcome – Ongoing

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, aerial choreography), EChO (trapeze, fabric, conditioning for aerial, choreography, flexibility, and injury prevention), and Kirsty Little (aerial choreography, lyra, aerial yoga). Not all instructors are available for all dates and times. Registration for private lessons is not available online. 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+

Open Hangs – Sundays at 2pm, Wednesdays at 6pm – Ongoing

Open hangs are extra practice times for current UpSpring students who have attended lessons at UpSpring at least 3 times per month for the past 6 months. One trapeze, fabric, or hammock will be provided; however, students may have to share equipment if two students wish to use the same equipment. (There is no guarantee that a specific type of fabric or trapeze will be available. Private and group lessons have first pick of equipment.) Students may use their own equipment provided that equipment has been inspected by UpSpring. Open hangs may be rescheduled but are not refundable. If the day/time you want is not available, contact We may be able to accommodate you.