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. (Please note that UpSpring does not currently offer children’s classes. If you are looking for children’s aerial or circus classes, we recommend trying Center Ring Circus School.)

Spring 2017 Classes

We now offer online registration. Please go to to register or view pricing and packages. Multi-class passes are available for some classes. Please read our information page prior to registering. Questions? Email

Aerial Foundations – Sundays 2-3pm

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. 5-class passes available.

Aerial Yoga – Mondays 12-1pm through May 22nd

This gentle class will help students build strength and flexibility. This class is for students of any age and ability and will be taught on low-hanging aerial hammocks. No prior experience is necessary. 5-class passes available.

Aerial Dance – Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm – no drop-ins

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.

Private Lessons – Sundays 12-2pm, Mondays 11am-12pm

Private lessons are offered in one-hour blocks on Sundays and Mondays. Apparatus includes fabrics, trapeze, aerial hammock, and lyra. Private lessons can also be arranged for groups of 3-6 students. Beginners welcome. Email to inquire about availability.

Poi Workshop with Charlotte Byram – March 12th and 19th at 1pm

Love the circus but prefer to keep your feet the ground? Try our upcoming poi workshop with poi master Charlotte Byram. This workshop will begin by giving you a solid grounding in the world of poi, introducing students to skills such as momentum manipulation and not hitting oneself in the face. Additional tricks may include “weaving,” the “butterfly,” and the “corkscrew,” among others. Poi is open to any adult with any level of physicality. All you need is a willingness to have fun!

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.

Dance Trapeze Mini-Session – next session TBD

In this 3-week mini session, students will learn dance trapeze conditioning techniques and new tricks and transitions. This mini-session is open to all but is best for students who have taken at least one aerial class. Experienced students looking to strengthen and expand dance trapeze skills are also encouraged to sign up. Students will walk away from this mini-session with a dance trapeze sequence.