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.

Winter 2018 Classes 

Our current class offerings are listed below. Please go to to register or view pricing and packages. Most classes are $35/class for drop-in, $30/class with a 5-class card. Note: Students should register by midnight the day before class.
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! Prior to registering, please read our important information for students at 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

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! Cost: $25. Ages 16+

Trapeze – Sundays 2-3p – Beginners Welcome

Come learn fundamental aerial skills on trapeze in a safe and supportive environment. You will build strength and flexibility while having fun trying new physical challenges. We work on low-to-the-ground dance trapezes with mats underneath. We will also periodically explore other apparatus, such as aerial fabrics, hammocks, and a student favorite: the baby lyra. This class is open to students of all levels, and there are no prerequisites. Ages 16+

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

Discover your own way of dancing in the air and on the ground. Learn a short sequence on dance trapeze or aerial hammock, then 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.) Going to miss a class? Don’t worry. A free hang is offered once each session as a make-up. Drop-ins are not permitted, and students must register for the entire session. Ages 16+

Intermediate Dance Trapeze – select Sundays at 1pm

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+

Fabrics Monthly Meeting – select Sundays at 1pm

Curious about fabrics? Or have some fabrics experience but need help perfecting your skills? Sign up for our mini-session on fabrics! Work on fundamental fabrics skills and conditioning techniques in a supportive environment. This class is open-level, so beginners and experienced students alike are welcome. (Brand new students should consider taking trapeze as well to help build strength and comfort in the air.) Ages 16+.

Aerial Fabrics Workshop with Kate Winston – 2018 dates TBD

Join us for the next installment of Kate Winston’s fabulous fabrics workshops! Kate‘s workshops explore specific skills in depth to allow for greater understanding of variations and progressions. These workshops are for students who are comfortable climbing fabric and remaining in the air for a few minutes at a time. Ages 16+.

Private Lessons – Sundays at 1pm or 2pm, Thursdays 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). 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 1pm, Thursdays 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.
Closing Dates for 2017-18: 12/24-1/10, 1/14-15, 2/18-19, 3/25-4/7, 5/27-28, 7/4, 8/4-9/6, 11/18-24, 12/23-1/5