Aerial Classes

Unique to Louisville, Turners Gym is the only gym designed for Aerial Arts.  Our instructors bring extensive experience in gymnastics, acrobatics, dance & performance.  Many of which believe Aerial Arts is not only a great medium for physical activity, but a medium for life.Classes currently offered for $25 per class or a 6 class card for $120: (Turners Members receive up to 60% off)

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Aerial Apparatuses available:

Aerial Classes are available for Lyra, Spanish Web, Swinging Ladders, Static Trapeze, Silks and more.   Our current schedule can be found from our Pike13 online Scheduling site, however the times and dates of classes depend on demand .  If you’re interested in a specific apparatus, please contact us at the following address:


Also known as  lira, aerial hoop,  aerial ring or cerceau is a circular steel apparatus (resembling a hula hoop) suspended from the ceiling, on which aerial artists perform acrobatics. The hoop sometimes has a hand loop and a bar across the top. It can be used static, spinning, or swinging.  Tabs are the connection points where the aerial hoop attaches to the rigging. Most aerial hoops connect at either one point (single tab configuration) or two points (double tab configuration).

Spanish Web

Also known as Corde lisse or Aerial Rope refers to both the apparatus and the performance.  The apparatus itself is a long braided rope which has been covered by a soft cotton sleeve  and is suspended  from overhead rigging.  Towards the top of the apparatus, a small loop is attached to the main rope through which a performer will secure an ankle or wrist and be able to hang freely.   While in this position, a “web setter” spins the rope in a wide arc around the performer creating enough centrifugal force to push him or her into a near-horizontal position. The performer can hold onto the web in addition to hanging from the loop or can release the rope and spin separately.

Swinging Ladders

This is a custom built aerial apparatus resembling a double metal ladder that is hung from a double point and swung by a rope from the floor.   Performers will do acrobatics while hang from their wrist &/or ankle while the ladders is swinging.  This act requires a two performers to work in synchronicity with each other and is great to develop team work.

Static Trapeze

Also known as a fixed trapeze, is a type of aerial art performed on the trapeze. In contrast to the other forms of trapeze, on a static trapeze the bars and ropes mainly stay in place as oppose to swinging.

Most often, the static trapeze is about 1.5 feet wide. The ropes are at least two human lengths, as many figures are performed on the ropes above the bar. The ropes can be made of many materials, including cotton or hemp, and often have a wire woven inside. It can be performed by a single artist or a two partners working together. A single artist will do tricks above and below the bar, the ropes playing just as important a part as the bar. A partner act will involve the partners working together — supporting each others weight, throwing, lifting and catching each other.


Also known as Aerial Fabrics, Tissues, or Aerial Ribbons, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Performers climb the suspended fabric & use it to wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions.  Aerial Silks require strength, flexibility and coordination, however it’s becoming  widely popular as a form of exercise to gain these strength and flexibility.   We offer classes and workshops for all levels.

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga blends elements of yoga, pilates, and aerial dance to create a unique twist on the yogic flow. It is most commonly taught in a silks hammock or an adaptation thereof. The class will emphasize breath and relaxation, stretching, strengthening, and spinal decompression through static and swinging poses in the fabric. All movements are low to the ground. No prior aerial experience or yoga mat necessary. Open to all levels.