If you haven’t read my Aerial Journey so far, please feel free to read it here.
Around May last year, I got super fed up of going to Aerial. I was exhausted from the hours spent travelling to the school I was training at, and fed up of paying for classes and not making them because of illness or train problems. I felt like everyone was advancing way more than me, and because majority were dancers and had more time to commit to this I just wasn’t at the same level. I decided to give up my Hoop class for a while.
Choosing to focus more on my running (& social life) I took more than a short break. It helped me focus on my running and gave me more time to have fun which I think I mentally needed. I miss my friends from my old Aerial School but I don’t miss paying out £50 a month travelling there (let alone class fees).
Last October a school called Flying Fantastic opened a new venue, literally 15 minute walk from my workplace, and kind of on my route home. I had been to Flying Fantastic a few times before in another venue they had. I had never stuck with going there as I mentioned in my previous post – Work/Life got in the way for some time.
In my time doing aerial I’ve done Trapeze, Hoop, Spanish Web, Silks and now Slings. When I tried Silks I found it so difficult, I couldn’t climb them at all, I was so disappointed in myself because I thought it looked amazing, and there I was not being able to do anything. I loved Hoop, and that was my main discipline but I had grown tired of it. So I thought I would try something different, so in October I started Slings; I thought that would be a compromise between the two.
I’ve had weeks were I have absolutely hated myself and my body for not being able to do things in this class, but week in week out I go and I try again. For a while I thought I wasn’t seeing any progress but I can say now that I’ve definitely grown in confidence. I can much more confidently invert (go upside down) and my upper body is so much stronger. Since over stretching a muscle in the back of my right leg I’ve had to learn not to rely on my flexibility as much. It’s made me take it easier and make sure I’m not adding to this injury but it’s also made me appreciate that my body can do other incredible things.
I am very grateful for the teachers I’ve had so far, they are wonderful. They support you so much and you definitely feel safe with them around. They are all incredibly talented too!
Flying Fantastic is primarily drop in classes, but fortunately there are regular people who go weekly. It’s more convenient if you know in advance you’re going to miss a week. They have great practice session that work around the 9-5 too and a lot of classes & workshops on the weekends!
You can check them out here: Flying Fantastic