Classes & Lessons

Teaching Experience

Heather Bailey is a trained and experienced instructor in aerial arts, and offers classes in aerial silks, static trapeze, and lyra (aerial hoop) at Studio 59 in Plant Zero. In addition to Host of Sparrows, she has taught for Airotique Aerial Arts in Virginia Beach and with SPARC and Soul Aerial in Richmond. She is also available for private booking for lessons in aerial silks, hammock, rope, lyra, and static and dance trapeze.

Kristin Bezio is a professor at the University of Richmond who has nearly a decade of training in aerial arts, and has assistant taught and taught aerial silks through Host of Sparrows and the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She assists Heather with silks and lyra classes, and teaches beginning static trapeze.

Sydney Hannon has been training with hula hoops since early 2012 and in various other forms of entertainment and dance since 2014. She has trained with and studied under various mentors and instructors in both the US and Europe over the past 2 years. Sydney has enjoyed performing and teaching hoop dance since early 2014 with unique routines and a very patient and effective way of teaching. She completed her Hoop Teacher training though Deanne Love in early 2017.

Rachel Talbert is an experienced contortion instructor and the owner of Shape Shifters Contortion LLC. She teaches contortion to adults and children with both Shape Shifters and at Host of Sparrows.

Kristin Trinh has been studying aerial silks for five years and assistant teaches aerial silks. She has experience teaching and working with persons with special needs both on the ground and in the air, including with Host of Sparrows and SPARC.

Host of Sparrows is insured for both instruction and performance, with members experienced in aerial silks, hammock, rope, lyra, static and dance trapeze, partner acrobatics, tumbling, burlesque, modern dance, and contortion. We have members experienced in all levels of teaching and education, including child, youth, high school, college, and adult, as well as special needs. We offer a variety of lessons, and also teach with SPARC, the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.

If you are interested in setting up a private class, lesson, or in partnering with us to teach regular classes at your location, please contact us!

Current Class Offerings

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Host of Sparrows Calendar of Classes & Events

Regular Classes at Studio 59 (Plant Zero):
Beginning Aerial Lyra 5.30pm on Mondays ($25)
Beginning Aerial Silks 6.30pm on Mondays ($25)
Intermediate Aerial Silks 6pm on Tuesdays ($30)
Advanced Aerial silks 7pm on Tuesdays ($30)
Beginning Static Trapeze 6pm on Wednesdays ($25)

Open Circus Practice Space Thursdays 6.00pm-8.00pm ($12/hr, drop-in)

Other classes offered periodically (check our Calendar for specific dates):
Contortion (Mondays at 10am, check calendar for dates)
Circus Hooping Workshop Series Wednesdays July 12-August 23 at 7pm ($85 for 8 weeks)

In order to book a private class in silks, hammock, rope, lyra, or static/dance trapeze, please call Heather Bailey at (804) 615-0309.

For more information on learning aerial and circus arts, see our FAQs here!

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