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.

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 Silks 6pm on Tuesdays ($30)*
Intermediate/Advanced Aerial silks 7pm on Tuesdays ($30)*
Beginning Aerial Lyra 6pm on Mondays (starting July 10th)
*After July 10th, Beginning Aerial Silks will move to Mondays at 7pm, Intermediate Aerial Silks will be at 6pm on Tuesdays, Advanced Aerial Silks will be at 7pm on Tuesdays

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

Other classes offered periodically (check our Calendar for specific dates):
Contortion (Mondays at 10am, check calendar for dates)
Beginning Static Trapeze (Wednesdays at 6pm, check calendar for dates)
Workshops in Doubles Lyra (check calendar for dates)

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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