Aerial Classes with Andrea Torres

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Aerial Mixed levels: Silks  – Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm starting February 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Aerial class on Silks night and Teacher permission
Can’t get enough of aerial silks? Students will build upper-body and core strength, increase range of motion and flexibility, and get in tune with their creative side. The classes will focus on climbs, inverts, foot locks and descents on the fabric.

Aerial mixed levels: Lyra – Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm, starting February 13

Prerequisite: Introduction to Aerial class on Lyra night and Teacher permission

Given the lyrical, gracefully acrobatic movement aerialists can perform on this apparatus, it is appropriately called “lyra”. While upper body strength is cultivated by practicing lyra, it also provides beautiful resting poses. While lyra practice cultivates agility as well as upper body and core strength, it also provides beautiful resting poses.

This class is for students who are able to get on and off the lyra without a spotter assisting them. Students will learn basic poses and variations under the lyra, straddles with variations, poses in the lyra, and balance poses.

Aerial Dance Level 2: Silks – Mondays, 12:15-1:15 pm starting February 11

Prerequisite: Aerial Level 1 and instructor permission.
This class is designed for students who have knowledge of climbing, foot locks, and balance work in the knot. We will work on climbs, locks, and basic progressions.

Kids Aerial Mixed Level  for 6-12 year olds –  Sundays 9:15-10:15 am & Tuesdays + Fridays 4:30-5:30pm starting February 10.

Explore vertical space on three different pieces of aerial apparatus: aerial hammock, straight silks, and lyra. Increase your proprioception – safely learning where your body is in space, whether upright or upside down. You get to climb, twist, turn, invert and hang. Increase your confidence as you develop coordination, concentration, balance and strength. “Hanging” is always a fun-packed learning experience!
Please let your instructor know of any injuries. Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. No jewelry.

Andrea Torres

Enjoy the the calm confidence you receive from working with a teacher with decades of experience cultivating students from newbie beginner level to professional performance status in the aerial arts. Andrea Torres has pioneered aerial dance in Hawai’i and has been described as being one of the islands’ most breathtaking performers. She’s also an outstanding teacher. The sign of a master teacher is her ability to unpack otherwise complex movements so that even a new student can grasp it – Andrea makes magic possible for her students.

Her journey started at age 10 in her native Brazil, where she took her first ballet class and went to to earn a full scholarship in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary Dance. She performed around Brazil in Waikiki and in Reno, Los Angeles and on cruise ships throughout the Hawaiian Islands. After landing a role in the Maui production of “Ulalena,” Andrea was sent to Montreal to learn basic aerial skills, then became a featured original cast member.  

In 2004, she co-founded Samadhi Hawai’i as the islands’ only aerial acrobatic performance troupe. After relocating to Oahu, Andrea has grown Samadhi’s students into the top Cirque-style performers in Hawaii.

Andrea’s aerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching’s Halau Na Mamo o Pu’uanahulu in Hawai’i and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua’ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, and at many other local events. A highlight in her career was performing aerial dance for the first time at NaHoku Hanohano Awards (the Hawaiian Grammy’s) with Nohelani Cypriano.

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