Adult Class Descriptions
Current Class Schedules:
Enrollment in the full term (Sept. – Dec.) is now closed. Click here to view the full Fall Term Schedule.
All classes are held at the Echo Theater (1515 SE 37th Ave)
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- 15 hours of instruction (90 days)
- Unlimited classes (30 days)
“YES, YOU CAN!”, ACRO & AERIAL for ALL:
Mondays, 11:15am – 12:45pm
This class is perfect for students who are interested in exploring acrobatics, aerial dance and physical theater, but have barriers or hesitations around taking our beginning trapeze and acrobatics class. Using modifications and adaptations liberally, this class will give adult students of all ages, body types, and abilities an opportunity to learn to fly in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Participation in the full term is encouraged, but drop-in’s are also welcome.
Instructor: Ari Rapkin
DANCEABILITY, INCLUSIVE DANCE:
CANCELED FALL TERM: Look for it in Winter Term, beginning this January!
DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. This class cultivates a common ground for creative expression of all people. The material is drawn from the group present in a given situation and isolates no one. The method supports self-empowerment by offering ways that all individuals can participate fully in expressing their creative choices, including respecting one’s own limits. If you need accommodations, please contact us at 503.231.1232, or hello [at] echotheaterpdx.org.
DanceAbility International’s mission is to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. Our vision is that through dance and movement, people from very diverse backgrounds experience the art of being together.
Instructor: Aaron Wheeler-Kay (certified DanceAbility instructor)
Mondays, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Partner acrobatics and tumbling for all levels. Come solo and make new friends or bring a friend and make new friends. Full term or drop-in welcome!
Instructor: Stefan Furst
MIXED AERIAL, LEVEL 1 & 2:
Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30pm Very few drop-in spots available. First-come-first-serve.
A body positive, playful, and challenging overview of aerial dance for the beginning or intermediate student. Learn fundamental vocabulary on a variety of aerial apparatus, including single-point trapeze, hoop, silks, and invented apparatus. Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students. There are no prerequisites for this class. Drop-in for Level 2 only.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
AERIAL FITNESS/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING (ALL LEVELS):
Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:25pm
Sundays, 9:00 – 10:25am
Build strength & flexibility for acrobatics, aerial work & life! Emphasizes whole body integration, range of motion, & alignment. All levels welcome. Full term or drop-in.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
TRAPEZE, ACROBATICS & PHYSICAL THEATER (TRAPEZE & ACRO) – ALL LEVELS:
See “Yes You Can!”
Explore single-point trapeze, acrobatics, and physical theater while building confidence, community, and a stronger, more flexible you! Experience your potential through circus, theater arts, and structured play. All bodies welcome. Level 1 provides an opportunity to learn basic skills, terminology and safety concepts, and is only offered as a full term. Level 2+ is offered as a full-term or drop-in class with instructor approval.
Instructor: Robin Woolman
AERIAL & ACROBATICS:
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30am
Fridays, 7:00 – 8:30am
A body positive, playful, and engaging overview of aerial arts and acrobatics for the beginning or intermediate student. Learn fundamental vocabulary on the floor and in the air! Build core and upper body strength, confidence, and grace as you learn to fly! Apparatus will vary from week to week depending on the interests and skill levels of the students. There are no prerequisites for this class. Drop-in for Level 2 only.
Instructor: Ari Rapkin
*NEW* PERFORMANCE LAB LEVEL 2+:
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Ready to create and perform your own unique circus theater pieces? This class is a 14 week journey from exploration to choreography to performance! Students must have basic competence in at least one aerial or acrobatic discipline, an interest in performing, and an openness to playing with others. Class culminates in a public performance Dec. 9.
Instructor: Tera Zarra
Thursdays, 1:45 – 3:15pm Term B enrolling now. No Term A drop-ins.
This class is Fun, fast-paced and technically driven featuring a mixture of contemporary dance techniques with an emphasis on the use of weight and release. This class starts with a flow floor warm up applying some basics of Bartenieff fundamentals progressing to standing and traveling phrases working up to faster tempos across the floor working on coordination and transitions with jumps and inversions into floor work. The class ends with choreography that will be repeated for a week or so. This class is categorized as intermediate but I keep it light hearted so all levels can enjoy no matter their background!
No dance experience is required to attend this class; it is open to all body types and abilities.
Instructor: Alicia Cutaia, Bodyvox dancer
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Dance in the air! Explore single-point trapeze, hoop, and invented apparatus as you build core strength, flexibility, grace, and confidence. Develop vocabulary, alignment, musicality, and improvisational skills on the floor and in the air. We will include dance principles from multiple disciplines, classic and social, aerial and terrestrial! There are no prerequisites for this class if you take the full term. Drop-in with teacher permission.
Instructor: Aaron Wheeler-Kay
CANCELED: Look for it in Winter Term, beginning this January!
Take your yoga practice into the air! Wake up your body and spirit with poses that focus on breath, alignment, and flow. Translate those poses to single-point trapeze and aerial silks, building strength, improving alignment and defying gravity! This class will deepen your understanding of yoga and aerial dance and brighten your day! There are no pre-requisites for this class if you take the full term. Drop-in OK with teacher permission.
Interested in this class? Click here to let us know when is the best time for you.
*NEW* INT/ADV TUMBLING:
Fridays, 6:00 – 7:30pm No class 10/20
Focused training in dynamic acrobatics for teens and adults, including hand-balancing, walk-overs, handsprings, and more. Students should be comfortable with cartwheels, handstands, and rolls.
Instructor: Heath Houghton/Wendy Cohen
Beginner (Level 1 & 2): 10:30am – 12:00pm Very few drop-in spots available. First-come-first-serve.
*NEW* Beginning Nov. 5th Intermediate/Advanced (Level 2+): 12:00 – 1:30pm
Learn to fly in this challenging and playful class! Explore the balance, grace, and freedom of hands-free aerial. Harness work is more challenging than it appears, so strong core and upper body strength is recommended. No aerial harness experience is required.
Instructor: Laura Cannon
Sundays, 5:00 – 6:15pm (no class 9/17, 10/15, 11/26)
The German Wheel is a large double rimmed wheel the acrobat puts themselves in and rolls around the ground like a big coin. Difficult acrobatic elements are broken down into small achievable training steps that allow enthusiasts, even with no acrobatic experience, to progress in a fun and challenging way.
Students will learn the basics of rolling and sitting, dropping on their stomachs and elements
over the top of the wheel in an upright, straight line position. Into moves that seem to defy
gravity as their hands let go of the handles, and they are only supported by their feet while
rolling upside down. And when ready, students will explore the ever so impressive spirals with
the wheel tilted onto one rim, figure of eights and coin spins.
Snugly tying shoes are a must. Running shoes are ok, flat bottom skate shoes are ideal (Vans,
Converse). No boots, flip flops, or soft gymnastic shoes. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Cory Sylvester
Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sundays, 12:00 – 1:30pm Rescheduled to 6:30 – 8:00pm beginning Nov. 5th
Come train with amazing people in this supervised open gym. Acro and aerial training welcome. Students must have completed a full term of Level 1 or pass an assessment test. Drop-in only.
Wheelchair accessible facilities, other accommodations possible, just ask!
Can’t find a class that fits your needs? Click here to fill out our class interest form!