Have you every wanted to fly on a trapeze? Or dreamed of elegantly hanging upside down on silk? If you are hoping for a creative way to improve your flexibility Lafayette's new gym is able to help.
Sky Craft gym brings the world of aerial arts to your fingertips. Offering classes for all ages, the business is reimagining the way you work out and showing Lafayette "art at its highest."
What are aerial arts?
Aerial or circus arts involve a performer hanging from a given point like aerial silks, lyra hoops, trapezes and aerial ropes. Circus arts also include juggling, rola bola, plate spinning and more.
Co-owners and Louisiana natives Erin Welch and Rachael Adams have been performing and practicing circus arts over the past decade.
"I moved to the Bahamas, and I was working there at a resort. My job was to entertain the guests," Welch said. "The resort also had a flying trapeze and a circus team. After one of our rehearsals, I stopped and watched the circus people practice since I had half an hour before to get back to work. One of the ladies that was in charge was like 'Hey, come on over, can you reach him?' I look and see this guy was hanging from a trapeze bar. I was like, 'sure.'"
Welch was invited to train with the circus and spent the following three years performing in the Bahamas. She then began teaching flying trapeze and circus arts at different summer camps throughout the east coast. Welch returned to Lafayette and began to teach aerial arts at The Ballet School.
Adams was a student of Welch's. That spawned started a friendship and eventually a business partnership between the two.
Everything you can do at Sky Craft gym
Sky Craft gym has curated programs for multiple ages and skill levels. Classes are grouped by age for children from 3-19. There are two types of adult classes: Circus Fit which is a fitness class using circus equipment and Adult Intro to Aerial Arts.
Sky Craft will begin offering classes Jan. 17. Children's semesters are 9 or 16 weeks depending on the class. Adult classes last for five weeks.
Adams says aerial reignited her passion for working out.
"I could never get into running or get into the gym, or like lifting weights, it just never clicked for me. And I just got really hooked on the fun part of figuring out the tricks, and building strength and flexibility. You start having so much fun you forget you're working out," she said.
Sky Craft also offers private lessons for groups and individuals, party rental space, team building and performers for hire. Summer camps and classes will be available later in the year. Aerial classes for home school students are available for groups of 6 children or more.
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