Are you looking for a really fun way to get fit? Seeking an exciting, total mind-body workout challenge? Do you want to learn the awesome art of aerial dance? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Get Fit . Have Fun . Do Aerial
Skylab Studio in Camden has been created and run by Astra Beck, a circus performer and an aerial teacher. It is her mission to make aerial arts available to the public not only through fantastic aerial courses but also a wide range of aerial classes you will not find anywhere else (all thought by herself or hand-picked teachers). She believes that there is a circus performer in everyone, and it is her desire to inspire people to find this!
Join us for aerial hoop, silks or fitness classes and you will develop core strength, increase flexibility, learn new aerial skills and discover a fantastic way to challenge yourself! Oh and did we mention making new friends and having a ton of fun in the process??!!!
We have a range of drop-in classes including the Aerial Taster – an introduction to aerial, for all those newbies wanting to try aerial out. There are also three different levels of aerial fitness classes (to build strength) aerial yoga (to develop flexibility) and ballet fitness and silks class (to develop grace in movement and beautiful pointed toes in the air).
Our four week courses are for those ready to commit to a month of pure aerial skills (beginners, improvers and advanced levels available). We also hold student showcases every six months for those of you who want to take it to the next level and show off all your new routines to your friends!
Private 1-2-1 classes and special group party bookings are available on request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skylab Studio is a small, urban oasis of aerial fun and fitness located right in the heart of Camden. Just a stone’s throw distance from Camden Market and The Roundhouse, and a short walk from Chalk Farm tube and Kentish Town West Overground.Here’s how to find us
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AstraAstra is the founder of Skylab and teaches Level 2/3 classes and the drop-ins. She has been a performer for more than a decade but now wants to focus on building her Skylab empire! See astranomical.co.uk for more info.
"Astra got me ‘hooked on hoop’ from the first class. Patience, passion and imagination describe her style and she got me and my fellow beginners coming back for more in following courses. She is a gracious and inspiring performer – I have been doing hoop for four months now and she always finds something to inspire and engage me."
"I absolutely loved Astra's hoop classes - she encouraged me to do things I never thought possible. Now I am absolutely hooked and will be looking out for more classes in Vienna when I go back."
"I’ve been taking hoop classes with Astra for about a year now and love it! Astra’s classes are a great mix of strengthening, learning new tricks and trying out full routines. Astra is really encouraging as a teacher and I always feel really accomplished after each class!"
"Astra's lessons are great fun, and I learnt a huge lot at the same time. She is very good at tailoring the teaching to each student's level and going over the things each of us found difficult, as well as helping us go that extra mile when we felt ready. Thank you Astra and I'm really looking forward to more aerial fun!"
“Skylab is the meeting point of aerial skills, dance and fitness”
Four Week Aerial Hoop courses from Beginner to Advanced levels. Includes conditioning, technique and tricks. Recommended that you are able to do a pull up before you start Level 1. If you can’t do this try our Aerial Fit classes first!
Four week Aerial Silks courses from Beginner to Advanced levels. Includes conditioning, technique and tricks. Recommended that you are able to do a pull up before you start Level 1. If you can’t do this try our Aerial Fit classes first!
Make your hen party, birthday party or special occasion an aerial day! We can help you celebrate by offering fun packed taster sessions in hoop, silks or aerial yoga that will make your event exciting and definitely very memorable.
A beginner’s aerial fitness class to get you used to being in the air as well as develop upper body strength and a strong core. Using the hammocks, this class consists of foundational conditioning exercises including repetitions in tuck, pike, needle and straddle, how to get your first pull up, ‘death by plank’, inverting and lots more.
An improvers aerial HIIT class to develop the upper body strength plus the stamina that you need for aerial. This class consists of 1 min circuit blasts on different pieces of aerial apparatus (hoops, silks and hammocks). You must have done Aerial Taster first so that you know how to climb, invert and get on and off a hoop.
An advanced aerial fitness class to turn you into an aerial badass! It’s everything you love in Aerial Fit but now we do it all in the air. Exercises such as ‘pull up like a pro’, ‘straddle like a mofo’, ninja inverts, meat hook progressions, and lots more crazy killer combos. You must have mastered Aerial Fit to attend this class.
AERIAL YOGA FLOW
A beginners aerial yoga class to help develop flexibility beyond what traditional yoga provides. We practice linking breath with movement and fuse aerial yoga poses with the hammocks. Starting with hip and hamstring openers followed by postures for your splits, side splits and back bends ending with a short inversion sequence and relaxation.
This class combines ballet technique alongside fitness exercises, so not only will you get a fitter stronger core but you will also be working on improving those oh so important lines that are crucial to make your aerial shapes look awesome. Great for all our aerialist who are learning hoops and silks or if you just want a little bit of grace in your fitness moves!
A class that combines ballet technique and simple aerial silks choreography. It is created for those who feel confident enough on silks to start learning some simple choreography. Julia will work with you to create beautiful transitions and start adding ballet technique to your aerial silks moves. The class will consist of 20 mins of ballet / floor choreography and 30 mins working on silks.
Want to try aerial out before booking a course to see if it’s your cup of tea? Then this is the perfect class for you. 20 mins warm up, 20 mins on silks plus 20 mins on hoop. All levels welcome.
Perfect for practicing all those new found moves. Please buddy up with a training partner unless you feel safe enough for solo practice as there will be no teaching in this class. Just pure play time!
Private sessions are available where the class is tailored to your personal requirements. Perfect if you want to advance quickly or work on specific tricks or routine. Email Astra for availability.
Every 6 months, students can participate in our Skylab showcase to show off what they have learn. The event is free to all Skylab community, friends and family and is a great celebration of student progress (as well as a great excuse to socialise and get close with everyone!)
DROP-IN CLASS £15
If you are new to aerial and Skylab Studio in London, you can take advantage of our introductory offer for new joiners. All first time customers can get 20% off on our upcoming beginners courses starting at the end of August and running until late September.
Please note our upcoming September course are one week longer than usually (September is a 5 week month) so you get your weekly class over 5 weeks instead of normal 4. Hence it is reflected in the price as you will learn more than usual. With 20% off you, you will still get great savings paying only £65 instead of standard £85.
All courses can be booked directly through our online booking system with a promo code ‘SEPT20’. The below links will take you straight there, just remember to add your promo code!
Aerial Silks Level 1
Our silks courses are structured in a block of one class every week so you have time to learn and digest all those amazing new moves. The tricks get progressively harder each week as you build your confidence. You will learn climbs, inversions and the five foundational moves, completing the course with your first short routine! Full description of our silk courses is here.
Upcoming courses available:
Sundays 27th August – 24th September (4pm-5pm)
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Mondays 28th August – 25th September (7pm – 8pm)
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Aerial Hoops, Level 1
Our beginners hoop course last 5 weeks this month with one session taking place each week so you can build up your strength gradually. Each week you will learn about 4 or 5 tricks (depending on the group). By the end of the course you will have enough tricks to develop a short routine that you can perform with confidence! Full description of our hoop courses is here.
*Bonus: If for any reason you need to miss one session during your course, you can come to one of our drop-in classes instead (for free). Our mission is to spread the aerial love, and we know Londoners can get a little busy sometimes…
It’s time to start your aerial journey and we are here to inspire and motivate you along the way! If you have any questions or are not sure how to book the course, please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com
For Skylab fanatics who love our aerial fitness classes and want to practice more regularly we offer the following class packs at a discount price:
SKY FLYER – £65 for 5 classes (£13 per class instead of standard £15) BOOK NOW
Perfect for occasional and aspiring flyers! Valid for 1 month on all our drop-in classes.
SKY MONKEY – £120 for 10 classes (£12 per class instead of standard £15) BOOK NOW
Find your inner sky monkey and get hooked! Valid for 2 months on all our drop-in classes.
SKY TIMER – £90 for 20 x ‘Air Time’ sessions (10% discount) BOOK NOW
Practice sessions for silks/hoops/hammocks. Valid for 4 months on air time sessions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Before your first class you’ll need to sign the disclaimer. Download here and bring it with you, or fill it in at the studio. For your own safety, always inform the teacher before you start if you have any injuries or medical conditions they should know about.
How to find us
Address: 25A Ferdinand Street, Camden, London, NW1 8EU, UK.
Tube: Chalk Farm. Overground: Kentish Town West
Bus Routes: 24, 27, 31, 168, 393
From Chalk Farm Road, go down Ferdinand St (Camden Assembly pub is on the corner), take the first left down a small side alley after the row of shops (you will see a Chinese take away called Anise). Go down to the end of the alley, turn right and then left and then up the metal staircase you see directly ahead of you. Or simply follow the Skylab signs from Ferdinand St.
For a more detailed explanation with photographs and time lapse video click here.