The Des Moines Social club has a new class for people who have always wanted to join the circus or who just want a fun way to stay physically active. The Social Club has added an All Ariel class to its Circus Arts category of classes. “Its just a fun way to learn something. It’s a fun way to bring a whole other section of arts to Des Moines,” said class instructor Laura Ernst.
The Ariel instructors, Laura Ernst and Felicia Coe, teach the students how to use several different Ariel apparatuses. Students practiced on Ariel fabric, hammock, Ariel hoop, and the trapeze. The small classes are capped at 12 students, so each participant receives optimal time on each apparatus.
“If you are looking to be physically fit and not run on a treed mill this is the way to do it, “ said Ernst. Ariel improves abs, shoulders, and back muscles. The Ariel stunts also work on finger muscles. Participant’s fingers are often sore after class.
People don’t need any prior experience to participate in the class. They just need curiosity and be willing to learn. The instructors start all of the stunts only a few inches off the ground. Crash mats are also placed under all of the apparatuses to ensure the safety of the students. “You don’t have to worry about being afraid of heights. You don’t have to worry about not being strong enough. Nobody comes in knowing exactly how to do things. It is just something really fun,” stated Ernst.
The All Ariel Class is in its fifth week at the Des Moines Social Club. Ernst believes that the class has been successful so for. The Social Club will be adding even more new circus classes this winter. One of the new classes is a circus circuit work out class, which will focus on building muscles and breaking a sweat.
The class is offered every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. The class costs 100 dollars for a six-week session or 20 dollars for a single drop in session. Individuals must be age 14 or older to participate in the All Ariel Class. “I love sharing something I love with other people and I love that other people are excited about it,” said Ernst.