Getting better at anything takes a commitment. I added partner acrobatics classes to the Knotty Yoga studio in November of 2013. Since then, the program has grown by leaps and bounds and I now want to move on to phase two. Starting in April, we will debut the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew. This is vehicle through which we will take partner acrobatics to another level at the studio.
The Knotty Yoga Acro Crew for a given month will consist of people who were unlimited members from the previous month, the current month, and attended six of the base partner acro classes from the previous month. For now, these base acro classes will be defined as:
- Sunday 10am
- Monday 7pm
- Tue noon
- Thu 7pm
I will be adding these classes just for the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew:
- Sunday 11am-noon (requires attending 10am-noon)
- Thursday 8:30pm-9pm (requires attending 7pm-8pm)
- Saturday noon-1pm (requires attending 11am-noon Circus Circuit)
Attendance of the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only classes does not count towards the six base classes needed for Knotty Yoga Acro Crew eligibility and eligibility is determined freshly each month. The new acro schedule will be:
- Sunday 10am-11am (all level – shortened 30min)
- Sunday 11am-noon (Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only / must also attend 10am-11am)
- Monday 7pm-8pm (all level)
- Tuesday noon-1pm
- Thursday 7pm-8pm (all level – shortened 30min)
- Thursday 8pm-8:30pm (Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only / must also attend 7pm-8pm)
- Saturday noon-1pm (Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only / must also attend 11am-noon Circus Circuit)
The focus of the new classes will be:
- Sunday 11am – Becoming an acro bad ass. Hand to hand, foot to hand, croc, fireball, standing acro, and advanced sequences.
- Thursday 8pm-8:30pm – This will mostly focus on letting advanced people run through a challenging sequence and drilling hand to hand.
- Saturday noon-1pm – This will be my acro lab class. We will play with new concepts, ideas from workshops, and try to invent new moves and transitions.
Starting last spring, I started working with Andrew several times a week. We had a very structured conditioning and training regimen. We quickly progressed from glorified beginners to being able to do standing hand to hand in about six months. If we had a better understanding of technique, I think we could have done this sooner. The structure and content of these training sessions became what is now Circus Circuit and the lessons learned will guide the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew.
I have a number of flyers who can now fly low hand to hand on me. I want to start moving to standing hand to hand and ramp other bases up to be able to base hand to hand.
The Knotty Yoga Acro Crew is all about commitment. I want to invest in the people who are committed and create something special. I have had tiered class levels before and special classes and found it daunting. People who weren’t qualified would come to supposed advanced classes. Some people would only come to the advanced classes and my all level classes would be gutted.
I feel like the key to acro that makes it special is the idea of community. It’s in the best interest of the community to mix people of different levels and have the beginners grow quickly by learning from the more advanced people while the advanced people refine their skills by mentoring the people with less experience. Hence all the acro classes on the schedule will be all level.
All of that said, there is something to be said for having some timeslots without beginners where we can safely explore the hard stuff and be able to tackle things that wouldn’t be safe with beginners present. The Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only classes will be the vehicle for this. None of these classes will be listed on the studio schedule. These will be Knotty Yoga Acro Crew only and I will be super hardcore about this. I also like the transparency of this plan. Before there would be an “advanced” or “invite only” class on the schedule and it would seem to people like there were favorites or a clique. I love the solution of having things driven strictly by attendance.
I will also be offering special opportunities for Knotty Yoga Acro Crew members. I will bring in guest teachers, special events, and access to outside training. Knotty Yoga Acro Crew movie night! I want to make the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew highly desirable and will invest heavily in it. By requiring a high level of all level class attendance from the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew, the high level concepts mastered will nicely disseminate to the all level classes. This will be an awesome way to reward loyalty to the studio.
I’m setting metrics for the success of the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew. To keep things simple, there will be two criteria for anyone who has been in the Knotty Yoga Acro Crew for three consecutive months: be able to do a controlled, ten second hand to hand and be able to tuck from star through fireball to an L-sit. If people aren’t hitting these goals, I’m not doing my job!