Mel was born and raised in Canada and has trained extensively in aerial acrobatics, partner acrobatics, pole dance, yoga, dance, gymnastics, and general fitness. Having trained and performed worldwide, Mel is now primarily based in the Middle East where she teaches and performs, and is dedicated to building a growing acrobatic community.
As an instructor Mel aims to create a comfortable and engaging environment that allows students to learn about movement and their bodies in a healthy and happy way.
Photo Credit: Matt Walker
Intro to Dynamics (Silks & Rope)
Ready to take your verticals to the next level? Intro to dynamics teaches the four basic swings for dynamics and how to harness the momentum to go into advanced and dynamic movement. Students will learn different shoulder positions and grips that work best for starting and finishing dynamic movements in addition to learning exercises that will help prepare students for advanced dynamic movements. This class will primarily be focusing on long arm.
Prerequisites: students should be familiar with either rope or silks, have a strong grip, and be able to invert easily.
10/20/30/40 Ways to Belay (Silks)
Be the master of the belay! Learn up to 40 ways to get into belay and belay variations such as single, double, or triple loop belay, as well as waist, neck, and leg hang variations and different belay poses, plus different types of exits to make your sequences performance worthy!
Beginner: basics to belay from cross back straddle, foot lock, crochet, hip lock, and S-lock, as well as belay poses, and exists.
Intermediate/advanced: advanced belay entrances, such as hip lock roll up, double and triple loops, drops to belay, neck and ankle hangs, and exits.
Note: number of belay entrances will depend on ability level and amount of time.
Prerequisites: students must be able to invert.
Drops & Cut Catches (Hoop & Trapeze)
Ready to introduce drops into your bar practice? Learn release moves to spice up your hoop and trapeze work as well as tempos, swings, and how to control dynamic movements. Drops include basics such as straight and straddle tombe, armpit drops, back hip circle release and superman drop on hoop, and knee drop on trapeze, as well as straddle and pike cut catches.
Rolling Around (Hoop & Trapeze)
This class is great for students who feel comfortable moving between sequences and want to increase their repertoire into spinning and rolls! Students will learn belly rolls, back rolls, forward and backward pike sit rolls, mills rolls, elbow rolls, lion rolls, log rolls, and more while being able to connect multiple rolls and sequence in and out of rolls!
Single Workshop 1.5-hr • $59+GST
All 4-workshops • $189+GST
Liesl has loved acrobatics since she was a child, mostly training trampoline and gymnastics. Her first exposure to circus was in 2012 at Vancouver Circus School where she trained trampoline for two years. It was during this time that she first tried aerial, but didn’t commit to training silks until January 2017. Since then, Liesl has been training mostly at Acrofit Aerial Fitness where she now coaches, having received her teaching certification from Aerial Physique. She has performed in London, England at Flying Fantastic’s aerial showcase in August 2018 and, more locally, with Dynamic Aerial and Acrobatics. Though she loves performing, Liesl’s favorite part of training is the thrill of dropping and just being in the air, whether that’s in front of 500 people or just one (safety first). She is excited to share that joy with her students.
The “Ultimate” Drop Silks Workshop
Come learn from @aerialaspiration the art of drop stacking. Liesl will be teaching a multiple part drop (dubbed, “the Ultimate”) that can be mixed and matched with various entrances and exits and even foundationally different starting wraps. Liesl will use manageable progressions and fabric theory to bring your aerial silks drops to new heights!
To get the most out of the class, it is required that students are able to invert in the air with straight legs, climb to the top of the silk (or climb twice if it is a lower studio), enter “belay” wraps, and feel comfortable dropping from a height.