Train with us Bungee Dance Masterclass FAQS - Upswing

What are your Bungee Dance Classes?

Our Bungee Dance masterclasses are an opportunity to try Upswing’s unique bungee dance techniques that we use in our shows. Our classes are taught by experienced dance and aerial teachers who will help you learn the basics moves and develop your control and skills. This fun class is ideal for aerial enthusiasts and dancers, or somebody wanting to try something new. Each class culminates in a choreographed group routine.

Our masterclasses are intensive 4 hour long, one-off sessions and are limited to 8 participants per class. The beginner’s class specialises in core bungee dance technique and is suitable for individuals trying bungee dance for the first time. If you have taken our beginner’s class, you will be able to proceed to our intermediate masterclass where you will be taught a more advanced skillset.

Do I have to have a basic level of fitness to do a class?

Bungee Dance masterclasses challenge core strength and upper body strength. If you are an absolute beginner and do not exercise regularly you are likely to find these masterclasses very challenging.  Many students choose to use the time before and between attending a class to build up their strength by doing some conditioning exercises at home, and we are happy to supply our students with handy conditioning sheet full of exercises that will help you reach your potential.

I have an old injury, will I be ok?

It is essential that all students read our medical disclaimer (see our Terms & Conditions) before attending an Upswing class.  All levels, ages and body types are welcome however students must be in good health to participate in such activity.

It is important for you to inform us in advance by email – classes@upswing.org.uk – of any health condition or injury (even historic) that may affect your participation and to enable us to direct you to appropriate medical advice if necessary.

This includes: Anyone who has an injury or had surgery (particularly shoulder, knee, back, wrist, hips,  eyes, back or hand), high or low blood pressure, vertigo, osteoporosis or bone weakness, heart disease, recent head injury, propensity for fainting, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute discogenic disease, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, recent stroke or severe muscle spasms.  Whilst some professionals are able to train during pregnancy we do not advise pregnant women to begin recreational aerial activities.  Please note this is not an exhaustive list.  If you have any concerns about participation please consult a medical professional, we are happy to provide details of the activity to assist conultation.

You will not be able to take part in an aerial session if you have not completed the medical disclaimer form. If you advise the trainer on the day of injuries or conditions you have not previously disclosed in the disclaimer, it may prevent you from taking part in the activity. If you do not advise us of any injuries or pre-existing conditions participation will be at your own risk. If you indicate an injury that does not immediately exclude you from participation our trainers will make you aware of the potential risks of taking part in the activity. If you choose to take part after receiving this information then participation would then be at your own risk.

Is it OK if I arrive at the class a bit late?

It is a requirement for all our classes that students take part in our thorough warm up, which targets and engages every muscle that you will you employ in doing this activity. This will help protect you against any strains or injuries. If students are unavoidably delayed the teacher will where possible instruct them to carry out their own warm up, but this might not always be practicable, and for safety reasons the student might not be allowed to join the class.

What should I wear?

Students should wear items that are comfortable but nothing too loose or baggy. Ideally tracksuits, Leotards, leggings and T-shirts. Aerial work can be a little tough on your skin and we recommend that any clothing should cover the tops of the arms, backs of the knees, calves and most importantly the midriff (a long sleeved T-shirt that you can tuck in works well). It is useful to have an extra layer to put on in between turns, so that students remain warm. We cannot allow students wear jewellery during aerial activities for health and safety reasons. Also please avoid zips on clothing (for example running legging with zip back pockets) and long nails as they can damage the equipment. Cotton fabrics are more compatible with silks than shiny lycra and for those with long hair, we recommended that you tie it back so that it doesn’t get in the way.
If you are doing bungee you will need to wear lace up trainers or dance pumps.
Please note: Working in harness is great fun but can be a little tough on your skin. We recommend wearing several layers around your hips & waist for maximum comfort. Generally snug fitting tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a long sleeved t-shirt that you can tuck in works well & even better (top tip) lycra, neoprene or bicycle shorts underneath.

Is there a minimum and maximum age?

Upswing classes are for students aged 14 or older, however, students under 16 will need permission from a parent or guardian.  There is no maximum age, in fact we regularly teach people aged 60+.

How many people are in a class?

Bungee Dance Masterclasses are for up to 8 participants per class.

Do you offer group booking discounts?

We do offer corporate & group booking Bungee workshops – they are a lot of fun and a great team-building experience.

The price of a 4 hour session for up-to 8 people is £576.

To book please contact classes@upswing.org.uk

Do you offer private classes?

A two hour private session, including room rental, teaching costs and equipment is £350.

To book please contact classes@upswing.org.uk

Do you offer teacher training?

We are currently planning our Teacher Training course, but as yet have no confirmed dates or venue.

We expect places on the course to go very quickly as there is a lot of interest.

If you would like to book tickets before they are released to the general public, please sign up to our mailing list here: http://www.upswing.org.uk/workshops-classes/

 

 

If you have any further queries please contact classes@upswing.org.uk