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About Us

Our Studio
Our space is a dedicated aerial acrobatics & circus studio in the north of Canberra. We like to think of ourselves as a playground for all ages. We opened in Nov 2015 with one adult silks class and a handful of students with the intention of growing & developing in time. In 2016, we added kids & teens classes and the studio quickly grew. We now have classes for toddlers - adults for all levels, offering aerial acrobatics classes - aerial silks, lyra & trapeze - to a variety of ground based circus classes. We also offer yoga, strength & flexibilty & a wide range of workshops throughout the year! See our timetables for our current class schedules: Kids Timetable & Adult Timetable.

Our aim is to teach you tools and give you the opportunity to discover what your body can do on & off the ground in a safe & supportive environment. Adults can progress at their own pace with our casual classes, taking classes as frequently or infrequently as you'd like. Kids classes run via 10 week terms which follow the ACT school terms. Whether you're looking for an alternative to gym workouts, you're athlete in other disciplines and want to try something new, or you just love aerial acrobatics and want to learn more, you will enjoy our zany studio where you are guaranteed to have fun while gaining strength, endurance, flexibility, body awareness & self confidence.

We host Showcases where new to advanced students can show their friends & family what they've learned and offer an outlet for creative expression. We are home to Solco Acro, Canberra's own women's aerial, acrobatics & dance troupe. We are consistent with Australian industry standards for rigging, and we pride ourselves with our high standard of aerial instruction following a unique & comprehensive aerial curriculum. Our teachers have diligent in-house training learning saftey & spotting techniques.

Learn, Play, Explore

Our Philosophy
"Play" tends to be a term used synonymously with children. In our modern life as adults, we spend much of our time sedentary. Sure we can go for a run or to the gym, but most of our day is sitting down & looking at a screen. Luckily there is no rule book stating we can no longer play as adults, so we wanted to create a playground for all ages - a safe & nurturing environment for participants to get their play on and gain friendships while staying fit. Kids & Teens spend much of their day sitting at school, the majority of our adult students have day jobs & have been siting all day, so getting to move your body whether on the ground or on an apparatus brings out joy & gleaming smiles. Play involves exploration, investigating what your body can do and discovering your own abilities, the workout becomes secondary & fitness an after-effect. You'll find our warm ups tend to follow this playful narrative, and can be quite unconventional using functional movement & dynamic stretching. Our objective is to bring playful activities into our sedentary lifestyles, so you'll often hear us say we do something "because it's fun". Science is finding that play improves brain function & boosts energy which in turn keeps you feeling young & energetic, to name a few benefits. Come and get your play on!

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
- George Bernard Shaw

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Our Instructors

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Cher Albrecht

Founder & Head Instructor
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Having a playful spirit, Cher always dreamed of creating an adult playground. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA, where she got her first trapeze almost 20 years ago and fell in love. She performed professionally as a singer, dancer, acrobat & stunt woman, yadda yadda, for 15 years in California. She has studied aerial arobatics with top aerialists from around the world, including with several Cirque De Soliel performers. She found herself in Canberra & has decided to put all her awesomeness into creating Aerial Sports, with the help of her dreamy partner.

  cher@aerialsports.com.au


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Jade Redfern-Podger

Aerial Foundations & Silks Instructor
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Jade is also full of awesomeness. Her love for aerials, blah blah blah, everything aerials... nothing can stop her. PS. She has a PhD in Science & is really really smart. When she's not in the lab she can be found in the air, working out new combinations & tricks.


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Nicole Crandell

Kids, Teens, Aerial Foundations & Hammock Instructor
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Nicole's first passion was dancing which started as a young child. She swirled & twirled and joined a Performing Arts school in Sydney which led her to getting her Cert 3 in fitness. She powered her way though gyms & became a pole teacher with FitSista's. She's now a mum of 2, and "part of the furniture" as she puts it, at Aerial Sports, teaching & various other jobs 'round these parts.


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Maisie Walker Stelling

Kids, Teens, Circus Skills & Tumbling Instructor
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Maisie is your local enthusiasm enthusiast, who started circus in 2011. Training and performing at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus until 2017, she specialised in trapeze and group juggle, touring both locally and regionally across Australia and graduating with her Cert III in Circus and Dance. Nowadays Maisie divides her time between studying at uni and teaching at Aerial Sports - if you can’t find her in the air, she might be teaching juggle or beginners ground skills!


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Mitch Craighead

Kids, Teens, Circus Skills, Tumbling & Silks Intructor
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Mitch’s pronouns are He/Him and he comes from little old Albury-Wodonga where he trained with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus since he was 12. He’s performed all sorts of aerial skills all over eastern Australia. After all of his flipping around at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus he decided he wanted to become a doctor, and so he’s studying Medical Science and Languages at the ANU. He now teaches at Aerial Sports to keep the joy of flipping around alive.


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Bek Kordas

Kids, Teens, Trapeze, Lyra, & Circus Skills Instructor
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Bek fell into the circus scene in 2011 when she was studying Theatre/Media in Bathurst, NSW. Having started in gymnastics as a teen, and then specialising in physical theatre at uni, Bek completed her degree which she promptly ditched because circus was way cooler and it just so happened to combine both of the things she loved. Bek specialises in static trapeze and group acro, but has a whole lotta knowledge and skill across most other circus disciplines. Along with moulding the minds and bodies of the next circus generations, Bek is currently studying her Masters of Secondary Teaching.


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