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Best Place to Learn to Fly San Francisco 2006 - Motivity Aerial Dance Classes, Studio 12

Motivity Aerial Dance Classes, Studio 12

2525 Eighth St.

Berkeley, CA 94710

510-587-0770

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly? Studio 12's Motivity classes prove that you don't necessarily need wings or to become a human cannonball to do it. Taught by husband-and-wife team Kate and Phil Weglarz, the beginner and intermediate level courses combine dance with trapeze techniques into an unusual art form that's a cross between contemporary ballet, gymnastics, and circus. Over a typical six-week series, budding flyers learn how to balance on and swing from a variety of bars, hoops, and other dangling paraphernalia as well as how to glide and spin through the air with — one hopes — the greatest of ease. The mix of specific drills and freeform improvisation with partner and group work keeps things interesting. And even though the thought of spinning upside down on a bar hanging 15 feet off the ground might fill most of us with terror, the instructors' unintimidating and creative approach makes it easy to climb to dizzying heights.
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