WCCO-TV Interview with Sherry and Lynn

Sherry Walling and Lynn Lunny talk about healing heartache through movement specifically through circus arts during their interview today with WCCO/CBS News.

Dr. Sherry Walling is a psychologist, author and aerial arts performer. Lynn Lunny is a circus arts performer and teacher. Both women tragically lost their brothers to suicide, and it was movement that helped them cope and manage their grief. During Mental Health Awareness month, they share their personal stories about how they found their outlet to heal.

If you’re interested in exploring and healing your own heartache through aerial movement, check out Circus for the Broken-Hearted workshop happening Sunday, June 4, 2023 at Stomping Ground Studio. No aerial experience required.

Sherry standing in background as Lynn holds a handstand with staggered legs on her handstand bench at a live interview with WCCO-TV
Touching Two Worlds: How circus arts and movement can help people cope with mental illness

Private Parties & Events

Private group parties are the best way to celebrate your special time! Get your group together and schedule a private birthday or bachelorette party, or whatever else you’re celebrating!

Click here to fill out a brief questionnaire about your event. We’ll then check our books, and get back to you about scheduling as soon as we can! We usually have availability on Friday evenings and Saturdays mornings or afternoons. Please note that private events are scheduled around weekly classes. Click here to see the weekly class schedule.

Aerial arts studio showing tall ceiling and multiple apparatuses in us including a long haired person inverted on a trapeze, two people on blue slings, one person on straps, with a couple others in the background.
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Spring Performance Prep Class and Showcase!

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Spring Performance Prep Class Series Starts the Week of March 19th! 

Join us for our Spring Student Showcase Performance Prep Class and show!

In this is a seven-week class session, beginning the week of March 19th, you will meet weekly to work on creating and choreographing a piece on your apparatus of choice!

After the seven weekly classes, you get to debut your new act in our showcase happening the weekend of May 5th and 6th.

Experience on your apparatus is required. Come with tricks and sequences in mind that you would like to incorporate into your choreography. Please note this is not a learn-new-skills type of class. Your coach will be there to assist you in creating flow between your tricks and sequences to compile a new piece of artistry!

You may miss up to one class and make it up during an Open Gym.

Classes start the week of March 19th

Performance Prep with Lynn – Sundays 10:30am – FULL

Performance Prep with Alissa – Sundays 1:15pm 

Performance Prep with Kristen – Tuesdays 5:45pm – FULL

Spring Student Showcase – May 5th and 6th, 2023

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February Studio Updates

 February Studio Updates

Open Gym StudioFebruary Studio Updates. We are officially in the depths of winter. Lucky for us our studio is cozy, warm, and full of plants. Come escape the winter and move with us!

Early Morning Classes & Conditioning!

For all you early birds, we added two morning classes just for you!

Aerial Yoga with Josie – Wednesdays 8am
Aerial yoga incorporates the asanas (postures) of yoga while using the aerial sling. This class is suited for the regularly practicing aerialist or acrobat as a rejuvenating, gentle conditioning practice. It is also suited for a beginner aerialist looking for a light approach to aerial or for anyone interested in a yoga practice. This is not a tricks-based class. An introduction to inversions in the sling or on another aerial apparatus is helpful, but not required.

Early Morning Lyra or Rope with Alissa – Thursdays 8am
Grab your morning beverage and start your day on a Lyra OR Aerial Rope. We’ll explore sequences and moves that have similarities on both or that have nothing in common. You get to pick which of the two apparatuses you want to be on. All levels welcome!

And we’ve added a couple new evening classes too!

NEW! Aerial Conditioning with Anja – Thursdays 5:45pm
A full body workout designed to increase active flexibility, strengthen and stabilize your core and increase mind body connection to keep you safe and aware in the air. This class will be ground based with occasional use of apparatus for drills. No aerial experience is necessary for this class, it is open to all levels, beginner or advanced. Modifications are provided for every drill, whether it be to make it more accessible, or increase intensity.

Beginner Handstands with Katie – Fridays 4:30pm
This class is designed for people who are interested in handstanding but don’t know where to begin. In this weekly class, we will focus on drills to strengthen our core, shoulders, and stabilizer muscles needed for finding that perfect handstand line. These drills will be interspersed with breaks for stretching and technique discussions.

UPCOMING!

Hula Hoop Workshop/Classes
Keep an eye out!

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Circus for the Broken Hearted Workshop

In this very special workshop local psychologist and aerialist, Dr. Sherry Walling, will help us explore how physical movement and artistic expression can support our wellbeing and emotional healing.

The integration of circus and healing has generated some interest in the larger community.

***There will be a film crew on site for this workshop. By participating, you consent to your image being included in the filming. Any interviews or personal sharing are completely optional.***

Sign up for Circus for the Broken-Hearted

Memberships

Check out other training options with our membership program! It includes all open gyms, acro jam, handstand happy hour, and dedicated member training times. Read more here.

 

January Class Updates

Happy New Year!! January Class Updates

January Class Updates. We are so grateful for each and every student that comes into the studio. We hope to continue sharing our space with you and creating the amazing community that is Stomping Ground!

Newly Added Classes & Class Times!

Want MORE CIRCUS!? We do too!! Which is why we’ve added several new classes to our weekly schedule! AND we’ve added more class time availability for some of our more popular classes.

Beginner Intermediate Silks with Kristen – Mondays at 3:30pm
Duo Aerial with Lynn and Kristen – Mondays at 7pm
Handstands & Flexibility with Kristen – Tuesdays at 1:30pm
Aerial Yoga with Josie – Wednesdays at 8am
Beg-Int Silks Foundations with Coco – Tuesdays at 7pm
Early Morning Lyra or Rope with Alissa – Thursdays at 8am
Aerial Conditioning with Anastasia – Thursdays at 5:45pm

Monthly Handstand Happy Hour – Last Friday of every month at 5pm

Purchase Class Pack Here
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Rope Palooza is rescheduled for Thursday, January 26th at 7pm!

Pic of Grace by Clockwork SteveLooking to spice up your rope practice? Look no further. In this workshop, we’ll go through a variety of moves including slack drops, half releases, and static poses. This workshop is for intermediate/advanced students with a regular rope or silks practice. Students should be comfortable with inversions and be regularly practicing basic beat pathways (bell, pike, and scissor).
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Memberships

Check out other training options with our membership program! It includes all open gyms, acro jam, handstand happy hour, and dedicated member training times. Read more here.

 

December Pop-Up Classes

December Pop-Up Classes

Acro Coaches Katie Capistrant and Dylan Porteguese by Clock Work Steve Photography

Check out our December Pop-Up Classes! Throughout December, some of our regular classes will be replaced with pop-up classes with some of our amazing instructors! A lot of these pop-ups will be in lieu of our normal class schedule, so sign up to try something different! Choose from a plethora of subjects including:

Intro to Straps
Rope Palooza
Rope is Fun
Above the Bar Spanset Lyra
Lollipop Lyra
Duo Aerial
Experimental Partner Movement
Basic Floorwork Concepts
Floorwork Choreography
Belay for Days
Silks Theory
Beginner Circus

Each pop-up class is $25. You may use your class packages to purchase these one-off classes.

Purchase Class Pack Here
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Also, check out Handstand Happy Hour with Lynn!

Bored of working on your handstands alone in your living room? Us too! Come hang out at the studio and work on the ever-elusive handstand with friends. All levels are welcome! Not a class, just an open gym dedicated to handstands. There might be games… or after handstand cocktails at Norseman. $10/Drop-In

Click here to read more!

Check out other training options with our membership program! It includes all open gyms, acro jam, handstand happy hour, and dedicated member training times. Read more here.

 

Aerial Training Membership Opportunity!

Open training in the studio!

Aerial Training Membership Opportunity!

Need more training time? Consider becoming an SGS member! 

We are opening up memberships to intermediate/advanced students and pre-professional and professional artists! To qualify, you must have been training on your apparatus for more than a year and be comfortable training without coach supervision.

Members can sign up to train aerial or ground skills during member-exclusive training times and are welcome to come to Open Gym and Acro Jams for no additional cost. There is no limit to how many trainings you attend throughout the month. Train as much as you want!

Training times are flexible. Just let us know what days and times you’re interested in; we will work to accommodate your schedule and add training times that work for you. Training times may change from month to month due to class schedules. Please note that classes and workshops get scheduling priority.

The cost is $110/month or $100/month if you commit to a minimum of three months. There are a limited number of memberships are available. Email or message us if you’re interested in more information and applying! Email us if you are interested.

Current Member Training Schedule

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