What is your favourite Apparatus?
How long have you been dancing in the Lyra?
It's been 6 months since I first jumped into a Lyra/ Aerial hoop and I am absolutely in love with it!
Did you ever feel nervous when you first started Lyra?
I was quite nervous about starting Lyra as I was worried that a lot of the tricks would be impossible to achieve, given that I don't come from a dance background and have very little flexibility. Turns out it really doesn't matter at all! I have improved a lot in the last 6 months and the gorgeous Sirens and Katia put a lot of effort into choreographing super fun and beautiful routines every term. Not being a dancer hasn't dampened my experience here at all! It's been a challenge, but it's such a safe and supportive environment and I couldn't be more grateful!
How does Lyra make you feel?
I love the adrenaline that comes with being off the ground! The lyra/hoop also spins and swings, so I love that it's never static and you're always moving as well. A lot of schools that teach Aerial are often more acrobatics and circus based, and I really love that Sky Sirens incorporates dance so it's not just about performing tricks!
Who is the Lyra Artist that inspires you the most?
I love Elena Gatilova's aerial performances! She is a former Rhythmic gymnastics world champion turned circus performer and can seamlessly bring both sensuality and strong athletic ability to her shows- absolutely incredible to watch. There's a real softness to the way she transitions between tricks, not to mention she's also super sexy! I'm yet to see a live performance of hers, can't wait!
What advice would you give someone who wanted to give Lyra a try, but was a little nervous?
I would totally recommend aerial to anyone who is looking for something more exciting than the gym. The girls always have tea and cake ready for us for before/after class too so it's aways a light-hearted environment. If you are unsure of what class to take, it's best to speak to one of the Sirens as they all teach at the studio. They run sample sessions routinely and it'll give you a taste of what's to come!
Has Lyra changed the way you view yourself?
Until I started aerial, I had no idea how much upper body and core strength was truly required for this artform. I was very surprised, but the aerial training from the last 6 months have made me stronger than I ever was whilst training at the gym and because the environment at Sky Sirens is not about achieving the "ultimate summer body" or "flat abs", I've found myself caring much less about what my body looks like. It's very liberating! Instead of being at the gym where a lot of people are pushing to lift more weights, run faster or to develop muscle, you're persevering to achieve new tricks which is all about strength and the pressure of the "fit body" doesn't really come with it. I thought an all-girl environment was going to be extremely intimidating, but Sky Sirens is unique, supportive and so much fun :)