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Friday, August 12, 2016

Flying Fantastic in London

Belated posts are always better than no posts, so here we go. I've been meaning to write about where I was taking aerial classes in London for weeks, but never got around to it. After a good amount of research in Geneva about potential places to take aerial in London, I settled on Flying Fantastic.

I went to their Battersea location for silks, hoop practice and slings, and even brought a newbie friend once. The Battersea location is nice because they are able to hang a lot of apparatus. The ceilings are kind of low though. I also went to the Old Street location for a hoop class once but didn't go back because it was such a pain to get to. Not Flying Fantastic's fault, though!

Flying Fantastic classes are pretty difficult and there is a lot of emphasis on conditioning. It's more of a workout class than a performance class, which is what they market their classes as anyways so I guess that makes sense. There was generally one person who ran warm up for the group, then a number of teachers to handle different ability levels for apparatus work. I was generally in the "not beginner, but not advanced" section because I'm quite strong and have done aerial before. Sometimes they run multiple apparatus classes at once. My favourite classes that I went to were the silks classes at Battersea which really surprised me since I don't generally like silks. The sling class was fun as well.

I was particularly impressed with the level of personal attention despite the relatively large class sizes. I was used to 4-8 people per class in Boston, but oddly enough never felt like I was getting that individualised of an experience. Flying Fantastic makes a point of keeping track of everyone's ability level and offering individual advice when appropriate. I think I made their lives difficult by refusing to turn up to the same class twice (I kept changing times and doing different apparatus), but it was still a lot of fun.

Here's a picture of me doing this thing (can someone please tell me what it's called?) that I learned there! I had a lot of fun and I can definitely recommend Flying Fantastic for aerial in London. 

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