To serve our mission, UMO School offers a variety of physical arts including Aerial, Circus Gymnastics, Parkour, Aikido, Dance and Theatre.
The following is an overview of our program and the progressions within each focus.
Aerial training begins with Creative Movers (ages 3-5) where young students learn to play and cooperate and how to focus their bodies in motion. With jungle stretches, balancing exercises, imaginative, skill building play, we will foster self-expression through movement. This class runs for 45 min. to accommodate young attention spans.
is the ongoing training session that is offered to adults; new and continuing students.
Tissue, Rope and Trapeze will be explored and students will learn basics and finally, develop runtines on their preferred apparatus. An open gym time on Thursdays at 5pm will accompany this class at no additional cost.
Young Aerial Tumblers
In Young Aerial Tumblers, we’ll work mostly towards gaining the body awareness, focus and behavior required to move on to a higher level tumbling or aerial class. We will also work on strengthening basic shapes like hollow body, and plank, and developing some active flexibility. Each week we will start the class off with a warm up, then work on tumbling basics on the mat (straight, tuck, pike, and straddle jumps, forward and backward rolls, kick ups, and cartwheels). We’ll finish the class with work on the aerial sling, and then condition and cool down.
By Instructor Permission
Aerial 3 is the ongoing training session that is offered to students who have mastered basic aerial skills and are ready to study with a serious commitment. Students are encouraged to work and master at least one apparatus, build a routine(s) around a theme. Creativity is key at this level; to this end, Dance, Strength Training, Open Gym, Acro and Performance Skills Class are all recommended additions to a students schedule at this level. 3-4 days a week are recommended for serious aerial students. Aerial students at this level are also encouraged to mentor younger students by assisting Intro classes.
Intro to Aerial
We will learn some fun basics on aerial sling and tissue as well as gaining the strength, active flexibility and mental focus required to move on to aerial 1. Students will work on conditioning their bodies specifically for aerial through learning body shapes like plank, hollow body, tuck, pike and straddle, as well as how to safely hang and invert. We will learn the basic aerial silks climb, and foot-lock and practice fun skills on sling and tissue.
Aerial 1 & 2
Ages 9+ & 10+
We will build on the skills from Intro to Aerial. Students will continue to work on Strength and flexibility. The warm up routine becomes more challenging, more abdominal and upper body strength and endurance exercises. There is more focus on control and technique, no longer just moving thru the skills but doing them with form and grace. (Pointed toes, straight legs, extended lines) Students are introduced to different apparatus; trapeze, rope and hoop. By the end of at least 2 series of sessions in Aerial 1 or 2, students learn endurance by building a series of moves together in a routine. 2 classes per week are recommended as well as Strength Training or Modern Dance for advancement.
Circus Gymnastics From Tumbling To Advanced Handstands
Circus Gymnastics begins with Creative Movers (ages 3-5) where young students learn to play and cooperate and how to focus their bodies in motion. With jungle stretches, balancing exercises, imaginative, skill building play, we will foster self-expression through movement. This Class runs for 45 min. to accommodate young attention spans.
Air Track Tumbling
Ages 6-9 and 9-12
Learn to tumble and flip through the air on the AirTrack! In this high energy class, we will cover the fundamental techniques to jump high off the ground. We will safely build aerial awareness while having fun bouncing around and creating tricks in the air. Bring loose clothing and lots of energy!
Circus Gymnastics 1
We will work on the foundations of handstand and tumbling, while engaging in a fun playful environment. Every class will include strengthening basic shapes like hollow body and plank and working on fundamental skills such as cartwheels, handstands, and forward and backward rolls.
Circus Gymnastics 2/3
We will continue to work on the foundations of tumbling. Every class will include strengthening basic shapes like hollow body and plank, developing active flexibility and perfecting fundamental skills such as cartwheels, handstands. Throughout the session we will work on more advanced skills such as round-offs, dive rolls and front handsprings.
The sky’s the limit with this group. The instructor will take them into professional level skill tricks, based on their personal ability.
Parkour is the art of navigating the space between the sky and the ground with grace. Through practicing Parkour students become stronger, more agile, more confident, and able to do amazing superhero feats. We believe Parkour has something to offer everyone. We believe students learn best while having fun. Parkour teaches the art of overcoming obstacles, challenges and fear while instilling a practice of safety. We also incorporate creativity, movement, exploration and play into all of the parkour classes. All the classes teach movement elements along with psychological skills.
Students learn the basics of parkour through obstacle courses; skill tracks that include balance and free running while doing it in the context of games.
Parkour Basics 1 & 2
Ages 9-10 & 11-12
Students learn physical skills as in balance, vaulting, jumping, landing, running, climbing, rolling and some inversions. Students learn mental skills like focus, control, working with fear, path finding, vision and fun.
Students continue to advance in the course difficulty by introducing flips and more advanced physical conditioning to achieve more challenging tricks. Students are also encouraged to mentor younger students at this level.
Physical Comedy with Mik Kuhlman, master clown teacher (ages 8-12)
Physical Comedy for 8-12 year olds will teach students the fundamentals of play through the cornerstones of comedy, clown, mime and physical theatre with master teacher, Mik Kuhlman. Students will be guided in theatre games and short performances, learning how to embrace their “fool” and own the wholeness of themselves.
Devising Physical Theater with Elizabeth Klob (ages 13+)
Students will learn the devising theater method, developed over 30 years of ensemble creation with the UMO Ensemble. Students will find their own voice; create their own stories and physicalize them into unique pieces that will be shared after 8 months of devising. Steps will include; writing, movement, song, character development and putting it all together with theatrical elements.