UpSpring Aerial Lab explores borders and boundaries in new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Joe’s resident aerial company returns to the stage with new contemplative aerial works.

DSC_0173Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm UpSpring Studio returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s theater to present Within and Without, aerial reflections on what holds us together and splits us apart. The performance will feature new work by UpSpring Aerial Lab members and instructors. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 students and seniors and can be purchased online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Within and Without

Using dance trapeze, hammock, trapeze ladder, and aerial fabrics, eight aerialists consider the borders and boundaries in and around themselves, exploring relationships in and among minds, bodies, and body parts. They consider topics from the behavior of cancer cells to the breakdown of a friendship to the relationships we have with our own minds.

About UpSpring Studio

DSC_0126UpSpring Studio LLC teaches aerial dance and creative movement to adults of all levels. UpSpring reinforces its belief that we are all dancers capable of making beautiful movement by offering creative aerial classes that welcome people of all abilities, levels of strength, and body types. Incorporating knowledge from disciplines such as Laban, Feldenkrais, theater improvisation, and dance, this studio strives to provide creative opportunities for non-professionals to generate and present new work. UpSpring Aerial Lab is UpSpring’s student repertory company, made up of aerialists who have been learning and performing in the air for several years. UpSpring Studio is directed by Alana Cole-Faber with support from instructors EChO and Kirsty Little. UpSpring’s instructors have presented work all over the United States and in the UK.

WHAT: UpSpring Studio’s Within and Without

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST: General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17 (credit cards incur no additional fee)

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit


UpSpring Studio Presents POP – June 4th


Sunday June 4th at 4pm
In the future, everyone will be famous.

In this aerial dance production, UpSpring Aerial Lab uses pop art as inspiration for new work in aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance trapeze, mini lyra, and poi. Featuring work inspired by Andy Warhol, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, May Wilson, Claes Oldenburg and more. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children and seniors at Children 2 and under free in an adult’s lap.

PURCHASENOWConcession sales at this event will benefit arts programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School. Proceeds from ticket sales help UpSpring to purchase new equipment and supplies to keep our students safe.



Finding Your Breath
with Kirsty Little
Sunday, May 21st from 12-2pm

What makes an aerialist unique? How can you take commonly used aerial skills and make them your own? In this workshop, Kirsty will show you how!

Discover the influence of breath on gesture, movement quality, and emotion. Students of all levels will learn to use breath to direct their focus and actions as they execute familiar tricks and movement patterns. Students will leave with new tools that will help them layer their movement with a quality that makes it original. This workshop is for students of any level, from beginner to advanced, who wish to enhance their awareness of breath in their movements. No prerequisites other than a willingness to explore something new. $70. Click here to register or email with questions.

Note: This workshop has a minimum enrollment of 3 students and a maximum of 8.

Kirsty has been a circus performer for 25 years. She has performed everywhere from the street carnivals of Italy to major corporate events, from Buckingham Palace to Tokyo. Kirsty recently won the Guinness World Record for greatest number of syncronized silks performers. She is interested in aerial movement that takes the audience beyond the WOW of tricks and transports them into a journey through the performer’s vocabulary. (Photo credit Levi Gerschowitz)


NEW CLASSES: UpSpring Studio’s Summer Aerial Classes

Every seen aerial at the circus and wished you had the strength, the guts, hutzpah to fly through the air with the greatest of ease? Thanks to resident artist company, UpSpring Studio, now you can! UpSpring Studio specializes in adults new to aerial with classes designed to teach you fundamentals that tap into the joy of being weightless and improve core strength.

Check out:

Aerial Fundamentals – Sundays from 2-3pm – June 19th through August 21st

IMG_0433This drop-in class for students of all levels covers fundamental aerial techniques on trapeze and aerial fabric. Topics may include conditioning techniques, climbing fabric, improving flexibility, perfecting trapeze mounts, training for better inversions, improving fabrics foot locks, and other essential skills. Beginners will learn new skills from attentive instructors while experienced students will focus on perfecting technique. New UpSpring students or previous students who have not taken an aerial class in the past six months should contact to register before dropping in. $35 drop-in or $200 to register for the entire 8-week session. (Note: There is no class on July 3rd or August 7th.)

Stretch and Strengthen – Mondays from 12-1pm – June 20th through August 22nd

IMG_0444Learn techniques for increasing strength and flexibility with the help of friendly and attentive instructors. This drop-in, beginner-friendly class is for students of any age and ability and will be taught on the ground as well as on low-hanging aerial yoga hammocks and trapezes. Are you a stay-at-home-parent? No worries. This class is baby-friendly! No prior experience is necessary, but brand new students or students who have been away from UpSpring for more than 6 months should contact to register before coming to their first class. $35 drop-in or $200 to register for the entire 8-week session. (Note: There is no class on July 4th or August 8th.)

Aerial Dance – Extended Edition Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30pm – Starts June 8th!

This extended edition of Aerial Dance will dig even deeper into tools for creating meaningful aerial choreography. In the first few weeks of class, students will learn a short, simple sequence on dance trapeze and aerial hammock. The class will then explore tools for expanding and deepening the sequence and using that to create original aerial work. This class is for all levels, and no prior aerial dance experience is necessary. More advanced students will be able to work on the apparatus of their choice. Students in this class will have the option of performing their finished work for friends and family at the end of the summer. Going on vacation? No problem. This class meets for 10 weeks, but students only pay for 8! The cost is $200. Advance registration required. Due to the cumulative nature of this class, no drop-ins are permitted. (Note: There will be no class on August 10th.)

To register, please email Alana at UpSpring Studio by clicking here.

Aerial Gets Accessible at Joe’s


Join UpSpring Studio artists/instructors Mara Neimanis, Kirsty Little, and Alana Cole-Faber for two exciting events at Joe’s Movement Emporium:


Sentimental Swing
April 11th 5-7pm

Remember what it was like to swing as a child? Come re-discover those childhood memories with a SWING workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium. With the guidance of professional aerialists, you can take a swing on a real trapeze and tell us what the word “swing” means to you. All ages and abilities are welcome, and no prior experience is required. This is a free, drop-in workshop, and there is no need to register.

April 15th, 7pm

SWING is a performance-in-progress combining aerial choreography with community voices to create fresh, honest aerial movement integrated with the audience’s own stories. The aim is to fly the community’s stories so the audience can actually see themselves reflected in flight. Pay what you wish. No tickets required.

These events are part of The Clarice’s NextLOOK series, produced in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium. More info on this series here.

Aerial Work at Joe’s December 13th

Mount Rainier, MD -UpSpring Studio, a Joe’s Movement Emporium resident artist group, presents its annual Works-in-Progress Aerial Recital December 13th at 4pm.

The performance features work by UpSpring students and instructors in trapeze, fabrics, lyra, poi, and more. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

This year, UpSpring is teaming up with the Mount Rainier Elementary PTO to raise money for arts programs at the school. They will be selling refreshments and hosting a raffle during the performance. This is a great opportunity to come to the circus and support arts in the community!

IMG_0433UpSpring Studio LLC provides aerial dance and creative movement instruction to students of all levels. Classes and workshops offered cover subjects such as trapeze, aerial fabric, theatrical masks, choreography, rope, and invented apparatus.

Joe’s Movement Emporium (World Arts Focus, Inc.) is a performing arts center in Mount Rainier, Maryland that offers programs in education,production and artist services. Joe’s offers rehearsal space, performances, event-rental, and classes year-round for adults and children.

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Fall in love with Aerial Dance at Joe’s with UpSpring Studio

Aerial Playground! Thursday, September 4th!

Join us for an evening of fun, games, and improv in the air! Music and various apparatus provided. Students should have some aerial experience and be comfortable working independently in the air. Thursday, September 4th, 6:30-8pm. Cost is $25. Bring cash or check and pay at the door. Questions? Email Alana at

UpSpring Studio 2014-2015 Classes 

To register, visit or email Alana at

Low-Flying Trapeze: Sundays 2:15-3:15

This fun, beginner-friendly trapeze class focuses on the fundamentals of aerial dance. By learning exercises and skills on trapeze, students gain strength and confidence while working in the air. Experienced students are also welcome to come review basic skills while exploring new transitions and vocabulary. This class is typically taught in 6-week sessions. No experience necessary. Students must be at least 16 years old to register.

Aerial Choreography: Thursdays 6:30-8:00

This class is designed for intermediate and advanced students who are interested in creating original aerial choreography. Students will explore a variety of approaches to generating new work in the air, with an emphasis on improvisation techniques. This class is typically taught in 6-week sessions. Students must be at least 16 years old to register.

Private Lessons: Sundays 12-2:00, Mondays 11-2:00

Private lessons are available on double-point (circus) trapeze, single-point (dance) trapeze, and aerial fabric and are open to students of all levels. Lessons on other apparatus are sometimes available. During private lessons, our teachers tailor instruction to meet individual goals. Students may register for private lessons alone or request to be scheduled with a partner.