Aerial Arts

The Aerial Arts School located at Trinity Academy of Gymnastics offers masterful training on Aerial Silks and the Lyric Hoop (or Lyra) by expert coach, Sami Swigget.

Aerial arts is a beautiful, physically demanding acrobatic discipline using unique equipment in the form of long pieces of fabric or single large metal hoops with which performers execute stunning dance-like movements with grace, strength, and unmatched beauty.

According to Wikipedia, "Aerial silks...is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric.  The fabric may be hung as two pieces, or a single piece, folded to make a loop, classified as hammock silks.  Performers climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines, and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety.  They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions.  Aerial silks may be used to fly through the air, striking poses and figures while flying...."

Class Offerings

  • Beginning Silks (Age 8+)
  • Beginning Lyra (Age 8+)
  • Intermediate Silks (Instructor Permission Required)
  • Intermediate Lyra (Instructor Permission Required)
  • Adult Silks/Lyra (Age 18+)

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Aerial private lessons are available!!

Sami Swiggett

Sami trained in Aerial Silks as part of Illinois State University's (ISU) Gamma Phi Circus starting in 2014.  She performed Aerial Silks, Static Trapeze, Spanish Webs, and Lyra hoop at ISU and furthered her training at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts Studio in St. Louis.  She has successfully trained students from 5 years old to 30+, helping each of them achieve the technique, strength, flexibility, and grace necessary for this art.

Sami's ISU Degree in Dance Performance and continued training as a full-time member of Outlet Dance Company of Elk Grove are part of her 20 years of dance training.  She has studied under numerous choreographers and dance experts, including Sonya Tayeh, Nick DiNicholangelo, and George "Mo Legs" Patterson, bringing her unique style and extensive experience to her students of Aerial Arts at here at Trinity.