Grounded Aerial ®

Black Lives Matter

Karen and I live, play and work in a world full of opportunity, prosperity and privilege. Through our education and travels, we have often been confronted with the harsh reality that our world is not the same as that of our neighbors of color.
 
Growing up white and middle class has afforded us an almost obscene amount of possibilities and a wealth of experiences which minority communities seldom enjoy. Historically, these communities, whether black, latino, asian, immigrant, disabled, LGBTQ or other, have not only been denied opportunities but have been actively persecuted, denigrated, and forbidden the rights and blessings that our constitution is purported to ensure.
 
We have never known primal fear at the hands of the police. We have never worried about being passed over for a job opportunity due to skin color, sexual orientation, gender-identity or any other metric other than merit. We have never been harassed in a public space or made to feel second-class by our government. We have only ever reaped the benefits of institutionalized racism inherent to our system. We will never feel the full weight and pain that others have endured for 400+ years.
 
Although we lack first-hand experience to adequately encompass all of the injustices and wrongs visited upon the “other America”, we will continue to support and stand alongside our brothers and sisters of color and join in the fight against injustice, bigotry, racism, sexism, patriarchy, misogyny and all other forms of moral malfeasance.
 
 
“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
   
-Frederick Douglas
 

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Coronavirus Update

Karen and Jason are extremely grateful for all the love and support our wonderful community has provided us in these difficult times. We couldn’t do what we love without your love, support and patronage. We miss you so much.

As we anxiously await our time to fly again,  businesses around the country and the world are slowly reopening and adjusting summer plans. We too are working to safely lift our isolation and return to regularly scheduled classes as soon as possible.  Client health and safety is always our utmost concern.  We are investigating options such as open air spaces, smaller class sizes, social distancing, and mandatory mask-wearing as we prepare to do business in the post-COVID-19 world.  We would love to hear your thoughts and concerns as we prepare for lift-off.  Please share your thoughts with us.  We would love to hear from you.  Really.  Write us here: groundedaerial@gmail.com

Schedule

LBA Summer Camp – Harleysville, PA

Grounded Aerial® will be providing fun aerial activities 3:00-5:00pm as an after care option during Liberty Bell Athletics Summer Camp program. Cost is $30/day and can be added to any camp days. Limited spots available. Register here

 

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Grounded Aerial® exists to spread the joy of aerial dance through education and performance. Over the last 18 years, our passion, experience and dedication to safety have enabled us to bounce and fly around the World. Grounded Aerial® is perspective-shifting, heart-pumping, soul-cleansing fun. Allow your mind, body and spirit to be free. Let’s fly. Whether you’re looking for bungee training, workshops or classes, we have a complete range of aerial programs for all levels and abilities.

 

Beginner or Open Level classes are perfect for our first-time flyers with limited fitness training or those looking to get into shape.

Intermediate level classes offer a challenge to all and are recommended for those with a high level of fitness. 

Silks and Lyra programs are offered at select locations. Class times, dates and locations can be found on our classes page. For more information about Grounded Aerial® performance pricing and program offerings please contact groundedaerial@gmail.com.  

 
 

Grounded Aerial® can come to you! Don’t miss out on upcoming certification/licensing datesRead a review from GA®BT in Valdosta, GA. Interested in hosting Grounded Aerial® bungee classes at your studio or getting certified? Check out our hosting information page here.

 

 

 

 

Check out our latest Grounded Aerial® certified bungee studio Zeal Aerial Fitness located in Grand Rapids, MI. Zeal is the first Grounded Aerial® Bungee program in Michigan and was recently featured on Fox17. For more information visit www.zealaerialfitness.com or contact Christina VanDam at zealaerialfitness@gmail.com

One of our newest trainers Louise Stephenson was recently featured in Canada’sThe ReviewTo find out more about Lou’s Grounded Aerial® bungee classes contact her directly at vkzumba@gmail.com or check out her website here

More Class Info

Grounded Aerial® Bungee Classes allow anyone to experience a fun and physically challenging hour of flight. Movements augmented by the bungee are incredibly empowering, rewarding, and addictive. Although flying might appear easy in videos, it is harder than it looks. Modifications and challenges can be applied to any term to decrease or increase the difficulty. Class participants work at their own pace with needed modifications/challenges.
 
To achieve confidence in motion, class participants must listen to and respond with the bungee. Fighting the will of the bungee is an exercise in futility; you’ll tire before it does. Accepting the strength of the bungee and beginning to move within it’s suggestions are one of the many physical/spiritual metaphors reinforced during Grounded Aerial® bungee classes. $35/hr
 
Traditional dance instruction is also available from Grounded Aerial® Owner, Karen A. Fuhrman, in a variety of forms. In addition to typically structured classes, Karen also facilitates in-depth musical theater and character-based workshops.
 
Straight technique classes for ALL adult levels in: Modern, Ballet, Musical Theater, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling, Ninja obstacle courses, Juggling…and more.   Choreography Development and Creation  (for 6 year olds to senior citizens,–Everyone can make dances. For non-dancers!!)  Ms. Fuhrman has toured the world holding workshops such as these via the modern dance company, Pilobolus.  Utilizing team-building strategies, we develop our self-esteem, stimulate creativity, get a great work out, and laugh a lot. From womens’ night-out, to executives that need to work on their communication skills…this is a fun and liberating experience for all.   Line and Strengthening This class can be for novices to pre-professionals to work on their ballet, stretch, and strength.  Exercises and combinations that will enhance performance, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.   Character Development Classes- Ms. Fuhrman assists and facilitates what the artist is already working on.  She takes her 20 years in the industry and enhances the piece with technical precision and detailed artistry. With an already created piece, or an idea that desires to be fleshed out– this class helps develop work to the next level via journaling, lecturing, and application. (for the air or on the ground). Participants often praise Karen’s ability to allow creative exploration into a character’s movements. We feely investigate shapes/actions/motivations/inspirations/limitations and their influence on body language, posture, gate, gaze, speech and more.    Stretch for All- The advantages of stretch have been proven scientifically as a giant aid to health and happiness. A combination of yoga, ballet, and Pilates accessible to all levels enables enhanced movement to all types.  With her Masters in Dance Education, Ms. Fuhrman gently and diligently assists each person to relax, strengthen, let go, and stretch via breath, imagery, and anatomical aides.   Contact Improv class/ Weight sharing classes- learn to move with a partner and develop muscles and communication skills that enhance your physique and ability to interact and problem-solve with others. For ALL ages and movers.  Improves stability and balance.  A ton of exploration that helps illuminate the importance of staying in present moment and that application to life.  Very therapeutic.   Wall Dancing Classes– Dancing and flipping on the wall. A ridiculous work out, perspective shifter, a really fun time– and another reality of the horizontal aerial world!  
 
Ninja and Gymnastics based classes are delivered by Jason Heartsfield. His multi-sport background, includes Gymnastics from both a competitor’s and coach’s point of view. The highly technical nature of the sport has greatly influenced his thoughts and attitude in life.
 
Ninjas are aware, fair, and they care.
Ninja obstacle course @ D18 in Milford Haven. Day 2. Ninjas smile.
Grounded Aerial® workshops allow a deeper exploration into terms, and group movement principles. Grounded Aerial® hosts dynamic workshops focusing on skill development and execution. We take great pride in our community-focused atmosphere which allows judgment-free expression and growth. 

More Workshop Info

Previous Grounded Aerial® class experience is recommended but not required for registration into a workshop. Workshops are intensely physically and mentally demanding (and fun)! If your movement background is novice level we highly recommend registering for a Grounded Aerial® class from a certified instructor. $70-95/2hr    

 

Workshops can serve as a stepping stone towards certification and licensing. These fun, low-cost, skill-focused, 2-4 hour sessions provide an intermediate step between a one-hour bungee class and a sixteen-hour certification/licensing agreement. We can also custom design a workshop for the needs of your students.
 

More Certification/Licensing Info

Our unique program concentrates on mind, body, spirit via bungee.  This dynamic, fun, empowering, and enlightening workout is more than just skills and reps.  Ground Aerial’s® expertise in teaching pedagogy coupled with almost 2 decades of professional aerial experience make this course one of the most highly sought-after certification programs in the world.
 
Requirements and terms
Certificate applicants must first attend a workshop, to satisfaction, prior to enrolling in Grounded Aerial® Trainings. An extensive movement and/or teaching background may be submitted to waive this requirement. Final licensing eligibility is established after a three part exam testing trainers’ written knowledge, movement capability and teaching prowess.
 
Licensing fee $25/month provides licensed trainers access to GA®BT LIVE. This members only section of www.groundedaerial.com is an abundance of educational support, info on class structures, streaming music, and user generated content.
 
Grounded Aerial® licensed trainers demonstrate excellence in all domains. Grounded Aerial® aspires to maintain our spotless safety record as well as artistic excellence. Depending on exam results, Grounded Aerial® will either mail the certificate immediately, or potentially require a 6 week probationary period for those who have not completed the requirements of the exams on a satisfactory level. If needed, we ask for additional study, exam corrections and video evidence illustrating mastery of deficient areas.
 
$850/Grounded Aerial® Bungee Training 
$25/mo License fee

What is included in Grounded Aerial® Bungee Training? Grounded Aerial® certification program will empower those who complete it to deliver professionally-founded artistic instruction from the innovative cutting edge of aerial fitness and art, backed by world renowned Grounded Aerial®. In our certification and licensing program trainers will receive:

-Digital manual. Revised and re-uploaded every 90 days or less. (hardcopy available for $50. Revised at time of print) -GA®BT LIVE username/password GA®BT LIVE is our commitment to education, collaboration, new creative ideas, and safety. Also included under licensing agreement, is access to GA® apparel. Only licensed trainers will have access to apparel and the ability to re-sell GA® merchandise. GA® licensed trainers will also have the ability to audit any GA® class, workshop, or same level certification at no cost.  Finally, GA® licensed trainers will also have their name and location on our website.  We can help you grow with 18 years of targeted SEO in the aerial world. -harness safety -history of aerial dance -the connection of flight with the mind, body, and spirit -specific class themes, choreography and repertoire -bungee maintenance, safety, and rigging -how to customize to your studios’ dimensions and needs and work with the manufacturer’s formula- -how to teach empowerment and individualized growth -posture benefits, safety modifications and challenges -how to correct with hands-on adjustments -class structure, lesson plans and formatting -Business tips and calculation worksheet -Pedagogy of fitness and artistic focus that has been honed over the last 20 years

Additional Information: Detailed rigging, installation and bungee sales/information is also included. Our provider is Paul, from Adrenalin Dreams. Guidance on gear is also available at https://www.adrenalindreams.com Additional choreographic assistance, structure, guidance and consultation can be found at GA®BT LIVE Typically the entire rig per person amounts to $360.00 For more information to enroll please call 917-447-6285, skype karenfuhrman, or email groundedaerial@gmail.com

Angharad James we love you and Scott, and Tom and everyone from Wales. Cheers! Diolch
Karen basking in beautiful and rare Welsh sunshine. Angharad James we love you and Scott, and Tom and everyone from Wales. Cheers! Diolch

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