Monday, August 22, 2016

Beyond Reading: Aerial Silks with Katrina


Beyond Reading is a feature where book bloggers/lovers show off what they like to do besides read! If you want to be featured, leave a comment or otherwise get in touch! 

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Hi all! I am Katrina, I have occasionally blogged but right now most of my bookish thoughts are simply being spread over the internet through my twitter @RinaReadsBooks

So when people ask me what I do in my spare time I sometimes laugh at them. Between working part time in a care home for people with intellectual disabilities and taking classes towards my Bachelor's of Social Work I don’t always have a lot of free time at all. However, when I think back there have been two activities that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of them is reading and seeing as this is a feature called “Beyond Reading” I’m sure you can guess I am going to be talking about the other one.

I started dancing when I was about two years old, and right away through high school I continued to take classes in ballet, tap, lyrical and musical theater. When I moved away for university at 17 it was hard to continue taking classes so I took a break. For three and a half years I didn’t have my dance outlet so I started looking for something to fill the void. Finally I found a place that offered aerial classes including hammock, hoop, and silks as well as pole dancing.  I took an aerial hammock class and a pole dancing class before trying aerial silks and absolutely falling in love with it. 


I still remember on the first day of class my instructor looking at us and saying the first thing we were going to learn was how to climb the silks. I also remember thinking she was absolutely crazy. Still, I tried it and lo and behold I did it. Not right to the top that first day, but it was something. Coming from a dance background so much of my power and strength was in my legs so it was a workout to get my upper body conditioned to be able to pull myself up.


I knew it would be hard to find a studio that compared to where I danced growing up so finding something that satisfied my dance itch felt amazing. Since starting nearly two years ago I have done things I didn’t think possible. I have been able to perform with my new studio and made friends I never would have met outside of aerial silks.  I have progressed through the beginner and intermediate classes along with taking several conditioning classes, flexibility classes and my absolute favourite, a choreography class.

This is a video from my very first student showcase! I was pretty proud as I choreographed the entire thing on my own, and it was the first thing I had ever done that for. I have done more things that I like better since then, but I always like to go back and remember where I started!


It had also enabled me to keep in shape! I am horrible at following an exercise plan on my own. Going to classes gave me that conditioning as well as the slight motivation to condition on my own to hit moves I struggled with such as working my abs to be able to control my aerial invert. 

(I worked for a solid 2 ½ hours one afternoon just to get this move down)
I think the biggest thing about why I love aerial silks so much is it makes me happy. I always look forward to going to classes, I want to go in for practice times and meet ups to learn as much as I can. Sadly due to work I haven’t been able to take a class since last August. I’ve just been practicing on my own, but I am so excited to get back to classes again in the fall! One day I would love to teach, but for right now I need to put my time into school! 

16 comments:

Keertana said...

Woah, what an amazing story! I love these images and am so impressed by your flexibility!! Thanks for sharing!(:

Tracy Terry said...

What an inspiring story. Amazing how Katrina fits all of this in BUT not nearly as amazing as how flexible she is.

Erika Sorocco said...

I saw Troian Bellisario post about this on Instagram not too long ago, and it looked awesome. Loving your story!

xx

Joyous Reads said...

Oh, wow. I can only stare in awe. You've got amazing flexibility and endurance. Simply amazing!

kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks for sharing your story and commitment! Anything is possible when you put forth the effort!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

That is SO cool! Amazing! I so want to learn to do this and you rock!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That looks like so much fun!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

This looks amazing! It's something I've always wanted to try, though I'm not sure if I could do it. Aside from being a former runner (ankle injury keeps me to light jogging only), daily walker, occasionally hiker and doing daily yoga, I don't have any sort of formal training in anything. I may have to see if this is something that'd be possible, though!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Oh man that is amazing!!

Liselle Sambury said...

OMG this is so amazing! I've always found aerial skills to be really beautiful and while I don't think I'm there yet physically, I would love to try one day. All your pictures are so gorgeous too and it's inspiring to see how hard you've worked at this.

Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

Karen Alderman said...

I have a friend who did this just as a fun thing on vacation but has kept with it for years and is a professional now!

It's good to find something that you love to keep you in shape.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Very cool! It's amazing what you can do. I'd totally break myself lol

Jennifer Humphries said...

Wow that is amazing! So nice to meet you Katrina! I have a BF that does aerial. It is absolutely amazing to watch.

Tanya Atkinson said...

Love this! I've always thought aerial silk work was so beautiful. And it's one of those things that is made to look so graceful and effortless that when watching it you almost forget the crazy strength and flexibility it takes. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

I am so amazed and in awe! Thank you so much for sharing this! Just... wow!!

Adriana Garcia said...

This is the probably the best hobby other than reading that I would have never expected you to have. That's some seriously physical stuff and it looks so much fun Katrina. This is such a great guest post! I kind of would love a hobby like this but more in the Kung Fu or Tae Kwon Do area.