Rotating Instructors Derek, Alex, and Mark teach the fundamentals of sequencing the arts of aerial, flow and equilibristics. Kids spirits soar as they spin skills on aerial hammock/sling, rope, static trapeze and movement props like staffs, hoops, poi, juggling, and slack line.
Systema is a ten centuries-old Russian martial art and health practice emphasizing proper breathing, alignment, fluidity of movement and a baseline of healthy relaxation. It is an enjoyable practice that challenges the individual with continuous opportunities for personal growth, optimization of health and development of self-preservation skills. No previous experience in martial art is necessary. All one needs is an open mind and a willingness to learn.
Currently, Instructors Bruno and Kate are investigating mind and body pathways with the intent to maximize the full expression of the self. They begin from within the personal vessel, minimizing outside forces and energies; generating truth, clarity and strength. This initial portion of the movement practice/warmup starts slow, and picks up in speed in a natural way. The technical components, which are taken from Bruno’s knowledge in Ballet, Tai Chi, Afro Cuban Modern Dance, and Capoeira, and Kate’s knowledge in GYROTONIC® method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Gaga, Modern Dance, and Ballet, are then introduced. The next phase of the class includes creation and performance components, which they lead through improvisation based tasks and phrase materials. Special focus to the weaving of individual voices when working in partnerships is emphasized. They challenge the participants to stay with their personal expression while also taking in the experience of being among other bodies. In this particular part of the practice, everyone is encouraged to perform for themselves, rather than for each other. This practice is designed for people of all abilities, and does not require previous dance experience. Original music accompanies the practice.
Hip Hop Kids (ages 7-11)
Instructor Sarah Pace
Missoula’s poppin’ kids class with acclaimed dance teacher Sarah Pace. She bestows a strong foundation in classical dance technique, then revs kids up street flow style with all the vim, vigor, and vibe of the culture. Both classes introduce aerial and dance choreography, teachers separate elements demonstrate sequencing in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.
Barre Align kicks up the intensity with its cardio series, and focus on alignment. Join us at the barre to combine small, precise muscle movements and isometric holds to sculpt, strengthen, and stretch the muscles with to increase endurance, stamina and balance.
Uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training. Sometimes enhanced with weights, balls, resistance bands combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
Our classically trained dance instructors developed this this upbeat class for adults in a street dance style. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin’, Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure.
Pole Fitness & Dance
At MASC we honor pole as an aerial apparatus. We prioritize its foundation of gymnastics, athleticism, and creative art.
Intro to Pole
This is the first step! Learn basic turns, spins and strengthening techniques to mount and climb the pole. This class is all about gaining confidence and knowledge of how your unique body interacts with the pole. Explore a new medium of strength and movement!
Pole Level 1 builds off of the basic skills learned in Intro to Pole, creating dance combinations and new tricks and poses, each will be broken down into comprehensive step-by-step instructions. You will be amazed by what you are capable of!
Pole Level 2 is offered as pre-registered series. Students must feel confident in Level 1 skills and techniques. Level 2 delves deeper into inversions and aerial combinations, as well as expand on tricks learned in Level 1.
To provide access to learning and experiencing the movement arts. We specialize in aerial; acrobatics on suspended apparatus, and flow; movement meditation with props. Our programs provide opportunities for students to engage in activities that boost fitness and well-being. At MASC, sense of community is strong. We cultivate supportive relationships with students, and organizations, and thrive on collaborative efforts. Our team is driven by the concepts of the Professionalism, and Community Inclusivity and Responsibility.
Floor Yoga: Flow, Acro, Buti
We offer a multitude of yoga styles and focus. Whether you are looking to relax and restore, maintain your current practice, or build strength, stamina, balance and concentration for a sport, our schedule has something for you, and with some of Missoula’s most revered instructors!
We’ll have you feeling strong and open, light and grounded.
Buti Yoga workouts transform your BODY + SOUL with cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement + conditioning woven into a dynamic yoga practice.
Start your day with moderately paced class of linking breath to movement. This well-rounded class focuses awareness to alignment principles to generate chi and awaken prana in the boy and the mind.
Flow & Restore:
As we explore the flow, we shift focus to the journey between poses, breaking a nice sweat. Class will always end with a good 15 minutes of restorative asanas, giving you a sweet rest in savasana.
Cultivating an open heart, receptive body and inspired mind using yoga, mindfulness and embodiment practices.
Exactly as the name suggests, this class is a gentle approach to a classic vinyasa flow practice. Expect to leave rejuvenated and relaxed.
This energetically paced class focuses on proper alignment in your practice and build strength, flexibility, balance, and concentration.
Acro Yoga (just $5):
Bring a friend or we can provide you a partner! Consisting of a base, a flyer, and a spotter, the base lifts the flyer and perform both static shapes and dynamic movements.
Prerequisite for Aerial Series. Recommended for additional conditioning and technique while learning aerial curriculum. Emphasis on alignment, breathing, strength, coordination and balance on multi apparatus. Gain skills and technique in climbs, foot knots, and sequencing fundamentals. Intensity is increased over time as the body adapts to the exercises. Appropriate for all levels. Ages 12 and up.
Aerial Yoga uses a looped fabric (hammock) that swivels freely on a single point. Suspended at seat height, the hammock is a prop, intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and relaxation, and provide immediate benefits of spinal decompression.