Creative Exercising Alternatives–Acrobatics and Aerials, Dance

Feet of folk dances lined up on stage

Get Strong. Have Fun. Do Circus. Go Dancing. Why not try one of these creative exercising alternatives?

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Folk Dancing

I traveled to Mongolia in the summers of 2000, 2001, and 2002 to teach English and to build relationships with the churches there.  While we were there, one of our favorite evening activities was hosting street dances.  We got the whole town out (well mostly our students) and played Cotton-Eyed Joe, Electric Slide, the Chicken Dance and so many others.

Every evening after those activities, I would collapse onto my bed, exhausted.

So it’s with fond memories and an excited heart to tell you about Tapestry Folkdance Center’s Family Dance in South Minneapolis.  Every 2nd Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., bring your family and learn some European and American folkdances.

It’s only $10 for the whole family!  What a great way to get out and play together. 2022: Currently virtual and pay-as-you-can. Contact Tapestry to get a link.


Aerial Arts

If you want something truly exhilarating, head to NE Minneapolis and sign up for age-appropriate classes at Xelias Aerial Arts Studio owned by Meg Elias Emery.

While adults and children are separated by age and level of competence from age three up to 103  (you might as well put me with the 3 year olds), your whole family is welcome to participate.  How fun would it be to be able to fly through the air with the greatest of ease with your entire family.

Meg stated that it’s a joy to watch adults master different skills and the preschoolers are just adorable.

Everyone starts on the trapeze, but according to your goals and skills, you can continue on the rope, Spanish Web, hoops, silks, acro-balance. wire (yes–we are talking the high wire here).

You may be asking what these things are.

  • Rope–Corde lisse (french for smooth rope) are aerial acrobatics on a vertical rope.
  • Spanish Web— Similar to Corde lisse, but consists of a sleeve-covered braided  rope and a loop at the top to attach an ankle or wrist
  • Hoops—  I will let the picture speak for itself.
  • Silks— Vertical like the rope, but has much more to do with with twisting yourself into it.
  • Acro-balance–With your feet firmly on the ground (or on another performer’s legs), you can learn some amazing skills.

While the idea of swinging high off the air and climbing a rope to the ceiling causes my feet to sweat, I must admit that I would love to do something like this with my kids. How fun would it be to learn circus tricks together?

And all the while exercising. It’s a win/win!

Meg Elias Emery and her husband Sean Emery (you may know him from the MN State Fair–he performs at Baldwin Park and is highly entertaining) run a fabulous program for everyone to enjoy and from which we can all benefit.


Exercising doesn’t have to be just the same old monotony. Go! Play! These classes encourage that!  And we encourage you to check them out.

Family Fun Twin Cities was not given any compensation for these recommendations. These are gems in our community we want to support.

Exercising Alternatives - Dance Lessons

Published Jan 19, 2015
by Gianna Kordatzky

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    1. Wow! Thank you Roland. You are so kind. Are you more interested in Aerial Dance or Folk Dancing? They both look like fun!

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