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Integral provides exhilarating, compassionate and inclusive aerial classes, so that we can help people discover the best version of themselves. Established in 2007 on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Integral exists because activity, creativity, and community are integral parts of living your best life. 

In our studio, there’s not a prima donna in sight. We believe there’s no such thing as ‘too old’, ‘too weak’, ‘too inflexible’ or ‘too scared’ to try. We’ll even hold your hand. Literally. We’re cute like that. 

We’re obsessed with working out crazy new stuff to try in the air so that we can keep giving our community fresh and exciting experiences. We’re also partial to nerding out over the human body, so that we know how to keep you safe and help you become pretty darn good at doing some really cool things with yours.

We love to perform at events and special occasions, but we totally understand you might not have that as your own aerial goal.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a movement geek, looking for a challenge or just a fun, creative experience, we’d love you to come and play with us! 

OUR COACHES

People make integral. Not only are we proud of our community of students, but we couldn't possibly be prouder of our close-knit team of coaches, all of whom are innovative and dedicated learners and movement practitioners. They’d sacrifice their lives for each other, and you. In a zombie apocalypse, these are the multi-talented unicorns you’d want to rally behind.

Our coaches draw on their backgrounds in physiotherapy, fitness, dance, gymnastics, circus, acrobatics, cheerleading, yoga and education. In combination with aerial arts practise, these diverse backgrounds influence our ever-evolving physical art form.

Our Studio

Experience the Integral community at our warehouse on Sydney’s Northern Beaches!

All the space

20 lowerable aerial points, crash mats, and a HUGE padded floor for warm-ups, handstands and fun.

All the gear

Conditioning equipment from stall-bars, kettle-bells, therabands and yoga blocks to limbo sticks, hula hoops and blindfolds.

All you need

In-house myotherapy with the Movement Workshop, located upstairs. With a bathroom, change room, fridge and microwave, Integral is basically your second home.

The best way to use our studio is to sign up for one of our aerial classes or open training. However, if you'd like a private lesson or you're a professional with more specific needs, see Private Lessons & Studio Hire.

Safety first

Safety is always at the forefront of our focus at Integral. Here are the ways we keep our students and staff safe:

  • All students must use crash mats.
  • Lowerable points, and all our coaches are trained in safe emergency rescues.
  • Certified and highly experienced aerial rigger.
  • Up to date on current legislation and best practices when it comes to aerial arts e.g. shock testing and loading our points, completing daily and annual rigging checks.
  • Student responsibilities: fill in waiver, attend class sober and on-time to participate in movement prep, stay hydrated, wear appropriate attire (protect your precious skin from silk burns or lyra bruises AKA circus kisses!)
  • Visitor responsibilities: remain in the reception area and stay well clear of the soft mat space. This is a legal requirement but also allows our coaches and students to remain focused on the task at hand, which is often tying yourself in knots using one hand and the strength of a thousand suns, 8 metres off the ground. No time for Insta, Mum! I’m doing something epic!

FAQs

General

If you’ve decided to join your first ever aerial class, or first class at Integral, congratulations! Cue enviro-friendly confetti! We all remember that scary but exciting moment, and none of us regrets it. 

Make sure to fill in our waiver for first-time students, and book into your preferred apparatus. Anything that is All Levels or L1 or L1/L2 is perfect for you and we always make sure to cater to absolute beginners in these classes. 

There are instructions below on how to get here - our big warehouse door is usually open, so report to reception when you arrive and let them know it’s your first time. If there’s no one on the desk as they’re all coaching classes, leave your gear on one of the chairs, and duck past our merchandise and reception area to the bathroom to wash your hands and change if you need to, though we recommend changing before you arrive whenever possible. Remember to bring a drink bottle and hand towel, too! 

Read our other FAQs for info on what to wear, where to park, how classes run and more. And take a deep breath - you’ve got this, and we’ll look after you, no matter your level of experience or inexperience.

Integral can be found at Warehouse 3A, 24-26 Winbourne Road, Brookvale, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It’s directly opposite Kennards Self Storage, in a small industrial block.

Integral has four designated car spots directly outside the studio. Outside of regular business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) our warehouse neighbours kindly allow us to use their car spaces, so there are about another 15 spots available. If you’re at Integral during a daytime busy period, please use street parking or our four designated spots.

If you’re dropping kids off, it’s possible to park for a minute in front of the studio/warehouse door, just to kiss and drop. Our relationship with our neighbouring businesses is important to us, as is the safety of foot traffic in and out of the car park.

Please do not park in any non-Integral spot when our neighbouring businesses are open! At the end of Winbourne Rd, near the McDonald’s car park, there is also a public car park, 5 minutes walk from Integral.

Firstly, we think you’re exaggerating. Secondly, our set up has been engineered and constructed so that each point can hold more weight than a car, so it can definitely hold you.

Our coaches are experienced aerialists who will guide the class so that each beam is never overloaded, meaning they’ll sometimes ask you to drop at a different time to your neighbour to distribute the load when all that epic force is created.

NEVER. Some of our wisest clients are in their sixties! Our coaches are also trained to recognise the unique needs of each individual body. 

Thankfully, no. To see a full list of our class prices visit Pricing and Vouchers. Considering the cost of our highly specialised coaches and equipment, renting the space and maintaining safety checks with a specialised aerial rigger, we’re certain you’ll find the classes extremely reasonably priced, particularly if you buy an Intro Pack, or one of our membership options - those bad boys are basically a steal!

Friction burns and bruises can be a really common occurrence when you start taking aerial classes. Keeping as covered as possible is a great way to minimise discomfort. For maximum comfort and safety, we recommend:

  • Tights, leggings or fitted, stretchy pants that fall below the knee. They must be free from buttons/zips or anything that could snag on the apparatus and hurt you or damage or gear. Preferably wear cotton-based clothes to prevent friction burns and slippery times!
  • A leotard or fitted t-shirt that can be tucked properly into your pants (and will stay tucked in when you are upside down)
  • Alternatively, a one piece unitard with long legs (below the knees) is a fantastic choice as it keeps you well covered.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Aerial arts are performed barefoot, though socks with sticky bottoms (we sell these at the desk) are preferred for bungee and can sometimes be worn in Winter - they do make it slightly harder to climb the silk though.
  • More coverage is also required for trapeze and lyra classes; preferably a long-sleeved top and thick socks or trapeze boots. 
  • Wearing shoes to and from class is important as we are in an industrial area.
  • In summer, it can be super warm in our studio but it’s vital that you still bring enough to cover up, especially when performing slack drops or for sensitive skin.

Many of our classes are ‘All Levels’ and others are now categorised by L1/L2 (Level 1 and Level 2) and L2/L3 (Level 2 and Level 3). This is to ensure that we’re all covering the key skills we need to progress in the air and being appropriately challenged.

Ultimately, your coaches will make the decision about what level of class is best for you, but here’s a quick (but by no means comprehensive) guide:

Level 1
  • You might be a beginner, or you might be a regular who is focussing on gaining core skills, like inverting, climbing, straddling, and foot-locking.
  • You’re working on straddles, but haven’t yet mastered them consistently in the air.
Level 2
  • You can consistently (almost every class, whether at the beginning or end of the session) straddle with the fabrics separated in the air, and you feel safe doing so.
  • You can consistently do a scissors (sometimes known as a hiplock).
  • You’re confident performing a 360 drop safely and without cues from your coach, and you know how to ‘self rescue’ from a 360 setup e.g. setup the drop, then unwrap yourself safely without actually dropping.
Level 3
  • You have mastered some of the more difficult moves on your apparatus, and are focussed more on building endurance, performance quality, and intricate skills and sequences in the air.

If you’re Level 2 or 3, you can book into any class; it just means that you’ll be revising some of the more fundamental techniques in your L1/L2 classes, which is always good for our bodies anyway, particularly if you want professional level movement quality.

All classes start with a 15-minute movement preparation. This is like a warm-up, and combines all the clients participating in a class during your time slot. After movement prep, we split off into groups, depending on your experience levels, and which class/apparatus you’re booked into.

The next 40-minutes you’ll work on-apparatus with the dedicated coach(es) for your group level, who will guide you through strength and mobility training, skills acquisition and performance quality. Usually you will share one apparatus between two, to allow for appropriate rest breaks, coach demonstrations, and observation.

The last 5-minutes of class is dedicated to cooling down and re-grounding, giving our bodies and brains a high-five for making it through class!

It’s important that all students are present for the movement preparation (warm-up) phase of class, to prepare for the physical and mental demands of the class ahead, as aerials are an extreme sport and unlike the regular activities (or inactivities!) we do during the rest of our day.

Students arriving more than 5 minutes past the start of the class may be refused entry. 

You can easily cancel or reschedule a class as long as it is done more than 6-hours in advance of the class starting, and we will return your credit i.e. yes, you will get a refund! We get that plans change sometimes. 

However, if we are given less than 6-hours of notice then our cancellation policy applies i.e. you will be charged the full amount for the class. This is because we need to provide our coaches with enough notice to plan an awesome class, or to stay at home/work on something else if there are not sufficient bookings. Unfortunately unless there are extremely exceptional circumstances, we cannot refund classes when cancelled less than 6-hours in advance. 

For private functions, your cancellation policy will likely be different, requiring more advanced notice. Contact us for more information.

As per the terms and conditions on booking, once a course/term/pack has been purchased, it cannot be refunded. In the case of illness/injury, a doctor’s certificate must be provided and a credit or refund may be issued. 

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way, so if you think you might have extenuating circumstances please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to do what is right by you, but we also need to meet the demands of our small business. 

We sure do! One of the huge benefits of Integral’s class packs is that you can pop in for a casual class, anytime, providing that you book in at least an hour before the lesson starts. A casual class is $34. For more information on how our class packs work, see Pricing.

We love to accommodate visiting aerialists in our studio. If you’d like to train, we can book you in for any of our classes, which include an advanced group. Looking for a space to practise your routine? Or train without supervision? See open training or studio hire for details and pricing.

Ordinarily, it’s important for our organisation to stick to the expiry dates specified. But we know life happens, so sometimes we can extend pack expiry on a case-by-case basis, for holiday, illness, or injury. Contact us.

You sure can! As long as it isn’t interrupting, you’re welcome to video or take photos of your aerial awesomeness.

Check out our Instagram @integralaerial or our #integralaerial to see some other students tagging their classes with us. You can also prop your phone up to film what you’re doing, but be mindful that safety is a priority for us at Integral, so coaches won’t ordinarily be able to take these videos for you, and might accidentally step in front of your filming while their eyes are in the air assisting other students.

All care, but no responsibility is taken for lost items. We have a Lost Property tub in our change room. Valuable items such as jewellery and phones might be kept safely behind the reception desk, so check in with one of our coaches or admin angels if you’ve lost that kind of thing! Our Lost Property gets donated to charity at the end of each school term (quarterly) so be sure to have a search before that

Integral is a registered COVID-Safe business. This means we have made modifications to the way our classes run and we're implementing strict physical distancing and hygiene protocols. Read more here.

Yes, we take both as of 2020! If you would like to use an Active Kids or Creative Kids voucher, please email your voucher PRIOR to booking to hello@integralaerial.com. We will process your voucher within 48hrs, and apply the credit to your account, so that you can use it for your next booking. 

There sure are! If you have more than one child signing up for the term, or a child who participates in more than one class per week, please enter the code KIDS_TWICE at checkout. This will give you a 10% discount. It also applies to more than two children/classes per week.

If you want to do more than one school holiday workshop, or are enrolling more than one child from a family, there is also a 10% discount available. For school holiday workshops please enter the code KIDS_TWO at checkout.

Please note that multi-student or multi-day bookings must be made online in the same transaction to be eligible for this discount.

If there are multiple discounts on offer and you need to use more than one, please contact us at hello@integralaerial.com. These will need to be applied manually on our end, so just shoot us an email clearly stating which two codes you would like to apply and for which exact classes.

If any of the discount codes are not applied on booking, unfortunately we will not be able to modify the booking at a later date, so please make sure to contact us if you’re unsure at the time of booking.

Friction burns and bruises can be a really common occurrence when your child starts aerial classes. Keeping as covered as possible is a great way to minimise discomfort. For maximum comfort and safety, we recommend the following:

  • Tights, leggings or fitted, stretchy pants that fall below the knee. They must be free from buttons/zips or anything that could snag on the apparatus and hurt your child or damage or gear. Preferably wear cotton-based clothes to prevent friction burns and slippery times! 
  • A leotard or fitted t-shirt that can be tucked properly into their pants (and will stay tucked in when they are upside down)
  • Alternatively, a one piece unitard with long legs (below the knees) is a fantastic choice as it keeps your child well covered.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Aerial arts are performed barefoot, though socks with sticky bottoms (we sell these at the desk) are preferred for bungee and can sometimes be worn in Winter - they do make it slightly harder to climb the silk though.
  • More coverage is also required for trapeze and lyra classes; preferably a long-sleeved top and thick socks or trapeze boots. 
  • Wearing shoes to and from class is important as we are in an industrial area.
  • In summer, it can be super warm in our studio but it’s vital that your child still covers up, especially when performing slack drops or for sensitive skin.

All your child needs to bring is a hand towel and water bottle (preferably with their name clearly marked). Aerial arts can be thirsty work and even as little as 2% dehydration can drastically affect your child’s strength, endurance and focus in class. We have a tap where they can fill up their bottles before, during and after class. 

There is also a lost property bucket in the change room opposite the bathroom. Please make sure you check this periodically, as at the end of each term we donate unclaimed lost property to charity.

We start all classes with a movement preparation phase where we do a range of warm up activities that will prepare your child’s body for the physicality of the class ahead. These activities focus on strength, flexibility, coordination, and mobility and are an important component to ensuring your child is physically ready to move onto their apparatus. Please ensure that your child is dressed, signed in and ready to join in from the start of class.

Unfortunately, if a child is 5 minutes late or more, they will not be accepted into the class for their own safety, as the movement preparation phase is very important before we go in the air.

The remainder of the class is spent working in small groups (2 students per apparatus) on a range of tricks, skills and poses. It’s important for students to spend some time in the air, and some time on the floor watching their coach demonstrate movements, as well as their peers, to help with the visual and auditory, as well as kinaesthetic aspects of learning.

All of our classes are divided based on experience level and progression through our syllabus. While we understand that your child may want to be in a different group, we allocate your child to a particular group to keep them safe, to help maximise their development, and to ensure that aren’t disadvantaged by moving too quickly.

Each term our groups typically change based on incoming and outgoing students so we encourage all our students to be flexible and welcoming of such changes.

All of our coaches go through rigorous in­-house training to ensure that they are well skilled in teaching your child. We have at least 1 first aid and CPR trained coach available at all times, and all coaches are inducted and trained in the use of our rigging system by a qualified rigger. The safety of our students is paramount at Integral, so all of our rigging has been designed by a qualified, professional rigger and structural engineer, and is fully lowerable, meaning that we can safely bring any child to the ground in around 20-30 seconds.

Progression to more difficult and challenging tricks and drops is at the discretion of your child’s coach, and is based on your child’s ability to master pre-requisite moves and demonstrate the required and ongoing strength and safety awareness to advance. It is, however, important to understand that your child will be working at height so it’s imperative that we have their full attention.

Due to the complex nature of aerial arts, your child’s coach may need to spot your child in the form of hands on, physical contact. All Integral coaches are required to obtain a Working With Children Check. Should you or your child feel any discomfort around physical contact, please be sure to discuss this with us.

It is a natural and commonplace component of the mastery of aerial arts to get stuck, fall onto the crash-mats, have tender or stiff muscles and/or joints, and find that some positions squeeze the thighs, stomach, or other parts of the body. Some children are more physically sensitive than others, so if you are concerned about your child’s physical safety in class, be sure to chat to their coach or the studio leader on the day.

If your child is unable to attend their scheduled class for any reason, please email us at hello@integralaerial.com  to advise us. We do appreciate advanced warning where possible so that we may accommodate another child that requires a make up class, or to ensure that we can manage our coach to student ratio effectively.

Per term booking, your child is entitled to a MAXIMUM of 2 makeup classes. If they are one of our teens and do a specialist apparatus like lyra, bungee, or trapeze, they may need to do their makeup on a different apparatus. When advising of your child’s absence from their scheduled class, let us know their preferred make up day and time and we’ll do our best to accommodate them, or offer you an alternative time slot.

As per the terms and conditions on booking, once a course/term/pack has been purchased, it cannot be refunded. In the case of unexpected illness/injury, a doctor’s certificate must be provided and a credit or refund may be issued. We deeply appreciate your understanding - while we always want to do what’s right by you and your child, we also need to meet the demands of being a small business! 

We make sure to offer trial classes so that all students get a taster before signing up for the term. If you think you might have extremely extenuating circumstances, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

* This information has been affected by coronavirus restrictions. Please read our Covid Safe Policy for current advice. *

We love having our student’s family and friends come to watch their progress every now and again, but on a regular basis it often aids concentration and development if you stick to kiss and drop. On those days where you’d just love to take a peek at how they’re going, it's important that any spectators stay in the reception area of the studio, and don't play on or enter the blue or red flooring - this is for students who are participating in the class.

The square of blue flooring indicates where students can stretch and move before warm-up, and the red area and rigging areas are strictly for supervised students who are with their designated coach. Please do not be offended if we ask you to move back to a designated area or to keep a close eye on those who accompany you to class. We only do so to ensure the safety of your child and visitors, and our coaches.

You can absolutely drop your child off - it’s not necessary to stay for the class, and in many cases we find students maintain focus more when their caregiver isn’t in close contact. We do request that your child arrives no earlier than 10 mins prior to the start of class, and is picked up within 10 mins after the advertised finish time, as we cannot guarantee any supervision will be available outside of these times.

Every child’s energy requirements are different but we generally recommend a small, healthy snack between 30 and 90 mins prior to class starting. Something as simple as a piece of fruit, some rice crackers and hummus, or even a handful of nuts and dried fruit is ideal as it will give your child sustained energy without being too heavy.

There’s nothing worse than eating a big meal or smoothie just before class, as turning upside-down while doing vigorous activity with a full tummy is a recipe for disaster!