Sling is Kelly's home base + primary apparatus. She founded MAYA as a sling-based studio and started all her coaches on progression-based Sling fitness drills. Sling can be the most easily accessible apparatus, which is why she calls it "the gateway drug to aerials." Students can give the Sling some, most, or all of their weight as they learn correct form and alignment.
Kelly is developing a Sling teaching manual from her teacher trainings at MAYA and will be traveling to teach her progressive drill-based method.
Sling Basics : our entry-level Sling class for students looking to start upper body and core strength training. An ever-changing parade of drills aimed to challenge a student's balance, core, grip and ability to hold their body weight off the ground, as well as beginner dance moves for a fun experience with lots of variety. Classes will be half fitness moves, always customized by the coach to the students' individual strength levels, and part dance transitions, exposing students to the dance progressions they will learn in Sling 1. Recommended for beginners. // Classes will use a single-point nylon sling, hung at hip height.
Sling 1 : a hammock class for students progressing in their endurance & pose vocabulary, focused on fluidity and choreography. Class will focus on transitions, grip switches and inverting into a tuck. Individual permission from the studio owner is required to attend, based on completion of some prerequisites : students must be able to perform a pull-over, as well as have spent enough time in Sling Basics to become fluid in foundational entrances, exits and balance points in the hammock. Classes will use a single-point nylon sling, hung at waist or rib height.
Sling 2 / 3 : an intermediate hammock class for students progressing in their strength and technique. Class will focus on straddle inverts, straight arm hangs, climbs, longer sequences and some drops toward the end of the curriculum. Individual permission from the studio owner is required to attend, based on completion of some prerequisites & assessing out of the Sling Dance 1 class. Classes will use a single-point nylon sling, hung at rib height.